Federal debt crisis solution could mean higher taxes

Federal debt crisis solution could mean higher taxes

Government action on the nation’s deficit in the coming months may result in future tax increases, adding to the challenge of long-term planning. As a result, it makes sense for clients to focus on tax strategies now, and take advantage of the clarity in tax law that exists through 2012. The most recent debate on

Make the most of deductions and exemptions

Make the most of deductions and exemptions

As taxpayers begin collecting their W-2s, 1099s and other tax forms, many are not aware of new provisions benefiting itemized deductions and personal exemptions. Prior to 2010, the value of claiming deductions and exemptions on the tax return diminished (or “phased out”) at higher income levels. For example, see phase-out limits from 2009: Personal exemptions

Tax law creates potential opportunities for taxpayers to save more

Tax law creates potential opportunities for taxpayers to save more

The federal tax law extended today’s historically low tax rates through 2012 and created potential savings opportunities for taxpayers. Clients may want to explore ways of capitalizing on the tax rates now before future changes occur. Higher taxes are already on the horizon, including a new 3.8% Medicare surtax on investment income that becomes effective

Estates in 2010 have two options

Estates in 2010 have two options

Since the estate tax was technically repealed at the start of 2010 as a result of a sunset provision within EGTRRA, planning has been challenging due to uncertainty around potential legislative changes that would impose different rules. The signing of the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010. into law in

College savings tax credits extended

College savings tax credits extended

Several tax credits for investors saving for college were extended for two years in the passage of the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010. The contribution limit for the Coverdell Education Savings Account program, which was scheduled to revert to $500, was maintained at $2,000 and extended through 2012. Depending

Tax cuts extended for two years

Tax cuts extended for two years

The recent signing into law of H.R. 4853 — the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 — represents the most significant tax law in a decade. At a cost of $858 billion, it represents a tremendous investment at a time when the nation’s economic recovery is fragile. In addition to

Do your clients know about the AMT?

Do your clients know about the AMT?

The Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) will affect an additional 27 million taxpayers in 2010 if Congress fails to act and amend the income guidelines by the end of the year. Asking your clients if they have consulted with a tax preparer about the possible impact of the AMT provides an opportunity for you to discuss