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22Nov2010

Capital Gains Strategies

One of the greatest benefits of the tax code is the special tax rates that currently apply to gain recognized from the sale of capital assets held for more than a year (long-term). The special tax rates apply to virtually all capital assets including land, improved real estate, your main and vacation homes, and business assets in excess of the accumulated depreciation previously deducted. These special long-term capital gains (LTCG) rates for 2010 are 0%…

  • 22 Nov, 2010
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19Nov2010

Rental Owners Need to Prepare for the New 2011 Reporting Requirement


If you are a rental owner and during 2011 make payments of $600 or more to a service provider (such as a plumber, painter, or accountant) in the course of earning rental income, the 2010 Small Business Jobs Act says that you are required to provide an information return (typically Form 1099-MISC) to IRS and to the service provider. In order to do that, you must obtain the payee’s name, SSN and contact information before…

  • 19 Nov, 2010
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11Nov2010

New Roth IRA Opportunities

2010 is the first year in which taxpayers—including married taxpayers filing separately—are able to convert funds in regular IRAs (including SEP and Simple IRAs) to Roth IRAs, regardless of income level. This can provide a significant opportunity for certain taxpayers.

There are several advantages to a Roth IRA – All future earnings and distributions at retirement generally will be tax-free, and Roth IRAs are not subject to the required minimum distribution rules. Because distributions…

  • 11 Nov, 2010
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08Nov2010

Beware of a New Fraud Risk!

There is a fraud risk related to the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS) that you need to be aware of.

Always remember that the IRS does not initiate taxpayer contact by e-mail. Therefore, if you receive an e-mail that appears to be from a tax agency telling you that your federal electronic funds transfer (EFT) payment did not go through, it is part of a phishing scheme and you should not respond to it. The…

  • 8 Nov, 2010
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04Nov2010

Tax Rumors Abound

There are two false tax rumors that have been circulating around and troubling clients. To set the record straight, a brief explanation of both rumors is provided below.

False Rumor #1 – “Employer-paid health insurance benefits will be taxable in 2011.”

Not true! Starting in 2011, the amount of employer-paid healthcare benefits was to be included on the W-2 as an information entry, but is not included in the taxable wages on the…

  • 4 Nov, 2010
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02Nov2010

Health Care Professionals Working in Underserved Areas May Qualify for Special Benefit

Under the Affordable Care Act, health care professionals who received student loan relief under state programs that reward those who work in underserved communities may qualify for refunds on their 2009 federal income tax returns, as well as an annual tax cut going forward.

The Affordable Care Act included a change in the law, effective in 2009, that expands a tax exclusion for amounts received by health professionals under loan repayment and forgiveness programs. Prior to…

  • 2 Nov, 2010
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28Oct2010

Over-the-Counter Medication and Medical Reimbursement Plans

For many years, taxpayers have not been able to deduct as a medical expense on their tax return the cost of unprescribed over-the-counter medications. However, taxpayers with Flexible Spending Arrangements (FSA), Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRA), Health Savings Accounts (HSA) and Archer Medical Savings Accounts (Archer MSA) could reimburse themselves for the cost of over-the-counter drugs, and, as a result, pay for the medication with tax-deductible dollars.

As part of the new Health Care legislation, that benefit will…

  • 28 Oct, 2010
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22Oct2010

Is Your Business Ready for 2011 Credit Card Income Reporting?

Beginning for sales made in 2011, payment settlement entities (e.g., merchant card processing companies like American Express, Visa and MasterCard merchant banks) will be required to report each business’s payment transactions to the IRS.

To facilitate this reporting, the IRS has developed Form 1099-K which will report a merchant’s credit and debit card income for the year and will be issued to the merchant in the early part of the subsequent year just like 1099s for interest,…

  • 22 Oct, 2010
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19Oct2010

Will You Be Hit by the AMT in 2010?

AMT is the acronym for Alternative Minimum Tax. It is a different (alternative), and generally punitive, method of computing income tax when either certain types of income receive preferential tax treatment or there are excessive deductions in certain categories. Congress originally implemented it to impose a minimum tax on higher-income taxpayers who were avoiding taxes though tax shelters and other legal means. However, years of inflation without corresponding adjustment to the AMT components have, each successive year,…

  • 19 Oct, 2010
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14Oct2010

Time is Running Out for the Home Energy Property Credit

Planning to make an “energy-saving” improvement to your home? 2010 is the final year to take advantage of the tax credit available so you will need to act quickly as there are only three months left. Whether you simply want to cut your utility bills or winterize your home, do it soon!

The name “Home Energy Property Credit” given by Congress is not as descriptive as it could have been and is easily confused with other credits….

  • 14 Oct, 2010
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