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More Ways to Boost Medical Deductions

November 1, 2007

A small percentage of taxpayers deduct medical expenses. That is partly because of the deduction limits. It also is because many people do not know all the costs that qualify for medical expense deductions. Medical expenses can be deducted only by those who itemize expenses on Schedule A. They deduct only the medical and dental […]

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Surprising Tax Havens

October 1, 2007

State tax laws discriminate based on age, and that can be a good thing for some taxpayers. Even notoriously high tax states can be tax havens for retirees. In fact, Florida and other retiree magnets might not be the tax havens they are promoted as when the full tax picture is considered. Florida has no […]

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Why You Must Plan Now to Escape Alternative Minimum Tax

September 1, 2007

More taxpayers than ever are paying the alternative minimum tax (AMT). If Congress does not act by the end of 2007, an estimated 25 million households will pay the AMT for 2007. Many of my readers are among those most likely to be snared in the AMT. Originally targeted at the very wealthy, the AMT […]

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How to Maximize Medical Expense Deductions

August 1, 2007

Medical expense deductions are the elusive goal of many taxpayers. With higher medical expenses than others, retirees are the taxpayers most likely to be able to deduct their medical expenses. They can maximize those deductions by knowing the rules. The definition of deductible medical expenses is broad. Qualified medical expenses, however, can be deducted only […]

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Marital Deduction – Dos and Don’ts

August 1, 2007

The marital deduction is perhaps the best-known estate tax reducer. It also is among the most misused planning devices. While powerful, the mari-tal deduction also can trigger higher taxes or other headaches. The marital deduction is straightforward. The estate executor totals the value of all assets owned by the deceased to arrive at the gross […]

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New Kiddie Tax Rules: Implications and Strategies

July 1, 2007

In last month’s visit I pointed out that the Kiddie Tax rules changed recently and would change again soon. The amendment occurred sooner than expected. The tax changes were put in the Iraq War funding bill in May (along with an increase in the minimum wage), and the details make the Kiddie Tax more restrictive […]

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Kiddie Tax Rule Updates

June 1, 2007

Congress changed the Kiddie Tax rules for 2006 and is getting ready to change them again. Each change results in higher taxes for most families if strategies are not changed. Family income splitting has been a valuable tax strategy. A high tax bracket family member, such as a parent or grandparent, gives income producing property […]

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Trusts that Save Taxes and Families

June 1, 2007

The family residence often is one of the most valuable assets in a person’s estate. Despite recent price declines in numerous markets, many people own homes worth far more than they paid for them. The residence often accounts for a significant portion of a person’s net worth. The personal residence can create both estate tax […]

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