Phoenix Tax

How to Select a Trustee

Clients often struggle with the task of selecting an appropriate Trustee for their trust. An excellent article by Charles Redd “The Most Disrespected Decision in Estate Planning” offers some very practical advice. Factors to take into account when selecting a … read more

Are You Subject to the California Franchise Tax?

In today’s economic environment, States are finding themselves with budget shortfalls and California is among them. With that said, the state is aggressive in its attempts to tax. The California franchise tax generally imposes a minimum tax of $800 on entities … read more

Gain Exclusion for Principal Residence Previously a Rental

During the Great Recession it was often difficult to sell homes, as buyers were few, with many having difficulty qualifying for home loans previously easy to get. Other homeowners had upside down mortgages and couldn’t sell at the price needed … read more

Deducting Travel Costs Related to Volunteer Work

When not spending these hot summer days at the pool, golf course, or the air conditioned great indoors, many people take time out of their summer schedules to volunteer with a local charity. Volunteering often involves traveling to and from … read more

Partnership Agreements: Why You Should Read the Fine Print

In the course of forming a partnership or limited liability company (LLC), you may have heard about the importance of having a written partnership agreement that establishes guidelines for the allocation of partnership interests, profits and losses. You fill in … read more

New Sales Tax Exemption for Manufacturing Businesses Available in August

Senate Bill 1413 will go into effect on August 1st, exempting certain manufacturing and smelting businesses from paying sales tax on their natural gas and electricity utility bills. The exemption applies to both state and county sales taxes, and is … read more

Inherited IRAs Don’t Receive Bankruptcy Code Protection

A unanimous Supreme Court decision in the Clark v. Rameker case has held that inherited IRAs do not qualify for a bankruptcy exemption, i.e., inherited IRAs are not protected from creditors of the beneficiary in bankruptcy. The Court ruled that … read more

Mid-Year Tax Planning Tips

Summer is the perfect time to begin your year-end tax planning so that you have time to identify the strategy (or strategies) that work for you and implement them well before year end. Try to avoid the new 3.8% net … read more

Simpler Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program Helps U.S. Taxpayers

The 2012 Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP) has recently undergone some changes that will make it simpler for U.S. taxpayers to come into compliance with the tax law regarding their foreign income and assets. The streamlined procedures will be available … read more

Proposed Simplification of Education Tax Breaks: The Good and the Bad

With the cost of education climbing and more students graduating with record student loan debt, many college students and families unintentionally miss out on education tax breaks because of the complexity of tax-based student aid. In 2013, families with college … read more

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