For 2023, the threshold for claiming 20% of qualified business income is $182,100 for single filers or $364,200 for married filing jointly. If your income is greater than these thresholds, the business deduction becomes 20% of your net qualified business income OR 50% of total wages paid to employees, whichever is less.
What if I own a specified service business?
If you are in a specified service business, the deduction begins to phase out when your income reaches $182,100 for singles and $364,200 for married filing jointly. The 20% deduction is reduced to $0 when you earn $232,100 for individuals and $464,200 if married filing jointly.
The IRS defines a "specified service trade or business" as something which involves businesses in the fields of:
- Actuarial science
- Performing arts
- Financial services
- Investing management