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2012 Taxpayer Relief Act For Individuals

Fiscal Cliff Averted, Tax Payer Relief Act

After much debate and anticipation, Congress has passed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 which averts the tax side of the fiscal cliff, provides numerous extenders and avoids the automatic sunset provisions that were scheduled to take effect after 2012 under the “Bush-era” tax cuts in the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 (EGTRRA<) and the Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003 (JGTRRA<).

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2012 Year End Tax Planning for Individuals

Individual Tax Planning in 2012 & 2013

Year-end tax planning is always complicated by the uncertainty that the following year may bring. Even with the election behind us, 2012 is one of the most challenging in recent memory for year-end tax planning. A combination of events – including possible expiration of some or all of the “Bush-era” tax cuts after 2012, the imposition of new so-called Medicare taxes on investment and wages, doubts about renewal of tax extenders, and the threat of massive across-the-board federal spending cuts – have many taxpayers asking how can they prepare for 2013 and beyond, and what to do before then. The short answer is to quickly become familiar with expiring tax incentives and what may replace them after 2012 and to plan accordingly.

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2013 Individual Income Tax Organizer and Engagement Letter For New Clients

2013 Income Tax CPA Organizer & Accounting Engagement Letter<

This generic Organizer is intended for New Individual Clients Only. If you are an existing client, and have misplaced your packet, please contact us and we will provide you with your specialized copy.

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2013 Year-End Tax Planning for Individuals

Early in 2013, the 2012 Taxpayer Relief Act was enacted and the “Bush-era” tax cuts, which were scheduled to sunset at the end of 2012, were permanently extended and modified. This legislation is significant because without its enactment, individual tax rates on all income groups would have increased, taxpayer-friendly treatment of capital gains and dividends would have disappeared, and many other popular but temporary incentives would no longer be available.

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2016 Year-End Tax Planning for Individuals

Although tax planning is a 12-month activity, yearend is traditionally the time to review tax strategies from the past and to revise them for the future. Yearend has also become a time when there is an increasing need to take a careful look at what’s changed within the tax law itself since the beginning of the year. Opportunities and pitfalls within these recent changes – as they impact each taxpayer’s unique situation—should not be overlooked. This is particularly the case during year-end 2016. Here are some of the many consideration that taxpayers should review as year-end 2016 approaches.

 

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Accurately Complete Your Organizer

Your Organizer is basically a filing template that ensures that we have the information that we need. It is tailor made to each of our clients and often shows data from the last period's return for reference. 

By taking the time to confirm you have all of your source documents—or at least discover what you need to attain—you ensure the accuracy of your return, and minimize your expense.

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Deadline for 1040s

Deadline for filling personal tax return, or an extension must be filed.

Should the date fall on a weekend or holiday, it extends to the next workday.

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Deadline for Extended 1040s

Estimated Payment Due

Taxpayers who do not pay at least 90 percent of their tax through withholding generally are required to estimate their income tax liability and make quarterly payments of that liability during the year on the 15th day of the 4th, 6th, 9th and 12th months of their tax year. This applies to some Corporations and certain exempt organizations as well. Note, that if this date falls on a weekend or a holiday, the deadline will be the next business day.

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How Can I See My Refund Status?

The IRS provides an online tool to help you find the status quickly:

Get Refund Status<

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Individual or Joint 1040 Tax Preparation Engagement Letter

This form outlines the terms of an individual tax engagement, our responsibilities as the preparer, and yours as the taxpayer. An engagement letter needs to be signed before your tax return may be prepared.

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Proposed Regulations on Net Investment Income Tax and Additional Medicare Tax

The IRS has issued long-awaited and much needed proposed reliance regulations on the operation of the two new surtaxes imposed under the 2010 healthcare legislation: the 3.8 percent Net Investment Income Tax (NIIT), and the 0.9 percent Additional Medicare Tax. Both surtaxes are scheduled to come into full effect on January 1, 2013. The proposed reliance regulations and the frequently asked questions on the IRS website attempt to address many of the gaps in the application of these surtaxes that have been questioned by tax professionals, employers, and taxpayers. The guidance on each of these surtaxes is extensive and is immediately critical for affected taxpayers.

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