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2024 Tax Updates

Navigating the 2024 Tax Landscape: What You Need to Know

 

Introduction:

As we gear up for the upcoming tax season, it’s crucial to stay ahead of the curve and be aware of the changes that will shape the 2024 tax landscape. In this blog post, we’ll explore key updates that individuals and businesses should keep in mind as they prepare for their 2023 taxes and plan for the year ahead.

 

Individual Tax Updates:

1. **401(k) Limit Increase:**
– The 401(k) contribution limit rises to $23,000, providing individuals with enhanced opportunities for retirement savings.

2. **IRA Contributions Boost:**
– IRA contributions see an increase to $7,000, up from $6,500, offering additional incentives for individual retirement planning.

3. **Adjusted Tax Brackets:**
– Tax brackets for 2024 have been adjusted to account for an annual inflation increase of approximately 5.4%, affecting how income is taxed.

4. **Child Tax Credit Continuity:**
– The Child Tax Credit is maintained at $2,000 per child under 17 for both 2023 and 2024, providing continued support for families.

5. **EITC Maximum for Families:**
– The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) reaches a maximum of $7,430 for families with three children, offering financial relief to eligible households.

6. **Standard Deduction Figures for 2023:**
– Individual: $13,850
– Married Filing Jointly: $27,700
– Head of Household: $20,800

7. **Child & Dependent Care Credit Adjustment:**
– The Child & Dependent Care Credit returns to pre-Covid levels, assisting families with the costs of child care.

8. **1099 K Reporting Threshold Maintained:**
– The 1099 K reporting threshold remains unchanged, impacting businesses and freelancers who receive payment through certain channels.

9. **Inflation Reduction Act Incentives:**
– Various incentives under the Inflation Reduction Act, including a 30% credit for Energy Efficient Property Equipment and an increased 30% credit for Energy Efficient Home Improvement with no lifetime dollar limit.

10. **Extended Electric Vehicle Tax Credit:**
– The Electric Vehicle Tax Credit is extended for used cars/vehicles, encouraging sustainable transportation choices.

11. **Student Loan Interest Deduction Resumes:**
– Student loan interest payments resume in Q4/2023, with a maximum deduction of $2,500 per year.

12. **Health Savings Account Limits:**
– HSA contributions are capped at $3,850 for self-coverage and $7,750 for family coverage.

13. **Flexible Spending Account (Retirement) Updates:**
– FSA contributions are set at $3,050, with an employer plan carryover of $610.

14. **Deductible Mileage Rate:**
– The deductible mileage rate is established at 65.5 cents for tax year 2023.

15. **Adoption Credit Increase:**
– An Adoption Credit of up to $15,950 is available for the tax year 2023.

16. **Annual Gift Tax Exclusion:**
– The Annual Gift Tax Exclusion sees an increase to $17,000.

Business Tax Updates:

1. **Corporate Transparency Act:**
– The Corporate Transparency Act introduces new beneficial ownership reporting requirements for certain entities, aiming to enhance transparency and combat financial crimes. More details can be found [here].

2. **S-Corp Reasonable Compensation:**
– The IRS is scrutinizing S-Corporations and shareholder-employee salaries. Ensuring “reasonable compensation” is vital for compliance. Learn more about navigating this issue [here].

Conclusion:

Staying informed about the 2024 tax changes is key to making informed financial decisions. Whether you’re an individual planning for retirement or a business owner navigating new reporting requirements, these updates will shape the fiscal landscape in the coming year. As always, consulting with a tax professional is recommended to ensure accurate and personalized advice based on your unique circumstances.

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