Fiscal Cliff Dividends

Fiscal Cliff is a non-technical economic term used popularly to describe a series of tax increases and mandatory budget cuts set to occur at the beginning of 2013.  The term "cliff" refers to the... more +
Fiscal Cliff is a non-technical economic term used popularly to describe a series of tax increases and mandatory budget cuts set to occur at the beginning of 2013.  The term "cliff" refers to the idea that such increases and cuts would be catastrophic to the fragile economy and consequently, force the economy off of a metaphorical cliff. less -
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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

Estate Planning & Federal Tax Update - Winter 2013

With the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the “ATRA ”) passed and the fiscal cliff safely averted, the time has come to turn your attention to your estate plan. What Did the ATRA Accomplish? The fiscal cliff...more

Rates of Change: The Effect of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 on Individual and Fiduciary Income Taxes

For all the public discussion in 2012 of the need for a significant reformation and restructuring of the Internal Revenue Code, the income tax provisions of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the 2012 Act) are at their...more

Estate Planning After the Fiscal Cliff Deal

Now that a deal averting the fiscal cliff has finally been reached, many of the tax and planning issues that have been mired in uncertainty for the past two years (and even longer in some cases) may be resolved. Numerous tax...more

How Will the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 Affect You - Details of Legislation passed by Congress to Avoid Fiscal Cliff

On January 2, President Barack Obama signed into law the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, H.R. 8 (ATRA), preserving many of the key tax provisions passed during the George W. Bush presidency, which were scheduled to...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

American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012: Tax Implications for U.S. Taxpayers Living Abroad

Although the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (“Fiscal Cliff Legislation”) passed last week does not contain any sweeping changes targeted at U.S. taxpayers living abroad, a number of provisions are relevant to such U.S....more

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 and What It Means to You

On Jan. 2, 2013, President Obama signed the “American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012” (the “Act”) which was passed by the House and Senate the previous day to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff.” The Act prevents many of the tax...more

American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 Approved by Congress and Signed by the President

Summary - President Obama on January 2, 2013 signed into law the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the “Act”). The Act extends certain tax rates, tax credits, and other provisions previously enacted by other tax...more

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012: Some Tax Certainty in an Uncertain World

On January 1, 2013, Congress averted the fiscal cliff with the passage of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (Act), which was enacted when President Obama signed the Act on January 2, 2013. The Act provides a welcome...more

Fiscal Cliff II: What’s Next For Tax Reform?

On January 1, 2013, the Senate and House of Representatives passed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (“ATRA”), signed into law by President Obama on January 2. ATRA averts the “fiscal cliff” by making permanent the...more

Fixing the Debt: Update on U.S. Fiscal Cliff Crisis (9th Edition) - January 1, 2013

THE LEGISLATION - Following a day of tumultuous House Republican caucus deliberations, at 11:00 pm, the House passed The American Tax Relief Act of 2012, a cliffhanger deal negotiated by Vice President Biden and Senate...more

Legal Alert: The Cliff-Hanger (Chapter One) is Over: Highlights of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012

On January 2, 2013, President Obama signed into law the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the Act), effective as of January 1, 2013. In general, the Act made permanent for most taxpayers the tax rate cuts first enacted...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

‘Fiscal Cliff’ Legislation Temporarily Extends Key Provisions for Businesses

As part of legislation enacted in early 2013 to avert the so-called “fiscal cliff,” Congress temporarily extended several beneficial tax provisions for businesses, including the research credit, the active financing exception...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

American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 Finally Settles Individual Federal Income Tax Rates for 2013 and Beyond

On January 1, 2013, the Senate and the House of Representatives passed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (“ATRA”), averting the so-called “fiscal cliff.” The legislation, which was signed by President Obama on January...more

Highlights of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012

After hotly debated year-end negotiations, the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives passed H.R. 8, the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, on January 1, 2013. On January 2, 2013, President Obama signed the bill into...more

Fiscal Cliff Tax Changes

On New Year’s Day 2013, the “American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012” (the Act) was enacted to avoid the impact of automatic “fiscal cliff” tax increases. The Act, effective January 1, 2013, retains and makes permanent the...more

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012: What It Means for You

In the final hour of January 1, 2013, Congress passed The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the "Act"), which in part addressed the dramatic sunset of favorable federal estate, gift and generation-skipping tax exemption...more

Fiscal cliff avoided — what it means for you

While most of us were celebrating the new year, members of the U.S. House and Senate were trying to prevent a fall over the dreaded "fiscal cliff," the combination of automatic tax increases and automatic reductions in...more

Tax Law Blog: Fiscal Cliff Deal Adjusts Capital Gain Rates and Qualified Dividend Rates

In order to avoid the dreaded fiscal cliff, Congress passed an eleventh hour “fix” titled, “The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012” (“TATRA”). Bill Watterson’s character Calvin, from Calvin and Hobbs, once stated, “A good...more

Fiscal Cliff Deferred As Congress Finally Acts

The fiscal cliff has been avoided temporarily as the Congress has passed H.R. 8, the "American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012" (the "Act"). The Senate passed the Act in the early morning hours of January 1, 2013, by a vote of...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

"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

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