Tuesday, November 25, 2008

End-of-Year Tax Planning Takes Election Year Twist

Earlier in the week, I was quoted in an article released by the Associated Press about end of the year tax planning. Below is a quote form the article, including my tip!

Heading into the holidays it's likely that you're going to be thinking a lot about money. And this time of year tax advisers like to remind us that there are ways to minimize our tax bill next April. But with an economic downturn in full swing and a new president waiting in the wings, that typical advice is coming up against a range of uncertainties this year.

Since President-elect Barack Obama has pledged to raise taxes for families making more than $250,000 and increase capital gains taxes, for instance, she said some of the usual year-end planning advice might soon be reversed. As 2008 draws to a close, here are some step you can take to minimize your taxes.


The first step in the planning process is to make sure that your records are organized and up to date, said Roni Deutch, a California-based tax adviser. "Without records and without substantiating your deductions, you have no deductions," she warned.

Read the rest of the article at Forbes.com

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