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States Consider Alternative To State Income Tax

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Alternative To State Income Tax

A trend in tax filing is already taking place in some Republican led Southern and Midwest states. Other states are considering a similar plan to eliminate their state income taxes and replace it with a higher sales tax to make up for loss of revenue. Legislative watchdogs and tax reform experts can only speculate to the success of these new tax reform campaigns.

The Push for State Tax Reform

Since there is little hope for any more changes with the federal tax system, many states are making plans to spur economic growth within their own … Read the rest

Processing of Tax Returns to Begin on January 30

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Processing of Tax Returns

Earlier this week, the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced that electronic filing of tax payments for the year 2013 will commence on January 30.  As a result, individual income tax returns will not be processed before then.

Electronic tax filing had been originally scheduled to begin on January 22. The nine-day extension is a result of the changes in tax law which took effect on January 1. The American Taxpayer Relief Act (ATRA) was the result of the “fiscal cliff” tie between the president and the house.

The IRS is getting set for the year’s … Read the rest

President Obama And The Fiscal Cliff Deal

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President Obama has left out certain important aspects of the fiscal cliff deal, in a video broadcast on the Web. This could give a wrong impression of the deal’s impact on the deficit and taxpayers -

President Obama seems to be boasting that families coming under the middle-class category will not be paying more than $2000 extra as taxes during the year. This is correct for taxes on income; however, the President fails to mention, that there is allowance in the deal for the cut on payroll taxes to expire. More taxes will be paid this year by 77% … Read the rest

Understanding The Fiscal Cliff Deal

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The Fiscal Cliff Deal

The taxes paid by most Americans will definitely increase despite the fiscal cliff deal just signed by Congress.

President Obama has declared that the fiscal cliff deal as a victory for middle class households. This may not be true because taxes are bound to go up and this will lead to an increase in middle class taxes.

America also has a huge national debt of $16 trillion. The tax relief and pork included in the new deal will add about $4 trillion to the national debt over 10 years. The fiscal cliff deal has been hailed … Read the rest

Filing For Bankruptcy In Phoenix

Filing For Bankruptcy In Phoenix

If you have made the big financial decision to file for bankruptcy, one of the Phoenix bankruptcy lawyers can help you. Most lawyers specializing in this field, including The Frutkin Law Firm, and Bennett Parker PLC offer a free initial consultation, allowing you to determine if bankruptcy is right for you.

Medical bills are the cause of most bankruptcies in the US, and your unpaid medical bills, credit card bills and other loans will be wiped out once you file. Most people look upon bankruptcy as a chance to start afresh, and it is also … Read the rest

IRS Tax Relief Programs

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has several programs that offer tax relief for persons who have outstanding back taxes.

One IRS tax relief program is the Installment Agreement which allows people who are financially unable to make the payments to pay their tax debt over time. Monthly payments can be made until the entire tax debt if paid off. There is also an Offer in Compromise (OIC) program which allows taxpayers to settle their tax debt for a lesser amount than what they owe. This program works well for persons with limited means.

There are also situations where the IRS … Read the rest

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