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Mortgage Modifications

By: Goran Jovanovic Home Loans Views: 2413 | Comments: 0 | Votes: 0

Goran Jovanovic

Many homeowners tackle household repairs and improvement projects themselves to save money. Yet when it comes to updating their mortgages, these same do-it-yourselfers may not even consider it. Why? Modifying your mortgage can save money, and it's not difficult. Here's how: A loan modification is simpler than refinancing. When modifying your mortgage, be sure to shop around. More

Lender plans to forgive a portion of principal

By: Kenneth R. Harney Home Loans Views: 3428 | Comments: 0 | Votes: 0

Kenneth R. Harney

For hundreds of thousands of homeowners who are underwater on their mortgages, it's been a tantalizing question: Is there any way that our lender might agree to lower the amount we owe — not just the monthly payments but the principal debt itself? Until now, the answer virtually always has been a resounding no. Announcement soon? The same would be true for the second and third years. More

Credit score can survive smart loan modification

By: Kenneth R. Harney Home Loans Views: 2484 | Comments: 0 | Votes: 0

Kenneth R. Harney

Financially stressed homeowners looking to cut their mortgage payments through a loan modification, short sale or principal reduction under one of the Obama administration's programs needn't wreck their credit scores in the process. Other alternatives to modification -- such as foreclosure and bankruptcy filings -- can tank your scores and take years to rehabilitate. Kenneth R. More

HIRE Act

By: Matthew Barrett Payroll Views: 2609 | Comments: 0 | Votes: 0

Matthew Barrett

There are two components to this bill: · Social Security Tax Exemption – Qualifying employers will be exempt from the 6.2% employer portion of social security tax for qualified individuals hired between February 4 and December 31, 2010. Only social security taxable wages up to the wage base paid between March 19 and December 31, 2010 are eligible for the tax exemption. More

Guide to offshore banking in 2010

By: Telecom Advisor Personal Finance Views: 3617 | Comments: 0 | Votes: 0

Telecom Advisor

2010 is set to be significant year for the respective banking industries of many countries around the world.  In the UK customers look set to find the best savings deals, and banks are predicted to make moves to re-establish trust with savers more eager to switch to new accounts and new providers.  So how is the offshore savings sector likely to change? More

Hefty tax bill may hit those who lost home

By: File Your Taxes Online Tax Planning Views: 2731 | Comments: 0 | Votes: 0

File Your Taxes Online

San Diegans who have lost their homes through foreclosure or short-sales thought they had emerged from the dark times and could start rebuilding their lives. Then the state tax man came calling. With less than six weeks before taxes are due, an estimated 16,000 former homeowners statewide will owe $15 million in extra income taxes this year and $29 million through 2012. H.D. 1, 2009. More

Out-of-state property owners tax being enforced

By: Tax Advisors Tax Planning Views: 4817 | Comments: 0 | Votes: 0

Tax Advisors

Come Wednesday, property managers throughout California will be required to pay the state 7 percent of rental proceeds to cover out-of-state owners’ estimated income taxes — a nearly 50-year-old requirement that is now being enforced as the state struggles with billions of dollars in budget deficits. “For us, it’s a tax matter,” Voet said. “It’s slavery. More

Home Foreclosure and Debt Cancellation

By: Tax Advisors Tax Planning Views: 4445 | Comments: 0 | Votes: 0

Tax Advisors

Home Foreclosure and Debt Cancellation The Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act of 2007 generally allows taxpayers to exclude income from the discharge of debt on their principal residence. Debt reduced through mortgage restructuring, as well as mortgage debt forgiven in connection with a foreclosure, qualifies for this relief. More

New Mileage Rates for 2010

By: Tax Advisors Tax Planning Views: 3644 | Comments: 0 | Votes: 0

Tax Advisors

New Mileage Rates for 2010 If you drive a car, truck or van for work, you'll want to make sure you know the standard mileage rates that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has set for 2010. And remember, these mileage rates are not just used to calculate deductible costs for driving an automobile for business, but also for charitable, medical or moving purposes. More

The Making Work Pay Tax Credit

By: Tax Advisors Tax Planning Views: 3949 | Comments: 0 | Votes: 0

Tax Advisors

In 2009 and 2010, the Making Work Pay provision of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will provide a refundable tax credit of up to $400 for working individuals and up to $800 for married taxpayers filing joint returns. These changes may result in an increase in take-home pay. More