Filing Taxes: A Refresher Course On The Facts for 2019

Written By Mary Beth Eastman
Last updated January 11, 2019

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Personal Finance
January 11, 2019

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With the new year finally upon us, many Americans are setting their sights on tax season. Indeed, while the holiday season tends to drain and put a strain on the finances of many families, tax season often helps to replenish the bank accounts of many working and middle-class Americans. Furthermore, many others receive tax breaks and other financial incentives that make filing taxes beneficial. Whether you are considering filing your taxes online or through a tax preparer, the following is a closer look at some of the changes you should know for the 2019 tax season.

Pretty much everyone who is working full-time is required to file taxes annually. Those under 65 who made more than $10,400 are expected to file while those over 65 must file if they have made over $11,950. On another note, those under 65 who file head of household and have made $13,400 must file; those over 65 filing as head of household must file if they have made $14,950. Furthermore, those who received health care via the Affordable Care Act may also be required to file. Additionally, those who are self-employed must file once they have made at least $400. Searching for the best online tax service will help you find the right tax service for your situation.

One of the most talked about changes is that of the tax brackets. While there are still seven brackets, the amounts have been adjusted for inflation and are as follows:

  • 10 percent– Single Taxable Income 0 to $9,700; Joint Taxable Income 0 to $19,400; Head of Household 0 to $13,850
  • 12 percent– Single Taxable Income $9,701 to $39,475; Joint Taxable Income $19,401 to $78,950; Head of Household $13,851 to $52,850
  • 22 percent– Single Taxable Income $39,476 to $84,200, Joint Taxable Income $78,951 to $168,400; Head of Household $52,851 to $84,200
  • 24 percent -Single Taxable Income $84,201 to $160,725; Joint Taxable Income $168,401 to $321,450; Head of Household $84,201 to $160,700
  • 32 percent– Single Taxable Income $160,726 to $204,100; Joint Taxable Income $321,451 to $408,200; Head of Household $160,701 to $204,100
  • 35 percent– Single Taxable Income $204,101 to $510,300; Joint Taxable Income $408,201 to $612,350; Head of Household $204,101 to $510,300
  • 37 percent– Single Taxable Income $510,301 and up; Joint Taxable Income $612,351 and up; Head of Household $510,301 and up

On another note, the standard deductions have also changed. They are now $12,200 for single-filers (which is a $200 increase from 2018), $24,400 for married joint filers (which is up $400 from 2018), and $18,350 for head of household (which is up $350 from 2018). Furthermore, the IRS have also raised the employee contributions limit for 401(k), 403(b) as well as most 457 plans to $19,000, making it possible for those over the age of 50 to save an additional $6,000. Most excitingly for tax payers, the IRS will do away with the insurance mandate fee, which was $695 per adult and $347 for every child under age 18.

Overall, there have been many minor changes made to the existing tax laws. If you are confused, be sure to contact a professional before filing (or opting out) this year.

About the Author

Mary Beth Eastman

Mary Beth Eastman serves as the content manager for Simple. Thrifty. Living, where she is dedicated to helping readers use money and credit wisely. Mary Beth believes that access to the right financial information paired with a growth mindset are essential tools for getting out of debt and building wealth. Mary Beth has a degree in Journalism from Bowling Green State University and has focused her 20-year journalism career on putting readers front and center, carefully considering their concerns and presenting information that will help them in their everyday lives. She has won numerous statewide journalism awards. Her writing on personal finance as been featured on numerous websites in addition to Simple. Thrifty. Living, including Huffington Post and Lexington Law blog. Mary Beth resides in Pittsburgh, Pa., with her family and two rescue dogs.

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