The Democrats who are part of the House Ways and Means Committee have issued an updated draft on the tax legislation. This proposal is one that will have substantial effects to your personal taxes. For the legislation to pass, a minimum of House and Senate Democrats will need to agree, as well as the White House. We will continue to keep an eye on the legislative process closely and providing updates throughout the fall legislative cycle.
With the proposed legislation totaling over 800 pages it is a challenge for anyone to offer you a comprehensive analysis. The good news is that a handful of the proposed changes would impact transactions or transfers that are made before the new bill is passed. Many of the provisions would not take effect until January 1, 2022. Highlighted below you will find some of the most meaningful proposed changes:
- The corporate income tax rate will increase to 26.5% effectively on January 1, 2022
- The maximum income tax rate would increase from 37% to 39.6% for individual taxpayers with income over $400,000 and married taxpayers with income over $450,000. It is important to note that this change would be effective for the 2022 tax year.
- Effective on January 1st, the 3.8% net investment income tax will be developed to include net income obtained in the standard course of a trade or business for those earning $400,000 or more
- The top capital gains rate will be set at 25% for those earning income above $400,000, in effect for gains reached on or after September 14, 2021. Please not that if a gain is a result of a transaction on or after September 14, 2021 attached to a legally binding contract that was in place prior to September 14, 2021, the rate would be 20%.
- Implement a 3% surcharge for single taxpayers with adjusted gross income above $2,500,000 (and married taxpayers with adjusted gross income above $5,000,000). This would also become effective for the 2022 tax year.
- Any asset that is inherited at death currently receives a “step up” in tax basis from cost to fair market value. Even though there were discussions about having this rule repealed, the proposed tax bill does not reference any changes.
- The current $11,700,000 estate and gift tax exemption would be reduced in half to roughly $6,000,000 effective on January 1, 2022.
Not to be the bearer of bad news, but If you had planned for a transaction to be completed prior to the capital gains tax increases, you are out of luck. One saving grace is that if you were to be locked into a legally binding contract today, you still have a [slim] chance of being taxed at the 20% rate. In addition, this is a far cry from the 39% (or more) capital gains tax rate that had been batted around.
If you are one of those who are still ‘on the fence’ or considering your options, I implore you to reach out to our team at your first convenience. While nobody knows where things will land in Washington, I think it’s safe to say that capital gains and ordinary income tax levels are sure to be on the rise!
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