2009 Tax Changes for Individuals
Child-Related Tax Changes
Information on adoption benefits, child and dependent care credit, child's investment income, and additional child tax credit.
Credit for Prior Year Minimum Tax
There are several changes to the credit for prior year minimum tax.
Earned Income Credit
The earned income credit amounts have increased for 2008.
Education-Related Tax Changes
Information on education savings bond exclusion, hope and lifetime learning credits, tuition and fees deduction, and student loan interest deduction.
Exclusion of Income for Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Medical Responders
For tax years beginning after 2007 and before 2011, gross income ...
Health/Medical-Related Tax Changes
Information on Archer Medical Savings Accounts (MSAs), Health Savings Accounts(HSAs), and long-term care premiums.
Home/Residence-Related Tax Changes
Information on mortgage insurance premiums, residential energy credits, and sale of main home by employees of intelligence communities.
Increase in Limit on Long-Term Care and Accelerated Death Benefits Exclusion
New limits on exclusion payments made under a long-term care insurance contract.
The itemized deduction phaseout income limits have increased for 2008.
Maximum Tax Rate on Qualified Dividends and Net Capital Gain Reduced
There are changes to the maximum tax rate on qualified dividends and net capital gain.
Penalty for Failure to File Income Tax Return Increased
The failure to file penalty has increased.
The deduction amount and phaseout income levels have increased for 2008. Also, the definition of qualifying relative is clarified.
Recovery Rebate Credit
See if you are eligible for the recovery rebate credit.
Social Security and Medicare Taxes
The maximum amount of wages subject to the social security tax and Medicare tax has increased for 2008.
Standard Mileage Rate
The standard mileage rate for business use of your vehicle, medical and move- related use and charitable use has increased for 2008.
Wage Threshold for Household Employees
The social security and Medicare wage threshold for household employees is...
Thursday, February 12
To find out when you can expect your 2009 IRS Tax Refund, click here!
As you might be aware, one of the provisions set forth in the proposed stimulus package was a tax break for interest paid on car loans. Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) who sponsored the bill, confirmed today Congress has scaled back the bill and interest paid on car loans is not included in the package.
The final stimulus bill agreed upon by the House and the Senate provides tax relief for sales and excise tax.
Automotive News sources said the trim in the tax break for new-vehicle purchases reduced its cost from about $11 billion to about $2 billion. Negotiators wanted to limit the cost of the stimulus bill to ease the concerns of the lawmakers who were concerned with excessive spending.
Monday, February 9
Want to know what Experian is reporting about your credit history? It's going to be a little more difficult now!
Experian has announced that this action is specific to their consumer business unit, and will not impact their relationship with lenders.
Fair Isaac has received notification from Experian of its decision to terminate the agreement which allows the distribution of Experian-based FICO® scores and reports from www.myFICO.com.
While it is our desire to continue informing consumers of FICO® scores from all three credit bureaus, FICO® scores from Experian will no longer be available to consumers. FICO® scores from Equifax and TransUnion continue to be available.
There are three myFICO® products which will be impacted by this change:
* FICO® Credit Complete: No longer available after February 13th, 2009.
* FICO® Standard: The single Experian FICO® score and report will no longer be available after February 13th, 2009. You will still be able to obtain FICO® scores and reports from Equifax and TransUnion.
* Suze Orman's FICO® Kit: The single Experian FICO® score and report will no longer be available after February 13th, 2009. You will still be able to obtain FICO® scores and reports from Equifax and TransUnion.
It is important to understand that the majority of lenders will continue to use FICO® scores based on Experian data to make creditworthiness decisions, but those FICO® scores based on Experian data will not be available via www.myFICO.com, nor any other public venue.
We sincerely regret any inconvenience this causes to our loyal customer base. For the affected services, we will provide a smooth and thoughtful transition. Please know we are committed to giving clear and continued communications on this issue.
For more details on this change, especially if you currently own any of the three products mentioned above, we have provided a thorough FAQ, which is found on the FICO® Forums page.
Here is a link to the FAQ