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2010 Budget and Retaining Federal Estate Tax
At the end of April, the House and Senate each approved a Fiscal 2010 Budget Resolution which calls for extending the federal estate tax into 2010. Under Bush-era tax legislation enacted in 2001, the estate tax was due to disappear at the stroke of midnight on January 1, 2010. According to a press release ... Read more

Federal Estate Tax May Be Here to Stay
Remember Benjamin Franklin's brilliant and insightful saying, "In this world nothing is certain but death and taxes?" Estate taxes bring those two certainties together. For the past decade or so, federal estate taxes have been less burdensome, and there's even a tax-free year scheduled. Congress, though, ... Read more

Get Your Hands on Energy Stimulus Funds
Congress passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (also known as the "Stimulus Act") to pump $787 billion back into the nation's failing economy. A chunk of that money, $16.8 billion, was allotted to the US Department of Energy (DOE) to increase energy efficiency and decrease dependence ... Read more

Congratulations, You Just Won a Jackpot! Now Pay Up!
When you play the lottery, mostly you think about the the cash you'll win.  However, when you win at Powerball or another lottery, the federal and state government win as well. This is because your winning are taxable income. ... Read more

Job Changes, Your Retirement Plan and Rollovers
What happens to your retirement assets when you leave one employer for another? The answer depends upon what your current retirement plan allows and which allowable option you choose. Generally, you'll have several choices, including: Leaving your savings with your former employer Rolling over your savings ... Read more

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You're on the right track, to stop the tax sale you can either pay off the balance or enter into an installment payment plan.  Usually, they want a 25% deposit.

Although you should consult with your accountant to confirm, a properly prepared enhanced life estate deed, also known as a lady bird deed, is not a completed gift upon execution because the grantor r ...Read more

The capital gain is part of your income, and so if you have enough capital gain for that year, you'll still be in the higher capital gain rate bracket even if you have no other taxable income.

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Texas Property Taxation (Part Two)

There are two types of protests normally available to a homestead exempted property owner: (1) determination of the appraised value of the property; and (2) unequal appraisal of the owner’s pr ... Read more

Tools for Estate Planning with Minor Children

1. Nomination of Guardianship. Proper estate planning should include a clear directive nominating a successor guardian to essentially step into the parenting shoes left empty by the ... Read more

Texas Property Taxation - Part One

The State of Texas’ power to tax does not come from the U.S. or Texas Constitution. It is an inherent power associated with the sovereignty of the state. On the other hand, the taxing power of ... Read more

Which depreciation method is best for your business?

When you purchase assets and use them in your business, you have several options for deducting the cost. For example, you may choose to write off the full cost using Section 179, an alternative tha ... Read more

2016 Presidential Candidate Profile: Mike Huckabee

Follow this link to read about my 2016 Presidential Candidate Profiles. Candidate Profile: Mike Huckabee Current Office: None Age: 60 (born August 24, 1955) Party: Republican Real Clear Poli ... Read more

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