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.
Just two weeks ago we posted about the lack of IRS enforcement of the tax code which restricts religious institutions from making political endorsements, or risk losing their nonprofit status. Not only has the lack of enforcement by the IRS not gone unnoticed, it has generated a reaction from a group of non-religious people seeking to force the IRS into compliance.
It is impossible to turn on the cable news or the radio in San Francisco, or go online without reading, seeing or hearing about the fiscal cliff. There are just two weeks planned for Congress to be in session and the future is still murky.
Contrary to what may be considered common wisdom, tax law is not set in stone. It is updated on a regular basis as taxpayers and professionals struggle to keep up with it. Likewise, tax shelters are not illegal but can be legitimate ways to mitigate the impact of taxes upon a company's bottom line or on an individual taxpayer's bank account.
In a previous post we reminded our California readers that June 30 was the deadline to file their Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts, or FBAR, to the Internal Revenue Service. The report is required for anyone with more than $10,000 in a foreign or offshore account.