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What IRS tax changes were applicable to 2014?

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Tax changes applicable to 2014 included a personal and dependent exemption rise to $3,950 and an increase of the standard deduction to $12,400 for married taxpayers filing jointly, explains Turbo Tax. The maximum earned income tax credit increased to $6,143 for the 2014 tax year.

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Other changes applicable to 2014 included a rise in the foreign earned income deduction to $99,200. The lifetime learning credit began its phase-out at $108,000 in adjusted gross income for joint filers or $54,000 for singles and heads of household. Taxpayers also had to adhere to a new deductible amount for health savings accounts, with $6,550 for families and $3,300 for individuals, reports Turbo Tax.

2014 changes also saw an increase in taxes, which included the addition of another tax bracket for individuals with a taxable income greater than $400,000 and joint filers who have a taxable income over $450,000, according to Turbo Tax. The tax on long-term capital gains increased from 15 to 20 percent for individuals with a taxable income greater than $400,000 and joint filers who have a taxable income over $450,000. Another applicable change in 2014 was the additional Medicare payroll tax increase of 0.9 percent on earned income for individuals above $200,000 or joint filers above $250,000.

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