Tax Reform Acts

Tax Reform Act of 1986 :

The United States Congress approved the Tax Reform Act (TRA) of 1986, to abridge the income tax system and policy, to enlarge the tax stand and get rid of many tax covers and other penchants.

The top tax rate slab was decreased from 50% to 28% while the bottom rate slab was increased from 11% to 15% - the only instance in the records of the United.States income tax which begins from the approval of the Revenue Act of 1862 that the top rate was reduced and the bottom rate increased simultaneously. Not only this, the capital gains accepted the same tax rate as ordinary income. Furthermore, interest on consumer loans such as credit card debt, and state and local sales or income taxes was not at all deductible. An existing arrangement in the tax code, called Income Averaging, which dimnished taxes for those only currently making a much higher salary than before, was ruled out.

The Act also increased bonus and incenrttives promoting investment in owner-occupied housing than to rental housing by increasing the Home Mortgage Interest Deduction. The ascribable income an owner receives from an investment in owner-occupied housing has always got rid of taxation, much similar to the ascribable income someone receives from doing his own cooking instead of hiring a chef, but the Act altered the, handling of imputed rent, local property taxes, and mortgage interest payments to promote homeownership, while winding upmany investment incentives for rental housing. To the extent that low-income people may be more likely to live in rental housing than in owner-occupied housing, this provision of the Act could have had the drift to decrease the new supply of housing accessible to low-income people. The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit was added to the Act to provide some balance and equality and encourage investment in multifamily accommodations for the poor.

Tax Increase Prevention and Reconciliation Act of 2005 :

The Tax Increase Prevention and Reconciliation Act of 2005 were ratified on May 17, 2006.

This bill prohibits several tax provisions from sunseting in the near future. The two most distinctive segments of the bill are the amplification of the reduced tax rates on capital gains and dividends and amplification of the alternative minimum tax (AMT) tax reduction.

Internal Revenue Service Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998 :

The Internal Revenue Service Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998 approved on 22 July, 1998, was evolved out from hearings held by the United States Congress in 1996 and 1997. The Act included numerous amendments to the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.

Internal Revenue Code of 1954 :

Internal Revenue Code of 1954 was approved by the United States Congress and became law on August 16, 1954, following the Internal Revenue Code of 1939. The 1954 Code temporarily extended the Revenue Act of 1951's 5 percentage point increase in corporate tax rates through March 31, 1955, raised depreciation deductions by providing additional depreciation schedules, and created a 4 percent dividend tax credit for individuals.

Revenue Act of 1935 :

The Revenue Act of 1935, approved on August. 30, 1935, raised United States taxes on higher income levels, corporations, and gifts and estates.

It was approved by President Franklin D. Roosevelt as part of the Second New Deal.

The 1935 Act was popularly known at the time as the "Soak the Rich" tax. It elevated tax rates on incomes more than $50,000. The Act did little to increase federal tax revenue, and it did not considerably redistributed income. None of the less, the bill was very famous and many assumed that it was a elementary departure from tradition. Business leaders and the wealthy were disturbed due to it and other of Roosevelt's policies and laws and called him a renegade against his own section.

Revenue Act of 1861 :

The Revenue Act of 1861, previously cited as Act of August 5, was the first Federal income tax ordinance. The Act provided that there shall be levied, collected, and paid, upon yearly income of every person dwelling in the United States whether derived from any kind of property, or from any professional trade, employment, or vocation carried on in the United States or elsewhere, or from any source whatever.

Rates according to the Act were 3% on income above $800 (altered for inflation: $17,630 in 2005 dollars) and 5% on income of individuals living outside the U.S.