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1 Post Election Focus: Stars, Stripes & Taxes Presented By: Margo Cook, CPA December 6, 2012 Click HERE to listen to webinar.

2 Post Election Focus: Stars, Stripes & Taxes Presented By: Margo Cook, CPA December 6, 2012

3 Housekeeping Presentation is CPE eligible How to ask questions Technology questions

4 Margo Cook, CPA Focus is on maximizing value for her clients, which is complimented by skill in assisting with due diligence and strategy planning Services both new and growing small businesses, individuals, and estates and trusts More than 26 years of experience Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

5 Post Election Focus: Stars, Stripes & Taxes Presented By: Margo Cook, CPA December 6, 2012

6 Where Are We? Congress Challenge Automatic spending cuts Expiring tax provisions Considerations 2% payroll deduction Bush tax cuts Increase in taxes, reduction in estate tax exemption, estate tax rate increases Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act

7 Tax Reform The not so Super Committee? Super Committee Needed to find $1.5 trillion savings in the next 10 years Considerations Corporate tax rate Bush Tax Cuts Surtax to wealthy taxpayers

8 Health Care Reform New provisions already in effect Health insurance for dependents until age 26 New taxes scheduled: 3.8% Medicare surtax,.9% surtax on wages Businesses will have to make some decisions associated with required coverage Change in benefits & coverage Business owner ideas

9 Year Health Care Provisions Provision 2013 Flexible spending arrangement the maximum drops to $2,500 per plan year New HI (hospital insurance tax) on high-income taxpayers (.9% tax on wages in excess of threshold amount) New 3.8% Medicare tax on investment income Medical care itemized deduction threshold increases to 10% of AGI starting in States will be required to provide federally approved insurance plans Premium assistance credit Excise tax on uninsured individuals Excise tax on applicable large employers Insurer reporting requirements Eligible premiums included in cafeteria plans 2017 Increase in medical deduction threshold for taxpayers age 65 and over 2018 Excise tax on high-cost employer plans

10 Impact of 3.8% Medicare Tax Starting January 1, % Medicare surtax on investment income if modified AGI is over $250K (married), $200K (single) Net investment income Interest Dividends Long-term Capital Gains Annuities Passive Activities

11 Strategies to Reduce the Impact of 3.8% Medicare Tax Contributing the maximum amount to an IRA or 401(k) account Converting a traditional IRA to a Roth Accelerating interest income from bonds Create a charitable trust Whole-life insurance policies Accelerate income

12 Strategies to Reduce the Impact of 3.8% Medicare Tax (continued) Change your investment portfolio Evaluate your equity portfolio Purchase annuities Defer distributions from annuities Analyze your rental activities and passive investments Match capital losses with capital gains Sell assets using the installment method to smooth the investment income over time and possibly keep income below the threshold

13 Impact of 3.8% Medicare Tax Starting January 1, 2013 Income Tax for Trusts & Estates Starts at a much lower level than for individual taxpayers $11,650 Capital gains 23.8% rate (versus 15% rate) Consider selecting a fiscal year ending September, October, November 2012

14 Planning for the 3.8% Medicare Surtax Analyze Your Investments Where are they held? Retirement vs. Non Retirement Account Does investing in municipal bonds make sense? Excluded from the Medicare tax Long-term capital losses Should I accelerate income?

15 2013 Impact of Medicare Surtax combined with Bush Tax Cuts Maximum income tax rates as high as 43.4% on ordinary income Tax rate could be as high as 23.8% on long-term capital gains Dividends taxed at ordinary income rates Child tax credit decreases from $1,000 to $500 for children under 17 2% employer payroll tax reduction is set to expire

16 Analyze if Deferring Deductions is Right for You Analyze if deferring deductions is right for you Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) Return of phase-out rules for itemized deductions Possible increase in rates

17 Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) Ensure higher income taxpayers pay their fair share of taxes Tax rate = 26% for single filers and 28% for married filers The exemption was not indexed for inflation If no patch enacted approximately 60 million taxpayers will not be able to file tax returns and receive refunds until March 2013

18 Charitable Contributions 2012 vs To give or not to give that is the question Phase out of itemized deductions scheduled to return in 2013 Currently Want to Donate $10,000 Charitable Deduction = $10,000 35% tax bracket = Save $3,500 on taxes Costs $6,500 after taxes to give $10, Want to Donate $10,000 Charitable Deduction = $2, % tax bracket = Save $792 on taxes Costs $9,208 after taxes to give $10,000

19 Education Incentives American Opportunity Tax Credit Expires end of 2012 Dollar for dollar credit up to $2,500 per student for first 4 years of college Pay Spring 2013 tuition prior to year end Credit can be claimed in year paid for an academic period beginning during first 3 months of the next tax year 529 plan: Invest funds and income is tax-free

20 Before it is Too Late Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) 2013: Maximum contribution to a health FSA will be $2,500 Decrease in the maximum deferral of over $1,000 No longer able to get taxfree reimbursements for over-the-counter drugs

21 Retirement Planning Issues to Consider Make IRA contribution by April 15, 2013 if deductible Contributions of IRA distributions 70 ½ or older users RMD for charity expired Holding off taking their required minimum distributions 401(k) Contributions Employees should maximize pre-tax contributions ($17,000+) to 401(k)

22 IRA Considerations Convert your traditional IRA to a Roth Tax rate may be lower Future distributions income-tax free Option of taking earlier distributions without penalty Future conversions Conditions for conversion & recharacterization

23 Is it Time to Convert to a Roth? Convert your traditional IRA to a Roth Rate of tax? Conversion tax rate? Tax payment? How long will fund remain in the IRA?

24 Year-End Tax Moves for Fund 401(k) Individuals Give to charity Boost 2012 income Exercise stock options Plan itemized deductions Review portfolio and consider bond investments Convert IRA to a Roth Give to family Harvest capital gains Delay recognizing capital losses until 2013 or later Elect out of installment sale reporting and report capital gain as 2012 income

25 Business Entity Considerations Pay or declare corporate dividends before year end Shareholders are liable for tax on the distribution C Corporations Consider dividend of shareholder receivables or corporate liquidations

26 Upcoming Business Expense Changes Capital Investments Invest in machinery and equipment Section 179 election 2010/ $500, $139, $25,000 Bonus depreciation future unknown Recover cost of property over the life of the asset

27 Year-End Tax Moves for Research and Development Credit Section 179 Expense Increases Work Opportunity Tax Credits Qualified Leasehold Improvement 15 Year Life Businesses

28 Likely Business Extensions Accelerate bonuses, billings and collections Seek advance payment of service contracts, rent, royalties Authorize deferred compensation and assert control Delay bill payments until 2013 Consider cancelling debt obligations and accelerating debt forgiveness income S Corporation planning

29 What Happens Next with Transfer Tax (Estate and Gift)? Estate Taxes $5 million estate tax exemption From 35% to 55% Portability rules will expire Gift Taxes Tax exemption reverts back to $1 million $13,000 per person per year annual exclusion unchanged Education & medical purposes Large gifts to reduce estate value

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