Your guide to newly enacted – and proposed – changes to the tax code

Between the economic recovery from the pandemic and the new federal government, there have been many recent changes to the tax code that may have an impact on your financial plans. This page lays out articles explaining the tax changes that have already been enacted as well as proposals from the Biden administration that have not yet become law. 

Significant Proposed Changes From the Democratic Leadership Include:

Income Tax >>

  • Rates: The current top income tax rate would rise to 39.6%, potentially applying to individuals earning more than $400,000.
  • Long-Term Capital Gains Tax: The top capital gains rate would rise to 25% for individuals whose Adjusted Gross Income exceeds $445,850.

Wealth Transfer Changes >>

  • Estate Tax: The estate tax exemption limit would be reduced to its 2017 level adjusted for inflation, or about $6 million.
  • Step Up in Basis: Despite earlier proposals to eliminate the “step up in basis” rule for inherited assets, it is not part of the most recent plans floated by House Democrats.

Earlier Proposals from the Biden Administration >>


Significant Changes That Have Already Been Enacted:

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Charitable Contributions

For 2020 and 2021 only, you can now deduct up to 100% of your adjusted gross income in qualified cash contributions (Consolidated Appropriations Act)

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Delays in RMDs from IRAs

You can now wait to take RMDs until age 72, up from 70½   (SECURE Act)

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529 plan changes

The plan assets can now be used for student debts and siblings (SECURE Act)

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Child and Dependent Care Credits

Child tax credits and dependent care credits have both been increased and made fully refundable for 2021 (American Rescue Plan Act)

For help in sorting out how these changes may affect your financial situation, talk to your Baird Financial Advisor team.


Baird does not provide tax or legal advice. Please consult your legal or tax professional for specific information.

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