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Expired 2012 Federal Tax Provisions Extended by the Tax Relief Extension Act

January 3, 2013

Late on January 1, 2013, Congress passed HR 8 (Tax Relief Extension Act) which extended almost all of the Federal tax provisions that had expired at the end of 2011 and 2012.

Although the Tax Relief Extension Act contains many individual, business, and energy tax provisions that were extended or modified, the following are the ones that will have the most impact on taxpayers filing their 2012 Federal returns this coming filing season.

Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT)
The Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) provisions were permanently extended as follows:

Individual and Business Provisions
The following individual and business provisions were extended and will apply to Tax Years 2012 and 2013:

Section 179 Expense
The following Section 179 provisions were extended and will apply to tax years 2012 and 2013:

Adoption Credit
The portions of the Adoption credit that made it a refundable credit and increased the credit amount were not extended. Thus the adoption credit reverts back to being a nonrefundable credit with any excess being allowed to be carried forward for five years. The maximum credit for 2012 will be $12,650.

Federal Provisions That Were Not Extended
The following Federal provisions were not extended and thus are not applicable for 2012 Federal returns:

Availability of Form 1040 Instructions and Publication 17
Due to the lateness of the passage of this tax bill and the uncertainty surrounding the above extender provisions the IRS has not yet released the Form 1040 instructions or Publication 17. Now that it has passed, the IRS should be releasing them in the near future.

Several forms, like the Form 1040 adn Form 1040, Schedule A, will have to be revised and re-released also. I would expect this to take up to two weeks.

And, of course, software providers and the IRS will need time to make revisions to their software and perform thorough testing of the changes.

This possible could delay the filing of certain returns. The IRS has not yet made any formal announcement of any definite delays.

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