2013 Tax Planning – Beware the New Taxes

There are at least six changes to the federal income tax laws which need to be considered in individual tax planning for 2013 and beyond: Increased Medicare tax for high-earning employees and self-employed [.9 percent] Surtax (Medicare contribution tax) on net investment income of higher-income individuals [3.8 percent] An increased top income tax rate of…

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Dispelling Myth & Rumor of Quarterly Estimated Tax Payments

After 36 years of public accounting experience and an equal number of tax seasons, I believe the Quarterly Estimated Tax Payment system/process is one of the most misunderstood elements in our tax system and in the preparation of individual taxes. The 2013 estimated tax payment vouchers that were prepared when your 2012 individual tax return…

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How to Handle IRS Correspondence

As tax returns are processed by the IRS, some do not pass certain tests or meet specific criteria. IRS correspondence is initiated to obtain more information or clarify inconsistencies between information reported on the tax return and information reported by third parties, such as 1099’s, W-2’s, or 1098’s. Some new processing tests have been developed…

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Technology: Protect Yourself from Cell Phone Hackers

Cell phone hacking caused the downfall of The News of the World, Britain’s largest and most famous tabloid. This scandal has alerted cell phone users to the mayhem that hackers can create. An ever-increasing problem for the telecommunications industry, cell phone hacking no longer happens only to people in the public eye. More and more…

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Social Security – Some of the Basics

From January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2029, approximately 10,000 Americans will reach age 65 each and every day. Currently about 159 million people work and pay Social Security taxes. Monthly, Social Security benefits are paid to about 55 million people and about two-thirds of them are retirees. For 2012, Social Security taxes are paid…

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Financial Planning

With more lower and middle income retirees relying on Social Security benefits to help bridge the gap between their savings and their needs, financial planning can help you know what to expect from Social Security and Medicare and avoid surprises. Whether you are currently retired or just looking forward to eventually retiring, it is always a good idea…

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Skip Neill, Kevin Gienger, CPA, Boldt Carlisle + Smith

Announcing New Partners: Gienger and Neill

We are pleased to announce Kevin J. Gienger, CPA, and Ronald “Skip” Neill, MCSE, as partners in the firm. In addition to becoming a partner of BCS, Gienger has been selected by the firm’s owners as its Managing Partner. He first started with the firm in 1997 after completing his degree in Accounting at Linfield College.…

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Unearned Income Medicare Contribution Tax Planning for 2012 & 2013

During 2010, Congress approved and the President signed the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act (P.L. 111-152).  With the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision clarifying the constitutionality of certain provisions of this legislation, we now know that the 3.8 percent Unearned Income Medicare Contribution Tax (UIMCT) will apply beginning January 1, 2013. The new tax…

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