Dozens of tax provisions expire at the end of 2013

12-09-2013Tax Information

The following individual income tax deductions, credit and exclusions will expire at the end of this month:

  • The non-business energy property credit
  • The credit for health insurance costs of eligible individuals
  • The deduction for certain elementary and secondary school teacher expenses
  • Premiums for mortgage insurance deductible as qualified residence interest
  • Deduction for state and local general sales taxes
  • The special rules for contributions of capital gain real property made for conservation purposes
  • The above-the-line deduction for qualified tuition and related expenses
  • The exclusion for discharge-of-indebtedness income on principal residence
  • Parity between the exclusion from income for employer-provided mass transit and parking benefits
  • Tax-free distributions from IRAs for charitable purposes

End of Year Investment Ideas

10-02-2013Tax Information

As we enter the final 3 months of the tax year, here are a couple of strategies to consider with your non-retirement investment portfolio.

  • 0% rate on long-term capital gains and dividends. If your income other than gains and dividends is in the 10% or 15% bracket, profits on sales of assets owned for over a year and dividends are tax free until they push you into the 25% bracket. That bracket starts at $72,500 of taxable income for couples and $36,250 for singles. The balance of your long-term gains and dividends is taxed at 15% or possibly 20%.

Dave Ramsey teams up with Kevin Boudreau!

10-02-2013Tax Information

Syndicated talk show host Dave Ramsey has selected CPA Kevin Boudreau as one of his Endorsed Local Providers in the Phoenix area for tax services. For more information, contact Kevin at (480) 776-3358.

End of Year Investment Ideas


As we enter the final 3 months of the tax year, here are a couple of strategies to consider with your non-retirement investment portfolio.


Make sure your independent contractors are not employees in the eyes of the IRS

09-13-2013Tax Information

As some companies look to avoid certain administrative and financial headaches of employing workers, they make arrangements with individuals to be independent contractors who generally get paid without benefits and worker protections.

But be careful. The IRS and courts have certain working environment aspects that are used to evaluate the true definition of the worker.

This comes to light again as a federal judge ruled earlier this week that Rick’s Caberet, a strip club, has to pay its dancers minimum wage and treat them as employees. The club had long classified its dancers as independent contractors and were only paid in customer tips, thus skirting minimum wage rules. This week’s ruling means that 1,900 of Rick’s Caberet International current and former dancers can seek back wages, according to


IRS Finalizes Affordable Care Act’s Individual Mandate Regulations & Penalties

08-29-2013Health Care

The Internal Revenue Service has issued final regulations for the shared responsibility payment for not maintaining minimum essential coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

  • The final regulations largely finalize the rules proposed in February.
  • The individual mandate differs from the employer mandate, which was delayed last month until January 2015.
  • The individual mandate in contrast is still scheduled to take effect in 2014, when individuals who choose not to enroll in a health insurance program will have to pay a penalty of $95 per person per year, or 1 percent of their income, whichever is larger.
  • The individual mandate penalty will gradually increase in 2015 to $325, or 2 percent of income, and in 2016 to $695, or 2.5 percent of income, whichever is bigger.

US Healthcare Reform Delay

07-17-2013Health Care
  • The US Treasury Department announced on Tuesday that it would delay certain provisions of 2010’s health-care reform legislation until 2015 for large employers that fail to provide certain health care coverage to employees.
  • In a Treasury blog post titled, “Continuing to Implement the ACA in a Careful, Thoughtful Manner,” Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy Mark Mazur wrote that the government “will provide an additional year before the ACA [Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act] mandatory employer and insurer reporting requirements begin.”

    What do I need to do to be wealthy?


    Yahoo! Finance Financially Fit section recently had an article talking about the habits of wealthy people based on financial planner Tom Corley’s book, Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals.

    The tricks of the wealthy are:


    How do I manage my student loans and college debt?

    07-09-2013Children & Students

    According to the Federal Reserve, Consumer installment credit rose $19.6 billion in May 2013 to $2.8 trillion — the biggest increase in a year. Consumer debt increased for credit cards, college tuition loans and cars loans.


    What nest egg will I need to survive in retirement?


    Many of us struggle with how much cash in the bank we will need to be able to comfortably retire. Each person’s quality of life is defined so differently, that a simple mathematical equation often does not work perfectly. A recent study by Dimensional Fund Advisors provides a unique sliding scale approach that is worth evaluating.


    Student Loan Interest Rates Double Today

    07-01-2013Children & Students

    Starting Monday, July 1, 2013, approximately 7 million students who will accept subsidized government loans will see their interest rates double to 6.8%. The higher rates that go into effect on July 1 only apply to new loans. These loans are generally awarded to only about a third of undergraduate students in financial need.

    Undergraduates, who take out unsubsidized student loans from the government, have been paying the 6.8% rate since 2007.