What's New for 2016

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Tax News for 2016

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Tax rate brackets and preferential rates for capital gains/qualified dividends

The 10%, 15%, 25%, 28%, 33%, 35% and 39.6% brackets for 2016 ordinary income reflect an inflation adjustment. The top bracket of 39.6% applies if taxable income exceeds $415,050 for single taxpayers, $441,000 for heads of households, $466,950 for married persons filing jointly and qualifying widows/widowers, and $233,475 for married taxpayers filing separate returns (1.2).

Qualified dividends (4.2) and long-term capital gains (5.3) may escape tax entirely under the 0% rate, or be subject to capital gain rates of 15% or 20% depending on filing status, taxable income, and how much of the taxable income consists of qualified dividends and eligible long-term gains. The 20% capital gain rate has the same taxable income thresholds as the 39.6% ordinary income rate shown above, that is, either $415,050, $441,000, $466,950, or $233,475, depending on filing status. The 0%, 15%, and 20% rates do not apply to long-term gains subject to the 28% rate (collectibles and taxed portion of small business stock) or the 25% rate for unrecaptured real estate depreciation (5.3).

Individual health care mandate and premium tax credit

You are required to have minimum essential health coverage through an employer plan, a government program, ...

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