IRS Increases Standard Deduction, Exemptions, Thresholds
The 2002 standard deduction is increased to the following amounts:
- $7,850 for married filing jointly and surviving spouses
- $6.900 for heads of households
- $4,700 for single
- $3,925 for married filing separately
The standard deduction for taxpayers who may be claimed as dependents by another taxpayer may not exceed the greater of $750 or the sum of $250 and the dependent's earned income.
The personal exemption for 2002 is increased to $3,000.
The phase-out ranges for personal exemptions are the following adjusted gross income amounts:
- Married filing jointly and surviving spouses: $206,000 to $328,500
- Head of household: $171,650 to $294,150
- Single: $137,300 to $259.800
- Married filing separately: $103,000 to $164,250
The income limits for the maximum earned income credit have increased to the following amounts:
- $7,370 for a qualifying individual with one child
- $10,350 for a taxpayer with two or more children
- $4,910 for a taxpayer with no children
The adjusted gross income amount that triggers a reduction in itemized deductions in 2002 will be $137,300 for all taxpayers except married filing separately who will use $68,650 as the ceiling.