It's been so controversial, in fact, that high-tax states, which feel unfairly targeted, may try to find a way around it when their legislatures start their spring sessions in the coming weeks.
Read this report in PDF The federal government taxes income from wealth less than it taxes income from work. One type of income from wealth is capital gains, the profits investors receive when they sell assets for more than their cost.
Capital gains are undertaxed in the United States but some policymakers have argued otherwise, claiming that capital gains are overtaxed because some of these profits are really the effects of inflation and not real income. They argue that Congress, or even the administration, should provide a new break that would lower income taxes on capital gains even further.
But, as this report explains, the existing tax breaks for capital gains more than compensate for any problem related to inflation. Congress should repeal or limit these existing breaks rather than create new ones.
One of the existing tax breaks is the special, lower personal income tax rates that apply to both long-term capital gains and corporate stock dividends. Capital gains are considered long-term when assets are held for at least a year before being sold.
Figure 1 illustrates the distribution of the benefits from these lower rates projected by the ITEP microsimulation tax model. Of that amount, 79 percent is projected to go to the richest one percent of Americans while 91 percent is projected to go to the richest five percent.
The special personal income tax rates that are addressed by Figure 1 are just one of several types of tax breaks for capital gains.
Congress could save hundreds of billions or even trillions of dollars by repealing some and restricting others, as explained in this report.
The capital gains tax breaks also contribute to inequality because most capital gains income is received by the richest one percent. Any plan for true, comprehensive tax reform should address each of the following types of capital gains tax breaks.
The special, low income-tax rates that apply to capital gains and stock dividends. These special rates allow investment income, which mostly flows to the richest Americans, to be taxed less than income from work.
The exclusion of capital gains on assets passed to heirs or to charity from taxable income. This break mainly subsidizes wealthy families who hold assets to pass them onto the next generation, increasing the sort of dynastic wealth that is a feature of income inequality.
For assets that are not passed onto heirs but instead sold, the ability to defer paying tax on gains until the sale of the asset. When the value of an asset rises, for all practical purposes that increase in value is income for the owner of the asset, but our current laws do not tax this income until the asset is sold.
This means that wealthy individuals who own most assets can defer paying tax on much of their income for years, allowing their wealth to grow much more rapidly, while most income of working Americans is taxed annually. To end the first break, Congress would simply repeal the special income tax rates for capital gains and stock dividends, which would simplify the tax code because all income would be subject to the same set of tax rates.
To end the second break, Congress would pass legislation to tax such assets. A certain amount of gains on assets left at death could be excluded to shield low- and middle-income families from the effects of this reform. In the case of capital gains on closely held business assets assets of a family business left to heirs, the tax could be paid over 15 years to avoid liquidity problems.
The third break, the deferral of income tax on capital gains, is the most complicated to address.Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of – An Update LEGISLATIVE REVENUE OFFICE JANUARY 1. LAW CHANGES THAT AFFECT BOTH THE PERSONAL AND CORPORATE INCOME TAXES. Business Tax Reductions. 21% C-corporation tax rate Interaction with Oregon’s tax haven law.
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PERSONAL INCOME TAX. Introduction and Definition. Personal Income Tax (PIT) is a direct tax levied on income of a person. A person according to the PIT Act means an individual, an ordinary partnership, a non-juristic body of person and an undivided estate.
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An Act to impose income tax on individuals, communities and families and on ex ment or law imposing tax on the income of individuals shall not apply. The new law makes it easier to not be considered an Ohio resident (i.e., not subject to Ohio income tax).
This is significant as an Ohio resident is required to pay income tax on their income earned anywhere in the world (with credits for taxes paid in other jurisdictions). changes in federal tax laws would affect Missouri individual income tax collections.
There are two primary ways in which the Federal legislation will impact state individual income collections. For Missouri, standard or itemized deductions matter.
Note that the Missouri MO form asks for Federal Adjusted Gross Income on line 1.