Sunday Reading List

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2013 Tax Changes on the Horizon if the Bush Tax Cuts Aren’t Extended

Back in the early 2000s, President George W. Bush signed into law two pieces of legislation containing provisions now known as the “Bush Tax Cuts.” The Bush Tax Cuts affected all Americans, as they contained tax breaks such as lower individual income tax rates, tax benefits for parents, and marriage penalty relief. They also brought […]

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Tax Issue for Thought: Should Everyone Pay Some Federal Income Taxes?

As someone interested in the future of the United States (who just happens to be a tax professional), I find it particularly interesting to listen to tax-related news commentary and examine related tax statistics. Because this is an election year, obviously many more people are tuned into tax issues. Here’s a particularly interesting video clip […]

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April 15th Word Search – A Tax Day Brain Teaser

I thought I’d mix things up a bit and post a little something to get our brains going today.  Below is an April 15th word search. If you are a tax professional, feel free to share this puzzle with your clients.  If you are just a tax enthusiast, download and enjoy it on your own. […]

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President Obama’s 2011 Tax Return

I suppose only a true tax nerd like myself thinks tax returns make good non-fiction reading.  ;D  It’s particularly interesting to me to see where President Obama derived his 2011 income and what he did with it once he had it. I went page by page through President Obama’s return because I wanted to learn […]

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Get Ready for More Posts – I’m Joining the Yakezie Challenge!

As you may have noticed lately, I’ve upped the frequency of my posts to Taxes and Stuff.  I’ve been testing myself to see how hard it would be to post two or more times per week. I have two little ones at home and a third on the way any day now, but I think […]

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Paper Social Security Checks Going Away – Electronic Deposit Required by March 2013

The United States government is on a mission to reduce costs.  Next on the chopping block: paper checks for Social Security and other federal benefit payments. Effective March 1, 2013, anyone who receives federal benefit payments will be required to receive their payments electronically, either through direct deposit to a bank account or loaded onto […]

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2012 Roth IRA Contribution Limits

Each year, the IRS reviews retirement plan contribution limits with respect to cost of living increases.  For 2012, Roth IRA contribution limits remain unchanged from 2011. 2012 Roth IRA Contribution Limits If you are under age 50, you can contribute $5,00o to a Roth IRA in 2012. If you are 50+ years old, you may make […]

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Deadline for 2011 Roth IRA Contributions – Is It Too Late to Contribute?

Every year, I find myself in the same predicament I’m sure thousands of other taxpayers face – waiting until the very last minute to contribute to a Roth IRA.  I know contributing to one is good for me, and I know investing sooner rather than later is good for me, but I can never seem […]

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2011 Tax Returns Due on April 17th – Emancipation Day Observance Causes Deadline Delay

United States taxpayers are getting a present from the IRS this year.  Because of a unique set of circumstances where April 15th falls on a Sunday and the following day is a Washington, D.C. holiday, we get until Tuesday, April 17th to file our individual income taxes. When Are Taxes Due in 2012? How Washington […]

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