2011 Individual End Of The Year News Letter

   As the end of 2011 approaches, there are many actions to consider that could reduce your 2011 taxes. Year-end planning is particularly challenging this year given the growing national debate over comprehensive tax reform, the rapid pace of recent tax law changes, and the extensive list of current tax breaks that are scheduled to expire at the end of 2011. Regardless of these looming uncertainties, there are many “time-tested” year-end tax savings techniques that you should consider for 2011.  We are sending you this letter to remind you of the traditional year-end tax planning strategies that help lower your taxable income and postpone the payment of your taxes to later years. In this letter we also help you navigate

2011 Year End Corporate and Non-Corporate Businesses

   We have reached that time of year when businesses need to consider year-end tax planning. This year is particularly challenging because Congress has enacted a series of tax breaks which are generally scheduled to expire after 2011. For example, unless Congress acts to extend these provisions, the following business tax breaks will generally expire (or become less beneficial) after 2011: 100% §168 bonus depreciation; larger and expanded §179 deduction; 100% gain exclusion for “qualified small business stock;” and relaxation of the S corporation built‑in gains tax rules. There have also been recent IRS releases and Court cases that address: the ability of self-employed individuals, partners, and S corporation shareholders to deduct health insurance premiums (including Medicare premiums); whether compensation