The Changes In Taxes You Need To Know About For 2018


Wondering how the recent changes in taxes will impact you? With the final bill of the latest tax plan coming in at $1.46 trillion, most Americans want to know what will happen to their deductions, capital gains, personal exemption and more. Recently, republicans released the details of their tax code. We've got everything you need to know about the changes to the taxes in 2018. Ready? Let's get started.

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Personal Exemption

If you itemize your deductions, you'll have an increased amount of personal exemption next year. This will now be $4,150. Phase-outs will also increase to $266,700 for single filers and $320,000 for married people filing jointly.

Also read: Mandatory Deductions From Your Paycheck

Standard Deductions

If you're not a fan of itemizing your deductions when it's time to complete your tax return, these are some of the best changes in taxes in 2017. Single filers could claim up to $6,350 with the standard deduction. Next year, this will rise to $6,500. While it's only a small jump, it's still free money.


As if you needed another reason to prepare for retirement right? Previously, 401Ks were capped at $18,000 per year, however, this will now be increasing to $18,500 annually. Since 401K contributions are made pre-tax, the more you sock away, the less tax you're likely to pay. Win-win.

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Also read: How to Review Your Paychecks Before Filing Income Taxes​​​​​​​

Capital Gains

Planning to sell your home? Right now, married couples who jointly file their taxes are able to exclude up to $500,000 and single filers can exclude up to $250,000 when selling a home. However, this must have been their primary residence for at least two of the five years previous to the sale. While both the Senate and the House were hoping to make this more strict, the rule will stay the same for now.

Tax Brackets

Right now, there are seven tax brackets, and the top rate is 39.6% for people who earn more than $470,000 as a couple and $418,400 as an individual. The new plan will have a top tax rate of 37%. Married couples filing jointly will only need to pay this when they earn more than $600,000, while single filers will pay this for any income earned over $500,000.

Alternative Minimum Tax Exemption

The idea behind the alternative minimum tax is to ensure that the wealthiest Americans are paying their fair share of taxes considering they have so many credits and deductions available. This will be rising with the inflation rate next year. In 2017, the income exemption threshold was $54,300 for single filers, but this will rise to $55,000 in 2018.
For married couples who file jointly, their income exemption will rise from $84,500 to $86,200.

Income Tax

If you're self-employed as a freelancer or a contractor, this will be a massive benefit to you. While the top income tax for people earning a salary will be 33%, people who are self-employed or work as independent contractors will only need to pay 15%. That's a massive drop and a big reason to consider working for yourself.

Ready For The 2018 Changes In Taxes?

As you can see, there are likely to be a number of pretty big changes coming our way next year. Keep in mind that everything is up in the air right now until the GOP tax bill goes through, but be prepared to change up your financial planning accordingly. We will keep you posted on any further updates.
As for now, let's get you started. Create your form W-2 today and get those tax returns earlier! Should you want to create paystubs, you can check out our paystub creator as well.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, the child tax credit doubled from $1,000 to $2,000 per qualifying child, and the income phase-out threshold increased, making the credit available to more taxpayers. Additionally, a new $500 nonrefundable credit was introduced for qualifying dependents other than children.

Yes, the total amount of state and local income, sales, and property taxes that can be deducted is now capped at $10,000 for both single filers and married couples filing jointly.

Capital-gains tax rates remained the same, but the income thresholds changed. The new thresholds are based on the new tax brackets and depend on the taxpayer's filing status and taxable income.

The AMT exemption amounts increased, and the income phase-out thresholds were raised, meaning fewer taxpayers will be subject to the alternative minimum tax.

The standard deduction increased significantly for all taxpayers, while the personal exemption was eliminated. Itemized deductions also underwent various changes, such as limits on state and local tax deductions and the elimination of certain miscellaneous deductions.

Yes, the estate and gift tax exemption doubled to $11.18 million per individual and $22.36 million per married couple in 2018, significantly reducing the number of estates subject to the tax.

Yes, the mortgage interest deduction limit was reduced from $1 million to $750,000 for new loans taken out after December 15, 2017. Interest on home equity loans is no longer deductible unless the loan was used to buy, build, or substantially improve the taxpayer's home.

The major changes include adjustments to tax deductions, capital-gains taxes, and other areas, due to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) signed into law in December 2017.

For single filers and married individuals filing separately, the standard deduction increased to $12,000. For married couples filing jointly, it increased to $24,000. For heads of households, the standard deduction increased to $18,000.

The personal exemption was eliminated by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, making it unavailable for taxpayers in 2018 and beyond.
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