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New Housing Tax

By: Kenneth R. Harney Tax Planning Views: 3095 | Comments: 0 | Votes: 0

Kenneth R. Harney

When the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the health care reform law on federal tax grounds, it restoked a housing issue that had been relatively quiet for the past year: the alleged 3.8 percent “real estate tax” on home sales beginning in 2013 that is buried in the legislation. A sample: “Did you know that if you sell your house after 2012 you will pay a 3.8 percent sales tax on it? More

Do you owe the IRS money?

By: Steven Leibold, EA Tax Planning Views: 3749 | Comments: 0 | Votes: 0

Steven Leibold, EA

While the majority of Americans get a tax refund each year, there are many who owe tax and some who can’t pay what they owe all at once. If you find yourself in the position of owing taxes, there are a number of ways to deal with the issue: Get a Loan to Pay the Balance – If you owe the IRS and don’t pay on time, they will assess interest and penalties. More

Uncle Sam Wants to Help You with Summer Camp Costs

By: On My Own Two Feet Tax Planning Views: 3857 | Comments: 0 | Votes: 0

On My Own Two Feet

Ask a working parent how they feel about summer and you may be surprised. Thoughts of beaches, barbeques, and balmy days at the ballpark are often overshadowed by something much less exotic – concerns about childcare. If you have children under the age of 13, and you need childcare so that you can work, look for work, or attend school full-time, you are in luck. Shepherd Dr. More

“Innocent spouse” won’t be disqualified for failing to file within two years

By: File Your Taxes Online Tax Planning Views: 4718 | Comments: 1 | Votes: 0

File Your Taxes Online

The Internal Revenue Service is giving some relief to "innocent spouses" who otherwise may have been liable for a partner's tax debt.   Effective immediately, the agency has eliminated a rule that disqualifies taxpayers from innocent-spouse status if they fail to file for relief within two years -- a provision that snagged people who otherwise qualified, including abused women. More

35-year-old "temporary" unemployment tax has finally ended

By: Nole Fan Tax Planning Views: 2880 | Comments: 0 | Votes: 0

Nole Fan

Virtually every private employer in the United States will get a tax cut today. It will not affect workers’ paychecks. But the expiration of a 35-year-old temporary unemployment tax - about $14 a year per worker - will mean real money for some big companies at a time when President Obama is pushing Congress to raise taxes on some businesses by closing loopholes. More

Why It's Worth Paying for a Tax Pro

By: File Your Taxes Online Tax Planning Views: 3561 | Comments: 0 | Votes: 0

File Your Taxes Online

To save money last year, Anthony Fasano tried preparing his new business's first tax return on his own. Then reality sank in. "I realized I really had no understanding of the tax laws from a business standpoint," says Mr. Fasano, founder of Powerful Purpose Associates, an executive-coaching company he runs out of his home in Ridgewood, N.J. "I was just winging it." Mr. Fasano. Hall. Ms. More

Is Your Social Security Taxable?

By: Tax Advisors Tax Planning Views: 3865 | Comments: 0 | Votes: 1

Tax Advisors

Social Security benefits are taxed depending on your total income from all sources. Here is how to calculate how much of your Social Security benefits is taxable.   Provisional Income   Provisional income is your total worldwide income, including tax-exempt income, plus half of your Social Security benefits. 2. 3. 4. More

Google takes advantage of Irish tax law to cut its tax bill by billions

By: Academix Tax Planning Views: 8224 | Comments: 0 | Votes: 0

Academix

Google Inc. cut its taxes by $3.1-billion in the past three years using a technique that moves most of its foreign profits through Ireland and the Netherlands to Bermuda. Google's income shifting -- involving strategies known to lawyers as the "Double Irish" and the "Dutch Sandwich" -- helped reduce its overseas tax rate to 2.4%, the lowest of the top five U.S. Treasury Department. Ms. More

Investors might face higher taxes on dividends next year

By: Tax Advisors Tax Planning Views: 3804 | Comments: 0 | Votes: 1

Tax Advisors

If the tax cuts are allowed to expire at the end of the year, stock dividends will be subject to a much higher tax. Right now, the tax on stock dividends typically is a maximum 15%. But if the Bush tax cuts expire and we revert to previous levels, dividends would be subject to an income-tax rate of as much as 39.6%. More

Will tax breaks help businesses grow payroll?

By: Peter Suhai Tax Planning Views: 3067 | Comments: 0 | Votes: 0

Peter Suhai

Employers who hire people struggling to find work this year will reap tax benefits under a new federal law, but business groups say the law doesn’t go far enough. The Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act was enacted March 18. It gives a payroll tax holiday to employers who hire people unemployed for 60 days or more beginning Feb. 4, 2010 through the end of this year. More