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Some of the new upcoming ObamaCare taxes

Posted by taxguru on July 6, 2012

The folks at TaxCoach recently prepared a client alert addressing some of the new taxes we will all have to deal with after last week’s insane ruling by John Roberts and the Supremes, including the following.

  • On January 1, 2013, the Medicare tax will go up by 0.9% for individuals earning over $200,000 ($250,000 for joint filers, $125,000 for married individuals filing separately).
  • Also on January 1, there will be a new “Unearned Income Medicare Contribution” of 3.8% on investment income, for those earning more than $200,000 ($250,000 for joint filers).
  • Beginning on January 1, 2014, there will be a new $2,500 limit on tax-free contributions to flexible spending accounts, and employers with more than 50 employees will face a penalty of $2,000 per employee for not offering health insurance to full-time employees.
  • The threshold for deducting medical and dental expenses rises from 7.5% of adjusted gross income to 10%. This will make these expenses even harder to deduct without help from advanced strategies like Health Savings Accounts or Medical Expense Reimbursement Plans.

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