Certain taxpayers are eligible for a tax credit

If your adjusted gross income is less than $50,000, you may be eligible for a nonrefundable credit against your income tax for elective contributions you make to §401 (k) plans,

§403(b) annuities, §457 plans, SIMPLE or simplified employee pension (SEP) plans, traditional or Roth IRAs, and voluntary after-tax employee contributions to a qualified retirement plan or a 403(b) annuity.

The amount of your credit can be as much as 50%, 20%, or 10% of your contribution depending upon your filing status and modified adjusted gross income, giving you a maximum annual credit of $1,000 ($2,000 if married filing jointly).

This credit was due to expire at the end of 2006; however, recently enacted legislation made this credit permanent. After 2006, the adjusted gross income limits will be indexed for inflation, making more taxpayers eligible for the credit.

Tax Tips Small Business

  • Do You Know How Much Your Business Is Worth?

    Tips for placing a value on your business

    There are several reasons why you should know the value of your business. if you are planning to sell your business, the general rule is that you should sell it for fair market value. In many instances the term "fair market value" is somewhat ambiguous. In the simplest sense, fair market value is what a willing buyer would pay a willing seller, with each party knowing all the pertinent facts.

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Small Business Quick Tip

  • Self Employed Health Insurance

    If you are a self-employed taxpayer, you may deduct 100 percent of your health insurance premiums from your income. The deduction for health insurance premiums does not reduce your self-employment tax, however.
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Tax Tips Personal

  • Tax Break for Reservists Called to Active Duty

    Penalty-free withdrawals from retirement plans

    If you are a reservist or national guardsman who was ordered or called to active duty for a period in excess of 179 days, you may withdraw money from your qualified retirement plan or IRA without incurring the 10% premature distribution penalty.

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Personal Quick Tip

  • Roth IRA Contribution

    You can actively participate in your employer's qualified plan and may still be able to contribute to a Roth IRA. A deduction for contributions to a traditional IRA may be limited or nondeductible if you are a participant in a qualified retirement plan.