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The Marriage Penalty and You

The Marriage Penalty and You

| August 21, 2018

The marriage penalty for your federal taxes has virtually been eliminated for all but the highest of income earners.

This means if you have a change coming, like an upcoming marriage, divorce, or death checking with your CPA could make a difference in how much of your hard earned money you get to keep.

For example, starting in 2018 a couple can make up to $315,000 and still be in just the 24% tax bracket. 

Whereas a single person can only have an income of half that, or $157,500 before their taxes go up to 32%. 

I think the planning opportunities for this could apply to many situations, but primarily I’m thinking of retired people.  Death and divorce is, unfortunately, the cause of frequent planning needs.  But if there is a change of filing status, accelerating income could save money.  




Thanks for taking a look!


Tom Gartner, MSAPM, CFP®


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