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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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Charitable deductions – Are these meant for donations inside our country or outside of our country?

I happened to be watching 60 minutes the other evening with another interview with President Obama.   After the interview, they did a short piece on Howard Buffett who is slated to take over as Chairman of the Board for Berkshire Hathaway in the near future.     Mostly, the story was about Howard being a farmer and the great charitable work he is doing around the world.    They discussed that Warren Buffett gave over 31 billion dollars to the Bill Gates foundation which is also spending a great deal of money helping those that are underprivileged around the world. While I was watching the program, several things occurred to me that I thought might of interest for the smart money moves readers.  First and foremost, it seems to me that we are very concerned with how to raise more revenue in this country to balance out our budget.   Part of the proposed solution is to potentially increase the estate or death tax ...

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How To Lower Your 2011 Income Taxes

The color of the trees  are changing during the beautiful fall season, and that also means it’s time to begin thinking about strategies for minimizing your 2011 income taxes before the year has come to a completion.    Remember, that when it comes to lowering income taxes, you generally have to large rock strategies.   Above the line deductions are tax deductions that reduce the amount that will end up on the taxable income line to determine how much tax you should have paid for 2011.   Below the line deductions, which mainly have to deal with tax credits that will offset the tax you owe dollar for dollar in most cases.     It is important to note that there are many strategies to keep your income taxes down, but here are four you should consider before the clock strikes midnight in 2011.  Max out your contributions to your employer sponsored retirement plan –   For most of you this will be your 401(k), 403(b), ...

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You Are Invited to a Free Webinar -5 STRATEGIES TO IMPROVE THE BOTTOM LINE OF YOUR BUSINESS IN 2011

5 STRATEGIES TO IMPROVE THE BOTTOM LINE OF YOUR BUSINESS IN 2011 Join us as Ted Jenkin, CFP®, AWMA®, CRPC®, AAMS®, CMFC®, CRPS®, co-CEO and Founder of oXYGen Financial, discusses 5 key strategies to improve the bottom line of your business.  We will explore: •  How to lower your overall income taxes •  How to reduce your fixed costs in the business •  How to increase wallet share with your existing clients •  How to improve overall client acquisition •  Determining the best insurance and retirement plan to have in place •  Is your dashboard green, yellow or red? Space is limited, so reserve your spot today! SELECT YOUR TIME BELOW!!!!! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER When: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM EDT CLICK HERE TO REGISTER When: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM EDT   ...

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Free Webinar – 5 STRATEGIES TO IMPROVE THE BOTTOM LINE OF YOUR BUSINESS IN 2011

5 STRATEGIES TO IMPROVE THE BOTTOM LINE OF YOUR BUSINESS IN 2011 Join us as Ted Jenkin, CFP®, AWMA®, CRPC®, AAMS®, CMFC®, CRPS®, co-CEO and Founder of oXYGen Financial, discusses 5 key strategies to improve the bottom line of your business.  We will explore: •  How to lower your overall income taxes •  How to reduce your fixed costs in the business •  How to increase wallet share with your existing clients •  How to improve overall client acquisition •  Determining the best insurance and retirement plan to have in place •  Is your dashboard green, yellow or red? Space is limited, so reserve your spot today! SELECT YOUR TIME BELOW!!!!! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER When: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM EDT CLICK HERE TO REGISTER When: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM EDT   ...

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Personal Finance 101 – The Tax Management Triangle

Don’t you wish that you had a crystal ball to know what the tax rates will be 20 years from now?   In 1970, the top tax marginal tax rate was at 70%.   In 1980, the top marginal tax rate was still at 70%.   In 1990, the top marginal tax rate hit a historical low of 28%.   In 2000, that top marginal tax rate had moved back up to 39.6%.   Just one year ago in 2010, the top marginal tax rate settled at 35%. (source: taxfoundation.org)  With all the uncertainty going on with our debt and taxes, how can you best plan your finances for the certainty of uncertainty when it comes to income taxes? Over the years, we’ve adopted a tax triangle methodology around taxes and investing.  This allows an individual investor or business owner to think about where they place their investments and tax strategy upon the accumulation and distribution phase.  Here are the three sides to the triangle. ...

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What a GRAT trust to fund before 2010 ends!

Who knows where the estate tax limits will fall in 2011.  It might be 1 million or 3.5 million or higher depending on how the legislators settle on this issue. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Congress is trying to put limits on a popular trust families have used for years to avoid the estate tax. Since this type of trust works best at times when interest rates are low and asset values are depressed, we are urging high net worth clients to look at setting one of these up before Congress decides to make these trusts look like a rainy day in the tax world. This type of trust is known as a GRAT or grantor-retained annuity trust, which allows people to give a portion of an asset’s future profits to heirs tax-free. The trusts we have found can be very popular for clients who have a family business that is expected to increase in value or may have stock ...

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Did the health care bill just crush my taxes?

Scotty, beam me up!   I say this because after reading through the health care bill the taxes that are coming to pay for the plan will make you feel like you are in outer space. If you are high wage earner or a small to medium size business owner that is doing well, now will be the time to begin thinking about your overall tax management plan as your future income taxes could end up skyrocketing to the tune of 60%!  I don’t think people fully realize yet that some tax hikes are in this bill while others are already in motion, and I believe more to come within the next year. First, the top tax rates are scheduled to revert to the 36% and 39.6% number where they were a few years ago from the 33% and 35% number that they are today. (source: www.irs.gov)  If you are in the highest bracket that means you just took a 4.6% ...

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