tax_return_check_web.jpgNumbers to know when filing your 2013 tax  returns, according to the Internal Revenue Service:

PERSONAL EXEMPTION:
• Each personal or dependent exemption is  worth $3,900.

STANDARD DEDUCTION:
• $12,200 for married couples filing a joint return, and qualifying widows and widowers.
• $6,100 for singles and married individuals filing separate returns.
• $8,950 for heads of household.
• Taxpayers who are 65 or older or who are blind may be eligible for a higher  standard  deduction.

PHASEOUT OF PERSONAL EXEMPTION AND ITEMIZED DEDUCTIONS

• Begins at $250,000 for individuals,
$275,000 for heads of household,
$300,000 for married filing jointly.

ALTERNATIVE MINIMUM TAX THRESHOLD:

• $80,800 for a married couple filing a
joint return, and qualifying widows and
widowers.
• $51,900 for singles and heads of
household.

INCOME TAX BRACKETS:
•10 percent, 15 percent, 25 percent, 28
percent,  33 percent, 35 percent, 39.6 percent.

EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT:
To qualify income can be no greater than:
• $46,227 ($51,567 married filing jointly) with three or more qualifying children.
• $43,038 ($48,378 married filing jointly) with  two qualifying children.
• $37,870 ($43,210 married filing jointly) with one qualifying child.
• $14,340 ($19,680 married filing jointly) with no qualifying children.
• Investment income cannot be more than $3,300 for the year.

Maximum credit:
• $6,044 for taxpayers filing jointly who have 3 or more qualifying children.
• $5,372 with two children.
• $3,250 with one child.
• $487 with no children.

CAPITAL GAINS:
• 0 per cent if taxpayer is in the 10 percent or 15 percent income tax brackets.
• 15 percent top rate if taxed below the 39.6 percent rate.
• 20 percent if taxed at the 39.6 percent rate.

ESTATE TAX
•Exclusion of $5.25 million for individual estates of people who died in 2013.

IRA CONTRIBUTIONS:
• Traditional IRA contribution limit:
$5,500.
• Additional contribution if over 50: $1,000.

DEFERRED RETIREMENT
ACCOUNTS

• 401(k), 403(b): $17,500.
• Additional contribution if 50 or 
older: $5,500.

STANDARD MILEAGE RATES:
• Business use: 56.5 cents a mile.
• Medical reasons or qualified move:
24 cents a mile.
•Charitable purposes: 14 cents a mile.