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Presidential Debate Highlights Differences in Tax Policy

The first debate of the 2020 presidential election took place recently and it was…unique. It's fair to say this was a norm-shattering debate that ran high on emotions and low on substantive discussions pertaining to federal policy. It was not particularly entertaining, but it was revealing in certain moments. The issue of taxes is one prominent example that highlights the stark differences between the candidates. Let's take a look at each candidate's proposals when it comes to tax policy. Joe Biden's Tax Proposals The Biden campaign released a number of policy papers, including Vice President Biden's plan regarding taxes. If elected, Joe Biden...

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Battle Royal: IRS v. The Estate of Michael Jackson

The King of Pop faced numerous legal challenges during his life, but arguably the biggest battle is taking place after his passing. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is seeking close to $731 million from Michael Jackson’s estate. Yes, you read that number correctly - $731 million. How did the IRS arrive at such a huge tax bill? Well, IRS auditors determined that the value of Mr. Jackson’s estate totaled $1.17 billion. This means his estate qualifies for the top rate of the estate tax – a staggering 40 percent, according to bankrate.com. Therefore, the total tax bill includes $525.6...

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Robert Redford Battling New York Over Massive Tax Bill From 2005 TV Sale

One of the most irritating things the IRS can do is seek back taxes for taxes you already paid. That is essentially what Robert Redford claimed happened when he sold a 20 percent stake in the Sundance Channel back in 2005. Mr. Redford was recently assessed a $1.6 million tax bill by the state of New York for the sale. Mr. Redford already paid taxes on the 2005 sale to the state of Utah. Mr. Redford argues in his lawsuit against the tax bill that Sundance Channel had no property, payroll, or receipts in New York and therefore owed no...

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Tax Benefits for Husband and Wife Owned Businesses

If you’re looking to diversify your business interests and are married, a good option is to start a business with your spouse. The IRS gives husbands and wives, who file their taxes jointly, the ability to treat a joint business venture as a jointly owned sole proprietorship. It would be categorized as a “qualified joint venture” but that means the owners must exclusively be husband and wife. Also, both spouses have to “materially participate” in the business (so you can’t just list your spouse and hope to get this tax benefit). There are many advantages to having a husband-and-wife-owned business...

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