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Separating Death and Taxes

Separating Death and Taxesby Michael B. Allmon, CPAThe U.S. Congress, encouraged by popular sentiment, tried to separate death and taxes by voting to repeal the estate tax in July.
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IRS Backing Away from Traditional Collection Efforts

If the statistics coming out of Illinois hold true for the nation, it would appear that the IRS is backing off on collection attempts.
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Effect of Marriage Tax Cut on $1.8 Trillion Surplus

Last week's vote to send tax cut legislation for married couples to the White House for consideration has fueled yet another battle between Democrats and Republicans in a very important election year.Democrats who voted against ending the marriage tax penalty are concerned that the passing of the tax cut will use up all of the projected 10-year, $1.8 trillion surplus.
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Marriage Tax Bill Goes to White House

The Republican-controlled House and Senate have reached agreement on a marriage tax relief bill that would provide a more fair income tax rate for married couples where both spouses work. The bill changes the standard deduction for married couples to be twice the standard deduction for unmarred taxpayers, and this change would be retroactive to January 1, 2000.In addition, the bill provides for a change in the tax brackets so that single or married, the tax on income is the same.
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Congress Votes to Change the Way We Look at Taxes

The week in Washington was anything but dull. Nearly every day we were presented with a new, more glorious bill and a gaggle of vote-hungry representatives and senators eager to vote 'yea.' There isn't a single issue here that won't please most of the American public - so why is it so likely that so few of these measures will actually make it into law?Marriage Tax Penalty. There are bizarre rules in the Internal Revenue Code that make it possible for two people to earn the same income at the same job but pay vastly different income tax on that income due to their marital status.
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Third Time’s a Charm on Tax Legislation

The House voted 401-25, which of course means that Republicans and Democrats alike are in the same camp on this one, to increase the annual contribution limits to the nation’s most popular retirement plans, the IRA and the 401(k).
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Tax Accountants Missing the e-Mark

A survey conducted by KPMG of leading Fortune 1000 companies showed that 51% of the companies agree that e-commerce will lead to increased competition over the next three years.
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Marriage Tax Cut On to Next Step

A joint House/Senate conference committee will proceed with ironing out the differences between the two versions of the marriage tax cut bill that passed in the House and Senate.
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Let’s Give Employees the Whole Truth

The House has paved the way for better employee understanding of just what goes on “behind the scenes” regarding employer contributions to Social Security and Medicare by passing a bill that will require this information to be disclosed on annual W-2 forms.The Right-to-Know Payroll Act, as it is presently called, would require an amendment to the IRS Tax Code calling for new areas on the W-2 form to display employer contributions that are made on behalf of employees. The bill was introduced by Rep.
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IRS Issues new Preparer Rules

In 1998 the IRS issued proposed regulations regarding the retention of preparer-signed tax documents. Those proposed regulations have been withdrawn, effective July 18, 2000, and replaced with final regulations.
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Senate Passes Elimination of Marriage Tax Penalty

Republicans and Democrats joined forces in the Senate today, passing a bill that would eliminate the marriage penalty portion of our beloved tax code over a period of 10 years. The bill passed by a 61-38 margin. Now the House, which has passed a similar bill, will combine the two and present a final version to President Clinton, perhaps as early as this week.Clinton has already promised to veto the bill when it arrives on his desk on the eve of the Republican National Convention. So why bother having the vote?
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Marriage Tax Penalty One Step Closer to its Grave?

With a vote of 269-159, the House gave its blessing to a marriage tax relief bill that is now on its way to the Senate. The Senate hopes to send a final version of the marriage bill, along with a bill for demolishing the estate tax, to President Clinton on the eve of the Republican National Convention, the timing of which is not coincidental.The marriage penalty tax, as it is justifiably called, is a nuance of the tax code that requires married couples to pay tax at a higher rate than they would if they remained single.
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IRS Announces New Rules for Calculating IRA Income

If you make a contribution to your IRA, change your mind, and request that the contribution be returned to you on or before the due date of your tax return, the old rules stated that you must report a certain amount of taxable income based on the earnings in the IRA account for the entire year of the contribution.
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Retailers Advocate Revamping Sales Tax Laws

Although the House of Representatives has voted to extend the Internet tax moratorium until 2006, brick & mortar retailers are joining forces in an effort to encourage Congress to completely rewrite what they consider to be archaeic sales tax laws.The retailers' goal is to ensure that online retailers charge the same tax as anyone operating outside cyberspace.
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Thousands of Taxpayers Forego Refunds

An audit performed by the office of the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration examined $360 million in unclaimed refund money that the IRS is holding in an Excess Collections Account.
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Charities and Political Candidates do not mix!

The Internal Revenue Service issues a statement on Wednesday that made clear its position on charities, churches and tax-exempt groups who support or oppose political candidates.Wrong, wrong, wrong.According to the documentation, the IRS said these organizations cannot 'endorse any candidates, make donations to their campaigns, engage in fund raising, distribute statements or become involved in any other activities that may be beneficial or detrimental to any candidate.'The Service issued a similar statement in 1992 and 1996.
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Is Your City Animal Sculpture Friendly?

Manhattan has cows, Saginaw has hares, New Orleans has fish, Norfolk has mermaids, and Bloomington, IL has giant ears of corn. These are just a few of the many structures gracing, or grazing, the streets and parks of cities nationwide. While cities embrace this latest craze, businesses can gain promotional exposure and a tax deduction by sponsoring the streetside artwork.
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PACs Must Disclose Campaign Contributors

President Clinton signed the 527 Disclosure Bill on July 1, a bill that requires groups organized under Internal Revenue Code 527 (relating to political organizations) to notify the IRS of their existence and to disclose details of all contributions that exceed $200 per year and all expenditures that exceed $500 per year.The IRS will be required to report this information and make it publicly available on the Internet and at the IRS offices. Organizations that are organized under Section 527 are now required to file quarterly reports with the IRS.
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Support Dying for Internet Tax Moratorium

Pro-tax bills have surfaced in both the House and Senate, supported by legislators who recognize the loss in tax revenue that states will continue to suffer as sales on the Internet proliferate. The current Internet sales tax moratorium expires in October, 2001, and it is unlikely any further legislation to either extend this moratorium or institute a sales tax policy will occur this year. All but five states have a sales tax, but currently no state enforces the taxation of sales if the seller has no in-state store or warehouse.
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IRS May Become Competitor in Online Tax Filing Arena

The Clinton administration’s fiscal 2001 funding request includes a requirement that the IRS provide tax preparation and filing services at no charge on its web site.

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