Tax deal resolves fiscal cliffhanger
On Jan. 1, Congress passed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA). This article offers highlights of the law’s individual tax provisions. It looks at changes in income, capital gains, estate and gift tax rates, deductions and exemptions. It also discusses the alternative minimum tax and the extension of a number of tax breaks for individuals. A sidebar lists several business tax break extensions, as well.