Lawmakers Struggle To Pay For Health Care Reform
- August 4, 2009
Health care reform continues to elude Congress as lawmakers struggle to find ways to pay for its estimated $1 trillion cost. The House is poised to pass a massive health reform bill, America's Affordable Health Choices Act (H.R. 3200), which includes a surcharge on higher income individuals. The Senate, however, is unlikely to pass its version of health care reform before Congress' August recess. A final bill is not expected to pass Congress until the fall or maybe later.
If You Are “Rich” Obama Wants Your Money
- July 20, 2009
If you were taking a wait and see approach to assessing the Obama presidency you might want to read this article by Bill Carlino of Accounting Today. In his article he describes all of the changes implemented by the Obama administration so far and several of the proposed changes. If you are "rich" according to Obama's definition be prepared!
Roth Conversions – Should You Wait For 2010, If At All?
- June 30, 2009
There are a number of advantages for starting a Roth IRA account, the most important being that all the investment earnings grow tax-free, and qualified distributions are tax-free. Additionally, you can continue to make contributions to your Roth after you turn 70 1/2 and are not subject to the required minimum distribution rules. Currently, only individuals who have a modified adjusted gross income (AGI) of less than $100,000 and/or who do not file their return as "married filing separately" can contribute to a Roth IRA, or convert their traditional IRA to a Roth.
How Business Can Leverage The Tax Benefits Of Recent Stimulus Package
- June 9, 2009
I found a great analysis of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009 published by the AICPA this week. The analysis is titled "ARRA Part 1: How Business Can Leverage the Tax Benefits of ARRA 2009" and it covers some key planning opportunities available for businesses. Please read the analysis and let me know your thoughts.
Will I be under withheld for 2009 Taxes?
- June 5, 2009
Your federal tax withholding has recently been reduced and there may be a consequence come tax time. In all likelihood, the reduction is attributable to the Making Work Pay Credit.
President Obama releases details about tax incentives for individuals
- June 1, 2009
Just over 100 days into his administration, President Barack Obama is releasing more details about his tax policies. The Treasury Department's recently published "Green Book" (which is called green for the color of its cover) describes the president's tax proposals. As expected, many of the proposals build on the president's campaign promises to cut taxes for middle-income individuals. Congress has already begun drafting legislation and debating the president's proposals, which could be enacted into law later this year.
How Will Obama’s Tax Proposals Affect You?
- May 29, 2009
CCH recently published their Tax Briefing on the Obama Administrations "Green Book" of tax proposals. The Obama administration released much-anticipated details about its proposed tax cuts and revenue raisers on May 11. The Treasury Department’s General Explanations of the Administration’s Fiscal Year 2010 Revenue Proposals (also known as the “Green Book”) describes the administration’s tax agenda.
Energy credits can mean big tax savings, IRS reminds taxpayers
- May 1, 2009
Taxpayers seeking to reduce their energy bills should not overlook valuable savings from energy tax credits. The IRS recently reminded both individuals and businesses that they can benefit from enhanced and extended energy-saving tax credits in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Tax Act of 2009 (2009 Recovery Act).
FAQ: Can the first-time homebuyer credit be claimed in advance of a purchase?
- May 1, 2009
No. Many individuals may be considering buying a new home in 2009 as home prices continue to drop in many areas across the country. They may also be wondering if they can claim the $8,000 first-time homebuyer tax credit before actually purchasing the home. Although this might generate a refund you could use as a down payment, the IRS will not allow you to claim the credit in advance of a purchase.