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When IRAs, 401(k)s, and Other Tax-sheltered Investments Don?t Make Sense
Every year about this time, people start talking about and considering things like IRA contributions. Most of the time, tax-sheltered investments make great sense. The federal and state governments have designed their tax laws to encourage such savings. However, that said, there are three situations in which it may be a poor idea to use tax-sheltered investments: You know you?ll need the money early In this case, it may not be a good idea to lock...

Are Taxes Going Up? Will You Be In A Lower Or Higher Tax Bracket In Retirement??
For the past decade I have talked with clients every day about a system to distribute wealth for retirement tax-free. This system outlines exactly how to apply the Internal Revenue Code rules to your individual situation and find tax savings for you, which, in many cases, other advisors don?t know exist. Look at it this way. While saving for retirement in an IRA account or 401(k) plan may have provided you with tax savings when you made those contr...

Donating Cars To Charity - New Tax Rules
On June 3, 2005, the IRS released guidance on charitable deductions for donated vehicles. The American Jobs Creation Act (AJCA) radically changed the amount of the deduction taxpayers can claim for their donated car. Fair Market Value v. Actual Sales Price When donating a car to charity, a taxpayer traditionally was allowed to deduct the fair market value. The new law changes this valuation to the actual sales price of the vehicle when sold by th...

Small Business Tax Issues for Self-Employed Individuals
The United States is a nation of entrepreneurs. There are literally tens of millions of self-employed individuals that enjoy pursuing their dream business. Of course, few of you enjoy the paperwork and confusing tax issues that arise from owning your own business. Many self-employed individuals are considered "sole proprietors" or "independent contractors" for legal and tax purposes. This is true regardless of whether you are turning a hobby into ...

Tax Returns - Should You Itemize?
When you finally decide it is time to prepare your taxes, the first question is whether you should itemize your deductions or take the standard deduction provided by the IRS. Choices, Choices? Tax deductions are a very simple part of a theoretically simple tax reporting system. If you?ve ever prepared your own taxes, you know this simply isn?t true. Complicated tax forms can be a nightmare to fill out. Ever helpful, the IRS gives you an option o...

Understanding The Tax Implications Of Life Settlements
Understanding the tax implications of replacing or selling existing life insurance coverage will help shed some light on the options available to financial advisors and policy holders looking to capitalize on the hidden value in their life insurance plans. Policy holders need to know what the tax implications are for coverage payments in advance of death. They need to know whether viatical agreements will be taxed, and they need options when it com...

Cost Segregation give apartment owners tax relief
Apartment owners can face staggering expenses to maintain apartment communities. The upkeep of even a modest community could involve groundskeeping, unit renovation, and replacements, such as parking lot asphalt and fencing. Another steep expense is federal income tax - and in some areas an additional state tax on income - but through an innovative study known as cost segregation, the depreciation of property components can be used to help lower fe...

What Is A Deferred 1031 Tax Exchange?
A tax deferred exchange represents a simple, strategic method for selling one qualifying property and the subsequent acquisition of another qualifying property within a specific time frame. Although the logistics of selling one property and buying another are virtually identical to any standard sale and purchase scenario, an exchange is different because the entire transaction is memorialized as an exchange and not a sale. And it is this distincti...

Tax Deduction for Alimony Payments? - Yes!
Over 50% of marriages end in divorce in the United States. Many divorce decrees include provisions for the payment of alimony. The IRS takes the position that such payments constitute a form of income and create an alimony tax deduction for the person making payments. According to the IRS, alimony payments are taxable to the recipient in the year received. In turn, the person paying the alimony can claim a deduction for the payments if the followi...

Home Business Tax Deductions
Dreading April? If you are running a home business, it is important to remember that there are tax deductions for you when tax season rolls around. Of course, you do not want to try to fool the IRS (no one wants to run the risk of being audited!), but you do want to take advantage of those deductions that are rightfully yours. Running your own home business takes much of the same expenses, effort, time, space, equipment, and travel as any other bu...

The Tax Payer as Gilligan
Let?s all sing a new version to the tune of the 60?s sitcom ?Gilligan?s Island? ? ?Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale, a tale of mishandled use; that started with our nation?s past to form a fiscal noose. The tax was a mighty hurtin? vice, our wallets paid the price; working hard to pay our share, it?s not always fair, it?s not always fair. The economy started heating up, so the Fed put on the breaks; if not for the courage of the consume...

Cost Segregation : Why are 90% of real estate investors overpaying federal income tax?
By ignoring generous IRS guidelines when establishing depreciation schedules, over 90% of real estate investors are unintentionally overpaying federal income taxes. In addition they are paying federal income taxes earlier than necessary, typically years or decades earlier than necessary. Although these IRS guidelines are relatively new, they provide substantial benefits. Since this is a relatively new issue, many accountants have not integrated the...

Highlights of IRS List of 2005 Tax Scams
Each year, the IRS lists various scams taxpayers get caught up in. The top 2005 scams include several that manipulate laws governing charitable groups, abuse credit counseling services or rely on refuted arguments to claim tax exemptions. The agency is warning taxpayers about the growth of identity theft schemes with some particularly bold thieves even pretending to be IRS agents. 2005 Scam Highlights 1. Credit Counseling. The IRS warns taxpayers...

Tax Return Forms
According to federal laws governing taxation, any person, receiving an income in one form or the other, need to pay income taxes to the government annually. But, the job of preparing tax returns, the calculations and the many tax forms involved, constitute one of the harrowing experiences being an honest tax payer. To make matters worse, the complexity of calculations increases with the income. That is, more the income, more complex will be associa...

Create Tax Savings And Transfer Wealth To Your Child With A Roth IRA
Parents must give serious thought to protecting their family through estate tax planning. While life insurance and trusts should be a part of every plan, Roth IRAs can be a simple tool for passing money to your child on a tax-free basis. Roth IRA First, we need a quick summary of the Roth IRA. A Roth IRA is an after-tax retirement vehicle that produces huge tax savings because all tax distributions are tax-free. That statement can a bit confusing...

Getting Payroll Tax Figured Out
There is nothing escaping payroll tax. It is something that you will need to deal with from the day that you get your first job until the day you retire. Payroll tax is the amount of money that comes out of your paycheck each and every time for the various services that you need to pay for. And, there is even a specific tax that is for the use of payroll as well. Nothing is certain? If you are a business owner, then you realize that you will need...

Professional Tax Preparation Requires The Right Professional For Your Specific Needs
Preparing taxes is one of the least enjoyable tasks a person faces each year. While many single or multiple income households feel that they can prepare their taxes on their own each tax season, it is a good idea to think about taking advantage of professional tax preparation services. In fact, if you?ve ever found yourself wondering if you could take a specific deduction, if you could take advantage of other deductions you don?t know about, if you...

The Principles On Paying Tax
Why Tax Loop Holes Must Exist A long long time a go, in a country far far away, in China to be exact, there was a hunter that put nets in 4 sides of the forest. The hunter wanted to catch all animals. Then a king passed by. He said, ?Remove the nets in the 3 sides of the forest. Let the animals go wherever they want. Let only those who do not follow Tao end up in your net.? Not so long ago, a bunch of liberals say, ?Let?s tax all the income. Bloc...

Learn the tax benefits of a Flexible-benefits Plan
Flexible-benefits Plan (FBP) is an employee benefits plan which helps the employees? to save considerable amount of taxes by paying certain expenses from their pre-tax income. Some of the eligible expenses from pre-tax income are medical, vision, dental, elder care, and dependent care. All state employees who get a regular paycheck are entitled to participate in the flexible-benefits plan. Flexible-benefits Plan mainly boasts three components: -...

Various Toyota Hybrids Get Tax Credit Certification From IRS
Starting in 2006, individuals buying hybrid cars will get a tax credit instead of a tax deduction. The IRS has just started to kick out the exact amounts you can claim for your new hybrid. Various Toyota Hybrids Get Tax Credit Certification From IRS Under the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the tax benefits of owning a hybrid vehicle underwent significant changes. Whereas you could previously claim a tax deduction, the new law converted the deduction...

H&R Block: Tax Changes to Affect Millions This Year
Major tax law changes and missed credits will affect millions of taxpayers this year. There are new guidelines for claiming child-related benefits and new tax breaks for hurricane victims and charitable donors. The alternative minimum tax (AMT) is on track to snare almost 4 million taxpayers this year, and millions more will fail to claim credits for their higher education expenses. Miss out on these changes, and you could be joining the million...

Gambling Income and Expenses - Tax Requirements
Hit a big one? With more and more gambling establishments, keep in mind the IRS requires people to report all gambling winnings as income on their tax return. Gambling income includes, but is not limited to, winnings from lotteries, raffles, horse and dog races and casinos. Unfortunately, gambling income also includes the fair market value of prizes such as cars, houses, trips or other non-cash prizes. Generally, if you receive $600 ($1,2...

Education Tax Credits for Higher Education
Is higher education costing you a fortune? There may be a way to help pay for those costs with the help of education tax credits. What are education credits, who is eligible, and why should we take them? Well, let?s start with the first part of the question, and work our way to the end. Education credits are tax credits available for qualified education expenses paid by the taxpayer in the furthering of their education. Qualified education expenses...

Tax Deductions for Your 2005 Hybrid Automobile
With the recent push by President Bush for alternative fuel strategies, much confusion has arisen regarding tax incentives for hybrid vehicles. This article clarifies the issue for you. Tax Deductions for Your 2005 Hybrid Automobile People buy hybrid vehicles for different reason. They are good for the environment. They get much better mileage, which saves money. There are tax incentives for buying them. With the recent energy plan put in place ...

Tax Debt Help: Where to Find It
Are you in debt? Is the Internal Revenue Service breathing down your neck and threatening your livelihood? Do not be overwhelmed by tax debt as there are ways for you to solve your tax debt problems and keep the tax collector far away. Read on for some helpful advice. A Little Bit of Equity. If you own your home, you could have a significant amount of equity in it, especially if you have lived in it for more than five years. Through your bank or s...

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