As Alameda County residents celebrated the end of one year and the beginning of a new one, members of Congress were busy reaching an agreement that prevented the country from going over the so-called fiscal cliff. While most people were just happy to learn that a deal had been reached on New Year's Day, the question soon became: What does the deal mean to me?
One of the reasons that same-sex marriage has been passed in other states in addition to California, is because of the preferential tax and legal status granted to married couples. One problem however is that the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, puts the federal government in conflict with the state government. Many of the states' marijuana laws do the same thing.
Our Bay Area readers are no doubt aware that the national election is just days away and depending upon who wins the Presidency, there may be changes in personal income tax deductions. If fact, no matter who wins there may be changes to the income tax code. So what are we all to do?
While in the midst of a presidential campaign season there is a great deal of talk about taxes. In California, we are facing two new tax-related propositions -- Proposition 30 and Proposition 38. Amid the discussions, an interesting analysis of IRS data has taken a look at millionaires and whether or not they are voting with their feet or their pocketbooks or both.
California is in competition with other states. We want the smartest children to come to our colleges. We would like people to buy our oranges rather than Florida's. And we are rightfully proud of Silicon Valley's reputation, Hollywood's entertainment value and our beautiful national parks.
Olympic athletes often give up a lot to pursue their sport. They may delay college, marriage, children or "real" jobs. They train and practice long and hard with the hope of getting a gold, silver or bronze medal. However, when they win that medal, they come home to a tax bill. That hardly seems fair does it?