Posts Tagged ‘Congress’


5 Lessons Learned From Tax Season

Another Tax Season has come and gone.  Here are the 5 Lessons Learned from this Tax Season. 

1) Don’t Pass Tax Legislation on December 31

Congress passed the American Taxpayer Relief Act on December 31, 2012It’s clear that no one voting on it read it, much less understood it. The timing of this legislation was not good.  Due to the late passage of this bill the IRS was delayed with … Continue reading »


Where’s My K-1?

 

This question is asked frequently during tax season.

I suspect it will be asked even more this tax season.

There will likely be even more delays this year than in past years. Congress passed The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 on the last day of 2012. President Obama signed this legislation on January 2, 2013. This has delayed the IRS, which will delay tax preparers.


The Last (Really BIG) Tax-Free Gift

Under current federal estate tax law there is an exclusion up to $5.12 million in 2012. Taxable estates above this amount are taxed at 35%. This exclusion is scheduled to decrease to $1 million beginning in 2013. The tax rate will also increase to 55%. This exclusion can be used either at death or during life.  In other words, the federal estate tax and the federal gift tax are unified.

There is speculation that Congress won’t allow this exclusion to … Continue reading »


Why the Fiscal Cliff is Fiscally Irresponsible

 

The Federal Government and the country are set to go off the Fiscal Cliff on New Year’s Day.

 

The term Fiscal Cliff refers to number of laws that if they remain unchanged, could result in significant tax increases and spending cuts.

 


How to Plan Your Estate and Live Happily Ever After

Ask many people if they have an estate plan and they just roll their eyes.  With the Federal Estate Tax Exclusion at $5.12 million most people will not be subject to estate taxes.  In Connecticut, the exclusion is $2 million and many people won’t be subject to this tax.  So…why do I need an estate plan?


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