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Brindisi Tax Academy -- 2013 Year-End Tax Update

I. A Look Back At 2013 Tax Matters, “Gangnam Style” - A. Some Random Observations. - 1. When we penned last year’s Update for you, dear reader, this fair country of ours stood six feet from the edge of the “...more

Beyond Tax Reform Jujitsu: Getting to ‘Yes’

Congress and the administration can still achieve the first major overhaul of our nation’s tax laws in nearly 30 years; such reform could occur with or without an agreement to enact fundamental entitlement spending...more

American Taxpayer Relief Act Of 2012 - The Effects On Charitable Giving

In This Issue: - Major Tax Provisions Relating to Charitable Organizations - Other Law Changes Affecting Charitable Contributions - Excerpt from Major Tax Provisions Relating to Charitable Organizations: The...more

Congress Approves The American Taxpayer Relief Act Of 2012, Preventing "Fiscal Cliff"

After much contention,Congress passed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, and President Obama signed the legislation on January 2, 2013. The Act avoids automatic sunset provisions that were scheduled to take effect...more

American Taxpayer Relief Act Affects Mass Transit Benefits and Other Employee Benefits

On January 2, 2013, President Obama signed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 ("ATRA") into law. ATRA, adopted as an alternative to stepping over the "fiscal cliff," preserves most of the Bush-era tax cuts and...more

American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012

On New Year’s Day 2013, to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff,” Congress passed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (“2012 Act”). The 2012 Act raises taxes on some taxpayers while retaining most of the provisions enacted...more

McNees Insights - Asset Planning and Federal Taxation - Winter 2013

2012 Tax Act - The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the “Act”) was signed into law on January 1, 2013 to avert the tax law changes that were one part of the “fiscal cliff” facing our country’s economy (the other...more

Washington Insight - Special Edition: Congress Steps Away From Fiscal Cliff

For months in Washington, and beyond, attention has been focused on the "fiscal cliff" -- the combination of the expiration of the Bush tax cuts and the looming budget cuts referred to as "sequestration." Negotiations led by...more

This Week in Washington - January 4, 2013

In This Issue: - DOMESTIC POLICY MATTERS - The Fiscal Cliff Compromise. With Vice President Joe Biden and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) stepping in over the weekend to lead negotiations, a...more

Summary of Income Tax Provisions in the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012

As you no doubt are aware, Congress just passed, and the President just signed into law, the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the “Act”). The Act is effective as of January 1, 2013. This summary addresses certain of...more

Last-Minute Fiscal Cliff Tax Deal Reached - Highlights of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012

The United States plunged off the theoretical cliff New Year's Day, but the U.S. House of Representatives pulled us back by passing the U.S. Senate's version of the budget bill on New Year's Day, and lo and behold, we now...more

Fixing the Debt: Update on U.S. Fiscal Cliff Crisis (7th Edition) - December 31, 2012

ZEROING IN ON A DEAL - Vice President Biden and Senate Republican Leader McConnell are close to reaching a deal to avert the fiscal cliff. Discussions between the two began late yesterday afternoon and have...more

Highlights of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012

President Obama has signed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the “Act”). The Act partially averts the so-called “fiscal cliff,” making permanent many Bush-era tax rate provisions while increasing taxes on...more

President Obama Signs "Fiscal Cliff" Legislation into Law

As you likely have heard, the President signed the American Taxpayer Relief Act (H.R. 8) (the "Act") on January 2, 2013. The Act, popularly known as the "fiscal cliff" legislation, permanently extends the Bush era tax cuts...more

Fixing the Debt: Update on U.S. Fiscal Cliff Crisis (6th Edition) - December 28, 2012

RECENT DEVELOPMENTS - - The President and Congressional leaders met Friday at the White House at 3:00 pm in an attempt to strike a last-minute deal. - Today’s meeting, which lasted about an hour, was attended...more

"Temporary ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Solution Yields Important Tax Changes"

On January 2, 2013, President Obama signed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the TRA of 2012), which permanently extends certain federal income tax rate reductions first enacted in 2001 that were scheduled to expire...more

Taxpayer Relief Act Brings Assortment of Changes

Early on January 1, 2013, the Senate, by a vote of 89 to 8, approved H.R. 8, “the American Taxpayer Relief Act” (ATRA or the Bill). The House of Representatives passed the Bill by a vote of 257 to 167. Following are the major...more

Burr Alert: The Other Side Of The "Fiscal Cliff"

Congress began 2013 by passing "The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012" (the "Act") reflecting a plan negotiated by Vice President Biden and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to avoid a series of tax hikes...more

This Week in Washington - December 21, 2012

In This Issue: - DOMESTIC POLICY MATTERS - The Fiscal Cliff Debate. On Monday evening, the White House proposed a compromise of raising taxes only on income earners above $400,000 and increasing the amount of...more

The Season of Giving: The “Fiscal Cliff” Coming to the Estate and Gift Tax Laws #EstatePlanningAttorney

The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010 (“2010 Act”), was signed into law by President Obama on December 17, 2010. This Act provided a two year fix to the existing estate and gift...more

Consider Taking Advantage of Opportunities in 2012 – Your Taxes May Rise in 2013

As of this writing, it’s difficult to speculate as to what U.S. income tax rates will be in the year 2013. This has become especially apparent due to the effect of the so-called “fiscal cliff” and the results of the November...more

Post-Election 2012 Tax Planning Alert: Practical Tax Planning Tips for You, Your Family and Your Business

This Alert is designed to offer easy to understand and easy to implement year-end tax strategies in times of incredible tax uncertainty. This Alert is also designed to stimulate thought and inspire action during one of the...more

The Outcome of the 2012 Elections and What it Means for Employers

The 2012 presidential and congressional elections are finally over, probably much to the relief of an exhausted electorate and the chattering class of political pundits and pollsters who predicted a much closer race. Six...more

2013 Estate Tax Implications as the Fiscal Cliff Looms

Now that the presidential election is over much of the national chatter has shifted to the “fiscal cliff” looming at the end of the calendar year when the terms of the Budget Control Act of 2011 are scheduled to go into...more

Rappelling Down the Fiscal Cliff – Strategies for Cushioning the Fall – Part I

Ready, set, go! Following the Presidential election last night, the race is on for year-end tax planning and bracing for the fall off the fiscal cliff. While no one can tell exactly what the tax outcome will be after...more

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