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November 25, 2009
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Pending legislation spurs analysis of tax increase scenarios for high income taxpayers
The Senate health care reform bill, The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, now on the floor for debate, contains a provision for a .5 percent surtax on earned income of high income taxpayers, the first time a revenue raiser has been considered by the Senate that did not connect directly to health care. Deloitte Tax LLP has prepared scenarios that illustrate the potential impact of this surtax and the additional taxes likely to result from Obama's budget proposals on the tax liabilities of high income individuals.
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Treasury inspector says Hope Credit gave away hundreds of millions improperly
The federal Hope Credit is intended to make the first two years of college universally available. A recent examination by the Treasury Inspector General determined that the regulations are not effective to ensure the credit is claimed properly.
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From Dancing with the Stars to waltzing with the IRS
Is Dancing with the Stars becoming a favorite target of the Internal Revenue Service? First it was racecar driver Helio Castroneves, who with partner Julianne Hough, won the DWTS competition in 2007. Now it is 21 year old pop star, Aaron Carter, brother of Backstreet Boys' Nick Carter.
Holiday tipping in a lean year. Who? How much? And… do you have to?
Leaner budget this year? This is the time of year when you normally tip certain people in your life that you might not tip the rest of the year. But do you know what is customary? If you habitually over-tip to keep from under-tipping, this might be the year to find out how much is enough.
Beware Black Friday: Retailer tricks to avoid
Before you get too excited about Black Friday sales – in store or online -- read the fine print. Retailers use terms like "doorbuster deals," but often the fine print deflates the bargain, so read well before you stand in line for hours. The fine print may say "minimum two per store," "no rainchecks," "limited quantities," or "while supplies last."
Rochester students move on to Global Innovation Competition
Two teams of University of Rochester students are moving on to a global competition after submitting winning videos to solve a problem: How to save money and make it fun at the same time.
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