Congress Extends Many Tax Breaks for Individuals

The Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014, which was signed into law on December 19, renewed through 2014 a long list of personal and business federal income tax breaks that had been allowed to expire at the end of 2013. Because Congress habitually allows these breaks to expire before restoring them for a year or two, they have become known as "the extenders." New Tax-Favored Continue Reading

New for 2014: Penalty for Not Complying with the Individual Mandate

Starting this year, a provision in the Affordable Care Act generally imposes a penalty on individuals who fail to carry so-called minimum essential health insurance coverage. The requirement to carry such coverage is often called the individual mandate, and the penalty is the cost for failure to comply with the mandate. This article explains what you need to know about the Continue Reading

Important Tax Figures for 2014

The following table provides some important federal tax information for 2014, as compared with 2013. Some of the dollar amounts change due to inflation. Other amounts are changing due to legislation. Social Security/ Medicare 2014 2013 Social Security Tax Wage Base $117,000 $113,700 Medicare Tax Wage Base No limit No limit Employee portion of Social Continue Reading