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    Tax Law Changes for 2014 Tax Returns

  • Federal Income Tax Filing Deadline
    This year, the IRS's deadline to file your taxes is April 15th. If you file your tax return early and owe the IRS money, you will still have to send your payment in to the IRS by this date to avoid any penalties.
  • Standard Deductions

    In 2014, there was a change to the standard deduction amounts for all individual taxpayers, including:

    • Single:  $6,200, an increase of $100
    • Married Filing Separately:  $6,200, an increase of $100
    • Head of Household:  $9,100, an increase of $150
    • Married Taxpayers Filing Jointly and Qualifying Widow(er)s:  $12,400, an increase of $200
  • Exemptions

    The amount you can deduct for each exemption claimed on a federal income tax return in 2014 also went up from the 2013 value.  The 2014 exemption of $3,950 represents a $50 increase from the 2013 amount.

  • Earned Income Credit

    The earned income credit applies to working taxpayers that have earned income falling below certain thresholds.  The qualification threshold depends on the number of persons in each family.  The thresholds in 2014 to qualify for this credit include:

    • No Children:  earnings must be less than $14,590 or $20,020 if married filing jointly.
    • One Child:  earnings must be less than $38,511 or $43,941 if married filing jointly.
    • Two Children:  earnings must be less than $43,756 or $48,186 if married filing jointly.
    • Three or More Children:  earnings must be less than $46,997 or $52,427 if married filing jointly.

    The tax credits themselves have also increased in 2014, with the maximum credits that can be received as indicated below:

    • No Children:  $496
    • One Child:  $3,305
    • Two Children:  $5,460
    • Three or More Children:  $6,143
  • Marriage Penalty Relief

    This provision increases the standard deduction for married taxpayers filing jointly, and expands the 15% tax bracket.

  • Alternative Minimum Tax

    The Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) exemption amount rises in 2014 to $52,800 ($82,100, for married couples filing jointly).

  • Mileage Deduction Rates
    Category Rate (January to December)
    Business Miles 56 cents per mile
    Charitable Services 14.0 cents per mile
    Medical Travel 23.5 cents per mile
  • Health Care: Health Insurance Premium Tax Credit

    If individuals or families purchase health insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace, they may qualify for the new Health Insurance Premium Tax Credit. To qualify for the credit, your household income must fall between 100% and 400% of the federal poverty line, you may not be claimed as a dependent on any other taxpayer's return, and (if married), you must file jointly. In the case of spousal abuse or abandonment, this requirement may be waived.

  • Health Care: Individual Shared Responsibility Provision

    In 2014, each individual taxpayer must carry the required "minimum essential coverage" each month, qualify for an exemption, or pay mandatory taxes. For those facing this new penalty, relief provisions have been written into the tax laws to help taxpayers transition into these new requirements. The minimum amount of insurance coverage you must carry is calculated per family member and then added together.

  • High Income Idividuals: Phase-Out of Itemized Deductions and Personal Exemptions

    In 2014, the taxpayer's itemized deductions and personal exemptions will begin to be reduced when their adjusted gross income (AGI) reaches the following threshold amounts:

    • $254,200 - Single
    • $305,050 - Married Filing Jointly
    • $279,650 - Head of Household
    • $152,525 - Married Filing Separately

    The reduction in Itemized Deductions will be calculated as the lesser of:
    • 3% of the amount over the taxpayer's threshold amount; or
    • 80% of the total itemized deductions

    Personal exemptions will be reduced by 2% for each $2,500 (or fraction thereof) by which the taxpayer's AGI exceeds the applicable threshold amount.

  • Using eTax.com

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    • Request a free transcript of your federal return from the IRS. A transcript is used to verify income and some financial institutions accept it as a substitute for your original tax return. Visit IRS Tax Tip 2010-13 for more details.

    • Order an exact copy of your tax return, including all attachments, from the IRS for $57.00. See IRS Tax Topic 156 for complete instructions.
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