International Income Tax Rates

Tax rates of all kinds differ depending on the country you’re living in, and income taxes are no exception. If planning on moving to another country and becoming a citizen within the next few years, whether for business or pleasure, it’s a good idea to research income tax rates first. Your Encino tax consultants are [...]

Affordable Care Act – What To Expect This Tax Season

Tips for Navigating Affordable Care Act compliance this tax season. The Affordable Care Act, known popularly as Obamacare, will be the focus of a lot of concerns for 2015 individual and business income tax return filing. We’d like to offer you the following information about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and what that means when [...]

Tax Q & A for Struggling Homeowners

Many people have found themselves in financial distress because of the recent recession, and if you’re a homeowner, you have a special set of problems. If you  have questions about your house and the tax implications, we can help. What is “Debt Forgiveness”? In the past, if you had a debt that you were unable [...]

Tax Implications of the Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare, is a confusing and frightening topic for many people who have only heard political scare-tactic sound-bites. The fact that the government is still fighting over it, and it is supposed to begin in just a few short months, has many people concerned and frustrated. Fortunately, there is [...]

Tax Answers for Job-Related Situations

If you’re struggling with financial troubles, maybe job-related issues, and are wondering about their impact on your tax situation, we can help.   I was laid off from my job, and I received a lump-sum severance payout. Is it taxable? Yes, it is taxable. And to add insult to injury, that lump-sum payment can really [...]

Tax Returns for Active Military Personnel

In addition to all of the regular tax credits and exemptions that are available for ordinary U.S. taxpayers, military personnel are entitled to a number of special benefits that apply solely to them. Many people are not aware of these benefits, so it’s important to become familiar with them in order to get every tax [...]

How to Pay No Taxes – Strategies Used by the 1%

You might not have the kind of money that the rich (and perhaps famous) have, but there are some strategies that they employ on a regular basis to avoid paying taxes, and maybe you can use some of them yourself. Get cash for your stocks without selling them OK, so you have a million dollars [...]

Crazy Stories of Tax Cheats

Lest you be concerned that the IRS is spending all its time discriminating against various political entities, rest assured that the agency is doing its job by also catching a number of people who are cheating on their taxes. In fact, here’s a round-up of some of the most outrageous cheaters that were prosecuted successfully [...]

How to Best Be Prepared for a Natural Disaster

Of course, no one wants to have to deal with the after-effects of a natural disaster. But if you read the newspaper or watch the news on TV or online, on any particular day you can probably find a story about a natural disaster occurring somewhere in the world, and the horrendous aftermath it leaves [...]

Tax Implications of Obama’s 2014 Federal Budget

President Obama’s 2014 federal budget proposal was unveiled on April 10, and it was already drawing criticism from both parties even before its release. Debate in this town has raged between reducing our deficits at all costs and making the investments necessary to grow our economy. “And this budget answers that argument. We can grow [...]