Monthly Archives: February 2012

Capital Gains Ignorance Leads To Catastrophic Losses

The IRS regards almost every asset you use or own for business or personal reasons as a capital asset. Such items include your personal residence in addition to any furniture or stocks and bonds held in your own name. Net profit or loss from the sale of such commodities is either a capital gain or loss.

All capital gains must be accurately and fully reported on federal tax returns.

Deductible capital losses are limited to investment property.

Capital gains and losses may be categorized as either “short-term” or “long-term.”

Applicable net capital gain taxes are typically lower than other taxable … Read the rest

Extension On Payroll Tax Cuts Made Because Of Rare GOP Offer

On Monday, leadership of the House GOP announced its intention to support an extension of payroll tax cuts through the end of 2012. This, of course, will affect 2012 taxes. The GOP plans on offering its support without insisting on offsetting cuts or including unrelated policies in the bill. This bill will likely pass well before its deadline without much argument, which is something that has not happened in Congress for quite a while.

Democrats and Republicans aren’t completely happy with the extension of payroll tax cuts deal, however. The bill is more of a backup plan to keep the … Read the rest

Planning For 2012 Tax Changes

Potential changes in the tax laws proposed by President Obama mean that right now is a great time to start budgeting for your 2012 taxes.  One major change will be a change for those in the highest tax bracket from fifteen to nearly forty percent as part of sweeping increases in taxes collected from high-income individuals in the next ten years.

The plan calls for high taxes on earnings from dividends, a departure from earlier policies that protected earnings on this type of income.  The White House feels that the system for taxing investment earnings is one of the most … Read the rest

Best iPhone Apps to Help You with Your Taxes

Once again it’s the most boring and stressful season of all: tax season. When you’re preparing your own taxes, it can be quite tedious, but it must be done. Kudos to those of you who don’t rely on a tax professional and attempt to DIY. But everyone might benefit from a little help, and you don’t have to go it alone. If you have an iPhone, there are lots of great apps that will help you through the process so you can get your taxes done quickly and correctly (the first time). Here are the best iPhone apps to help … Read the rest

Interesting Facts On 2012 Taxes

Mr. President, the problem lies with Government Spending and not taxes.

If you saw President Obama’s 2013 budget estimates, then you probably know that he plans to raise 1.5 trillion dollars by increasing taxes for the rich.

It seems the Obama administration believes in taking people for a ride. They think that if they tell a lie over and over again, it becomes a fact. Nowadays, the president and his leftist cabal spend the whole day talking about how rates for the rich are too low.

Anyone who thinks tax rates for any group of people is too low has … Read the rest

Turbo Tax Mobile Apps

Mobile apps are current big news in the world of tax preparation. From providing tax information to allowing users to e-file, these apps are on the rise.

Unlike many competitors, TurboTax is one app that allows users to e-file a 1040EZ with their iPhone or Android device.  Data from around 400,000 financial institutions and employers, W-2 Express, various 1099 and 1098 forms, charitable-deduction records from ItsDeductible, accounting records from popular software like Quicken and QuickBooks, along with any data saved in a .cfx or .txf format are able to be entered. Bob Meighan, vice president of consumer advocacy at … Read the rest