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Key Federal Tax Figures for 2021

We are pleased to provide our annual Key Federal Tax Figures summary, which is designed to be a helpful reference tool throughout the year. Download or print your copy here:

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Several points of interest emerge from a review of the 2021 figures.

Increase in Standard Deduction

The tax reform legislation enacted in December 2017 nearly doubled the standard deduction. For 2021, the new higher amounts have increased again by an inflation adjustment. For a married couple filing a joint return, the increase is $300, to $25,100. Similar increases occurred for heads of households, single individuals, and married couples filing separate returns.

Automobile Mileage Rates

The tax-free mileage rate for business use of a vehicle was lowered to 56.0 cents per mile from 57.5 cents per mile, a decrease of 1.5 cents per mile. Similarly, the tax-deductible mileage rate for medical mileage decreased to 16.0 cents per mile from 17.0 cents per mile while the mileage rate for charitable mileage remained unchanged at 14.0 cents per mile. Note that with the suspension of the moving expense deduction, there is no mileage reimbursement rate for moving mileage.

Other Inflation Adjustments for 2021

Inflation adjustments affect many areas, but not everything. Examine the specific issues that affect your organization carefully. Some examples:

 In 2020 and Returns for 2020In 2021 and Returns for 2021
Foreign earned income exclusion$107,600$108,700
OASDI maximum wage base $137,700$142,800
Maximum annual contribution to defined
contribution plan
Maximum salary deduction for 401(k)/403(b) $19,500$19,500
401(k)/403(b) over 50 “catch-up” limit $6,500$6,500
IRA contribution limit $6,000$6,000
IRA over 50 “catch-up” limit $1,000$1,000
Highly compensated employee limit $130,000$130,000
Annual gift tax exclusion amount $15,000$15,000

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