Many provisions of the Internal Revenue Code are complicated. Proper interpretation of the rules and regulations contained in these provisions requires the assistance of an experienced and knowledgeable tax professional. The fourth part of our series about the most confusing provisions of the Internal Revenue Code addresses education tax incentives.
Why Is It Confusing?
- There are a large list of incentives from which to choose
- New stricter requirements to establish eligibility for some incentives
- Determining eligibility is a complicated, arduous, lengthy process
- Difficulty in determining the correct and appropriate benefit
7 Deadly Tax Sins
When it comes to the IRS, some bad acts are worse than others. We have compiled below the top ones to avoid at all costs. However, if you should find yourself in the middle of one, you should certainly call tax attorneys to get you out of the bad situation (yes, it is a bad situation).
Did you know you could be responsible for your parents’ unpaid bills? Ever heard of Filial Responsibility Laws? Well, these are laws obligating you to provide financial support for your indigent parents. Yes, obligated under law. According to the National Center for Policy Analysis, 21 states across the country (including states like Connecticut, New Jersey and Massachusetts) allow for a civil action to obtain financial support for indigent parents. At least 12 states may impose criminal penalties on children who refuse to support their parents. Though rarely enforced, these laws may be dusted off by states looking to save money on Medicaid bills.
It’s already fall and before you know it, another year will be upon us. It’s never too early to plan ahead to minimize your tax bill. An experienced and knowledgeable tax professional can help any individual or business make the right year-end savings moves with important advice and assistance. Here is the first part of a two part series on some things to ponder when considering potential tax moves between now and the end of 2016:
- Make time to plan
This is the ninth part of our series of blogs on the most overlooked tax deductions. In this blog, we will attempt to summarize the second half or group of prior articles in the series. For a more a detailed overview, see the blogs themselves!
HEALTH, CHILD CARE, AND CHARITY DEDUCTIONS
Deduction of Medicare Premiums for the Self-Employed
Self-employed individuals who continue to operate their own businesses after qualifying for Medicare can deduct their Medicare Part B and Medicare Part D premiums, plus the cost of supplemental Medicare policies or the cost of a Medicare Advantage plan, regardless of whether or not he or she itemizes.
There are two kinds of passive activities: trade or business activities in which the taxpayer does not materially participate during the year; and rental activities, even if the taxpayer does not materially participate in them, unless the taxpayer is a real estate professional. Many taxpayers have heard the term “passive activity” in relation to a rental activity and wondered exactly what it means.
An activity is a rental activity if real or personal tangible property is used or held for use by a taxpayer and gross income or expected gross income from the activity represents amounts paid or to be paid primarily for the property’s use, whether pursuant to a lease, service contract, or other agreement.
This is the fifth part of our multi-part series of blogs on tax benefits for education. Any present or former student should utilize the knowledge, experience and expertise of the tax professionals at the Thorgood Law Firm to ensure that they take advantage of all the credits and deductions that the law allows for students of higher education.
Qualified Tuition Programs (529 plans)
A Qualified Tuition Plan (QTP), also called a 529 Plan, is a program established to allow prospective students to either prepay or contribute to an account established for paying a student’s qualified education expenses at a post secondary institution. States and eligible educational institutions are entities that may establish and maintain programs that allow a student taxpayer to prepay these qualified education expenses.
The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016, enacted Dec. 18, 2015, extends a long list of expired tax provisions into the future. Unlike past extension legislation, Congress extended many provisions permanently. In more traditional fashion, some of the others were extended for five years, and many for two years. The Joint Committee on Taxation estimates that the total cost of the tax provisions in the bill will be $622 billion over 10 years. Without Congress extending these various provisions, millions of Americans were in danger of losing these beneficial tax breaks by 2017.
Congress made permanent various provisions with incentives for businesses. Some are as follows: