IRS Rules: .9% Additional Medicare Tax In 2013

With Obamacare kicking into to full speed here in 2013, last week I blogged about the 0% long-term capital gains tax. With so many different tax law changes happening, my fear is some tax-payers aren’t planning correctly and will get stung with an extra bill come tax time. For those individual filers who make more than $200,000 modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) and married couples making more than $250,000 MAGI, it is really important to understand how the additional .9% Medicare Tax will be collected here in 2013. Will your payroll company do this for you? Will you have to do it yourself? Is there a special form to fill out this year? Here it is straight from the IRS Website- BTW, this was about 46 different questions and answers, but I trimmed down the key items for you. (Source for all questions: www.irs.gov) When does Additional Medicare Tax start? Additional Medicare Tax applies to wages and compensation above a ...

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4 Tax Law Changes We Need To Make Permanent

With the presidential election beginning to heat up in America over the next several months, we are all going to hear a lot about income taxes.  We all know that with thousands of pages of tax code, it is impossible for the average citizen to really understand all of the different ways they can save money in taxes.  There are many tax law changes set to take effect in 2013.   If I had the opportunity to set the wheels in motion to make some tax law changes that would be permanent and easy to understand, here are four of them that I would recommend we change to become permanent. 1. Social Security Taxation –   From the day you begin working and earning waged income, 6.2% of your paycheck (the last couple of years 4.2%) goes toward your future social security benefits.    This is also known as your Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) tax.     You only see the 6.2% that comes ...

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I’m a Freelancer – Should I Set Up a Corporation?

If you are starting a business as a freelancer, you have a choice of the legal type of business structure (entity) that you choose. There are advantages and disadvantages among becoming a Subchapter S Corporation, a C Corporation, a Limited Liability Corporation, a Sole Proprietor, or a Partnership. Since there are both legal and tax implications attached to each type, it is best to get your lawyer, financial advisor, and/or accountant involved in the decision making process. Most people want to pay a little tax as possible, and incur the least amount of paperwork overhead when running their own business. In this article we will detail the facts that you need to consider, along with their consequences, so you can have a good starting point of reference when you meet with your legal and tax professionals. About Being A Sole Proprietor This type of entity will happen de facto if you choose no other form of entity for your business. ...

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5 Potential IRA Mistakes

Look out IRA investors because the IRS looks like it will be turning its attention to taxpayers who make mistakes with their IRA accounts. (source: www.wsj.com)    This includes matching distributions to your tax returns, stepped up audits, and tighter reporting overall when it comes to scrutinizing IRA accounts.    As I have shared for the last couple of years on Your Smart Money Moves, the Government is in dire need to increase revenue to balance the budget and pay off our voluminous debt.    One way to do this is to crack down on the mistakes that we make as taxpayers.   Nobody likes coming home and getting a letter in the mail from the IRS.  So here are five mistakes you might be making for the IRS to take a closer look at your tax return. Contributions To Roth IRA Accounts –   While some of you did Roth IRA conversions back in 2010 (and some are still converting), a Roth ‘conversion’ and ...

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Is It Time To Trigger Your Stock Options?

I worked for a Fortune 100 company for over 15 years.   When you rise through the ranks of management at a large company, they generally stop talking to you about salary and instead use the word Total Economic Package (or Total Compensation Package).   The reason they do this is that you begin to receive every year something called Long Term Incentive Awards.    These can come in the form of stock options, performance unites, restricted stock, or incentive type stock options.  Essentially, all types of compensation linked to the hopeful future growth price of the stock of the company you work for every day.  Unfortunately, most executive who receive this type of compensation do an awful job of construction a smart strategy and game plan on what kinds of options to take if they are offered a choices and how to most effectively build an exit plan from having too much money in their company stock. Types Of Stock Options The ...

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Personal Finance 101 – Retirement Planning – Types Of Retirement Investment Vehicles

Last week in Retirement Planning 101, I discussed what kind of assumptions you can use to figure out the island we call ‘your number’.  Once you figure out your number, there are really two very important ships that will get to that number.  First, how much money do you need to save on a monthly basis to get to your number?   Second, what rate of return on an after-tax basis do your assets need to earn to reach the retirement number?  This week, we will review some of the vehicles you can use to work toward your retirement goal. Employer sponsored retirement plan (401(k), 403(b), 457) – Most employers whether they be companies, schools, hospitals, or government agencies will have a retirement plan they sponsor that allows you to save for retirement.  The 401(k) plan is probably the most widely known of all of these plans.  401(k) plans allow employees to put away dollars on a pre-tax basis into an ...

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