There is not much time left, but those in San Francisco who can take advantage of a short sale before the end of 2012 would be wise to do so. A number of tax law changes are about to take place on January 1, 2013, if Congress does not act - which it seems unlikely to do.
The taxes paid by those of us in California are a conglomeration owed to the state and federal government plus local municipalities. Those who follow the old saying that there is nothing so sure as death and taxes, may not have looked at the last California ballot with its multiple propositions.
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?
Most of us in the Bay Area file our tax returns like clockwork. Many of us get a refund after the tax deadline. Some of us find that we owe money to the Internal Revenue Service. When we owe a lot of money or we don't have the cash on hand, we may put off paying the IRS without discussing it with them. Fines and penalties begin to accrue and then, seemingly overnight, there is a huge tax debt.
There are a number of unpleasant consequences which can occur when someone is behind on their taxes. Two issues can be involved: how much is owed and what entity is owed the taxes. As we have stated in previous posts, it is possible to achieve a compromise or workout with either the Internal Revenue Service or with the state of California.
The Small Business Administration was asked to testify before a Congressional sub-committee this week. The Small Business Committee of the House of Representatives is looking into the potential impact upon small business of changes to the estate tax, which is set to expire in Jan. 2013.