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29May2013

Tax Rates Increase in 2013

As part of the 2012 American Taxpayer Relief Act (ATRA), tax rates, both ordinary and capital gains, increased in 2013 for higher income taxpayers whose taxable income exceeds the income threshold for their filing status. The thresholds at which taxpayers are subject to the top ordinary and long-term capital gains tax rates are $450,000 for
  • 29 May, 2013
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22May2013

Higher Income Taxpayers Hit with Exemption & Itemized Deductions Phase-out

Generally, taxpayers are allowed to deduct personal exemptions of $3,900 for themselves, their spouses and their dependents. In addition, taxpayers are allowed a standard deduction or, if their deductions are large, they can itemize their deductions. The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 included a provision to phase out, beginning in 2013, both the personal
  • 22 May, 2013
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20May2013

Keeping You Informed: Health Insurance Mandate

One can hardly turn on the television or radio without hearing about some aspect of health care reform. For larger employers, there is planning and information gathering to be done right now for the employer mandated health coverage provision effective January 1, 2014. A less-discussed aspect of reform, however, is the communication requirement for all
  • 20 May, 2013
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15May2013

Did You Overlook Something on a Prior Tax Return?

Occasionally, clients will realize that an item of income was overlooked, a deduction was not claimed, or that an amended tax document was received after the tax return was already filed. Regardless of whether the oversight will result in more tax due or a refund, it should not be dismissed. Failing to report an item
  • 15 May, 2013
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10May2013

Energy Costs Rise as Tax Incentives Fade

With energy costs skyrocketing, you would think that the federal government would come up with some tax incentives aimed at curbing the consumption of energy. However, on the consumer end of taxes, the incentives are actually fading away. Apparently, federal lawmakers and administrators believe the high cost of energy itself is incentive enough to reduce
  • 10 May, 2013
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07May2013

President’s Proposed Tax Changes for 2014

The budget proposal released by President Obama on April 10 includes a substantial number of proposed tax changes impacting individuals, businesses, estate taxation, energy incentives, and international issues. Although these are only proposals, they provide an insight into the administration’s thinking on tax reform. An overview of the most prominent issues related to individuals and
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02May2013

May Due Dates

May 2013 Individual Due Date Reminders May 10 – Report Tips to Employer If you are an employee who works for tips and received more than $20 in tips during April, you are required to report them to your employer on IRS Form 4070 no later than May 10. Your employer is required to withhold
  • 2 May, 2013
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