Don’t Take Your Losses!

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Many people have been troubled by the impact of the financial crisis on their savings. If you are retired, you probably know that there is an annual minimum distribution that you are required to take from your IRA if you are 70-1/2 or older, that is, you must take money out every year, or you are penalized on the funds. However, if you do not need the money to live on, you may consider it a disadvantage to have to cash something out at the moment, because you might want to leave your investments in place to recover, rather than … Read more at 2009 Taxes

Tax Act

Many people have been troubled by the impact of the financial crisis on their savings. If you are retired, you probably know that there is an annual minimum distribution that you are required to take from your IRA if you are 70-1/2 or older, that is, you must take money out every year, or you are penalized on the funds. However, if you do not need the money to live on, you may consider it a disadvantage to have to cash something out at the moment, because you might want to leave your investments in place to recover, rather than sell them and make the paper loss into a real loss.

Although this requirement still applies to 2008 taxes, the rule has been suspended for 2009, which means that you are not penalized if you choose to leave your investments in place this year, and not take any money out. In that way, you can continue to get the tax advantages on the returns rather than being forced to sell when the markets are down.

Tax Changes in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

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Tax Changes in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

A number of tax law changes were made in the recently passed and signed American Recovery and Reinvestment Act also know as the Federal Stimulus Bill. Those changes include Income Tax reductions, Unemployment taxes, Cobra Health Insurance subsidies, and number of other important changes.

Income Tax Reduction

Individuals and couples will get a $400 income tax reduction through their payroll per person for the 2009 and 2010 tax years. The reduction phases out for individuals that make more than $75,000 or couples earning over $150,000 a year.

Unemployment Tax

Those … Read more at 2009 Taxes

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Tax Changes in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

A number of tax law changes were made in the recently passed and signed American Recovery and Reinvestment Act also know as the Federal Stimulus Bill. Those changes include Income Tax reductions, Unemployment taxes, Cobra Health Insurance subsidies, and number of other important changes.

Income Tax Reduction

Individuals and couples will get a $400 income tax reduction through their payroll per person for the 2009 and 2010 tax years. The reduction phases out for individuals that make more than $75,000 or couples earning over $150,000 a year.

Unemployment Tax

Those receiving unemployment due to job loss would normally need to pay tax on the income. But under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, all unemployment payments will be tax free.

Health Insurance Coverage

Under Cobra, laid off workers can continue to be covered under their prior employer’s health plan, but they have to pay the premiums themselves which are often quite a bit more than an self insured person would pay. Under the new law, the US Government will now pay 65% of all Cobra premiums for unemployed workers.

Credits to Reduce Your Taxes

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Credits to Reduce Your Taxes

A tax credit reduces your tax bill by the exact amount of the credit and is therefore the number #1 way to reduce your tax burden. And for some will little income, credits can actually create a refund beyond what was paid to the government for the tax year.

Child Tax Credit

For each child an individual or a couple have, they receive a tax credit of $1,000 above the $3,500 child tax exemption. There are income limits on the $1,000 credit which are $75,000 for single tax payers and $110,000 for married couples. At these two levels the credit begins to phase out. There is also an Additional Child Tax Credit that you may be eligible for if you are not eligible for the Child Tax Credit.

Earned Income Credit

For taxpayers that do not earn above certain thresholds, the earned income credit provides a large credit which often is more than what the individual paid into the federal tax revenue fund. If a taxpayer has two children and earns less than $41, 646 a year or a taxpayer has one child and earns less than $36,995 a year or a taxpayer with no children earns less than $15,880 a year, they are eligible for the credit.