Will pension exclusion income amount rise?

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Q. My wife and I have a gross income of $115,000 before subtracting any pension exclusion and therefore do we do not get the present pension exclusion of $20,000. When the pension exclusion goes to $40,000 next year and $100,000 in 2020, will the gross income still be $100,000?
— Hoping

A. Sorry. If you continue your $115,000 annual income, you’re going to miss out on the pension exclusion.

The $100,000 gross income threshold will apply in each tax year regardless of the pension exclusion amount in effect at that time, said Megan Newby, a certified public accountant with Wilkin & Guttenplan in East Brunswick.

“As of now, the $100,000 gross income threshold is not indexed for inflation,” Newby said. “However, the threshold amount may be revisited before the exclusion is fully phased in during the 2020 tax year.”

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