2012 estate tax rates: federal tax tips for homeowners


By Patricia Kramer and Patricia Lou Martin

As tax time approaches, many individuals may be uncertain about changes to

2012 estate tax rates

  1. In the wake of last month’s congressional negotiations to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff,” the passage of

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012

(ATRA) has indeed altered some tax provisions in an effort to temporarily resolve the nation’s budget woes. While retaining certain aspects of the Bush-era tax cuts, this legislation also makes adjustments to increase federal revenue over the next ten years. However, none of these changes will alter homeowner tax rates until the 2013 tax year.

New tax rates: what’s new, and what stays the same?

What are the primary changes enacted by the ATRA, and how will they affect you in the coming years? The ATRA will primarily influence tax payments for those in upper income levels across the country by increasing tax rates on those who earn more than $400,000 per year (or $450,000 if married and filing jointly), and by boosting the top rate on long term capital gains from 15% to 20%. In addition, the act will also increase estate taxes for the top tax rate from 35% to 40%. Some tax provisions from The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 were given temporary extension through 2017, while the 2010 payroll tax reduction was not extended and will therefore return such taxes to their original rates of 6.2% for employees and 12.4% for self-employed individuals.

Looking ahead to the 2013 tax year, individuals and homeowners with upper level incomes may wish to discuss impending tax rate changes with an experience real estate agent before planning to buy, sell or invest in property here in San Diego. While next year’s tax returns may seem very far away, it is never too early to start planning ahead – and securing your financial future.

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