Thursday, December 15, 2011

Year End Tax Saving Tips

The end of the year is the time when most of us think about taxes and ways to save on them. Two common and effective ways are:

By deferring income. If you are planning to sell off investments on which you have made a profit, consider the potential tax savings if the sale is deferred till next year. Similarly, if you expect a year-end bonus, you could defer the receipt for a month and take the money in January, thus deferring the tax liability till 2012. The same applies to any stock options you may be entitled to. While exercising the option may not be taxable, selling the stock is. For the self-employed, examine which invoices and bills can be deferred (thus deferring the
income) till January 2012.

You can also accelerate deductions. Make a reasonable estimate of your state tax and pay the installment in December rather than the January due date. You can also pay your complete property tax bill for 2012 in December 2011. Please note that this is not applicable to mortgage escrow accounts. Medical and other “threshold” expenses are deductible only to the extent they exceed a defined percentage of the Adjusted Gross Income. If you can group all these expenses into one year, the chance of exceeding the threshold increases; as does the amount of deduction.

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Information courtesy Orlando, Mitts, Moore & Company, San Jose, CA. Phone: 408 278-0300.

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