The IRS recently announced annual inflation adjustments for more than 40 tax provisions, including the tax rate schedules, and other tax changes. Revenue Procedure 2014-61 provides details about these 2015 inflation adjustments. In this writing, I would like to highlight main 2015 inflation adjustments.
1. 2015 inflation adjustments for income tax brackets. The tax rate of 39.6 percent affects singles whose income exceeds $413,200 ($464,850 for married taxpayers filing a joint return), up from $406,750 and $457,600, respectively. The other marginal rates – 10, 15, 25, 28, 33 and 35 percent – and the related income tax thresholds are described in the revenue procedure.
2. 2015 inflation adjustments for Standard Deduction. The standard deduction rises to $6,300 for singles and married persons filing separate returns and $12,600 for married couples filing jointly, up from $6,200 and $12,400, respectively, for tax year 2014. The standard deduction for heads of household rises to $9,250, up from $9,100.
3. 2015 inflation adjustments for Itemized Deduction Limitation. The limitation for itemized deductions to be claimed on tax year 2015 returns of individuals begins with incomes of $258,250 or more ($309,900 for married couples filing jointly).
4. 2015 inflation adjustments for Personal Exemption Amounts. The personal exemption for tax year 2015 rises to $4,000, up from the 2014 exemption of $3,950. However, the exemption is subject to a phase-out that begins with adjusted gross incomes of $258,250 ($309,900 for married couples filing jointly). It phases out completely at $380,750 ($432,400 for married couples filing jointly.)
5. 2015 inflation adjustments for Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT): AMT exemption amount for tax year 2015 is $53,600 ($83,400, for married couples filing jointly). The 2014 exemption amount was $52,800 ($82,100 for married couples filing jointly).
6. 2015 inflation adjustments for Earned Income Credit (EIC) amount. The maximum EIC amount is $6,242 for taxpayers filing jointly who have 3 or more qualifying children, up from a total of $6,143 for tax year 2014. The revenue procedure has a table providing maximum credit amounts for other categories, income thresholds and phaseouts.
7. 2015 inflation adjustments for Estate Basic Exclusion Amounts. Estates of decedents who die during 2015 have a basic exclusion amount of $5,430,000, up from a total of $5,340,000 for estates of decedents who died in 2014.
8. 2015 inflation adjustments for Foreign Spouse Gifts. The exclusion from tax on a gift to a spouse who is not a U.S. citizen is $147,000, up from $145,000 for 2014.
9. 2015 inflation adjustments for Foreign Earned Income Exclusion (FEIE). The 2015 FEIE breaks the six-figure mark, rising to $100,800, up from $99,200 for 2014.
10. 2015 inflation adjustments for Annual Gift Exclusion Amount. The annual exclusion for gifts remains at $14,000 for 2015.