Woodland Hiills CA CPA Reveals Political Tax Trivia and Update on IRS Offers In Compromise
by larry71 on Monday, August 27th, 2012
"Everybody's got a past. The past does not equal the future unless you live there." -Tony Robbins
Note: The recent 5-21-12 IRS announcement indicating the IRS' willingness to be more flexible in evaluating Offers In Compromise screams that the IRS is giving concessions and making deals on Tax Settlements. Is this significant? Its Life Changing!
How do I know? A case I had in progress has been settled pending final review for 30 cents on the dollar so my client will save $137,000!! I simply applied the new rules and persevered through the IRS channels. The Offer Specialist on the case at first played serious hardball but when I sent a letter quoting the new rules and opted to speak to his supervisor, their tone changed and now so has my client's life. But, I must give credit to my client for his help and willingness to fight. It was truly a team effort.
What Does This Mean? If you know of anyone who owes the IRS $50,000 or more, direct them to my website at www.cpaformerirsagent.com, have them look under Articles Written then look under the heading, "Confidential Special Report! Why Now Is The Best Opportunity In Years To Settle Your IRS Tax Debts," to read up on this issue. Then, have them call me at (818) 632-2053 for a Free 30 Minute Consultation. You will be doing them a favor!
In preparation for the political convention season, I was scattershooting around the tax and political world, today -- and wow, did I ever hit paydirt!
(By the way, speaking of conventions -- this Isaac storm looks like it could really affect gas prices, like Katrina did a few years back. I recommend filling up your tanks!)
I found the Tax History Project, which is a repository of ALL of the major presidential tax returns, as well as the candidates from the last two elections (including a few recent ones who didn't make it through the primary, like Gingrich and Santorum).
Political tax geeks of the world rejoice!
... anyone there? ...
Hmm ... well, maybe it's just me, I suppose :). But regardless of the level of your politi-tax geekery, I thought it useful to note a few things about the tax returns of Presidents, and those who would seek to become President.
I've gathered some interesting discoveries, in the Note, below ... but before I get there, a note about the two different tax systems in our country.
There is the system for those who rely on software, or themselves -- and the other, far more "lucrative" system (in terms of retaining more of your income) used by those who have experts in their corner. (Hint: Most of the presidential folks on the aforementioned site use the latter system.)
~Contact.FirstName~ -- I'd much rather you availed yourself of the second, more lucrative system. This is the perfect time to take a clear-eyed look at where you are set up, and plan for the best tax outcome for your family or business, for the 2012 return.
And so I'm going to make it easy for you. I'll encourage you, give you good options...and point you into the best direction for your long-term wealth preservation and growth.
And now -- onto the quick Note:
Lawrence J. Danny's
"Real World" Personal Strategy
Presidential Tax Return Notes
As I took a look at the different return data on the Tax History Project's site, mentioned above, I noticed that candidates for the presidential office tend to make some tax decisions that are fairly infrequent compared to the general population. I found this to be interesting ... so here are the three main points of difference:
You know that little box at the top which offers you a chance to donate additional money to the Treasury ($3) for use in the campaign? Well, this is the only way (that I know of) for a taxpayer to tell the Treasury where to spend some of their dollars. By checking the box, $3 of a person's income tax towards the Presidential Election Campaign Fund, which is the source of the public funding for presidential candidates.
- Obama opted yes,
- Biden opted yes,
- Romney opted yes (so far, based on his preliminary return),
- Ryan opted no.
Checking the yes box is pretty rare. The Federal Election Commission notes, "participation in the tax checkoff program has declined each year, from a high of 28.7% for 1980 returns, to 6.6% for returns filed with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in 2010." How much money does the check-box allocate? The IRS reports that Presidential Election Campaign Fund received "contributions of $40.8 million in Fiscal Year 2010 and $39.6 million in Fiscal Year 2011." (Source: 2011 IRS Data Book.)
Applying Refunds To Next Year's Taxes. Persons running for the Oval Office tend to forgo getting an immediate refund and instead prefer to apply the refund as a payment towards next year's taxes.
- Obama applied all his 2011 refund towards his 2012 taxes,
- Biden had a small tax amount due, so he had no refund to apply to next year,
- Romney plans to rollover all his refund (based on his preliminary return),
- Ryan applied most of his refund to next year's estimates.
I don't see this terribly much. Typically I find that only some self-employed, retirees, and other persons who routinely pay estimated taxes are more willing to let their refund "roll over" as a payment towards next year's taxes. Last time we had clear data (in 2009) this was only done in about 3% of all tax returns.
- Obama paid 12,491 of AMT in 2011
- Biden paid 6,805 of AMT in 2011
- Romney estimates his AMT bill will be 224,425 for 2011
- Ryan paid 11,684 of AMT in 2011
Kinda interesting ... right?
Alright, yes -- I really am a tax geek. But I am one with a telephone. Give me a call if I can help you! (818) 632-2053
Lawrence J. Danny CPA, JD
Former IRS Agent
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