The Internal Revenue Service has issued Private Letter Ruling 201021048 with guidance for California registered domestic partners (RDPs).
The IRS Chief Counsel's Office has issued updated guidance, CCA 201021050, the federal government recognizes community property rights of California registered domestic partners in earned income effective January 1, 2007. Therefore, one-half of the earned income of a partner should be reported on each partner's federal income tax return, unless the RDPs execute an agreement opting out of community property treatment.
California has adopted tax credits for new home purchases and first-time homebuyers. The credits are available for qualified taxpayers who purchase a qualified residence on or after May 1, 2010 and before January 1, 2011. Since there are ceilings on the total credits available for all taxpayers, it will be wise to apply for them early.
Effective in 2012, the information reporting requirements have been expanded to cumulative payments by businesses exceeding $600 per year to corporations and PAYMENTS FOR PROPERTY.
Under the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001, the maximum federal gift tax rate for 2010 is 35%. If Congress does nothing, the maximum rate will return with a vengence to 55% in 2011, plus an additional 5% surtax for taxable transfers over $10 million until the benefits of lower brackets are phased out.
On this week’s interview on Financial Insider Weekly to be broadcast in San Jose and Campbell this Wednesday, April 28 with attorney James Quillinan we discuss the implications of the repeal of the federal estate tax for 2010,
California has enacted relief legislation for cancellation of mortgage debt relating to the acquisition of a principal residence, effective for taxable years 2009 through 2012.
The most significant tax increase for high-income taxpayers, for Medicare taxes, will become effective in 2013. There will be an additional 0.9% Medicare tax on earned income exceeding $200,000 for single persons and $250,000 for married persons filing joint returns. In addition, at 3.8% Medicare tax will apply to certain UNEARNED income.