• Jerry Rigby

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017- How Does It Affect You?

Well, it’s finally here. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. I just want to clarify what some of the more relevant changes are for the average taxpayer.




Brackets - The 10% stayed the same. The 15% changed to 12%. The 25% changed to 22%. The 28% changed to 24% with a much expanded range. This covers taxable income up to $315,000 so let’s just stop there.


Standard Deduction and Exemptions - Doubled the Standard Deduction and took away exemptions. This will result in a washout for many which is the "simplification" that you've heard about.


State and Local Taxes–This deduction applies to a combination of state income taxes, sales taxes and property taxes. Under the new law it is going to be limited to $10,000. There are some planning techniques that can be utilized to maximize your deduction before the new law goes into effect.


Unreimbursed Employee Expenses – The new law does away with this deduction and will affect many taxpayers significantly.


Child Tax Credit – Doubles the credit from $1,000 to $2,000 and provides for a $500 credit for other dependents, which is new.


Healthcare – Removes the penalty of the ACA (Obamacare) for not having insurance and reduces the threshold for deducting medical back to 7.5% temporarily for 2 years. (No simplification there)


Education Credits – No changes.


Alimony Deduction – No longer deductible by payor or includable as income to the recipient. The new rule won’t affect anyone who divorces or signs a separation agreement before 2019.


Moving Expenses – Now no longer deductible.


Pass-through Businesses – Reduces business income of sole prop’s, partnerships and S-corporations by 20% that is subject to income tax, after which a lower rate of a maximum of 29.6% will be applied. (This can be quite confusing- let me know if you have specific questions).


Corporate Tax Cuts - Top rate reduced from 35% to 21%, which is significant! Remember , this applies to any C-corp regardless of size. So, there will be some benefit for small businesses that choose to be taxed as such.


There's a lot of changes and we're here to help you understand how this will impact your taxes. With questions, feel free to call our office.

Gerald W. Rigby, CPA, PC

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Bay St Louis, MS 39520

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