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The Truth About Who Pays Income Taxes

" Nonpayers " - IRS figures show that in 2009, a record 58.6 million tax filers (42 percent of all tax filers) had no income tax liability after taking their credits and deductions. When Congress's Joint Committee on Taxation added to this figure people who earned some income but not enough...

The Truth About Who Pays Income Taxes

" Nonpayers " - IRS figures show that in 2009, a record 58.6 million tax filers (42 percent of all tax filers) had no income tax liability after taking their credits and deductions. When Congress's Joint Committee on Taxation added to this figure people who earned some income but not enough...

State Net Capitol Journal--November 14, 2011

SUPPORT GROWS FOR ABOLISHING INCOME TAXES: On September 24th, 1980 then-Alaska Gov. Jay Hammond (R) signed a bill into law abolishing the state's personal income tax. In the 31 years since, not a single governor has duplicated that action. But that trend could soon be coming to an end. Last month...

State Net Capitol Journal--November 14, 2011

SUPPORT GROWS FOR ABOLISHING INCOME TAXES: On September 24th, 1980 then-Alaska Gov. Jay Hammond (R) signed a bill into law abolishing the state's personal income tax. In the 31 years since, not a single governor has duplicated that action. But that trend could soon be coming to an end. Last month...

Morrison & Foerster LLP: Charities, S Corporations and UBIT: Why a Charitable Gift of S Corporation Stock May Not Be the Best Option

Not all charitable gifts are created equal, and a charity is not required to accept any and all donations of property, especially property that may be difficult to own or liquidate in furtherance of the charity's purpose. For instance, before a charity accepts a contribution of stock in an S corporation...

The GOP Offers a Sound Tax Reform Program in South Carolina

The Republicans in the South Carolina House are preparing a significant reform plan that will vastly improve the state's tax system. Although details are sketchy, the plan will broaden the sales tax base by eliminating two thirds of the exemptions and lower the rate by half a percentage. All remaining...

You Can't Get There From Here

The Economic View in Sunday's New York Times by Harvard economics professor N. Gregory Mankiw ( Capital Gains, Ordinary Income and Shades of Gray ) defending special tax rates for carried interest brought to mind the old joke about a tourist asking a Maine farmer for directions to Augusta... The...

State Net Capitol Journal – March 12th, 2012

c Budget & Taxes FL JUDGE SIDES AGAINST STATE IN PENSION CASE: A Florida circuit court ruled last week that Gov. Rick Scott (R) and Republican legislative leaders' decision last year to cut public employee salaries to offset the state's contribution to their pension fund was an...

State Net Capitol Journal – March 12th, 2012

c Budget & Taxes FL JUDGE SIDES AGAINST STATE IN PENSION CASE: A Florida circuit court ruled last week that Gov. Rick Scott (R) and Republican legislative leaders' decision last year to cut public employee salaries to offset the state's contribution to their pension fund was an unconstitutional...

Illinois Amnesty Period Double Interest Penalty Restricted

The Illinois Court of Appeals, First Division, held that a taxpayer was not subject to a double interest penalty provided under an amnesty program for additional income taxes that could not be determined at the time of the amnesty period. Metro. Life Ins. Co. v. Hamer, 2012 Ill. App. LEXIS 144 (Ill....

A Time Bomb of a Tax Code

There's a lot of serious news out there - tragedy, health care, a nuclear Iran. It seems the news of the day roars at us. But if you turn down the sound, you can hear it: tick, tick, tick. What is it, you say? It's the federal tax system, and it's set to explode. And if it does, there...

Final Regs on Income Ordering Rules for Payments to Charitable Beneficiaries

For a trust to qualify for the charitable deduction, a charitable contribution must be made from gross income. [ See IRC § 642(c) .] IRC Section 642 requires tracing since the source of the charitable contribution must be gross income rather than principal. The provisions of the governing instrument...

U.K. Road to Competitiveness Is Paved With Tax Increases

It has been the stated policy of the United Kingdom's Conservative-led coalition government "to create the most competitive corporate tax regime in the G20." Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne reiterated this policy -- expanded to include all noncorporate business -- in his 2012...

Trust Fund Tax Convictions Affirmed

In United States v. DeMuro, ___ F.3d ___, 2012 U.S. App. LEXIS 8094 (3d Cir. 2012) , enhanced opinion available to lexis.com subscribers, (Non-subscribers can download the unenhanced official opinion here ), the Demuros, husband and wife, were convicted of "conspiracy to defraud the United States...

Personal Representative Liable for Unpaid Federal Income Taxes

The recent Pennsylvania District Court case of U.S. v. David A. Tyler and Louis J. Ruch [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ] is designed reminds estate executors ( Florida Personal Representatives ) that if they fail to do their job right, they can incur personal liability for the...

State Net Capitol Journal - May 21, 2012

Budget & taxes CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS CALL OUT STRUGGLING US STATES: As economic turmoil returned this month to Greece and Spain, key Republicans in Congress issued a tough message for struggling U.S. states. "Recent experience on Wall Street and in Athens suggests that if decision makers...

State Net Capitol Journal - May 21, 2012

Budget & taxes CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS CALL OUT STRUGGLING US STATES: As economic turmoil returned this month to Greece and Spain, key Republicans in Congress issued a tough message for struggling U.S. states. "Recent experience on Wall Street and in Athens suggests that if decision makers...

State Net Capitol Journal – July 16, 2012

Budget & Taxes POLITICAL DIVIDE ON ECONOMIC RECOVERY: States finally emerging from the long economic downturn are now faced with the dilemma of deciding the best way to facilitate their recovery. Two states in particular are taking approaches that couldn't be more different. Maryland...

State Net Capitol Journal – July 16, 2012

Budget & Taxes POLITICAL DIVIDE ON ECONOMIC RECOVERY: States finally emerging from the long economic downturn are now faced with the dilemma of deciding the best way to facilitate their recovery. Two states in particular are taking approaches that couldn't be more different. Maryland...

Taxing the Rich, and Missing the Point

The hot tax news is that President Obama has proposed extending the so-called Bush tax cuts but only for the middle class, not for the people the President thinks are rich. (If he gets what he wants can we start calling them the Obama tax cuts?) Apparently, the President thinks that families making ...

Higher Taxes Are on the Horizon - 10 Planning Tips

Despite all the wrangling in Congress, we are still facing income and estate tax increases in 2013, now only five months away. See if you might be able to utilize any of these planning tips from the Accounting Today article Midyear Tax Planning: Top 10 Tips in a Time of Uncertainly . One thing the...

State Net Capitol Journal – February 4, 2012

Budget & Taxes TAX TALK ABOUNDS IN STATES: Last month, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) proposed doing something no state has done for over three decades: eliminating income taxes. (The last to do so was Alaska, which abolished its personal income tax in 1980.) Several other Republican governors...

State Net Capitol Journal – February 4, 2013

Budget & Taxes TAX TALK ABOUNDS IN STATES: Last month, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) proposed doing something no state has done for over three decades: eliminating income taxes. (The last to do so was Alaska, which abolished its personal income tax in 1980.) Several other Republican governors...

State Net Capitol Journal – June 17, 2013

Budget & Taxes STATE REVENUES SURGE IN 1Q: States experienced a surge in tax collections in the first quarter of 2013, according to an alert released this month by the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government. Compared to the first quarter of 2012, tax revenues overall were up 9.3 percent...

State Net Capitol Journal – September 22, 2014; States Keeping Eye On Billionaires

Budget & Taxes STATES KEEPING EYE ON BILLIONAIRES: When the wealthiest Americans sell large quantities of stock or suffer big losses, it can have a significant impact on the finances of the states where they reside, especially if those states are small and collect taxes on income or capital gains...