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30Jan2011

2011 Required Minimum IRA Distributions

Now that the New Year is here, you can begin taking your required minimum distribution (RMD) for 2011. The following is an overview of the rules regarding these mandated distributions for older taxpayers. The IRS does not allow IRA owners to keep funds in a Traditional IRA indefinitely. Eventually, assets must be distributed and taxes
  • 30 Jan, 2011
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27Jan2011

Do You Have Enough to Retire?

Generally, retirees need somewhere between 70 and 80 percent of their pre-retirement salary to maintain their current standard of living upon retirement. This includes income from company pension plans, Social Security benefits, individual retirement plans (such as IRAs, 401(k) plans, etc.) and other investments. Do you plan to stay in your existing home or are
  • 27 Jan, 2011
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24Jan2011

Business & Rental Owners – Begin Collecting W-9s for 2011

If you use independent contractors to perform services for your business or rental and you pay them $600 or more for the year, you are required to issue them a Form 1099 after the end of the year to avoid facing the loss of the deduction for their labor and expenses, and to avoid a
  • 24 Jan, 2011
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21Jan2011

2011 Standard Mileage Rates

The Internal Revenue Service has issued the 2011 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes. Beginning on Jan. 1, 2011, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be: 51 cents per
  • 21 Jan, 2011
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18Jan2011

Employers Must Stop Advance Earned Income Credit Payments in 2011

Advance earned income credit has been repealed for 2011. This credit allowed certain low-income employees to receive an advance payment of the earned income credit in their paychecks. Their withholding was lowered to take into account the payment. However, employers are cautioned that the advance earned income credit has been repealed beginning with the 2011
  • 18 Jan, 2011
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15Jan2011

It’s Tax Time!

Are You Ready? If you’re like most taxpayers, you find yourself with an ominous stack of “homework” around TAX TIME! Unfortunately, the job of pulling together the records for your tax appointment is never easy, but the effort usually pays off when it comes to the extra tax you save! When you arrive at your
  • 15 Jan, 2011
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12Jan2011

Tax-Free IRA to Charity Distributions Reinstated

The provision that permits taxpayers age 70½ and over to make direct distributions (up to $100,000 per year) from their Traditional or Roth IRA account to a charity has been reinstated for 2010 and 2011. The distribution is tax-free, but there is no charitable deduction. This provision can be very beneficial to taxpayers who have
  • 12 Jan, 2011
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09Jan2011

Are You Required to File 1099s?

If you use independent contractors to perform services for your business and you pay them $600 or more for the year, you are required to issue them a Form 1099 after the end of the year to avoid facing the loss of the deduction for their labor and expenses, and to avoid a monetary penalty.
  • 9 Jan, 2011
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06Jan2011

Federal Estate Tax Retroactively Reinstated

The Bush era tax cuts slowly phased out the federal estate tax and abolished it altogether for decedents dying in 2010, and replaced it with a rather complicated modified carryover basis regime. Just about everyone assumed Congress would reinstate the estate tax for 2010. As the year wore on, opinions began to change to where
  • 6 Jan, 2011
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03Jan2011

New Reduced Payroll Tax for Employees Can Be a Headache for Employers

As part of the new tax cuts for 2011, the Social Security (OASDI) payroll tax withholding for employees has been cut by a full 2 percentage points from 6.2 percent to 4.2 percent of wages paid. This late action has created problems for both the IRS and employers in implementing this last minute change. The
  • 3 Jan, 2011
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