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'Death Tax' Divide

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 7:49:36 GMT

With the House having again approved permanent repeal of the estate tax, the issue now moves to the Senate, where, although Republicans are in the majority, enthusiasm for wiping out what conservatives like to call the "death tax" is considerably more muted.



Losing Interest In EE Savings Bonds

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 7:49:36 GMT

Perhaps drawing a lesson from homeowners who have refinanced to lock in today's low interest rates, the Treasury Department has announced it is going to begin locking in current rates on buyers of new Series EE U.S. Savings Bonds.



A Half-Dozen Tips for 11th-Hour Filers

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 7:49:36 GMT

A survey last week by Yahoo Finance found that 14 percent of taxpayers plan to wait until April 15 to file, and the Internal Revenue Service expects about 9 million taxpayers to apply for extensions.



Homeowners in Harm's Way

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 7:49:36 GMT

There has been plenty of wailing in recent months over the soaring property tax bills that homeowners have been receiving, thanks to their similarly soaring home values. Families complain of being "taxed out" of their homes through no fault of their own.



It Takes More Than a Living Will

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 7:49:36 GMT

A theme running through coverage of the tragic case of Terri Schiavo is that if she had only had a living will, the long-running controversy over whether to preserve her life in what court-appointed doctors have called a "persistent vegetative state" could have been avoided.



Tax Liens Complicate Bankruptcy Filings

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 7:49:36 GMT

Bankruptcy laws provide filers with protection from many kinds of creditors, but tax collectors generally are not among them.



How to Beat a Bust

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 7:49:36 GMT

Hard as it may be to remember, after two reasonably good years in 2003 and '04, all three major stock benchmarks remain substantially below where they were in March 2000.



Pinning Our Hopes on Future Financial Assets

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 7:49:36 GMT

For those of us making long-term investing decisions now, knowing the reality of the government's fiscal condition is critical.



A Matter of Trusts

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 7:49:36 GMT

In a decision that is sending shudders through the estate planning and life insurance worlds, a federal judge has ruled a multimillion-dollar life insurance policy in Maryland void because it was owned by a trust. In the judge's view, Maryland law bars a trust from having an "insurable interest" in a person.



The K-Plan For the Lazy Man

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 7:49:36 GMT

First there was paternalism. Employers starting 401(k) plans said to workers, we'll pick a few investments we like, and you can put your money in. But many workers didn't bite.



Tax-Free Combinations

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 7:49:36 GMT

Resolving questions that have been circulating since 1997, the Treasury Department has concluded that homeowners can combine the capital gains exclusion available on the sale of a principal residence with the tax deferral available when an investment property is exchanged for another of "like kind."



First, Go After The Tax Cheats

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 7:49:36 GMT

To Americans, taxes are a lot like speed limits: necessary in principle for the public good, but when it comes to us personally, well, um, do you see a cop around?



Neglect That Spells Retirement Ruin

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 7:49:36 GMT

Just as President Bush and other Republicans are plowing ahead with plans for personal Social Security accounts and other individualized investment vehicles, employers operating 401(k)s and similar plans are becoming increasingly fearful that their workers aren't up to the job of managing those accounts.



Tax Changes That Merit Remembering This Spring

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 7:49:36 GMT

The time has come once again to start getting ready for that American ritual, tax-return filing season.



For a No-Leak 401(k)

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 7:49:36 GMT

One of the key problems that continue to beset 401(k) and related retirement savings plans is what experts call "leakage."



Student Workers Pass a Tax Test

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 7:49:36 GMT

The relationship between colleges and students who work for them has long been a source of tax uncertainty.



An Early, Untaxed Bequest

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 7:49:36 GMT

As parents and grandparents look toward the end of the year, accountants and other advisers suggest they think outside the gift-wrapped box.



A Retirement Crapshoot?

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 7:49:36 GMT

Last week's disclosure by International Business Machines Corp. that it will close its traditional pension plans to new employees and give the new hires only a 401(k) plan is more than a change in the relationship between employer and employee. It is part of a fundamental shift in our sense of what American society owes individuals in the form of financial protection and what individuals owe society in terms of self-reliance -- a shift of a magnitude unseen since the 1930s, when it went in the opposite direction.



Time for Alternative Minimum Tactics

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 7:49:36 GMT

By now, most people have at least heard of the AMT, but those who still think of it as what it was intended to be -- a special tax to make sure rich people pay at least something to the government -- are badly out of date.



Tax-Free Bonuses Tagged Out

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 7:49:36 GMT

Some taxpayers have been dusting off an old Internal Revenue Service ruling about signing bonuses in baseball contracts and using it to justify skipping payroll taxes and income-tax withholding on signing bonuses generally.