When calculating alimony, most would assume that the calculation would be based upon the breadwinner’s income prior to the divorce. After all, why should the ex-spouse benefit from business success earned after their relationship has been legally severed? In a surprising verdict, however, Superior Court Judge Lawrence Jones ruled against this assumption. [Read more…] about Got a Raise? It Could Cost You in Alimony
When the IRS announced its employee classification amnesty, it caused a number of concerns for employers. A primary concern was whether the States would conform, or if they would just consider the IRS application a confession and prosecute taxpayers that take advantage of the program. While it may be too soon to tell in many states, some have conformed already. [Read more…] about States Conforming to IRS Employee Classification Amnesty
While the new IRS employee classification amnesty program does offer significant tax benefits, it also raises a number of concerns for employers. Issues of concern include: [Read more…] about New IRS Employee Classification Amnesty: Proceed with Caution
Ignoring a tax debt could cost you more than you might think. Traditionally, states have made use of liens and wage garnishments as the primary method for collecting delinquent taxes. However, the reeling nature of the economy has emboldened states to employ a much more aggressive tactic. On October 4, California passed a law mandating that state’s motor vehicle department to suspend the driver licenses of the top 1,000 tax debtors. Moreover, all their names are to be published online. At least 19 states, including New Jersey and New York, have followed California’s lead and are likewise listing the names of tax delinquents online. While they have not yet suspended driver licenses, these states are desperate for additional tax revenue. It would be wise to take care of your tax liability to ensure not having to move over to the passenger’s side.
In 2010, the law permitted you to convert your traditional IRA to a Roth and defer recognizing income on the amount converted until future years. For example, if your account was $100,000 you would declare no income on your 2010 return and $50,000 of taxable income in both 2011 and 2012. As a result of the volatility in the stock market, that $100,000 you converted might only be worth $60,000. Here’s where the problem arises: the tax you pay in 2011 and 2012 on the Roth conversion is NOT based on the current value of the account, but rather on the value at the time of conversion. In our example, assuming a tax bracket of 33%, you would end up with just $27,000 of your original $100,000 investment! ($100,000 investment – $40,000 loss of market value – $33,000 Uncle Sam’s portion = $27,000). There is a solution to this problem, but the deadline is October 17, 2011. [Read more…] about Deadline to Convert Roth IRAs to Traditional IRA is Oct 17th
Many people think that tax-exempt organizations don’t pay federal income tax. While this assumption is true under most circumstances, there are times that they are indeed subject to income tax. When tax exempt organizations engage in commerce unrelated to their exempt status, Congress legislated that they are in fact required to pay their fair share in taxes. This is known as “Unrelated Business Income Tax” or UBIT for short. [Read more…] about Non-Profits are not 100% Tax-Exempt