Wednesday, September 2, 2009

The IRS May Take a Closer Look at Home Mortgage Interest Deductions

A July 2009 report on Home Mortgage Interest Deductions by the Government Accountability Office has received a lot of publicity recently. The report highlights the tremendous amount of confusion on how to appropriately report Mortgage Interest. And many people speculate that the IRS will soon pay more attention to how people report their Home Mortgage Interest.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Is the White House Pulling the Emergency Break on Cash for Clunkers?

Its official, Cash for Clunkers is a hit. Dealerships throughout the country are being inundated with prospective car buyers anxious to send their clunkers to the junkyard for up to $4,500 in government issued rebates. But with two months still left for the Car Allowance Rebate System (CARS), is the White House ready to pull the plug on the program?

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Is There Change on the Horizon for Business Meal and Entertainment Tax Deductions?

The business meal and entertainment tax deduction may soon change from an appetizer to a main course. U.S. Representative Neil Abercrombie (HI) has reintroduced a bill to the 111th Congress that aims to increase the business meal and entertainment tax deduction from 50% to 80%. Cosponsored by three U.S. Representatives, House Bill 3333 has been floating throughout congress in some capacity for several years. Most recently, Representative Abercrombie’s 2007 version of the bill (H.R 2648) died in the 110th Congress after being referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means. The bill has also been presented to the Senate during previous sessions, always suffering the same fate.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

With Health Care Expenses on the Rise, What Will Become of Current Tax Deductions?

Regardless of where you stand on the health care debate currently taking center stage in U.S. political discussions, there is one thing we all can agree on health care is expensive, very expensive. Whether in the form of health insurance premiums, prescription drug costs or hospital bills, health care expenses can make a substantial impact on any family’s budget.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

2009 Tax Code Changes Affecting the Unemployed

We just got back in the office from a long week at the IRS Nationwide TaxForum, and we have a lot to share about 2009 tax code changes. In light of the current economic crisis our country is facing, the IRS has announced changes to the ’09 tax code that may provide some relief to taxpayers who have recently become unemployed. While the level of benefit for these changes may be marginal for some, it is important to gain awareness of the changes sooner rather than later.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Shedding Light on New Federal Auto Deductions and Credits

In light of ailing auto sales and an added emphasis on energy efficiency, the federal government has unveiled tax breaks and rebates for people who purchase a new car in 2009 (including an additional break if you think green while doing so). While these credits and deductions do not apply to all taxpayers and consumers, many Americans will likely benefit from the incentives.