The people of California have spoken and Proposition 30 passed by a fair margin, roughly 54% to 46%. The question now is, “what does this mean for me?” In summary, Prop 30 means tax increases for all California taxpayers making over $250,000 per year (Single and Married Filing Separate filers) or $500,000 per year (Married Filing Joint and Head of Household filers.)
For Single and Married Filing Separate filers the new rates will be:
- 10.3% for taxable income between $250,001 and $300,000
- 11.3% for taxable income between $300,001 and $500,000
- 12.3% for taxable income above $500,000
For Married Filing Joint and Head of Household filers the new rates will be:
- 10.3% for taxable income between $500,001 and $600,000
- 11.3% for taxable income between $600,001 and $1,000,000
- 12.3% for taxable income above $1,000,000
In addition, the California mental health tax 1% surcharge on income over $1,000,000 remains in effect, so the top rate rises to 13.3% for these high earners.
These tax increases are retroactive to January 1, 2012 so planning now is essential to brace for higher balances due in April. With this new initiative passing combined with looming federal tax increases, planning this November and December is more important than ever! Contact your LMGW tax advisor right away to schedule an appointment.
In 2013 a slew of new and increased taxes are set to be unleashed on individual taxpayers. Two of these taxes are the result of the 2010 Health Care legislation and will directly impact many of our clients.
Beginning January 1, 2013 an additional 0.9% Hospital Insurance (HI) tax will be imposed on “high-income” taxpayers who are defined as single individuals with $200,000 or more of wages or self-employed income per year, $250,000 for married filing joint and head of household filing statuses and $125,000 for married filing separate individuals. This tax effectively raises the current employee-portion of the medicare tax from 1.45% to 2.35% for wages or self-employed income earned in excess of the above limitations. The additional tax is required to be withheld when an individual taxpayer’s wages are more than $200,000, but that does not take into account a spouse’s earnings. Situations in which both spouses work but neither reach the $200,000 level individually may find themselves owing an additional 0.9% on their salaries come tax time. An adjustment of current withholding levels may be necessary, especially in dual income households, for taxpayers that may be subject to this additional tax. Read more
Yesterday the IRS announced a third round of their highly successful Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Initiative (OVDI) program. The OVDI was highly publicized with the 2009 revelation that several large Swiss banks, including UBS, were going to be cooperating with the IRS in disclosing the names of US citizens and residents holding Swiss bank accounts. Read more
With the end of the year coming up it seems appropriate to mention an often overlooked potential planning strategy. For some taxpayers who have very little ordinary income and still have deductions resulting in little to negative taxable income for the year, it may make sense to consider doing a Roth conversion on a portion of any tax-deferred retirement accounts. Read more
With year end approaching, we felt it would be appropriate to remind our clients of the 100% Bonus Depreciation deduction that is expiring at the end of 2011. For all eligible assets placed in service before December 31, 2011, you may deduct 100% of the cost on your tax return. That is a full, 100% deduction for major equipment, computers, and other business use assets. Bonus Depreciation is not subject to the typical limitations that Section 179 expense is subject to. For instance, Bonus Depreciation can create a loss that can be carried back to prior years to claim a refund. Bonus Depreciation is also not subject to dollar limitations on assets placed in service like the Section 179 deduction is. Read more