IRS ANNOUNCEMENT: Estates of decedents who die during 2020 have a basic exclusion amount of $11.58 million, up from a total of $11.4 million for estates of decedents who died in 2019.  An individual taxpayer may leave $11.58 million to heirs with no federal or gift taxes due. A married couple will be able to leave $23.16 million.

The gift tax exclusion remains at $15,000, the same as it was for 2019.

The standard deduction for married filing jointly rises to $24,800 for tax year 2020, up $400 from the prior year.

For single taxpayers and married individuals filing separately, the standard deduction rises to $12,400 in for 2020, up $200, and for heads of households, the standard deduction will be $18,650 for tax year 2020, up $300.

The Alternative Minimum Tax exemption amount for tax year 2020 is $72,900 and begins to phase out at $518,400 ($113,400 for married couples filing jointly for whom the exemption begins to phase out at $1,036,800).The 2019 exemption amount was $71,700 and began to phase out at $510,300 ($111,700, for married couples filing jointly for whom the exemption began to phase out at $1,020,600).

For tax year 2020, the adjusted gross income amount used by joint filers to determine the reduction in the Lifetime Learning Credit is $118,000, up from $116,000 for tax year 2019.

For tax year 2020, the top tax rate remains 37% for individual single taxpayers with incomes greater than $518,400 ($622,050 for married couples filing jointly). The other rates are:

  • 35%, for incomes over $207,350 ($414,700 for married couples filing jointly);
  • 32% for incomes over $163,300 ($326,600 for married couples filing jointly);
  • 24% for incomes over $85,525 ($171,050 for married couples filing jointly);
  • 22% for incomes over $40,125 ($80,250 for married couples filing jointly);
  • 12% for incomes over $9,875 ($19,750 for married couples filing jointly).

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IRS ANNOUNCEMENT: Estate and Gift Tax Limits For 2020 was last modified: November 12th, 2019 by Stephen J. Silverberg