Did The Repeal Of Glass-Steagall Contribute To The Financial Meltdown?

  • December 17, 2009

As a consultant to community banks, I was excited when Glass-Steagall was repealed in 1999. I saw it as an opportunity for community banks to offer additional services to their current customers and to find additional revenue sources to build value for their owners. What I didn't see was how the large banks would be able to leverage FDIC insured deposits to make risky investments in CDO's and CMO's that would ultimately lead to the financial meltdown nine years later.

Deferred Tax Assets For Banks May Be Questioned By Regulators

  • December 7, 2009

Deferred tax assets on a bank's balance sheets have always been a problem for regulators. Most of the deferred tax assets are currently disallowed for capital purposes. And now with banks piling up losses and creating deferred tax assets due to net operating loss carryovers regulators are taking a harder look at these assets. Writedowns of these assets are expected and will more likely hurt regional and community banks.

IRS Reminds Homeowners About New Energy Credits To Help “Winterize” Your Home

  • December 3, 2009

Two expanded home energy credits are available to help homeowners lower both their winter heating bills as well as their 2009 tax bill, the IRS is reminding taxpayers. The nonbusiness energy property credit and the resident energy efficiency property credit can both be claimed by eligible homeowners when filing their 2009 federal income tax return. The credits are available when you itemize your deductions or take the standard deduction

Congress Has Busy Tax Agenda As 2009 Comes To A Close

  • December 3, 2009

December is poised to be an important month for federal tax legislation as members of Congress work to finalize heath care reform, a possible jobs bill and more before the new year. Their ambitious agenda may keep lawmakers in Washington, D.C. beyond their scheduled mid-December holiday recess.

How Do I Make A Catch-Up Contribution?

  • December 3, 2009

Employees can elect to make voluntary contributions from their salary to certain retirement plans. The type of plan may depend on your employer. Many employers maintain cash or deferred arrangements -- 401(k) plans -- as part of their defined contribution retirement plan. State and local governments can maintain "457" eligible deferred compensation plans.

Working With The New Loss Carryback Tax Break

  • December 3, 2009

The Worker, Homeownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009 (2009 Worker Act), enacted November 6, 2009, gives all businesses (or their owners in the case of pass-through entities) an opportunity to obtain a quick refund from the IRS using net operating losses (NOL). A company has an NOL when its business deductions for the year exceed its business income. Normally, a business can only carry back an NOL two years. But the new law allows any business to elect to carry back its NOLs from 2008 or 2009 for up to five years, regardless of form (corporation, individual, estate or trust) and size. (Partnership and S corporation NOLs flow through to partners and shareholders and can't be carried over by the entity.)

Last Minute Strategies For Year-end Tax Savings

  • December 3, 2009

2009 is quickly coming to a close but there is still time to possibly maximize your federal tax savings for the year. Many year-end tax planning techniques can help you save money. Because of the recession, some of the year-end strategies take on added urgency for individuals affected by a job loss or a reduction in income.