Saturday, September 8, 2007

More changes to kiddie tax

When a child's unearned income, primarily from investments, exceeds $1,700, the excess portion is generally taxed at custodial parent's highest marginal tax bracket. For 2007, this kiddie tax doesn't affect a child age 18 or older. However, beginning next year, the kiddie tax can hit a child up to age 23 if the child's earned (such was wages) income does not exceed one-half of his/her support.

Long term care insurance benefit

The general rule is that benefit payments received under a qualified long-term care policy are tax-free [IRC §7702B(a)(2)]. However, some qualified policies pay a designated daily benefit regardless of actual costs. For 2007, benefits under such per-diem policies are automatically tax-free up to $260 per day (Rev. Proc. 2006-53). When benefit payments exceed those caps, they are still tax-free if actual costs for qualified long-term care services equal or exceed the payments.

Daily benefit payments are always tax-free if the insured is terminally ill, as defined by IRC §101(g)(4).

When benefits are paid during a year, the insured should receive a Form 1099-LTC reporting the gross amount of the benefit payments. The insured then uses Form 8853 to calculate whether any of the benefits are taxable.

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Mortgage Insurance Premiums

For 2007 only, taxpayers can claim an itemized deduction for mortgage insurance paid in connection with acquisition indebtedness on a qualified personal residence. The deduction phases out ratably by 10% for each $1,000 (or portion thereof) by which the taxpayer's AGI exceeds $100,000. Phased-out amounts are halved for those who are married, filing separately (MFS). Thus, it is not available for taxpayers whose AGI exceeds $109,000, or $54,500 for MFS.