The “other” new tax law passed this year—the Tax Increase Prevention and Reconciliation Act (TIPRA)—has caused a great deal of grumbling among tax-savvy parents. Reason: TIPRA generally extends the “kiddie tax” an extra four years for every child.
In many parts of the country, the value of real estate is leveling off or declining. So, if you bought your main home within the past few years, it may actually be worth less now than what you paid for it.
The pension reform law passed in August restricts deductions for donations of tangible property such as artwork.
Using a Section 179 write-off for a sideline business
Tax rules for disability benefits
No taxes on money gifted from a foreign country
Setting up a trust avoids kiddie tax
Paying a penalty for reporting a big stock gain late
At long last, Congress passed the biggest pension reform law in years! The massive new Pension Protection Act of 2006, which President Bush signed into law on Aug. 17, extends more than 20 retirement planning provisions, adds tough restrictions for charitable deductions and affects literally dozens of vital tax rules.
It’s likely that you hold property jointly with your spouse. Unfortunately, that can lead to tax confusion when you sell, bequeath or transfer your property. Plus, seemingly innocuous withdrawals can cause tax complications if you’re not careful.