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.

401(k) Plan Sponsor Newsletter-Third Quarter 2009

  • November 19, 2009

Here is the Oppenheimer & Co. Third Quarter 2009 Plan Sponsor Newsletter. The topics include:

Opportunities And Challenges Presented by 2009 Roth IRA Rollovers

  • November 4, 2009

There is an interesting new rollover opportunity that's coming up in a few months. After 2009, you will be able to roll over amounts in qualified employer sponsored retirement plan accounts, such as 401(k)s and profit sharing plans, and regular IRAs, into Roth IRAs, regardless of your adjusted gross income (AGI). Currently, individuals with more than $100,000 of adjusted gross income as specially modified are barred from making such rollovers.

Revenue Raisers Vex Lawmakers As They Debate Health Care Reform

  • November 2, 2009

Negotiations for comprehensive health care reform are moving into high gear on Capitol Hill. One of the most difficult questions for lawmakers is how to pay for health care reform. Every proposed revenue raiser (aka, tax increase) has generated controversy and it is unclear which ones will make their way into a final bill.

How Do I? Net Capital Gains And Losses For Year-End Tax Planning?

  • November 2, 2009

In order to effectively plan your investment transactions, you have to understand how, under federal tax law, you need to net or "offset" capital gains and losses that you experience. Netting your capital gains and losses can help achieve lucrative tax savings benefits and should be part of your year end tax strategy if you sell capital assets that result in gains and losses in 2009.

FAQ: Can I Prepay Mortgage Interest And Taxes To Maximize 2009 Deductions?

  • November 2, 2009

If you own a home, the interest you pay on your home mortgage may be one of your most valuable tax breaks available each year. The home mortgage interest deduction is a particularly important tax break in the early years of a home loan, when most of a homeowner's payments each month go toward interest. In addition to home mortgage interest, two other valuable home-related deductions include the "points" (also known as loan origination fees or loan charges) associated the loan as well as your property taxes.