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Breaking Down the Latest IRS Update: Key Changes for the Tax Year 2024

The IRS has recently released key updates for tax year 2024, shaping the financial landscape for taxpayers. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll navigate through the significant changes and newest IRS update outlined in Revenue Procedure 2023-34, offering a detailed breakdown of the adjustments and their implications for your financial planning.

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New for 2024: Hazardous Substance Superfund Financing Rate Adjustments: Beginning in 2023, the Inflation Reduction Act brings back the Hazardous Substance Superfund financing rate for crude oil and petroleum products. For 2024, crude oil or petroleum products entered after December 31, 2016, will incur a tax rate of $0.26 cents a barrel.

Highlights of Changes in Revenue Procedure 2023-34:

  1. Standard Deductions:

    • Married couples filing jointly: $29,200 (up by $1,500 from 2023)
    • Single taxpayers and married individuals filing separately: $14,600 (up by $750 from 2023)
    • Heads of households: $21,900 (up by $1,100 from 2023)
  2. Marginal Tax Rates (2024):

    • Top tax rate: 37% for individual single taxpayers with incomes > $609,350 ($731,200 for married couples filing jointly)
    • Other rates range from 35% to 10% based on income levels.
  3. Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) Exemption:

    • AMT exemption for 2024: $85,700, with phase-out beginning at $609,350.
  4. Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC):

    • Maximum EITC amount for 2024: $7,830 for qualifying taxpayers with three or more qualifying children.
  5. Other Adjustments:

    • Monthly limitation for qualified transportation fringe benefit and qualified parking: $315
    • Maximum employee salary reductions for health flexible spending arrangements: $3,200
    • Foreign earned income exclusion: $126,500
    • Basic exclusion amount for estates of decedents in 2024: $13,610,000
  6. Unaffected Items:

    • No personal exemption for 2024 (remains at 0 as per the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act)
    • No limitation on itemized deductions (as per the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act)
    • Modified adjusted gross income amount for the Lifetime Learning Credit not adjusted for inflation.


Stay informed about these changes to make strategic decisions in the upcoming tax year. Whether you’re a seasoned taxpayer or navigating these waters for the first time, this guide ensures you’re well-prepared for the financial terrain of 2024. Contact one of our tax professionals today by clicking here or calling us at (800) 875-5509

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