Time to plan for inflation-adjusted 2017 tax numbers

Each year, certain tax figures are adjusted for inflation.  While most figures are unchanged versus 2016, there is more than a 7% increase to the maximum earnings subject to social security tax.  Take note of these numbers to use in your 2017 planning.

  • The maximum earnings subject to social security tax for 2017 is $127,200.  The earnings limit for those under full retirement age increases to $16,920 for 2017.
  • The “nanny tax” threshold remains $2,000 for 2017.  If you pay household employees $2,000 or more during the year, you’re generally responsible for payroll taxes.
  • The “kiddie tax” threshold remains $2,100 for 2017.  If you have a child under the age of 19 (under age 24 for full-time students) who has more than $2,100 of unearned income, such as dividends and interest income, the excess could be taxed at your highest rate in 2017.
  • The maximum individual retirement account (IRA) contribution you can make for 2017 remains unchanged at $5,500 if you are under age 50 and $6,500 if you are 50 or older.
  • The maximum amount of wages employees can contribute to a 401(k) plan remains at $18,000, with an additional $6,000 if you are 50 or older.  The 2017 maximum contribution for SIMPLE plans is $12,500 and an additional $3,000 if you are 50 or older.
  • The maximum you can contribute to a health savings account for 2017 is $3,400 for individuals and $6,750 for families.  The catch-up contribution if you are 55 or older is $1,000.