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Archive for January, 2011

Are California State Taxes Going Up?

Posted on: January 30th, 2011 by Joe Franklin

What is in store for California State Taxes? After the governor seat has been won, glimpses of the coming changes are on the horizon. In his article “California Focus: This honeymoon will end quickly,” Tom Elias of the Morgan Hill Times explains that Governor Brown’s ‘honeymoon’ may be ending January 10th, 2011 when the governor presents his budget plan to Californians.

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Choose the 1040EZ and Keep It Simple

Posted on: January 30th, 2011 by Joe Franklin

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Tax Break on Charitable Donations from IRAs

Posted on: January 29th, 2011 by Joe Franklin

Donate to Charity Older Americans with individual retirement accounts have a new reason to celebrate this month. The tax break for charitable donations from IRA accounts has been reinstated for 2011, allowing older citizens to make up to $100,000 in donations to their favorite charity without having that money count as taxable income.

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Federal Government Pilots New Debit Card Program for Tax Refunds

Posted on: January 29th, 2011 by Joe Franklin


Debit Cards for Refunds For the first time ever, people earning less than $35,000 annually may be able to take advantage of a new government program that enables them to receive their tax refunds on a debit card rather than in the form of a paper check. Program backers hope that the new program will make it easier for low-income families who don’t maintain checking accounts to access their refund money quickly and easily.

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Tax Deductions for Caregivers

Posted on: January 13th, 2011 by Joe Franklin

Tax Deductions For Caregivers As you fill out your 1040 online and figure in your deductions, don’t forget some often over-looked deductions for caregivers. Catey Hill from Smartmoney’s The Tax Blog explains some of the lesser mentioned deductions that you can deduct from you 1040. Online, she titles her article “A Look at Tax Breaks for Caregivers,” posts it on the December 23, 2010 tax site, and brings in the new year with some smart advice.

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How Will States Close Their Budget Deficits?

Posted on: January 13th, 2011 by Joe Franklin

Elections are over and we’ve had some shake-ups at the state level. How will these changes affect state taxes? New Governors are coming in to office facing two big things: frustrated, over taxed citizens, and state budget deficits. What will this mean for state taxes? In a December 20, 2010 article from the Associated Press entitled “New Govs Take Office Amid Historic Budget Crisis” Beth Fouhy gives an overview of how things are looking in the different states.

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Pay Less Interest if You Owe The IRS Money

Posted on: January 1st, 2011 by Joe Franklin

Pay Less Interest to the IRS The IRS has announced that, as of January first of 2011, they will be lowering their interest rates by 1% as opposed to what the rates were in this last quarter of 2010.

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New Jersey State Income Taxes May Be Lifted for Retirees

Posted on: January 1st, 2011 by Joe Franklin


Even though the budget is tight, New Jersey, in a not-so-surprising move, may lift New Jersey state income taxes off of retirees.

Why? The reason is that more and more retirees are determining where they will be spending their retirement years based on whether or not their states have income taxes.

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