Income Tax Update What You Need to Know To Manage Your 2011 Income Tax Liabilities Estate Planning Put a Plan in Motion So You Can Keep What is Yours
Legislative Focus – Past Year Economic Stability for the US Economy Legislation to put Americans Back to Work Estate Tax Legislation
Income Tax Update Tools You Need to Use Between Now and December 31, 2011
Income Tax Update Section 179 Expensing $500k in Immediate Expensing $2mm Threshold for 2011 New or Used Qualifying Property Cant Create a Loss with Section 179 Drops to $125k/$500k Threshold in 2012
Income Tax Update Bonus Depreciation 100% Write-off of Qualifying Property (2011) New Property Only 50% Bonus Revived After 12/31/2011 Bonus Depreciation Expires 12/31/2012 Section 179 v. Bonus – State Considerations
Income Tax Update Extension of Bush Era Tax Cuts (thru 2012) LTCG/Dividend Rates – 15% Maximum Tax Rate – 35% Host of Other Deductions/Credits Extended
Farmers & Ranchers Opportunities: Cash Basis Accounting 5 Year NOL Carryback Farmer Income Averaging Estimated Tax Requirements/Flexibility
2011 Notable Items Repeal of Expanded 1099 Requirements Election out of Bonus Depreciation Election - Step-Down from 100% to 50% Bonus Depreciation Reasonable Compensation (S-Corps)
IRS Audit Statistics Individual Returns with Schedule C ($100-$200k) – 4.7% Individual Returns with Schedule C (>$200k) – 3.3% Individual Returns with Schedule F – 0.4% Corporate Returns (Other Than 1120-S) – 1.4% Large Corporations ($10mm+) – 16.6% Partnership & S-Corp Returns - 0.4%
According to the USDA, if an existing farm or ranch family has not adequately planned for succession, it is more likely to go out of business, be absorbed into ever-larger farming neighbors, or be converted to non- farm uses. In such situations, the impact on rural communities, the environment, our food supply and the national economy can be significant.
Where Things Currently Stand The 2010 Tax Relief Act Overview: Reduction in Estate/Gift/GST Taxes for 2011 & 2012 Preserves 2010 Estate Tax Repeal $5 Million Exemption 35% Top Rate Unused Exemption Portability Future Still Uncertain
What Estate Tax Law Changes Can You Expect? Post 2010 Tax Relief Act – December 31, 2012 Estate Tax Laws Set to Revert to 2001 Levels $1 Million Exemption 55% Top Tax Rate
Estate Planning - Questions to Ponder - What is the Estimated Value of Your Estate?
Obama Aims for $1.5 Trillion in New Tax Revenue to Reduce Deficit Comprehensive Tax Reform End of the Bush Era Tax Cuts American Jobs Act Targeted Business Directed Loophole Closers The Buffett Rule Handful of Other Obama Measures
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