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Provisions expired after 2013

*Edit 12/2014*

Congress Passes Tax Extenders and New Legislation for the Disabled:  The Senate passed H.R. 5771, known as the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014, temporarily extends more than 50 lapsed individual, business, and energy tax breaks for 2014 and sets them to expire again on 12/31/14. Highlights of the bill include the research and development (R&D) credit, first-year bonus depreciation, increased Section 179 expense limits, and the deduction for state and local taxes. In addition to the tax-break extensions, H.R. 5771 includes another bill (H.R. 647, the “Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014”) that establishes a new type of tax-advantaged account for disabled individuals, allowing them to save money for future needs while remaining eligible for government benefit programs. Additionally, a number of other nonextender tax changes are included. The President is expected to sign the bill soon


Educator’s Expenses – K-12 educators can no longer deduct up to $250 of out-of-pocket expenses from adjusted gross income (AGI)

Mortgage Insurance Premiums – no longer deductible

State and Local Sales Tax – can no longer choose sales tax deduction over state and local income tax as itemized deduction

Tuition and Fees – no longer up to $4,000 deduction from AGI

Energy Efficient Homes – builders of energy-efficient homes no longer allowed a $2,000 credit per qualifying home

Personal Energy Property Credit – no longer credit for energy efficient improvements to principal residence

Cancellation of Debt Exclusion – taxpayers must now include the amount of cancelled debt on principal residence as income