New 2021 Tax Brackets

Uncategorized Nov 02, 2020

The IRS Just Released New 2021 Tax Brackets. Here's What They Mean.

You might still be focused on surviving 2020, but when it comes to taxes, it doesn’t hurt to plan ahead.

This month, the IRS released updates to the tax code for the tax year 2021. Though actual tax brackets remained the same (10%, 12%, 22%, 24%, 32%, and 35%), income limits for each bracket were increased to account for inflation. The standard deduction for 2021 was also increased.

These changes will affect how much you pay when you file income taxes in 2022. Here’s a look at the 2021 tax brackets and other changes to personal taxes next year.

Tax Brackets For Tax Year 2021

Single filers:

  • 10%: Up to $9,950
  • 12%: Income of $9,951 to $40,525
  • 22%: Income of $40,526 to $86,375
  • 24%: Income of $86,376 to $164,925
  • 32%: Income of $164,926 to $209,425
  • 35%: Income of $209,426 to $523,600
  • 37%: Income over $523,600

Married, filing jointly:

  • 10%: Up to $19,900
  • 12%: Income of...
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Stocks are soaring, but most Black people are missing out

Uncategorized Oct 17, 2020

Americans who own stocks are pulling further away from those who don't, as Wall Street roars back to record heights while much of the economy struggles. 

All three indexes ended on a high Monday, with the Dow up almost 1% to 28,837, the S&P 500-stock index up more than 1.5%, and the tech-heavy Nasdaq composite up more than 2.5% to 11,876, its best day since September 2. 

But Black households are much more likely to be in that not-as-fortunate group that isn't in the stock market.

According to data released recently by the Federal Reserve, only 33.5% of Black households owned stocks in 2019. Among white households, the ownership rate was nearly 61%. Hispanic and other minority households also were less likely than white families to own stock.

Many reasons are behind the split. Experts say chief among them is a longstanding preference by many Black investors for safer places to put their money — the legacy, some say, of decades of discrimination and fear. Also,...

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IRS to distribute tax refund interest checks to taxpayers who filed 2019 returns on time

Uncategorized Aug 20, 2020

Americans who filed their 2019 federal income tax returns on time should expect a refund this week. 

The Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department will send interest payments with an average of $18 to about 13.9 million taxpayers, according to a statement by the IRS. 

The interest payments will be deposited to taxpayers who filed their tax return by this year's July 15 deadline and either received a refund in the past three months or will receive a refund.

Most interest payments will be issued separately from tax refunds, according to the statement. 

More than 12 million taxpayers who received their refund by direct deposit will see their interest payment direct deposited in the same account.

Those who didn't receive their payments through direct deposit will receive a check. A notation on the check − saying "INT Amount" − will identify it as a refund interest payment and indicate the interest amount.

These interest payments...

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Coronavirus-related relief for retirement plans and IRAs:

Uncategorized Aug 10, 2020

In general, section 2202 of the CARES Act provides for expanded distribution options and favorable tax treatment for up to $100,000 of coronavirus-related distributions from eligible retirement plans (specific employer retirement plans, such as section 401(k) and 403(b) plans and IRAs) to qualified individuals, as well as special rollover rules concerning such distributions. It also increases the limit on the amount a qualified individual may borrow from an eligible retirement plan (not including an IRA) and permits a plan sponsor to provide qualified individuals up to an additional year to repay their plan loans.

 

You are a qualified individual if –

·       You are diagnosed with the virus SARS-CoV-2 or with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) by a test approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention;

·       Your spouse or dependent is diagnosed with SARS-CoV-2 or with COVID-19 by a...

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Treasury decides to stick with July 15 tax deadline

Uncategorized Jun 30, 2020

The Treasury Department announced Monday that it would not be moving the tax-filing deadline for a second time, despite some pressure to do so because of the coronavirus pandemic.

After considering an additional postponement, the agency said the evening that it is sticking with the current July 15 deadline and that people who need more time can ask for a normal extension that would give them until mid-October to complete their returns.

An extension would give taxpayers until Oct. 15 to file their returns, though they would still have to pay what they owe by July 15 to avoid interest and penalties.

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Social Security recipients will automatically get $1,200 in payments

Uncategorized Apr 02, 2020

Social Security recipients who don’t usually file tax returns will automatically get $1,200 payments, Treasury says in reversal.

 

The Treasury announced late Wednesday that Social Security beneficiaries who typically do not file a tax return will automatically get the $1,200 payment.

The announcement is a reversal from earlier in the week when the Internal Revenue Service said everyone would need to file some sort of tax return in order to qualify for the payments. Democrats and some Republicans criticized the IRS for requiring so many extra hurdles for this vulnerable population to get aid when the government already has their information on file.

The reversal came as the Trump administration tries to rapidly get stimulus payments out to Americans in the face of the quickest economic decline in modern history.

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House and Senate pass $2 trillion Coronavirus Bill

Uncategorized Mar 27, 2020

House and Senate pass $2 trillion coronavirus bill as problems for households and businesses continue to mount

Stimulus For Households:

More than 150 million households would receive checks under the legislation, which will send payments of $1,200 to many individual Americans plus $500 for children. People with incomes above $99,000 are not eligible, and the total benefit is phased out for people earning between $75,000 and $99,000.

The direct payments would fluctuate depending on the income a person reported on their 2018 taxes, according to a copy of the bill.

Here's how much you'll get based on income:

  • $1,200 for individuals making $75,000 or less
  • $1,200 for heads of households making $112,500 or less
  • $2,400 for a couple who filed jointly making $150,000 or less
  • $500 per child
  • $1,200 decreasing by 5 cents of every dollar over $75,000 for individuals
  • $1,200 decreasing by 5 cents of every dollar over $112,500 for heads of households
  • $2,400 decreasing by 5 cents of every dollar...
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The Millionaire Quiz: Did you count too soon?

Uncategorized Dec 24, 2019

When I graduated from college, I quickly realized one fact.  I wanted to retire by the age of 50.  I thought at the time  I should save and have a million dollars in the bank for my dream to become a reality.  But realized the second fact quickly.  Working a 9-5 alone would not yield my desired results.  Thus my love for investing started. 

Striving to be a millionaire sounds good, but if you do the mat,h it's not that impressive any more thanks to inflation.  If you retired today at 65 with $1 million and no Social Security, you’d only be able to spend $40,000 – $50,000 a year for 25 years until you’d likely run out of money. Goodness forbids you don’t face any exorbitant medical expenses, either.

The minimum wage in America is now between $8 – $15 an hour, and gas is anywhere from $3.3 – $4.2 a gallon depending on where and what type you get. I think it’s interesting that the minimum wage...

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Here's what you need to know about your 2020 taxes

Uncategorized Nov 07, 2019

Get out your pencils and calculators: The IRS has released a breakdown of what's ahead for the 2020 tax year.

Taxpayers who've been paying close attention will notice that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act overhauled the tax code.

Those sweeping changes include a higher standard deduction — it's now $12,400 for singles and $24,800 for married joint filers in 2020. Following the overhaul, individual income tax rates also went down, and personal exemptions were eliminated.

For the 2020 tax year, the IRS tweaked the individual income tax brackets, adjusting them for inflation.

See below for your new bracket.

Your retirement savings

The taxman is also allowing you to save a few more dollars in 2020.

The IRS has raised the employee contribution limit for 401(k), 403(b) and most 457 plans to $19,500, up from $19,000 in 2019.

If you're 50 or older, you can sock away another $6,500 in that workplace retirement plan. That's up from $6,000 in 2019.

The contribution limit for individual...

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5 Ways You Can Still Lower Your 2018 Taxable Income

Uncategorized Apr 08, 2019

Tax refunds are lower this year. Here's what to do.

There’s some good news for anyone worried about owing Uncle Sam this year: You still have time to lower your 2018 taxable income before the April 15 filing deadline. Certain tax deductions are retroactive and there are a few tricks that can maximize your refund.

Here are five ways to lower your 2018 taxable income (or reduce what you owe) before you file your tax returns this year.

 

1. Make an IRA contribution

Your ability to make tax-deductible contributions to individual retirement accounts for tax year 2018 didn’t expire on Dec. 31. Instead, you can make retroactive contributions to a traditional IRA up until April 15, 2019.

You can make deductible prior-year contributions up until the tax filing deadline, as long as your total contributions aren’t over $5,500. The catch-up contribution limit for taxpayers over 50 is $6,500. If you have a SEP IRA, your contributions can’t exceed $55,000 or 25% of...

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