New Tax Bill signed into law Dec 22 2017

"To provide for reconciliation pursuant to titles II and V of the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2018." This is the official name of the new tax bill signed into law by President Trump on Dec 22, 2017.

Highlights of what you should be doing differently for 2018...

Accelerate payments on mortgages and other debt. (Many individuals will no longer receive ANY tax benefit at all from the mortgage interest deduction.)  Paying down debt reduces your risk level in the future in the case of a downturn in the economy. 

Stop keeping track of your work expenses. Remarkably, Congress voted to take away ALL deductions from working Americans. You can no longer deduct union dues, mileage to temporary job sites, uniforms, meals if you are an over the road trucker etc. When possible, have these items paid with pre-tax $ via payroll deduction. 

Contribute to a 529 Plan for your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, etc.

Add the Roth 401K (or contribute to an individual ROTH) to your retirement plan mix.

(Modestly lower tax rates reduce the benefit of regular 401K contributions.) If tax rates rise in the future, ROTH distributions will look better since they are tax free after age 59 1/2.

If you are 70 1/2+  and make charitable contributions, make them directly from your

IRA account.

The new tax bill introduces extraordinary complexity into a tax landscape that politicians promised to "reform" and simplify. They even touted a tax return on a postcard that anyone could fill out. Please call your Republican representatives in early 2019 (the old law applies for returns filed in 2018 for the 2017 tax year) and ask them to send you your postcard so you can fill it out and send it in.

We will review the anticipated changes for the 2018 tax year with all clients when we prepare your 2017 return. 

Todd's Tax Service LLC