Last Chance for 2010 Retirement Investment Planning

In Estate Planning by Sarah E. Martello

There are still a few weeks left to take advantage of tax-saving opportunities for 2010 retirement planning.  2010 is a great year to implement or    modify your retirement investments.  The expanded availability of Roth IRAs, coupled with preferential income recognition opportunities for rollovers and other changes making regular IRAs more attractive, provide a savings incentive for retirement planning.   Below is …

Cuba…The Next Overseas Tax Haven?

In Tax Planning by Sarah E. Martello

Cuba Announces New ‘Small Business Friendly’ Tax Code Cuba yesterday announced a new tax code that it claimed was friendlier for small business, as thegovernment struggles to build a larger private sector within the state-run economy. Hmmm…maybe Castro is trying to capitalize on US’s uncertain tax future…

Will You Pay Higher Taxes in 2011?

In Tax Planning by Sarah E. Martello

Lack of congressional action on 2011 income taxes may force the Treasury Department to make unprecedented moves to prevent U.S. workers from seeing large tax increases in their January paychecks. The issue: 2011 tax-withholding tables. Treasury officials usually release the tables, which determine the take-home pay of millions of wage-earners, by mid-November because it takes payroll processors weeks to adjust …

IRS Incorrectly Records 73,000+ Purchase Dates for Taxpayers Claiming the First-Time Homebuyer Credit

In Tax Planning by Sarah E. Martello

Those of you lucky enough to take advantage of the First-Time Hombuyer Tax Credit might be getting a not-so-lucky tax assessment.  Somehow the IRS managed to record the wrong purchase date for 73,000+ homebuyers cashing in on the credit. This IRS screw-up could be costly for the unfortunate taxpayers affected.  When the First-Time Homebuyer’s Tax Credit appeared in 2008, it …

Asbestos, Acutane, Vioxx, Paxil Settlement? You may need a Tax Attorney!

In Tax Planning by Sarah E. Martello

We have all seen the ads for asbestos exposure and “bad” prescription drugs… “have you or someone you know taken the drug Acutane… if so, you may be entitled to cash compensation… call 1800-bad-drug…” So what are the tax consequences of receiving compensation for your damages? Well, it depends… Some damages and settlement proceeds are tax exempt under IRC § …

Throw Momma From Her Private Jet–Not From The Train

In Estate Planning, Tax Planning by Sarah E. Martello

New York Times columnist Paul Krugman famously  dubbed the Bush 2001 tax cuts the “Throw Momma From The Train Act”, because the estate tax was eliminated for just one year—2010. But as 2010 grinds on without a federal estate levy, it’s becoming clear that Krugman got it wrong.  Any Momma who would ride the rails (even the pricey Acela) probably …

Free at Last…Cost of Goverment Day 2010

In Tax Planning by Sarah E. Martello

With the rising deficit and a substantial economic strain on our Government, it is not terribly surprising that our Government’s financial woes tickle down, resulting in a larger financial burden on Americans. August 19th marked the “Cost of Government Day” for 2010.  This is the day the average American has earned enough gross income to pay off his or her …

Bush Tax Cuts Expire in 2010…Will You Pay Higher Taxes?

In Estate Planning, Tax Planning by Sarah E. Martello

No one wants to be taken by surprise with a super high tax bill for 2011.  With only four months remaining until the expiration of Bush’s tax cuts enacted in the 2001 EGTRRA Bill, a lot of Taxpayers are holding their breath while they scramble to plan for a wide range of alternatives. We are likely to see one of …

Watch Out Reggie Bush…the IRS plays a mad defense!

In Tax Planning by Sarah E. Martello

With College Football Season right around the corner, I can’t help but wonder how much collateral damage has been caused by USC’s flagrant NCAA rule violations and what measures (if any) are Universities taking to avoid joining USC in their fall from glory. The NCAA seems to be making an example out of USC’s violations by hitting them with severe …