Individual Tax Breaks in the Stimulus Package
- February 23, 2009
With its new and expanded tax benefits for individuals, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 seeks to get more money into the pockets of American consumers. College students and their families, homebuyers, and buyers of new cars are among the potential beneficiaries, but so too are low-income Americans, with the act’s continuation and expansion of such tax breaks as a higher eligibility limit for the earned income tax credit.
American Recovery and Reinvestment Tax Act of 2009
- February 21, 2009
The much-anticipated economic stimulus package, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRTA), is now law. President Obama signed this historic measure on February 17. Moving through Congress in less than four weeks, the new law won House approval on February 13 by a 246-183 margin, followed by same-day Senate passage 60-38.
Your Retirement Goals Pushed Back?
- February 20, 2009
Despite tightening their wallets, Americans are now further from achieving their retirement goals amidst the weakening economy. That’s the word from Bank of America in its new 2008 Retirement Savings Survey which says that a growing number of Americans are concerned that the current economic crisis is threatening to leave them further behind on their retirement plans.
Jumpstarting the 2009 tax year
- January 5, 2009
Happy New Year! As 2009 gets underway, and you prepare for the 2008 filing season, it's important not to overlook a number of valuable tax planning opportunities that apply right away to the 2009 tax year. Here are 10 considerations for tax planning as 2009 starts.