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Archive for April, 2014

Obama & Biden Tax Returns

Posted by taxguru on April 12, 2014

They have posted copies of the 2013 tax returns for the Obamas and Bidens on the White House website.

Here are the download links for the pdf files.

Obama: IRS + Illinois – 42 pages 

Biden: IRS + Delaware + Virginia – 35 pages 

I took a quick glance through the returns. 
Obama had to pay $1,753 for the new ObamaCare tax on investments (Form 8959). 
Biden only had to pay $230 for this new tax.  Biden received $30,552 of Social Security benefits last year, as he entertained the country with his crazy antics.  

 

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Frivolous Tax Arguments

Posted by taxguru on April 11, 2014

It used to be official IRS policy to ignore people who made ridiculous claims about taxes being voluntary.  However, they finally realized that their silence on the subject just fed into the hands of the promoters of such tax scams who used that as a sign that what they were saying must have been true. 

As announced in this press release, IRS has just updated their guide to many of these tax scams, The Truth About Frivolous Tax Arguments, which can be seen on their website and downloaded as a 62 page pdf.

I had an interesting email conversation with a tax protestor a few months who was spouting some of these idiotic reasons why nobody has to file a tax return.  After I finish the rest of our April 15 extensions, I will post it here on my blog.

 

 

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More on Organized Crime Boss Lois Lerner

Posted by taxguru on April 11, 2014

More details on the criminal activities of just one of BHO’s henchpersons that the MSM are covering up for.

The IRS Scandal Comes Into Focus – WSJ

 

The Lois Lerner files: A partisan bureaucrat at work – FoxNews

 

Contempt and the IRS – National Review

 

 

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Posted by taxguru on April 10, 2014

From Fred Thompson:

Obama warned Russia to leave Ukraine alone or he would act to take a “toll on the Russian economy”. Watch out guys. Ruining an economy is something he knows something about.

 

A new UN report claims that climate change will wipe trillions of dollars from the global economy. No wonder Democrats want to stop it – it’s stealing their thunder.

 

 

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Posted by taxguru on April 10, 2014

Tax Freedom Day® 2014 is April 21, Three Days Later Than Last Year – As calculated by the Tax Foundation, we are slaves working for the government for the first 111 days of the year.

 

Don’t Eat the Rich! Even Republicans are getting in on the class crusade. – The “Evil Rich” are too tempting a target for more and more of our short-sighted rulers.

 

Untaxed U.S. corporate profits held overseas top $2.1 trillion: study – It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure this out. Reduce USA tax rates and the corporate profits will magically materialize over here.

 

Taxing Life Away – Humorous observations from John Stossel on how the Tax Code affects so many aspects of our lives.

 

 

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The Lois Lerner Show drags on…

Posted by taxguru on April 10, 2014

IRS Gave House Oversight Democrats Info on Targeted Conservative Group – Why the DemonRats are helping IRS crooks cover up their crimes and avoid any punishment. 

 

House Republicans won’t rule out arresting Lois Lerner if Justice Department doesn’t – That will be the day, when the GOP actually stands up to the BHO Regime criminals.

 

House panel votes to hold ex-IRS official Lerner in contempt of Congress

 

New evidence that Lois Lerner targeted conservative groups 

 

Contempt vote set for Lerner, new House report lays out allegations

 

 

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Game of Thrones – IRS Edition

Posted by taxguru on April 9, 2014

Funny parody of Game of Thrones, with the American IRS tossed in for good effect.

 

 

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Let’s not hold our breath waiting for this to happen…

Posted by taxguru on April 8, 2014

It’s a bit far fetched to expect the DC wimps in the GOP to actually bring criminal charges against anyone in the BHO Regime.  However, Lois Lerner is white, so she doesn’t have the same kind of immunity from criticism that BHO himself has.

House Republicans want Lois Lerner charged 

 

Boehner: Lawmakers to weigh criminal case against Lerner for ‘misleading the Congress’

 

House Committee: Possible Crimes by IRS Official 

 

Handling of former IRS employee Lois Lerner makes lawyers cringe 

 

Krauthammer on IRS scandal: ‘The administration wants to stonewall’ – It’s easy to do when the media are assisting in the coverup. 

 

Boehner on IRS Scandal: ‘I Want to Know Who Is Going to Jail –   The answer is “Nobody” if Eric Holder has anything to do with it. 

 

 

 

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Who do you trust?

Posted by taxguru on April 3, 2014

This recent poll about who people trust the most with their personal info ignores a few very key issues. 

SHOCK POLL: Americans Trust IRS, NSA More than Facebook

It’s easy to say the people polled are idiots for trusting the IRS and NSA more than FaceBook with their personal data.  That would be too much of a knee-jerk reaction; because there actually are plenty of people in the private sector who are scammers and should never be trusted.  Ponzi master Bernie Madoff and stock swindler Jordan Belfort from the recent movie The Wolf of Wall Street, come to mind.  I have never trusted MySpace or FaceBook because I have always suspected ulterior motives for their use of private user data; so I choose not to use most social media sites and services.

That is the big difference here.  With social media sites and services, users voluntarily establish a relationship and voluntarily provide their personal data. With government agencies, such as IRS and NSA, our relationships with them are anything but voluntary.  We are forced to provide more and more of our personal info to them every day.  Some of it we know they are taking, while other data is taken by surreptitious methods (aka Spying). 

The other difference is what the different entities are able to do to people. Scammers like Madoff and Belfort were able to steal money from gullible greedy investors who should have had enough common sense to stay away; but instead voluntarily gave the crooks their money.  FaceBook and other social media sites can sell users data to other companies to solicit them for voluntary purchases.  None of these “voluntary” entities has the power to seize its users’ assets or to throw them into prison. 

That’s what the governmental agencies can and will do if they want to.

So, the question shouldn’t be who is more trustworthy with our personal data, but who can do the most devastating damage to us with it?

 

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Sec. 179 is still with us…but with a much lower maximum

Posted by taxguru on April 3, 2014

Q: 

Subject: Section 179

Hi Kerry

I saw your blog online and wanted to know if you had heard whether 179 was being extended or renewed for 2014.  I am looking for information on this and thought I would contact you since I saw your email. Thanks for the great blog!

A:

Section 179 has been around for a very long time and there has never been any serious talk about eliminating it entirely or allow it to completely expire.

What does change, and what you are most likely referring to, is the maximum amount of the Section 179 deduction. As you can see on the chart on my website, this has had dramatic changes over the years.

One of the biggest changes does happen to be from 2013, with a maximum deduction of $500,000 to 2014, where it dropped to just $25,000. Unless our rulers in DC make changes to this, that $25,000 will only increase based on inflation for future years.

I hope this info helps.

Kerry Kerstetter

Follow-Up:

So companies can only take a max deduction of 25,000 on new business equip purchases? Wow that is a drop! Thank you so very much for responding. I really appreciate it.

My reply:

Not to get too political about this; but the maximum Section 179 was bumped up so high in order to encourage investments in business equipment as a means of stimulating the economy.  Now that our Supreme Leader has declared that the recession is over, he and his followers in DC see no need for the extra 179 deduction.

Of course, those of us living and working in the real world know all too well that the recession is nowhere near over, but has gotten worse since the 2008 election.  Unfortunately, tax policy is determined by the lies that are floating around DC and not by what is happening in the real world.

Kerry Kerstetter

Final Point:

Don’t worry… I live in Texas… I agree totally with your statement!!!!!! Thanks Kerry for all of your help!!!

 

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