Any Schedule C listing a loss is audit bait, especially if it looks like you were having a good time.
Nearly half of US households escape fed income tax
If, as the following AP excerpt says, the top 10% of earners pay 73% of income taxes, do you think they are rushing out to invest in America ?….expand their businesses & hire people ?…or look for other opportunities ? , P
………It is a system in which the top 10 percent of earners — households making an average of $366,400 in 2006 — paid about 73 percent of the income taxes collected by the federal government.
The bottom 40 percent, on average, make a profit from the federal income tax, meaning they get more money in tax credits than they would otherwise owe in taxes. For those people, the government sends them a payment.
“We have 50 percent of people who are getting something for nothing,”……………
Health Care Reform: Tax Hikes
Here are 13 changes in the massive overhaul that could impact your tax bill, for better or worse.
The new health care reform law is chock-full of new taxes and tax increases that will affect many individuals and businesses, but it will be years before most of these hikes take a bite out of your — or your company’s — wallet. The law also has tax breaks to help both individuals and small businesses pay for insurance.
9. A hike in the 7.5% floor on itemized deductions for medical expenses to 10%, beginning in 2013. ….
10. A new 40% excise tax, beginning in 2018, on high-cost health plans,…
11. A new tax on individuals who don’t obtain coverage…starting at the greater of $95, or 1% of income, in 2014, and rising to the greater of $695, or 2.5% of income, in 2016.
Tax Records Should You Keep
There are a few basic records that everyone should keep, according to the IRS, including documents that provide evidence of your income and expenses. In addition, if you own a home or have investments, the IRS recommends that you hang onto related records
10 Tax Breaks for Parents
There’s one benefit to having children besides the joy they can bring you: tax breaks.
CCH, a provider of tax information and services, released a list this week of ten ways the tax code benefits parents by helping to defray th e costs of raising and educating children. Here’s the list from CCH
Converting Your Home Into a Rental: Tax Matters
Avoid an IRS tax audit / Activities on hit list
Worried about a tax audit? Maybe you should be. More Americans than ever may be subject to unwanted attention from the Internal Revenue Service this season as the government pumps billions of dollars into tax collection.
LIST: Activities with highest odds of getting audited
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IRA minimum distributions table
Tax law requires individual retirement account holders to begin taking out at least minimum amounts, known as RMDs, from their accounts once they reach age 70½. Technically, that means the IRA money must start coming out in specific increments no later than April 1 following the year you reach that age.
The exact distribution amount changes from year to year. It is calculated by dividing an account’s year-end value by the distribution period determined by the Internal Revenue Service. click here for table
Its gotta come from somewhere $
If you’re hoping that tax hikes on the rich will solve America’s debt crisis, you’re overestimating the power of the wealthy.
President Obama’s budget proposal would raise taxes on upper-income earners by $969 billion over the next 10 years, yet the federal debt would continue to explode. To boost government revenues further, he’d raise an additional $122 billion from multinational firms, $90 billion from banks, $37 billion from oil companies, and $24 billion from hedge funds and private-equity firms. All told, that’s nearly $1.2 trillion. And it would barely make a dent. We’d still have huge deficits, and the national debt would keep growing.