Will You Pay Higher Taxes in 2011?

In Tax Planning by Daniel Friedel

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 …

2010 Capital Gain Rates – 4 Months Left to Cash in on the Lower Rates!

In Tax Planning by Daniel Friedel

For tax years 2009 and 2010, long-term capital gains taxes are eliminated for some low- and moderate-income individuals. This zero-tax break will end Jan. 1, 2011, when all capital gains rates revert to pre-2003 levels, unless Congress extends the current law. Ordinary income tax bracket Long-term capital gains rate by tax year 2007 2008, 2009 and 2010 2011 10 percent …

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

In Tax Planning by Daniel Friedel

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 Daniel Friedel

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 Daniel Friedel

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 Daniel Friedel

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 Daniel Friedel

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 …

Estate Plan Anxiety?? Join the Club…

In Estate Planning by Daniel Friedel

Many people seem to avoid estate planning either because we do not want to think about death (particularly our own) or we do not want to think about all the paperwork, emotion, and flat-out hassle involved.  It’s kind of like digging out and organizing all your tax information for the year to bring to your CPA…but worse.  Your CPA only …

Income Tax Planning Basics for 2010

In Tax Planning by Daniel Friedel

With a substantial portion of provisions in the Internal Revenue Code (Code) set to expire the end of this year, I am strongly encouraging my clients to take advantage of the current tax planning opportunities available this year.  In the midst of the over sensationalized estate tax repeal and first-time homebuyer credit, the Code provides numerous other tax benefits that …