New York State Decouples from Certain TCJA Personal Income Tax Changes
In response to the federal tax law changes made under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), New York State has decoupled from certain personal income tax changes.
Taxpayers may choose to itemize their deductions for New York State purposes for tax years 2018 and after, even if not itemized on their federal income tax return. In addition, New York allows deductions no longer available for federal purposes. For example, New York allows deductions for:
- State and local real estate taxes paid, including amounts over the $10,000 federal limit;
- Casualty and theft losses, including those incurred outside a federally declared disaster area;
- Unreimbursed employee business expenses; and
- Certain miscellaneous deductions such as tax preparation fees, investment expenses, and safe deposit box fees.
Taxpayers who have alimony or separate maintenance payments made under an alimony or separation agreement that was executed or modified after December 31, 2018, when calculating their New York adjusted gross income are required to:
- Subtract from federal adjusted gross income any applicable alimony or separate maintenance payments made in the tax year, and
- Add to federal adjusted gross income any applicable alimony or separate maintenance payments received in the tax year.
New York will continue to allow taxpayers to exclude qualified moving expenses reimbursement and moving expenses from their New York adjusted gross income which are not deductible/excludable under the TCJA. When calculating New York adjusted gross income, taxpayers should subtract from federal adjusted gross income:
- Any applicable qualified moving expenses reimbursement received in the tax year; and
- Any qualified moving expenses paid during the tax year.
As the tax filing season begins, it is important to be aware of the changes to New York State’s treatment of changes made in response to the TCJA personal income tax purposes and how it may impact you.
For more information, please contact Corey Rosenthal, Principal, State and Local Tax Services, at Corey.Rosenthal@CohnReznick.com or (646) 625-5729 or Arvinder Kaur, Manager, State and Local Tax Services, at Arvinder.Kaur@CohnReznick.com or (646) 448-5466.
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