Everyone is looking for deductions for their 2011 federal tax situation. We’ve all heard of the mortgage deduction, the medical deduction, and even deductions for owning an electric car–but are those all the deductions you can find? It’s important to know all the deductions, so you can maximize your own personal benefits this tax season. There are many “unique” deductions that are perfectly legitimate that most individuals probably are not even aware exist. These deductions have been used in the past and are still on the books. Perhaps they might even help you this tax season. Take a look at this list of the top ten strange and weird deductions.
Rick Santorum 2012 taxes and tax plan offers big savings for the wealthy and large corporations, while increasing the deficit. His plan substantially cuts taxes, but the raise in the deficit counteracts any short term benefit to the American people.
The Santorum tax cuts would give the upper one percent the biggest tax cuts. Individuals who make between three-million to eight-million dollars would receive an average tax break of around one million dollars by 2015. The middle class who makes around fifty to seventy-thousand would receive around two-thousand dollars. The lower class making around twenty-thousand would get about thirty-nine dollars.
Santorum’s plan would increase the disparity between the haves and the have not’s. The burden on the middle class would increase and the upper class would continue to pay less taxes. Increasing the deficit would devalue the American dollar and lessen our spending power as a nation.
The Santorum tax plan would cut investment income and lessen the taxes of large corporations. The problem remains that corporations do not give back their profits with more jobs or increasing the growth of industries in the United States. Modern business looks at the profit margins and has no problem sending jobs abroad or having off shore bank accounts that cannot be taxed.
The Santorum plan only increases the economic problems, which exist today. The creation of more jobs, lessening unemployment, and lowering the deficit are not part of his plan. His plan is a bandage on a bleeding economic wound, with no constructive plan to keep the patient alive.
Once you get over the initial surprise of having been included in a will and you are now thinking of what to do with what has been bequeathed to you, there is bound to be a lot of confusion with so many ideas going through your head as well as others that will be coming from family and friends. It is important to give serious thought to your inheritance planning. Inheritance like all other privileges comes with its fair share of responsibility and you need to make the best of it. Here are a few tips that will help you as you plan for your inheritance.
Give yourself enough time. Do not rush yourself or accept to be rushed by others to make rash decisions concerning you inheritance. It is very likely that you were not expecting the money or property you have inherited and it is therefore important that you give enough time or you may end up making costly mistakes by rushing into things.
Another thing to avoid is giving too much information to many people as regards your inheritance. There will be people who may have a clue that you inherited some money or property but you do not need to give them the details. Not everyone means well and you could find yourself in trouble as a result of people you gave too much information misusing it.
It is also important to get yourself professional financial planning advice on how to manage your inheritance. There are lawyers and accountants who are well versed in inheritance planning and inheritance tax planning and they can competently help you design a plan that will see you benefit long term from your newly acquired wealth.
Make sure you appreciate whatever you get. Some people will look at what they have inherited as very little, once you take this line of thought it is very difficult to make any meaningful use of the little you have been given. You should be very grateful since there are many people who live their lives and never get to inherit anything.
Finally, make sure you enjoy your inheritance. This does not mean you should squander it on meaningless purchases, but remember to include something you enjoy into your inheritance planning. It may be a trip you have always wanted to take or a treat that you always wanted for you and your family. Whatever it may be just make sure that it does not take up the biggest portion of your inheritance, but it should be there.