CCH Outlines Options as Congress, Taxpayers Face Fiscal Cliff
CCH Offers Scenario for What Different Proposals Would Mean for a Middle-income Married Couple
RIVERWOODS, Ill., Dec. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Congress is scheduled to return tomorrow to complete work for the year, which is hoped to include a deal to avert the December 31 "fiscal cliff" deadline, but it will need to work quickly to do so – or come to some interim agreement, according to CCH, a Wolters Kluwer business and leading global provider of tax, accounting and audit information, software and services (CCHGroup.com).
"While a deal looked close on several occasions during negotiations, it's been elusive so far," said George Jones, JD, CCH Senior Federal Tax Analyst. "Whether a resolution can be reached before Congress recesses for the year grows dimmer as the days progress."
The fiscal cliff, shorthand for January 1, 2013, when the terms of the Budget Control Act of 2011 are scheduled to go into effect, includes a series of across-the-board spending cuts and tax increases.
According to CCH, three scenarios that could transpire over the next few days include:
"Last week it seemed President Obama and House Speaker Boehner were circling in on a middle ground, but that fell apart and it's not clear they will be able to return to those positions to resume negotiations this week," said Jones.
The president had mentioned being open to a $400,000 threshold on income tax rates at one point.
"They could pass legislation establishing a framework of general tax increases and/or spending cuts and allow the new Congress to work out the details early next year."
"Even if we go over the fiscal cliff, Congress could act early next year to reach a compromise and make any agreement retroactive to the beginning of the year," said Jones. "However, this would not be the ideal scenario for most taxpayers, businesses or investors – most of whom would prefer some degree of certainty heading into 2013."
Tax Outcomes for Middle-class Couple
Depending upon the taxpayer's situation, the different proposals could have an impact of a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars in the taxes they owe.
Below, CCH provides an example of how the current Democratic and Republican proposals would affect a married couple filing jointly with $150,000 in taxable income, $2,500 in capital gains and $500 in dividends.
The free CCH 2013 Fiscal Cliff Estimator (CCHGroup.com/Estimator), allows individuals and tax advisors to compare a taxpayer's 2012 tax liability against the two proposals as well as what would happen if Congress does not act.
Source: CCH Fiscal Cliff Estimator.
* The tax is estimated based on taxable income. The President's proposal is based on Adjusted Gross Income (AGI), not taxable income. Taxable income is determined by subtracting personal exemptions and either the standard deduction or itemized deductions (among other items) from AGI. Rates could differ slightly based on this differentiation.
About CCH, a Wolters Kluwer business
CCH, a Wolters Kluwer business (CCHGroup.com) is a leading global provider of tax, accounting and audit information, software and services. It has served tax, accounting and business professionals since 1913. Among its market-leading solutions are The ProSystem fx® Suite, CorpSystem®, CCH® IntelliConnect®, Accounting Research Manager® and the U.S. Master Tax Guide®. CCH is based in Riverwoods, Ill. Follow us now on Twitter @CCHMediaHelp. Wolters Kluwer (www.wolterskluwer.com) is a market-leading global information services company. Wolters Kluwer is headquartered in Alphen aan den Rijn, the Netherlands. Its shares are quoted on Euronext Amsterdam (WKL) and are included in the AEX and Euronext 100 indices.
SOURCE CCH, a Wolters Kluwer business
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