The Biden plan raises taxes on the middle class
President Biden’s pledge to raise taxes only on the richest Americans cannot possibly be upheld if he succeeds at the core of his tax plan. It is, of course, repealing the Tax Reduction and Jobs Act (TCJA), which was passed under the Trump administration. The primary effect of TCJA was to reduce taxes for Americans in the bottom 80 percent of the income distribution. Put another way, the top 20 percent of employees were the only ones who did not get a tax cut under TCJA. Americans earning between about $ 40,000 and $ 80,000 a year have benefited most from TCJA, and millions of others with the lowest income levels were completely taken by the tax rolls. President Biden, along with the House and Senate Democrats, has promised to turn all of this around. The president promises e.g. To remove the so-called “intensified basis”
; rule for hereditary property. The president refers to this as a “loophole” that allows the rich to play the system. It’s no loophole. In fact, it is a specific rule of law under the Internal Revenue Code §1014. This law was not part of TCJA. It’s been in the books since 1954, but is only now under attack from Democrats looking for ways to take more of your money. That is how it works. Suppose your parents own a $ 200,000 home. They bought the home decades ago for e.g. $ 50,000. If they give the home to you before their death, your home base is the same as theirs: $ 50,000. This means that if you sell the home at its current value of $ 200,000, you will have to pay capital gains tax on the profit of $ 150,000 – the difference between the base and the selling price. If, on the other hand, you inherit the home after their death, your basis is equal to the market value of the property per. Date of death – in this example $ 200,000. See: Code §1014 (a) (1). If you now sell the property for $ 200,000, there is no capital gains tax because there is no gain (selling price minus basis equals gain). This is what we call the “reinforced base”. And the rule certainly does not apply only to “rich people”. The operation of code §1014 is not governed by one’s annual income, the value of the inherited asset or the total value of one’s property. This applies across the board. Every American taxpayer benefits from an intensified basis for inherited property. If code §1014 was repealed in its entirety, all inherited property would be taxed on sale for capital gains. In general, the gain is calculated on the difference between the selling price and the price paid by the deceased person for it (plus any capital improvements that add to the cost base). Going back to your parents’ home if they paid $ 50,000 for it and you sold it for $ 200,000 after their death, those $ 150,000 would be taxable. And this example may not be as extreme as it seems. It is not unlikely that your parents would have stuck to their last home for many years. One consolation, however, is that the White House seems to be considering exempting the first $ 1 million in unrealized gains from these new rules, a limit that, if left unchanged, is likely to be eroded by inflation over the years if it not directly reduced or eliminated. In addition, you can expect the tax bill to be calculated at a much higher rate than the one currently in force. According to Gallup, as of 2017, 82 percent of Americans over the age of 65 own their own homes. It is the highest proportion of home ownership for any age group. When these people die, their property is transferred to their heirs. If President Biden and the Democrats have their way, the coming years will see an increased transfer of wealth – not from parents to children (as it should be) – but from parents to the federal government. For now, there may be a way for those affected by these proposed changes to reduce the impact of the law by (oversimplifying) selling a primary home that is eligible for capital gains tax exemption on the sale, but how many seniors will want to review the disruption of selling their home at a late point in their lives? And of course, to the extent that there are ways to reduce the impact of the ascension rules, we can not be sure that they will endure, given how desperate the federal government will be for money in light of the many trillion dollars of spending spree it has been in the last year. In the meantime, keep an eye on the property tax as well. In 2021, properties with a value of less than $ 11.7 million are not subject to property tax. But if President Biden has his way, that threshold will be cut to $ 3.5 million and the tax rate raised to 45 percent (from 40 percent). Given that the threshold as late as 2001 was only $ 675,000, it is not difficult to predict that this tax will hit middle-income Americans. So much for tax increases on “only the rich.” Author’s note: Every tax strategy depends on the totality of your own circumstances. Before engaging in a tax strategy, you should first consult competent advisers to whom you provide complete information on all the relevant facts and circumstances of your case.