The IRS will be adjusting many dollar limits and benefits due to inflation. Here are some of the changes starting January 1 , 2013:

  • Deduction for business use of Auto will be 56.5 cents per mile, medical miles increase to 24 cents and charitable miles remain at 14 cents.
  • The annual exclusion for gifts increases to $14,000 per person.
  • Foreign earned income exclusion increases to $97,600.
  • Social Security benefits will increase by 1.7%.
  • The wage base for computing Social Security tax will increase to $113,700.
  • Threshold for unearned income regarding "kiddie tax" rises to $1,000.
  • The maximum IRA contribution will increase to $5,500.
  • The maximum contribution to 401K and 403B plans will increase to $17,500, for those over 50 years old the catch up amount remains $5,500.
  • The maximum contribution to a SIMPLE IRA plan will increase to $12,000.
  • For those covered by a pension plan at work, the income phase out for deductible IRA contributions increases as follows; $59,000 to $69,000 for singles and $95,000 to $115,000 for married filing joint.
Now we wait for the fun part...How much will they raise our taxes??

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