brackets. The adjustments that affect most taxpayers are the following -
- The standard deduction rises to $6,200 for singles and married persons filing separate returns and $12,400 for married couples filing jointly, up from $6,100 and $12,200, respectively, for tax year 2013. The standard deduction for heads of household rises from $8,950 to $9,100.
- The amount that can be claimed for itemized deductions begins to be reduced for singles with incomes of $254,200 or more or $305,050 for married couples filing jointly.
- The personal exemption rises to $3,950, up from the 2013 exemption of $3,900. The exemption is subject to a phase-out that begins with adjusted gross incomes of $254,200 for singles and $305,050 for married couples filing jointly. It phases out completely for singles at $376,700 and $427,550 for married couples filing jointly.
- The annual exclusion for gifts remains at $14,000 for 2014.
- The annual dollar limit on employee contributions to employer-sponsored healthcare flexible spending arrangements (FSA) remains unchanged at $2,500.
- The elective deferral (contribution) limit for employees who participate in 401(k), 403(b), most 457 plans, and the federal government's Thrift Savings Plan remains unchanged at $17,500.
- The catch-up contribution limit for employees aged 50 and over who participate in 401(k), 403(b), most 457 plans, and the federal government's Thrift Savings Plan remains unchanged at $5,500.
- The limit on annual contributions to an Individual Retirement Arrangement (IRA) remains unchanged at $5,500. The additional catch-up contribution limit for individuals aged 50 and over is not subject to an annual cost-of-living adjustment and remains $1,000.
If you have questions/concerns about how the adjustments will affect you, please call Turner's Tax Service at 530-626-8551 and we'll be happy to discuss your individual situation with you.