Obama And GOP Compromise On Two-Year Extension Of Most Tax Cuts
President Obama announced on December 6 an agreement with the GOP to extend the Bush-era individual and capital gains/dividend tax cuts for all taxpayers for two years. The White House-brokered plan would also provide for a one-year payroll tax cut, 100 percent bonus depreciation for 2011, extenders relief, and a top federal estate tax rate of 35 percent with a $5 million exclusion. The president’s package is expected to pass Congress before year-end, although certain modifications may be made to garner additional support by key Democrats.
Other than with a few exceptions, beginning January 1, 2011; all federal tax deposits must be made through EFTPS (the Electronic Federal Tax Payer System).
For those of you who are still making payroll (941/940) and other tax (1120) deposits at the bank using a paper coupon, be aware that no 8109-B paper coupons will be accepted for 2011.
Attention Non-Profit organizations.
Please visit this IRS "Micro-Site" http://www.stayexempt.irs.gov/VirtualWorkshop.aspx
The IRS introduces this site as
...created especially for 501(c)(3) organizations! Whether you are new to the world of tax exempt organizations, an old hand at managing them, or a tax professional who works with them, you will find something of interest here.
Lots of great information including the "OE Mini Courses," which are Exempt Organizations powerpoint courses to help you maintain a better organization,
Owning your own business can be very rewarding, both personally and financially. Being the sole decision-maker for this important undertaking can also be overwhelming. Business owners have many choices to make, and these choices involve tax consequences that are not always foreseen. We can help you minimize your overall tax burden by identifying and maximizing business deductions, providing guidance on substantiation of expenses, and exploring tax planning alternatives that are uniquely available to the self-employed.
Although many provisions of the recently enacted health care reform package will not be felt for a few years, there are some benefits that begin in 2010, including the $250 tax-free "donut hole" rebate for seniors. This $250 rebate is intended to help seniors bridge the Medicare coverage gap. While many federal rebate-check programs are ending -- such as the Recovery Rebate Credit and Making Work Pay Credit -- the $250 donut hole rebate has just begun to be dispersed and an estimated 4 million seniors will receive the one-time $250 rebate, with more than 300,000 individuals having already received the check.
Are you required to inform the IRS of your foreign bank accounts, business interests, gifts or inheritances? Here, we will review the basic filing requirements that you should be aware of. We encourage all clients to review this and discuss all foreign transactions with us to determine the proper reporting requirements. Although tax implications may not be involved, the penalties can be severe for failure to comply with the filing requirements.
DiSabatino, CPA helps individuals and business throughout the US. For those clients that may have tax liabilities to the State of Pennsylvania, this may be of interest.
I have been advised that the Pennsylvania Voluntary Disclosure Program will be reinstituted effective August 1, 2010. The department will be updating its website with additional information in the near future.
Often, a minority shareholder is completely excluded from the management of the company. Lacking the votes to acquire a position as a corporate officer or director, a minority shareholder may even be excluded from the information necessary to detect abusive actions by the majority or to evaluate the performance of the company and the value of its stock. Therefore, the right to obtain financial information and other data about the company’s business can be invaluable.
Now that Congress has passed landmark health care reform package, much work needs to be done in dealing with new requirements. While the end result of the legislative process is necessarily health care related, the tax law plays a major role in its implementation. From the tax credits and subsidies used to expand health coverage, to the many penalties, fees and surtaxes designed to pay for it, the Tax Code is front and center.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care (PPAC) Act, as amended by the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (Reconciliation Act), was enacted to provide quality, affordable health care for all Americans. Although the primary thrust of the PPAC Act is health insurance reform, the tax law plays a key role in implementing that goal. Individuals both receive benefits and are subject to responsibilities under the PPAC Act. The following are highlights of the tax provisions of the PPAC Act that affect individuals. Several of these provisions take effect in 2010, but others are not effective until later years.
I am often asked... "Can I deduct my clothing for my job?"
My answer seems flippant to some, but it sums up the IRS ruling fairly well... If you look like a "geek" while wearing your work cloths, you have a good chance in getting a deductionRules for deducting clothing can be divided into three groups:
Beginning on January 1, 2010, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be:
The new rates for business, medical and moving purposes are slightly lower than last year's. The mileage rates for 2010 reflect generally lower transportation costs compared to a year ago.
The business mileage rate was 55 cents in 2009. The medical and moving rate was 24 cents.
IRS has two reason to increase compliance measures for mortgage interest claimed as an itemized deduction: