Limitation on Itemized Deduction for High-Income Taxpayers

Written by Gregory Fallon, EA, MST on Thursday, 15 August 2013.

Limitation on Itemized Deduction for High-Income Taxpayers

For tax years beginning after 2012, the 2012 Taxpayer Relief Act provides that the “Pease“ limitation on itemized deductions, which had previously been suspended, is reinstated with a starting threshold of $300,000 for joint filers and a surviving spouse, $275,000 for heads of household, $250,000 for single filers, and $150,000 (one-half of the otherwise applicable amount for joint filers) for married taxpayers filing separately. Thus, for taxpayers subject to the “Pease” limitation, the total amount of their itemized deductions is reduced by 3% of the amount by which the taxpayer's adjusted gross income (AGI) exceeds the threshold amount, with the reduction not to exceed 80% of the otherwise allowable itemized deductions. These dollar amounts are inflation-adjusted for tax years after 2013.

If you expect your adjusted gross income to exceed the threshold for 2013 click on the "Pease" Calculator link.here

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Gregory Fallon, EA, MST

Gregory Fallon, EA, MST