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25 Years Ago…

Posted by taxguru on October 25, 2011

I was taking a tax update webinar this morning and the instructor, Annette Nellen, had this picture of the signing ceremony from the monumental 1986 Tax reform Act, which made several major changes to the tax code.

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Here are some interesting recent articles about that law:

By Annette Nellen:
25th Anniversary of the Tax Reform Act of 1986. Is the 25th anniversary a time to celebrate it or wonder what happened to it? 

By Martin Feldstein:
The Tax Reform Evidence From 1986 Experience implies that the combination of base broadening and rate reduction would raise revenue equal to about 4% of existing tax revenue.

 

Update:

I couldn’t resist the temptation to show what was really going through their minds at that signing ceremony.  Click on the image for a larger version.

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TaxCoach Software: Finally! Plain-English Tax Planning That Builds Your Business!

 

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Gifting plans need to be examined…

Posted by taxguru on October 25, 2011

With the per person lifetime gift exclusion at $5 million for 2011 and 2012, dropping back to just $1 million in 2013, the planning for large gifts may have some unique estate and gift tax saving opportunities.  This video from the Journal of Accountancy does a good job of describing some of the twists this could entail.

 

 

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