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2018 TCJA, What Is That?

In December of 2017, President Trump signed a bill called The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, hence the acronym TCJA.

Do you want to know how the 2018 TCJA affects you?

Let’s find out!!


Here's my Top 4 Tax Changes due to the 2018 TCJA.


Personal and dependent exemptions are suspended until 2026.

Here’s what that may mean for you:

If you have a Big Family and are used to taking all those dependent exemptions plus yours (and your spouses), the exemptions are now suspended.

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Sorry! NO MORE exemptions for you!

No more 4K extra per person exemptions for yourself and your dependents.

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New standard deductions go for everyone across the board.

For Single & Married Filing Separately filers

Their standard deduction has increased to 12K for the year from $6,350 in 2017. This may seem like a lot but as a Single or Married Filing Separately filer, you still could get an extra exemption for your dependent(s).

Head of Household filers standard deduction increased to 18K for the year from $9,350 in 2017.

Married Filing Jointly or Qualifying widow(er) filers standard deduction increased to 24K for the year from $12,700 in 2017.

This makes up for the personal and dependent exemption


This is pretty helpful to the married filing jointly filers that have no children or have only 1 child. If you have a Small Family with no children or just one child, this works in your favor. Yay!!!

And Then There's This…

New Lower tax rates

Old Tax rates: 10%, 15%, 25%, 28%, 33%, 35%, 39.6%

New TCJA Rates: 10%, 12%, 22%, 24%, 32%, 35%, 37%

Let’s put that in perspective:

Just using the middle tax rate of 24%

For the head of household, single and married filing separately filers your TAXABLE income has to be more than $82,500 but less than $157,500.

For married filing jointly filers your TAXABLE income has to be more than $165,000 but less than $315,000.

This is excellent news for some of you.

If we go down memory lane, back in 2017.

As a single or head of household filer, you would be between a 25% and 28% tax rate.

As a married filing jointly or married filing separately filer you would be between a 28% and 33% tax rate.

Here’s One More…

Child Tax Credit Increased through 2025.

The child tax credit maximum has increased from $1,000 to $2,000 per qualifying child.

The refundable portion of the credit has increased from $1,000 to $1,400.

The child tax credit begins to phase out for taxpayers with a modified adjusted gross income of over $200,000 for single and head of household filers or $400,000 for married filing jointly filers which have more than double the 2017 phase-out amounts.

Sad and Amazing right?

Let me know your thoughts…

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