10 Trump-Era Tax Breaks on the Chopping Block by 2025

During Donald Trump’s presidency, the U.S. tax system saw major transformations, with several set to conclude by 2025. These changes have broad implications for individuals, families, and businesses alike, making it crucial to understand their impact as the expiration date approaches.

1. Individual Income Tax Rate Reductions

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Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) signed into law by President Trump in 2017, individual income tax rates were lowered across the board. This resulted in taxpayers generally paying less in federal income taxes.

High-income Earners Will Be Affected

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Middle-class taxpayers and high-income earners will be affected differently. The TCJA lowered individual income tax rates across the board, with marginal rates ranging from 10% to 37%.

Middle-class taxpayers generally saw lower tax liabilities due to these reductions. High-income earners benefited from lower rates but may experience a smaller overall tax reduction compared to middle-class taxpayers.

2. State and Local Tax (SALT) Deduction Limitation

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The TCJA limited the deduction for state and local taxes (SALT) to $10,000 for individuals and married couples filing jointly.

This limitation primarily affects taxpayers in high-tax states, potentially increasing their federal tax liabilities.

Tax Liabilities May Increase

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Taxpayers in high-tax states, such as California and New York, will feel the impact of the SALT deduction limitation.

Tax liabilities may increase for individuals and families who itemize deductions and have significant state and local tax payments.

3. Mortgage Interest Deduction Limits

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The TCJA reduced the cap on deductible mortgage interest from $1 million to $750,000 for new mortgages.

This change affects homeowners with larger mortgage balances, particularly in expensive housing markets.

High-value Mortgages Will Be Affected

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Homeowners with high-value mortgages will be affected by the mortgage interest deduction limits.

The deduction reduction may result in higher taxable income for homeowners with mortgages exceeding $750,000, potentially increasing their federal tax liabilities.

4. Corporate Tax Rate Reduction

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The TCJA lowered the corporate tax rate from 35% to 21%, aiming to enhance U.S. competitiveness and stimulate economic growth.

Corporations benefited from reduced tax liabilities under this provision.

Higher Tax Liabilities for Corporations

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Businesses, particularly large corporations, benefited from the TCJA’s corporate tax rate reduction.

Corporations could face higher tax liabilities if the lower rate expires after 2025, potentially impacting investment decisions and profitability.

5. Bonus Depreciation and Expensing

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The TCJA expanded bonus depreciation and increased expensing limits for businesses investing in qualified property.

These provisions incentivized capital investment and accelerated tax deductions for equipment and machinery purchases.

Reduced Investment Incentives

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Businesses investing in qualified property benefited from bonus depreciation and increased expensing limits.

If not extended after 2025, businesses may face reduced incentives for investment, potentially impacting economic growth and job creation.

6. Alimony Deduction Elimination

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Under the TCJA, alimony payments are no longer deductible for divorces or separations executed after December 31, 2018.

This change affects individuals paying alimony and recipients of alimony payments.

Higher Tax Liabilities for Alimony Payers

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The elimination of the alimony deduction impacts individuals paying alimony and recipients of alimony payments.

This change may affect divorce negotiations and financial planning for divorcing couples, potentially leading to higher tax liabilities for alimony payers.

7. Pass-Through Business Deduction

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The TCJA introduced a qualified business income deduction for owners of pass-through entities, allowing eligible taxpayers to deduct up to 20% of their qualified business income.

Small Business Growth and Investment Impacted

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Owners of pass-through entities, such as partnerships and S corporations, benefited from the TCJA’s pass-through business deduction.

If not extended after 2025, pass-through business owners may face higher tax liabilities, potentially impacting small business growth and investment.

8. Estate Tax Exemption Increase

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The TCJA doubled the estate tax exemption from approximately $5.5 million to $11.18 million per individual, indexed for inflation.

This change reduced the number of estates subject to federal estate tax.

Increasing Estate Tax Liabilities

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High-net-worth individuals and heirs of large estates were impacted by the TCJA’s estate tax exemption increase.

Without congressional action, the exemption will revert to pre-TCJA levels after 2025, potentially increasing estate tax liabilities for wealthy individuals and families.

9. Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) Changes

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The TCJA increased AMT exemptions and raised the phase-out thresholds, reducing the number of taxpayers subject to the AMT.

More Taxpayers Subject to the AMT

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Taxpayers subject to the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) were affected by the TCJA’s changes to AMT exemptions and phase-out thresholds.

If these changes expire after 2025, more taxpayers may become subject to the AMT, potentially resulting in higher tax liabilities and complexity.

10. Child Tax Credit Expansion

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The TCJA increased the Child Tax Credit (CTC) from $1,000 to $2,000 per qualifying child and raised the income thresholds for eligibility.

This change provided additional tax relief for families with children.

Reduced Tax Benefits for Families

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Families with children benefited from the expansion of TCJA’s Child Tax Credit (CTC).

If not extended after 2025, families may experience reduced tax benefits from the CTC, potentially impacting household finances and child-related expenses.

Evolving Tax Changes

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As Trump-era tax changes approach expiration, policymakers face critical decisions. These changes impact individuals, businesses, families, and the economy. Understanding their implications is vital for navigating evolving tax policy.

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