2009 Year-End for the Individual

Dear Client: Once again, it’s time for year-end tax planning. Over the past year, Congress, the IRS, and the courts have flooded us with significant tax developments. The White House has also warned of imminent tax increases, particularly for higher income taxpayers. Collectively, these changes make year-end tax planning for 2009 more important than for any year in recent history! Most recently, Congress passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Tax Act of 2009, which includes the following individual tax benefits: an increased refundable first-time home buyer’s credit of up to $8,000 (which expires after November 30, 2009, unless extended by Congress); estimated tax payment relief for certain individuals owning small businesses; a deduction for sales tax on the purchase of