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The maximum amount of your earned income on which you pay Social Security tax is now $117,000. When you reach that amount with one employer, they should stop withholding Social Security tax from your pay until the following year. If you work for more than one employer, and your total earnings are more than $117,000, TaxACT calculates a credit for any overpayment of Social Security taxes.Print
You may qualify for a credit equal to up to $13,190 of your adoption expenses. If your employer provides adoption benefits, you may also be able to exclude up to the same amount from your income. Both a credit and exclusion may be claimed for the same adoption, but not for the same expense. The credit is now permanent and indexed to inflation.Print
The canceled debit exclusion provides tax relief on canceled debt for many homeowners involved in the mortgage foreclosure crisis. You may exclude up to $2,000,000 ($1,000,000 if married filing separately) of canceled qualified principal residence indebtness from taxable income.Print
The standard amount you can deduct from income if you don't itemize your deductions is $6,200 ($12,400 for married couples filing jointly, or $9,100 if you file as head of household).Print
This provision increases the standard deduction for married taxpayers filing jointly, and expands the 15% tax bracket.Print
The Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) exemption amount rises in 2014 to $52,800 ($82,100, for married couples filing jointly).Print
If you have no children, your maximum Earned Income Credit for 2014 is $496. With two children, the maximum amount is $5,460, and with one child, it is $3,305. If you have three or more qualifying children, the maximum Credit you can receive for 2014 is $6,143 (up from $6,044 in 2013).Print
You may be able to exclude all or part of the interest from qualifying Series EE or Series I bonds if you use the income for qualified educational expenses. You cannot take this benefit if your modified adjusted gross income is $89,700 or more ($142,050 if you file jointly, or if you file as Qualifying Widow(er) with Dependent Child).Print
The American Opportunity Tax Credit expanded on the Hope Credit. The income limits are higher, the credit is available for more qualified expenses, and you can use the credit for four years of post-secondary education instead of just two. In addition, you can even get a refund if you don't owe any tax for up to 40% of the credit ($1,000).Print
You can still deduct tuition expenses as an adjustment to income, even if you don't itemize your deductions. You generally take the tuition expense deduction if you don't qualify for an education credit or other tax break for the same expenses.Print
The new, permanent contribution limit is $2,000 per year.Print
Changes for 2014 include the addition of the Health Insurance Premium Tax Credit (see below) and the Individual Shared Responsibility Provision. The majority of taxpayers will see minimal impact on their 2014 federal taxes. For more information, visit TaxACT's website, HealthcareACT.com. The site offers tools and information to help you understand the impact of the Affordable Care Act on your taxes. Resources include year-by-year guidance and calculators to estimate your eligibility for the premium tax credit or your tax penalty for being uninsured.Print
If individuals or families purchase health insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace, they may qualify for the new Health Insurance Premium Tax Credit. To qualify for the credit, your household income must fall between 100 percent and 400 percent of the federal poverty line, you may not be claimed as a dependent on any other taxpayer's return, and (if married), you must file jointly. In the case of spousal abuse or abandonment, this requirement may be waived.Print
In 2014, each individual taxpayer must carry the required "minimum essential coverage" each month, qualify for an exemption, or pay mandatory taxes. For those facing this new penalty, relief provisions have been written into the tax laws to help taxpayers transition into these new requirements. The minimum amount of insurance coverage you must carry is calculated per family member and then added together.Print
If you have a high adjusted gross income, you may not be able to take all your itemized deductions, thanks to the Pease provision. Itemized deductions start to phase out at $152,525 if you are married filing separately ($254,200 for individuals, $279,650 if head of household, or $305,050 if filing jointly). Your itemized deductions are reduced by 3% of your adjusted gross income over these amounts, but they are never reduced by more than 80% of your otherwise allowable deductions.Print
Your personal exemptions for yourself, your spouse, and your dependents reduce your taxable income by $3,950 each. If your adjusted gross income is over $254,200 ($152,525 if married filing separately, $305,050 if filing jointly, or $279,650 if filing as head of household), your personal exemptions are reduced by 2% for each $2,500 or portion over these amounts. The exemption phases out completely at $376,700 ($427,550 if filing jointly, $213,775 if filing separately, $402,150 if filing as head of household).Print
The standard mileage rate for the use of your car or other vehicle dropped half a cent to 56 cents per mile for business and 23.5 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes. The rate for charitable travel remained the same at 14 cents per mile.Print
The most you can contribute to one of these plans remains at $2,500. Your spouse can also contribute $2,500 if he or she meets the qualifications. For certain FSAs, up to $500 can now be carried over to the next year.Print
(1) Self-only coverage. For taxable years beginning in 2014, the term "high deductible health plan" as defined in Sec. 220(c)(2)(A) means, for self-only coverage, a health plan that has an annual deductible that is not less than $2,200 and not more than $3,250, and under which the annual out-of-pocket expenses required to be paid (other than for premiums) for covered benefits do not exceed $4,350.
(2) Family coverage. For taxable years beginning in 2014, the term "high deductible health plan" means, for family coverage, a health plan that has an annual deductible that is not less than $4,350 and not more than $6,550, and under which the annual out-of-pocket expenses required to be paid (other than for premiums) for covered benefits do not exceed $8,000.Print
March 2 — All businesses
File information returns (for example, Forms 1099) for certain payments you made during 2014.
March 2 — Farmers & fishermen
File your 2014 income tax return (Form 1040) and pay any tax due - Details
March 2 — Payers of gambling winnings.
File Form 1096 along with Copy A of all the Forms W2G you issued for 2014. If you file Forms W2G electronically, your due date for filing them with the IRS will be extended to March 31. The due date for giving the recipient these forms remains February 2.
March 2 — All employers
File Form W3, Transmittal of Wage and Tax Statements, along with Copy A of all the Forms W2 you issued for 2014. If you file Forms W2 electronically, your due date for filing them with the SSA will be extended to March 31. The due date for giving the recipient these forms remains February 2.
March 2 — Large food and beverage establishment employers
File Form 8027, Employer's Annual Information Return of Tip Income and Allocated Tips. Use Form 8027T, Transmittal of Employer's Annual Information Return of Tip Income and Allocated Tips, to summarize and transmit Forms 8027 if you have more than one establishment. If you file Forms 8027 electronically, your due date for filing them with the IRS will be extended to March 31.
March 2 — Wagering tax
File Form 730 and pay the tax on wagers accepted during January.
March 2 — Heavy highway vehicle use tax
File Form 2290 and pay the tax for vehicles first used in January.
March 10 — Employees who work for tips
If you received $20 or more in tips during February, report them to your employer - Details
March 11 — Communications and air transportation taxes under the alternative method.
Deposit the tax included in amounts billed or tickets sold during the first 15 days of February.
March 13 — Regular method taxes
Deposit the tax for the last 13 days of February.
March 16 — Corporations
File a 2014 calendar year income tax return (Form 1120) and pay any tax due - Details
March 16 — S Corporations
File a 2014 calendar year income tax return (Form 1120S) and pay any tax due - Details
March 16 — S Corporation election
File Form 2553, Election by a Small Business Corporation, to elect to be treated as an S corporation beginning with calendar year 2015. If Form 2553 is filed late, S corporation treatment will begin with calendar year 2016.
March 16 — Electing larger partnerships
Provide each partner with a copy of Schedule K1 (Form 1065B), Partner's Share of Income (Loss) From an Electing Large Partnership, or a substitute Schedule K1. This due date applies even if the partnership requests an extension of time to file the Form 1065B by filing Form 7004
March 16 — Social security, Medicare, and withheld income tax
If the monthly deposit rule Page 6 Publication 509 (2015) applies, deposit the tax for payments in February.
March 16 — Nonpayroll withholding
If the monthly deposit rule applies, deposit the tax for payments in February.
March 25 — Communications and air transportation taxes under the alternative method.
Deposit the tax included in amounts billed or tickets sold during the last 14 days of February.
March 27 — Regular method taxes
Deposit the tax for the first 15 days of March.
March 31 — Electronic filing of Forms W2
File copies of all the Forms W2 you issued for 2014. This due date applies only if you electronically file.
March 31 — Electronic filing of Forms W2G
File copies of all the Forms W2G you issued for 2014. This due date applies only if you electronically file.
March 31 — Electronic filing of Forms 8027
File Forms 8027 for 2014. This due date applies only if you electronically file.
March 31 — Wagering tax
File Form 730 and pay the tax on wagers accepted during February.
March 31 — Heavy highway vehicle use tax
File Form 2290 and pay the tax for vehicles first used in February.
March 31 — Electronic filing of Forms 1097, 1098, 1099, 3921, 3922, and W2G.
File Forms 1097, 1098, 1099, 3921, 3922, and W2G with the IRS. This due date applies only if you file electronically. Otherwise, see March 2. The due date for giving the recipient these forms generally remains February 2. View More Tax Dates