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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 social security income and/or do not itemize their deductions.

The key benefits of this provision…

  • 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. The 1099s for 2010 must be provided to the independent contractor no later than January 31, 2011.

In order to avoid a 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 just about everyone predicted Congress would not reinstate the estate tax for 2010. Then out of the blue, mixed in with the GOP/Obama Administration…

  • 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 IRS recently issued guidance to employers:

Employers should start using the new withholding tables and reducing the amount of Social…

  • 3 Jan, 2011
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30Dec2010

Bonus Credit for Retirement Savings Contributions

Generally, taxpayers with lower incomes do not have sufficient financial resources to make retirement savings contributions, often leading to inadequate resources when it comes time to retire in the future. Recognizing this problem, Congress added the Retirement Savings Contributions Credit (Savers Credit) to the tax code a few years back.

What this means is that lower-income taxpayers can have a portion of their retirement savings contributions returned to them in the form of a tax credit—a dollar-for-dollar offset…

  • 30 Dec, 2010
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29Dec2010

Did Congress Save You From the AMT in 2010?

Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) – For several years, Congress has failed to permanently resolve the nagging issue of the AMT, and instead, each year has applied a one-year patch without which an estimated 28 million taxpayers would be hit with this punitive tax.

This year, Congress took the AMT issue to the brink, but in the eleventh hour decided to patch it again, this time for two years, 2010 and 2011. For a change, taxpayers will be able…

  • 29 Dec, 2010
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28Dec2010

Increased Year-End Withholding May Avoid or Reduce Underpayment Penalties

Taxpayers are required to prepay their taxes for the year through withholding or estimated tax payments. The amount that must be paid in advance is an amount equal to the lesser of 90% of the current year’s tax liability or 100% of the prior year’s tax liability. Higher-income taxpayers, those with a 2009 AGI of $150,000 or more, are required to prepay the lesser of 90% of 2010’s tax liability or 110% of 2009’s tax liability. There is no…

  • 28 Dec, 2010
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27Dec2010

Congress Extends Tax Breaks

Congress, in an eleventh-hour compromise agreement worked out with the Obama Administration and the GOP Leadership, has extended many of the Bush era tax reductions. The following is an overview of the more frequently encountered tax changes that will have an effect on just about every taxpayer.

INDIVIDUAL PROVISIONS

Individual Tax Rates – Under the Bush era tax cuts, the individual tax rates were reduced and replaced with six tax brackets that increase with income: 10, 15,…

  • 27 Dec, 2010
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22Dec2010

Limited Liability Companies Must File Annual Reports Starting in 2011

Pursuant to Section 79-29-215 Miss. Code Ann. (1972), all limited liability companies operating in Mississippi will be required to file an Annual Report with the Secretary of State starting with the calendar year 2011. The new LLC Annual Reporting Form will be available to the public beginning Monday, January 3, 2011, on the Secretary of State’s website, www.sos.ms.gov. The deadline for completing the report is April 15th of each year.

Mississippi LLCs may submit their report without charge….

  • 22 Dec, 2010
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20Dec2010

Dividing an Inherited IRA Before Year-End Can Improve Tax Results for Each Beneficiary

December 31, 2010 is an important deadline for individuals who inherited an IRA from an IRA owner who died in 2009. Where there are multiple beneficiaries for the IRA, splitting up the account into several accounts can yield important tax and other benefits for each beneficiary.

When an inherited IRA has several beneficiaries and is left in one account, the required minimum annual distributions are based on the age of the oldest beneficiary (shortest life expectancy) rather than…

  • 20 Dec, 2010
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