Use adjusted tax numbers for 2012 planning

The IRS is required by law to adjust certain tax numbers each year. Here are some of the adjusted numbers you’ll need for your 2012 tax planning.

STANDARD MILEAGE RATE for business driving remains at 55.5¢ a mile. Rate for medical and moving mileage decreases to 23¢ a mile. Rate for charitable driving remains at 14¢ a mile.

SECTION 179 maximum deduction decreases to $139,000, with a phase-out threshold of $560,000.

TRANSPORTATION FRINGE BENEFIT limit decreases to $125 for vehicle/transit passes and increases to $240 for qualified parking.

SOCIAL SECURITY taxable wage limit increases to $110,100. Retirees under full retirement age can earn up to $14,640 without losing benefits.

KIDDIE TAX threshold remains at $1,900 and applies up to age 19 (up to age 24 for full-time students).

NANNY TAX threshold increases to $1,800.

HSA CONTRIBUTION limit increases to $3,100 for individuals and to $6,250 for families. An additional $1,000 may be contributed by those 55 or older.

401(k) maximum salary deferral increases to $17,000 ($22,500 for 50 and older).

SIMPLE maximum salary deferral remains at $11,500 ($14,000 for 50 and older).

IRA contribution limit remains at $5,000 ($6,000 for 50 and older).

ESTATE TAX top rate remains at 35%, and the exemption amount increases to $5,120,000.

ANNUAL GIFT TAX EXCLUSION remains at $13,000.

ADOPTION TAX CREDIT decreases to $12,650 for adoption of an eligible child.

ALTERNATIVE MINIMUM TAX (AMT) exemption decreases to $33,750 for singles and to $45,000 for married couples.

About Brenda J. McGivern, CPA

Brenda McGivern started her own certified public accounting and management consulting firm in October 2001. The full service CPA firm provides tax and accounting solutions to meet the needs of today’s small business and individual. Brenda McGivern has become a trusted advisor and valuable resource her clients rely on for timely, accurate assistance when they need it.

Before starting the firm, she worked as an accountant for three years at a local firm and prior to that five years at a large international CPA firm in Boston. She has performed the following tax services: federal, state and local tax planning, international tax planning, estate and succession planning, mergers and acquisitions, capital retention and IRS representation. She has also coordinated assurance engagements, such as financial statement audits, reviews and compilations from the planning phase through the reporting phase. She has prepared and reviewed regulatory filings for numerous regulatory agencies including the Security and Exchange Commission.

Prior to these positions she was selected from over 2,000 candidates into an eight-person intensive financial management program at an international technology company. The program consisted of graduate level classroom study and two six-month rotational assignments in financial operations.

She graduated cum laude from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting. McGivern also holds a license in Massachusetts as a Certified Public Accountant and is a member of the American Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants. She resides in Stoughton, Massachusetts with her husband Brian, and their sons Sean, Ryan and Conor and their dog, Davis.

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