Biden’s funds confirms the very best capital good points tax charge of 43.4% for millionaires

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President Joe Biden proposed a 39.6% maximum tax rate on capital gains and dividends for millionaires when he presented his budget proposal to Congress for fiscal year 2022 on Friday.

This is in line with the maximum rate the government set in April of tax hikes for the rich to fund America’s family plan.

Capital gains tax is owed on assets such as stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and real estate that have increased in value.

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The richest Americans currently pay a top 20% tax rate on these returns if the asset is held for more than a year. (You also pay a Medicare surcharge of 3.8% on investment income, bringing the maximum rate to 23.8% overall.)

Biden’s proposal aims to bring the tax rate on capital gains closer to that of their labor income.

The White House plan has a maximum rate of 43.4% when adding a Medicare surcharge on investment income. This is slightly higher than Biden’s proposed top tax rate of 39.6% on ordinary income.

It would apply to taxpayers whose income exceeds $ 1 million (or $ 500,000 for couples filing separate tax returns).

The capital gain rate would be retroactive to the “announcement date” according to the Treasury document. It’s unclear whether this means Friday’s announcement or perhaps Biden’s draft American family plan in April.

This would effectively mean that millionaires selling future valued assets would be subject to the 43.4% rate.

Of course, the plan has yet to be approved by Congress, which is not certain.

Biden also proposed removing an existing tax break on death (the “top-up” on the base) that would allow valued assets to be passed on to heirs tax-free. As a result, investors may not necessarily be able to immediately avoid capital gains taxes by holding them to the death.

According to the White House, capital gains tax reforms will raise around $ 322 billion in a decade.

Correction: President Biden proposed a capital gains tax rate of 39.6% in his 2022 budget proposal to Congress. In an earlier version, the number was incorrectly specified.

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