Why Did Your Taxes Jump So Much This Year?

Feeling like you're paying more this year? There are several reasons you might be.

Dan Caplinger
Dan Caplinger
Apr 6, 2014 at 3:55PM
Investment Planning

Nobody likes paying more taxes, but as more people file their 2013 tax returns, many are seeing that their tax burden has gone up. What's behind the increases?

In the following video, Dan Caplinger, The Motley Fool's director of investment planning, talks about the multiple factors pushing taxes higher. Dan notes that the new 39.6% tax rate took effect for highest-income taxpayers, which also raised long-term capital gains and dividend tax rates from 15% to 20% on those taxpayers. But surtaxes on wage income and net investment income also added to tax burdens. Finally, Dan runs through provisions that reduced taxpayers' ability to take personal exemptions and itemized deductions, thereby raising taxable income and total tax due. Going forward, further hikes aren't built into the law, but new tax reform could change the landscape again.