I have been using Turbo Tax Deluxe for years for our personal returns. I have a small business and will be eligible for the 20% small business tax credit, insurance broker. Which product should be used for 2018?
I am a single, senior woman living in Kansas and I have just filed my taxes through TurboTax. Everything I read about the new tax code led me to believe I would be paying less taxes, but not so. At the federal level I will receive a refund but it is about 18% less than last year, according to TurboTax. At the state level I have to pay $700 additional taxes. This is because I took the standard deduction on my federal return, which is a higher level of deduction for me than itemizing. I didn't know this when I filed, but Kansas is one of many states that does not allow you to itemize on your state return if you did not itemize on your federal return. So I could only take the Kansas standard deduction. Itemizing on the state return would have been much better. I live in a high-tax Kansas City suburb and for me an additional $700 is significant. I am not happy.
This is the conundrum many face this year as a result of the New Tax Law. Increasing the Standard Deduction (doubling it) has had some profound impacts.
1. It will reduce the number of Tax Returns Itemizing by a factor of 6. In other words approximately 30% of all taxpayers itemized in 2017; in 2018 that figure drops to around 5%. The obvioius advantage to this change is simplicity: less paperwork, calculations and audits when Shedule A drops off. Shedule A is ripe for an audit....The Standard Deduction is not.
2. It would almost appear as if the Feds act completely independently of the States when it comes to tax. Recall most states use Federal AGI as a starting point and most states require consistency with respect to Itemizing or Standard Deduction. So, if the taxpayer uses the Standard on the federal no problem----that deduction doubled. But what about the states; they did NOT double their Statndard Deduction. This is the conundrum JudyMo finds herself in. There are a few large cities in the US that add another layer of complexity; Kansas City is one of them. It's problematic because many in the area work in MO but Live in KS (Johnson County in particular). This results in generating a "Crossfile" between states.
dont hold your breath on expecting much in the way of refunds or realized tax breaks. I just did out taxes and our taxes went up 49.28% let me break that down for you. Married with one dependent. we itemize as I have medical issues and we have had a run of deaths in the family over the past 5 years that has donations on the high side. this year We also upgraded our solar so we had energy credits. My husband is a fire fighter and educator. I tutor a bit and draw disability. So we aren't making millions, not even 6 figures. Losing the work deductions and what ever else is hidden in the new law actually INCREASED our tax by 2% and reduced our normal tax refund by 49.28%. That means, WE PAID MORE....a LOT MORE! Matter of fact, if I did not itemize, we would have owed $358. Next year, our daughters 529 account will be taxed as we start to draw on it for her education expenses. Needless to say, I am going to files a W-4v to have voluntary tax withholdings of 10% taken from my pathetic SSDI to hopefully stay on top of MORE taxes that will be owed. When we pay off our house in a couple years, and if we dont make any increases to our roughly 15% paid in taxes, we will be owing taxes at the end of the year. When our daughter drops off as a dependent in a couple years, we will be owing taxes. Yes, its slightly easier to file the new taxes without having to account for all the unreimbursed work expenses, but this "tax reform" is a boot to the head for us. The only ones it seems to actually help, are those that making less than $50-55k per year as a married couple...that's from conversions among my friends. If you make over $75k, depending on how you file and you withholdings, you could be in for sticker shock! To me, this is a slap in the face to those main stream middle class workers, especially public servants
in a nutshell....if you make over $75,000 and file jointly, you might seriously want to think about having an extra $20/pay period withheld or you could be left holding the bag at the end of the year...a very empty bag.