“Estate & Gift Tax
1. Estate and Gift Tax Exemption increases from $5,250,000 to $5,340,000, tax rate: 40% (excess over $5,340,000)
2. Gift Tax Exclusion: $14,000 per donee
3. Up to $1,090,000 of farm or business realty can receive discount estate valuation
4. Estate Tax Deferral (Installments)
If one or more closely-held businesses make up greater than 35% of an estate, as much as $580,000 of tax can be deferred, and the IRS will charge 2% interest (15 year tax deferral)
Pensions/Retirement Plans (2014)
1. Pay-in limitation for defined contribution plans increase to $52,000 (based on up to $260,000 in salary), which is a $1,000 increase (for profit-sharing plans, KEOGH plans, et al)
2. Benefit limit for Defined Pension Benefit Plans is $210,000.
3. 401(K) limit remains $17,500
Social Security wage base increases in 2014 to $117,000 (up $3300 from 2013 cap). The tax rate imposed on employers and employees remains 6.2% and the employer share of Medicare tax stays at 1.45%. The employee’s share is 1.45%, but the 0.9% Medicare surtax kicks in for singles with wages exceeding $200,000 and couples earning over $250,000.”
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