Recent Tax Updates

Reminders for Upcoming 2014 Filing Season

January 8, 2014

Below are some reminders about when the 2014 Filing Season will begin and some of the new tax law changes that will affect individual returns for Tax Year 2013:

Start of Filing Season
Both the individual and business filing season will be starting later due to the government shutdown this past October 2013.

First day of filing season will be:

  • For individual returns: Friday, January 31, 2014
  • For business (Corporate, Partnership, Fiduciary) returns: Monday, January 13, 2014

New Tax Provisions for 2013 Federal Returns
The following federal provisions are new for the upcoming filing season:

  • New Simplified Method for Home Office Deduction
    In order to provide simplification for taxpayers that claim the home office deduction on Schedule C, the IRS now gives taxpayers the option to use a simplified method to calculate the home office deduction. Instead of using Form 8829, the taxpayer may multiply the square footage used for business footage by $5.

    For more information, see the following on the IRS website:

  • Itemized Medical Expense Deduction Threshold Percentage
    Starting with 2013 individual returns, the threshold percentages for when medical expenses are included as an itemized deduction have changed to:

    • Taxpayers under age 65: 10%
    • Taxpayers age 65 and older: 7.5%

    For more information see the 2013 Instructions for Schedule A.

  • Changes for High Income Individuals
    • New 39.6% tax rate when AGI exceeds $400,000 ($450,000 for Married Filing Joint (MFJ))
    • Itemized Deduction and Personal Exemption will begin to be phased-out when AGI reaches $250,000 ($300,000 for MFJ)
    • Additional 3.8% tax will be imposed on net investment income when AGI exceeds $200,000 ($250,000 for MFJ). This will be calculated on new Form 8960 (Net Investment Income Tax Individuals, Estates and Trusts).
    • Additional Medicare Tax will be due for taxpayers with wage and self-employment income over $200,000 ($250,000 for MFJ). This will be calculated on new Form 8959 (Additional Medicare Tax).

For more details on these changes, see the following:

For a complete listing of federal tax law changes that will affect individual 2013 tax returns, see the Things to Know for the Current Tax Year section of the Crosslink Tax Resource Center.