Results of the Presidential Election on Revenue Taxes – Taxes

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Impact of the Presidential Election on Income Tax

December 09, 2020

Dickinson Wright PLLC

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Now that the presidential election results are in and out
Former Vice President Joe Biden was elected President Biden.
It is important to remember the tax policy changes for individuals
Income taxes from Mr. Biden during his campaign he announced that he
would suggest if chosen. Keep three of these changes
taking into account the likelihood that these proposed changes will take effect
The law will depend in large part on the January results.
2021 runoff elections in the two races of the US Senate in Georgia. If the
The Republican candidate wins at least one of these two seats, the
The Republican Party will retain control of the US Senate and the US Senate
Likelihood of these changes going into effect in 2021
decrease significantly. The ongoing effects of COVID-19
Pandemic affecting the US economy and the need for additional fiscal policies
Incentives could also affect the timing and nature of a tax law

Amendment # 1 – Raising Income Tax Rates in the Ordinary Way

During his campaign, President-elect Biden announced plans
Increase in income tax rates for the "rich"
by increasing the marginal tax rate for married couples to 39.6%
Taxpayers who file joint income tax returns and who are subject to tax
Income is over $ 400,000. Under current tax laws, that is
The taxable income of jointly married taxpayers is over $ 400,000
taxed at rates of 32%, 35% or 37%. See Table 1 at the
the end of this article for a graph showing 2020 income tax
Tax rates and the possible income tax rates for 2021 if proposed
The increase in marginal tax rates will take effect in

Amendment # 2 – Changes to Income Tax Rate for Qualifying Dividends
and capital gains

Another policy change announced by President-elect Biden
pursue is the lifting of the 20% tax rate cap for qualified employees
Dividends and capital gains for taxpayers with taxable income in
Excess of $ 1,000,000. Qualified dividends under applicable law and
Long-term capital gains are taxed at rates of 0%, 15% or 20%.
depending on the taxable income of the taxpayer. For 2020 capital
Profits from married taxpayers who file joint tax returns and who are subject to tax
Income over $ 496,600 is taxed at 20%. Both types of income
(qualified dividends and capital gains) are subject to additional
Taxation at 3.8% (Net Investment Income Tax or NIIT). Mr. Biden
has not announced any plans to repeal or amend the NIIT
originally enacted to pay for health care costs
the Act on Affordable Care.

In addition, Mr. Biden proposed a limit on the individual items
Deductions for taxpayers with a taxable income of 28% and
higher brackets. As noted in Table 1, if this
Change had been in effect for 2020, it would apply to married people
Taxpayers filing joint tax returns with taxable income greater than
$ 326,600.

Amendment No. 3: Increase in income depending on the social situation
Security taxes

President-elect Biden has announced his intention to: a
Change in the amount of income subject to social insurance
Taxes so that earned income from taxpayers becomes over $ 400,000
become subject to social insurance. Earned under current law
Income up to $ 137,700 is subject to Social Security tax2. To the
Self-employed, the social security tax rate is
12.4% with a deduction for half of the social security taxes paid. To the
Employees, employers pay 6.2% and employees pay 6.2%. Social
Security taxes are payable by each taxpayer (and his or her)
Employer) on an individual basis, regardless of the tax return
Taxpayer status. In addition, the income earned is subject to one
Medicare tax of 1.45% with no limit. Mr. Biden hasn't
announced plans to change the current Medicare tax.

In summary, individuals, especially the
"wealthy" should closely monitor the political intrigue
that will follow in the next few months to see if
Your personal income tax planning needs to be changed for 2021
and future years.

If you have any questions about how the proposed tax policy changes
affects your tax planning if so decided by Congress, Dickinson
Wright attorneys are here to help. Contact Ralph for more information
Z. Levy Jr., Esq., 615-620-1733 in Nashville, TN
Bureau or other lawyer of Dickinson Wright PLLC who is part of
the company's Tax Practice Group.

Table 1 – Possible tax rate
Tax rates 2020 (married together)
Possible tax rates for 2021 (Biden
To plan)
$ 0- $ 19,750 10% 0 $ 0- $ 19,750 10% 0
19,751-80,250 12% $ 1,975.00 19,751-80,250 12% $ 1,975.00
80.251-171.050 22% $ 9,235.00 80.251-171.050 22% $ 9,235.00
171,051-326,600 24% $ 29,211.00 171,051-326,600 24% $ 29,211.00
326,601-414,700 32% $ 66,543.00 326,601-400,000 32% $ 66,543.00
414.701 – 622.050 35% $ 94,735.00 over $ 400,000 39.6% $ 90,031.00
over $ 622,050 37% $ 167,307.50


The tax rates and brackets listed in Table 1 apply from 2020
for married taxpayers filing joint income tax returns. The seven
The income tax brackets listed in Table 1 do not reflect the increases
to the tax brackets that will come into force in 2021 based on
annual inflation adjustments. For example, married taxpayers who
Submit joint income tax returns and have taxable income in 2021
Over $ 628,300 will be taxed at the highest tax rate of 37%. That is a
$ 6,250 increase from the $ 622,050 shown in the table

Earned income up to 2021 based on an annual inflation adjustment
$ 142,800 is subject to Social Security tax.

The content of this article is intended to provide a general overview
Guide to the subject. Expert advice should be obtained
about your particular circumstances.


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