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CaesarNow that tax-season is in the rearview mirror, it may seem that you paid more than normal – or that your usually fat refund lost a little of its girth this year. 

Well taxes did go up – again.  There are so many sneaky ways for our government to increase taxes … without increasing taxes … it can make your head spin.  Unfortunately, 2013’s tax burden will only get worse in 2014.  Here is a quick summary of tax changes for 2013 and 2014:

         The 10 percent tax bracket disappears

         25% will become 28%; 28% will become 33%; and 35% will become 39.5%

         Personal exemptions and itemized deductions phase-out for high-income earners

         The standard deduction and the width of the 15 percent bracket shrinks

         Dividends no longer qualify for lower, long-term capital gains rates

         Long-term capital gains tax rates increase from 0 percent to 10 percent (for taxpayers in the 15 percent bracket) and from 15 percent to 20 percent for the rest of us

         The child credit is halved to $500 and becomes largely non-refundable

         The child and dependent care credit and the earned income credit are pared back

         The 3.8% Obamacare Tax marches on

         The AMT (Alternative Minimum Tax) will snare more taxpayers in its clutches

         The Estate Tax reverts to pre-2001 levels

         A Medicare payroll tax surcharge of .9% applies to high-income earners

         Medicare Premiums go from $105 to $336 for high-income earners

If all that detail is hard to digest, consider this.  In the Federal Budget, our government projects that it will collect $1.316 trillion in income taxes in 2013.  By 2018 – just five years out – that figure will swell by almost 50%, to 1.920 trillion – all without an official “tax increase.”  Go figure.

The news only gets worse as we continue to rack up trillion dollar federal deficits year after year; large cities declare bankruptcy, and personal income goes backward. 

It’s time to get serious about managing our individual future tax liabilities – and we can show you how.