Personal Exemption Amount Increased

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Personal Exemption Amount Increased

The amount you can deduct for each exemption has increased to $3,500 for 2008.

You lose part of the benefit of your exemptions if your AGI is above a certain amount. The amount at which the phaseout begins depends on your filing status. For 2008, the phaseout begins at:

  • $119,975 for married persons filing separately,

  • $159,950 for single individuals,

  • $199,950 for heads of households, and

  • $239,950 for married persons filing jointly or qualifying widow(er)s.

Beginning in 2008, you can lose no more than 1/3 of the dollar amount of your exemptions. In other words, each exemption cannot be reduced to less than $2,333.

If your AGI is more than the amount shown for your filing status, use the Deduction for Exemptions Worksheet in the Form 1040 or Form 1040A instructions to figure the amount you can deduct for exemptions.

Exemption for individual displaced by Midwestern disaster. You may be able to claim a $500 exemption if you provided housing to a person displaced by a Midwestern disaster. For more information, see Publication 4492-B.