3 new tax rules could save you thousands

How big will your tax refund be this year? Thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act — which applies to the 2018 tax year — most taxpayers will see a reduction in their total tax bill for 2018.

There are 3 significant changes to the tax code that should let taxpayers keep more of their money this year, in most cases:

  1. Higher standard deduction
  2. Doubling of the Child Tax Credit
  3. Lower tax rates in most income brackets

A free tax guide from ATBS highlights changes to tax rules for the 2018 tax year. The guide is written for owner-operators, but it includes information that should be useful to other types of independent business owners, as well as company drivers, freight brokers, and salaried employees.

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Compare the old tax laws with this year's rules, to understand your deductions and tax rate. The tables below are taken from The Owner-Operator's Guide to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. To download your copy, visit ATBS.

Keep in mind that while most taxpayers will pay less this year, some will pay more. If you happen to live or work in a high-tax state, for example, you could be at a disadvantage due to new caps on deducting state and local taxes from your Federal tax bill.

For tax assistance for your specific situation, contact ATBS via email or by calling 1-866-920-2827.

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Pat Pitz

Pat Pitz is the editor of the DAT Solutions freight broker newsletter. He has nearly 20 years experience as a professional writer and editor. Before joining DAT, he spent 8 years at a Portland advertising and public relations agency, where he wrote newsletters and other content for a variety of high-profile clients, including several in the trucking industry.



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