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Tax Tip Tuesday: Senate vs. House Tax Bills

We are still waiting for the House and Senate to reconcile the differences between their two tax reform bills. It is possible that it won’t happen until right before Christmas so I am going to discuss some of the possible changes before then.

The Senate bill has seven tax brackets for individuals with rates ranging from 10% to 38.5%. The House bill has four tax brackets ranging from 12% to 39.6%, retaining the top rate under current law.

The House bill would repeal AMT for individuals. The Senate bill would keep the individual AMT, with increases to the exemption amounts.

Both bills would significantly increase the estate and gift tax exemption, but the House would also repeal the estate tax after December 31, 2024.

Both bills look to almost double the standard deduction and eliminate the personal exemption. This might result in some people who currently itemize deductions being better off claiming the standard deduction in 2018. It might also result in a benefit of prepaying some itemized deductions in 2017 instead of paying them in 2018. We will see what the final law looks like and let you know.

If Congress has not come to an agreement by next Tuesday, our blog then will focus on some proposed business provisions.

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