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Barack Obama’s Tax Plan

Barack Obama’s Tax Plan
November 18, 2008 collegeplan




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Significant Changes You Need to
Know in Obama Tax Plans:



 


 


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On the
campaign trail, Barack Obama proposed more than a dozen tax changes that would
affect individuals. The net effect would be to raise taxes on higher-income
people and reduce for low- and middle-income ones.


 


 


Most of
the ideas were floated before credit markets froze and the economy faltered.
Pundits say this could force Obama to shelve his tax plans while he focuses on
the economy.


 


“Most of
his tax proposals will be deferred because they don’t have a stimulus effect and
some of them will make the economy worse,” says Robertson Williams, principal
research associate with the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center.


 


The
centerpiece of Obama’s tax plan is the Making Work Pay Credit. It would give
workers making up to $75,000 per year a credit equal to 6.2 percent of their
first $8,100 in annual earnings. The credit, worth about $500 per year, would
essentially refund what eligible workers paid in Social Security tax. Couples
earning up to $150,000 a year could get up to $1,000 if both work. The credit
would not stimulate the economy because it “rewards people for what they have
already done. Those people are already working,” Williams says. Like other
proposed tax cuts, the credit would provide no immediate stimulus because people
would not get the benefit until they file their 2009 taxes in 2010, unless it
was sent out in an advance refund check – a tactic used in the Bush
administration.


 


For
high-income people, Obama planned to restore the top two rates in effect during
the Clinton era – 36 and 39.6 percent. Today the top rate is 35
percent.



 


This
increase would affect people whose taxable income exceeds about $165,000
(single) or $200,000 (married filing jointly). (Taxable income is the amount you
pay taxes on; it is less than gross income.)



 


Obama
would also increase the capital gains and dividend tax for this same group of
people to 20 percent from 15 percent. Clint Stretch, managing principal for tax
policy with Deloitte & Touche, estimates that a family of four with $500,000
in income from wages, interest and capital gains would pay an extra $3,100 in
taxes under the Obama plan.



 


But
Stretch predicts that Obama “will not be anxious to raise rates until the
economy firms up. Is this the first fight he wants to have, or are there things
the new administration wants to do that would have a higher possibility of
bipartisan support?” Should you sell any capital gains you happen to have left
while rates are lower? My simplistic answer: How much would you pay in
transaction costs?



 


Bob Doll,
Blackrock’s global chief investment officer for equities, also doubts that Obama
will try to raise taxes as long as the economy is contracting. “If you are going
to raise taxes, you don’t do it in the middle of a recession,” he says. “We
would be surprised to see significant tax increases enacted in 2009.”



 


Obama’s
more recent tax proposals intended to help suffering from the downturn, but
they, too, would be a hard sell. For example, he proposed letting people
withdraw 15 percent of their Individual Retirement Plan or



 


401(k)
balances (up to $10,000) without paying the 10 percent penalty that applies to
withdrawals before age 59 1/2. It would apply this year and next.


 


Retirement-security advocates hate this warm-hearted idea. “Any
proposal that tries to solve the larger economic crisis by telling people or
making it easier to use their 401(k) money is not the right solution,” says
Karen Friedman, policy director of the Pension Rights Center. During Obama’s
term, higher income people are likely to pay higher taxes. Does that mean you
should realize capital gains – if you have any left – or accelerate income into
2008 to take advantage of today’s lower rates?


Before
selling an asset to get this year’s capital gains rate, Stretch says investors
should weigh their transaction costs against how much they would save in taxes
and also consider the “opportunity cost,” or what else they could do with money
they would send to the government.


 


Summary of
Obama tax proposals’ effect on individuals


 


Permanent
changes:



 


(1) Income
tax: Restore Clinton-era tax rates for high-income earners. The marginal tax
rate on taxable income exceeding $357,700 (for singles and married couples
filing jointly) would rise to 39.6 percent from 35 percent.



 


The rate
on taxable income between $200,300 and $357,700 (for joint filers) and between
$164,550 and $357,700 (for singles) would rise to 36 percent from 33
percent.



 


(2)
Capital gains: Raise tax rate on long-term capital gains and qualified dividends
to 20 percent from 15 percent for people with taxable income exceeding $164,550
(singles) or $200,300 (joint returns).



 


(3)
Restore phaseouts: Reinstate the phaseout of personal exemptions and itemized
deductions for higher-income taxpayers. The phaseout is scheduled to end in
2010.



 


(4) Making
Work Pay Credit: Create a tax credit equal to 6.2 percent of the first $8,100 of
annual earnings for workers making less than $75,000 per year. This credit,
worth up to $500 per person, would refund the eligible employee’s Social
Security tax.



 


(5)
Seniors: Eliminate income tax for seniors earning less than $50,000.



 


(6)
Mortgages: Give homeowners who don’t itemize deductions a new credit ($800
maximum) equal to 10 percent of their annual mortgage payments.



 


(7)
College: Replace the Hope credit (maximum $1,800) with the American Opportunity
Tax Credit (maximum $4,000). Applies to qualified expenses paid the first two
years of college. Income limits apply.



 


(8) Child
care: Increase the credit for low-income families and make it available to
workers who don’t earn enough to pay income tax.



 


(9) Earned
income tax credit: Expand this credit for low-income workers.



 


(10)
Alternative Minimum Tax: Make the 2008 AMT exemption amount permanent and index
it to inflation. This would prevent a big increase in the number of people who
pay AMT. Some high-income people would pay less AMT because they would pay more
regular tax.



 


(11)
Estate tax: Make the 2009 rules permanent – no tax on estates less
than



 


$3.5
million per person or $7 million per couple. Amounts over that limit taxed at 45
percent.



 


Temporary
changes :



 


(12)
Retirement plans: Workers could withdraw 15 percent (up to $10,000) of their IRA
or 401(k) account without paying a penalty in 2008 and 2009.



 


Income tax
would still apply. Retirees older than 70 1/2 would not have to take withdrawals
from their tax-deferred retirement plans in 2008 or 2009.



 


(13)
Unemployment benefits: No tax on unemployment benefits in 2008 and
2009.



 


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