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2013 Key Tax Proposals

On February 13, President Obama's Fiscal Year 2013 budget was released. Follow this link to get a full copy of the2013 Budget. TheTreasury's Green Bookcontaining general explanations of the Administration's revenue proposals can be found here.

Robert Keebler, a leading professional in the area of tax and estate planning, highlighted some of the key proposals potentially affecting taxpayers below:
Extend Bush tax cuts for all but the top two brackets. The only change would be to have the 33% and 35% rates go back to their pre-2001 levels of 36% and 39.6%. Taxpayers in the top two marginal brackets would still benefit from reduced rates on the portion of their income taxed in the lower brackets.Raise the long-term capital gains rate to 20% for single taxpayers making more than $200,000 per year, $250,000 for married taxpayers filing jointly and $125,000 for married taxpayers filing separately.Tax rate on qualified dividends would revert to ordinary income tax rates (up to 39.6…

Changes in IRA & 401(K)s for 2012

The IRS has made cost-of-living adjustments to IRAs and employer-sponsored retirement plans for 2012, so here is what you need to know about the newly altered contribution limits and phase-outs for these plans.

401(k) & IRA yearly contribution limits. In 2012, these are the annual contribution limits for some popular retirement savings vehicles.

·401(k)s, 403(b)s, most 457 plans, Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) - $17,000 with an additional $5,500 catch-up contribution allowed for those 50 or older. (2012 COLA: $500.) ·Traditional & Roth IRAs - $5,000 with an additional $1,000 catch-up contribution allowed for those 50 or older. (No 2012 COLA.) ·Simple IRAs - $11,500 with an additional $2,500 catch-up contribution allowed for those 50 or older. (No 2012 COLA.) ·SEP IRAs - $50,000 or 25% of an employee’s compensation, whichever is lesser. (2012 COLA: $1,000.) ·415(b) defined benefit plans – the limitation on annual benefits under a defined benefit plan is increased to $200,000. (2012 COL…