Limits on Deductions and Exemptions

civil-criminal-tax-controversiesPEP limitations (Deductions and Exemptions) to apply to “high earners”.  Taxpayers claim exemptions for themselves, their spouses and their dependents.  Last year, each exemption was worth $3,800.  Under the new law, for tax years beginning after 2012, the Personal Exemption Phaseout (PEP), which had previously been suspended, is reinstated with a starting threshold for those making $300,000 for joint filers and a surviving spouse; $275,000 for heads of household; $250,000 for single filers; and $150,000 (one-half of the otherwise applicable amounts for joint filers) for married taxpayers filing separately.  Under the phaseout, the total amount of exemptions that can be claimed by a taxpayer subject to the limitation is reduced by 2% for each $2,500 (or portion thereof) by which the taxpayer’s AGI exceeds the applicable threshold.  These dollar amounts are inflation-adjusted for tax years after 2013.

Pease limitations to apply to...

Pease limitations to apply to “high earners”.

  For Tax years beginning after 2012, the “Pease” limitation on itemized deductions, such as the one taken for mortgage interest, charitable giving and state and local taxes paid, and which had previously been suspended, is reinstated with a starting threshold for those making $300,000 for joint filers and a surviving spouse; $275,000 for heads of household; $250,000 for single filers; and $150,000 (one-half of the otherwise applicable amounts for joint filers) for married taxpayers filing separately.  Thus, for taxpayers subject to the “Pease” limitation, the total amount of their itemized deductions is reduced by 3% of the amount by which the taxpayer’s adjusted gross income (AGI) exceeds the threshold amount, with the reduction not to exceed 80% of the otherwise allowable itemized deductions.  These dollar amounts are inflation-adjusted for tax years after 2013.