• July 25, 2017 /  Tax and Insurance

    Generally, Minneapolis bankruptcy attorney advocates that if you owe debts to the Internal Revenue Service or other State’s equivalent agencies, the debt is not dischargeable in bankruptcy but for very particular circumstances concerned. In case of bankruptcy Chapter 7, a complete discharge of allowable debts is possible whereas in bankruptcy Chapter 13 a payment arrangement is designed to disburse some debts while the remaining debts are discharged. In the bankruptcy laws, usually the tax debts are taken care of in the same manner as in both bankruptcy Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 petitions. The majority of tax debts cannot be discharged in bankruptcy says Minneapolis bankruptcy lawyer. A bankruptcy petitioner who has tax debts has to essentially fulfill the required five criteria for discharge and the majority of people are not able to fulfill these criteria.

    All tax debts are related to a specific tax return and tax year keeping that in consideration the bankruptcy law has laid out specified criteria in relation to how old a tax debt can be explains Minneapolis bankruptcy attorney.

    If the income tax debt of a petitioner fulfills all of the five rules, then that tax debt can be discharged in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy petitions. The Five Rules to Discharge Tax Debts are listed here: 1. The due date is at any rate three years ago for filing a tax return. 2. The tax return has been filed at any rate two years ago. 3. The tax assessment done is at any rate 240 days old. 4. The tax return has not been fraudulent. 5. The taxpayer has not been at fault of tax evasion.

    Some ‘Tax Debts’ are ‘Not Dischargeable’ according to Minneapolis bankruptcy lawyer such as the tax debts arising from unfiled tax returns. The IRS customarily reviews tax on unfiled returns. However, only if the taxpayer files a tax return for the year in question such tax liabilities cannot be discharged.

    Prior to a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy is granted, the bankruptcy petitioner needs to provide evidence that the four preceding tax returns have been filed with the IRS and not after the date of the first creditors’ meeting in a bankruptcy case as well as offer a copy of their most recent tax return to the bankruptcy court.

    About the author:

    Richard writes for the legal and bankruptcy law website Minneapolis bankruptcy help. The law firm has an enviable track record of helping companies and individuals file for bankruptcy protection successfully. For any of your bankruptcy problems meet their and get rid of your financial woes.

  • July 17, 2017 /  Tax and Insurance

    Solving Your IRS Tax Problems-New Tax Exchange

    As a tax payer, you sometimes wonder whether you have paid the just amount of tax. If you are aware of your due taxes, then you can easily determine whether you are filing the right amount or you are being unconsciously charged with as much as you should not be. There are products and services that you pay for that are also taxed, so you need to be conscious and wary about these things especially on the New Tax Exchange.

    Filing your taxes as an individual may be or may not be a tedious process, which depends on your knowledge as a tax payer. So you should know the rights that you are entitled as a tax payer. There might be products and services out there that may have had charged you with taxes that you are not certainly aware of.

    The Internal Revenue Service can provide you assistance with your tax information as well as all about filing your taxes, what are the income brackets of taxes, what are the exempted products and services for taxes or what we call tax free products and services, and a whole lot more vital information about taxes.

    Should you need further information about your tax and tax filing, there are also web based forums and web sites that can certainly help you. Because there are just those times that the IRS and their letters haunt you and knocks you down. You thought you are paying your dues very well, but there seem to be a lot more complications than you thought.

    Now there are professionals who can help you get out from those disturbing circumstances; help you figure out what needs to be figured out and then provide resolution to the problem. They one of the best people to consult about these tax pains. So you can stop worrying and talk about your IRS tax problems, for they surely have the solution to that!

  • July 3, 2017 /  Tax and Insurance

    General insurance are those which cover aspects of our lives that are not covered by life insurance. There are many insurance policies that come under the gamut of general insurance. Among these is health insurance or commonly known as mediclaim. Health insurance is the ideal add-on to your life insurance policy as it takes care of your well-being while you are ill or hospitalized. The difference between health insurance and life insurance can be summed as follows.

    Health insurance provides benefits while you are alive.
    Life insurance provides benefits after your demise.

    Thus, one must be able to gauge from this the importance of health insurance. Therefore, it is imperative on everybody to have an effective mediclaim policy, moreover a policy that suits the need in the most appropriate manner. Health insurance provides a wide range of services under its aegis. For instance, it covers the expenses of hospitalization as well as pre-hospitalization, an ideal way to safeguard the health of your family during a medical exigency. Once you have bought a mediclaim policy it will get you benefits ranging from medical test to prescription drugs and everything in between including treatment services. The insurance provider will provide these multitudes of benefits in lieu of the premium that we ought to pay regularly in order to keep the policy running. Any lapse in the premium payment will make the policy worthless leaving you exposed to uncertainties. Thus we must make sure to pay our health insurance premiums on time in order to keep ourselves and our loved ones secured.

    Before you buy a mediclaim plan, you must take in to cognizance some of the important points discussed below, as they will help you in selecting a health insurance plan that is best for you.

    Not everybody can purchase a mediclaim policy. Different insurance providers have different age criteria for allowing individual to buy and get benefit of their health insurance. Therefore, this is the first thing that needs to be checked- eligibility.
    Study the policy carefully and ascertain the coverage of the policy and then analyze its utility. Ideally health insurance policy must give cover to the policyholder along with the immediate family members that include dependent parents, children and spouse. This has to be in addition with the affordability of the health plan.
    Individuals can also get cover from their employers in what is known as group insurance plan. One must check the nitty gritty of the health insurance plan to check whether their family members are covered by it or not. If not then he ought to purchase policy for the dependents.

    These are some of the important points that need to be remembered while searching and applying for a mediclaim policy. Ignorance of the above mentioned point can keep you and your family members under-insured and many a times lead to paying out more for a given service. To avoid exposing yourself to dangers of financial stress one must make informed decision.

  • July 1, 2017 /  Tax and Insurance

    The IRS means business when it comes to properly documenting donations given to charity. Because of a change in the tax law you must now obtain written documentation for ALL cash donations. Prior to the tax law change if your cash donation was less than $250, you weren’t required to have it substantiated with a receipt from the charity. But now you do. This means all tithes to your church too, that’s if of course, you’re going to claim it as an itemized deduction.

    Here’s a suggestion to ensure all of your t’s are crossed and your i’s are dotted in case of an audit. Always maintain good records and do it now instead of procrastinating till the tax deadline is staring you in the face. When you give to your local charity make sure you get a receipt. It must show the charity’s name, the date you contributed and the amount you donated.

    Here’s something else you might not be aware of, if you use a credit card to make your charitable donation in 2008, you can claim a deduction even if you don’t pay it off until 2009. Sweet huh?

    What if your donation is of the non-cash variety? Well, if you claim a deduction and it’s less than $250 you must get a receipt from the charity. Again, the receipt must show who, when and the amount you donated. If your contribution is over $250 but less than $500 don’t walk away without a contemporaneous written acknowledgment from the charity. In other words, GET A DETAILED RECEIPT!! For taxpayers who can give more than $500 but not more than $5000 you must follow the same rules, but you must file Form 8283, Noncash Charitable Contributions.

    And for you blessed taxpayers who give more than $5000 the same rule applies but you must obtain a qualified appraisal. Contributions larger than $500,000 require you to attach a copy of an appraisal to your return.

    If you’ll follow the practice of obtaining detailed receipts and keep good records every time you give to a charity, you’ll be able to calmly stand up to any inquiry by the Internal Revenue Service.

  • June 25, 2017 /  Tax and Insurance

    As we know, there are 20 odd private life insurance companies in India, and there is LIC which is a public sector company. LIC is the 800 pound gorilla, managing to hold on to about 75% market share even 10 years after private companies have been allowed into the life insurance space. The private life insurance companies position themselves on being more customer friendly, wider array of products etc while LIC holds on to its positioning of trust, experience and government backing. One of the key parameters on which to judge a life insurance company is their claims payment record. At the same time, we must note that given that life insurance has become more of a savings and investment product, the returns that they provide are perhaps more important than claims payout ratios. Nevertheless, claims record is definitely not a variable to be ignored.

    A table illustrating the claims rejection percentages of the top life insurance companies in 2009-10 is presented below:

    Life Insurance Company
    Claims rejection ratio (%)

    LIC 1.21%
    Aviva 9.75%
    Bajaj Allianz 5.2%
    Birla SunLife 10.62%
    HDFC Life 4.67%
    ICICI Prudential 3.27%
    ING Vysya 4.26%
    Kotak Mahindra 4.29%
    Max New York Life 12.31%
    MetLife 5.94%
    Reliance Life 7.05%
    SBI Life 14.75%
    Tata AIG 12.3%

    An important observation from the above table is that the claims rejection ratio of LIC is the lowest, thus implying that their record is the best as far as claims payment is concerned. At the same time, the very high percentage of claims rejection of SBI Life and Max New York Life surely comes in as a surprise.

    It must however be noted once again that in Unit Linked products that life insurance companies promote aggressively (or at least was promoting till Sep 2010) , the returns earned on the fund is perhaps a more important variable than the claims payment (or rejection) ratio. However, for non life insurance companies, which offer pure protection/insurance products with no savings or investment component, claims payment is the crucial variable along with the speed of processing of claims.

    Let us now look at the incurred claims ratios of the non life insurance companies:

    Non Life Insurance Company
    Incurred claims ratio

    New India Assurance 89%
    Oriental Insurance 99.69%
    United India Insurance 78.62%
    National Insurance 99.16%
    Royal Sundaram 68.95%
    Reliance General Insurance 77.3%
    Iffco Tokio Insurance 83.44%
    Tata AIG 60.54%
    ICICI Lombard 85.35%
    Bajaj Allianz 71.9%
    HDFC Ergo 80.73%
    Bharti Axa 104%%

    One data point that stands out from above is that Tata AIG General Insurance seems to be sourcing the best quality business from the underwriting point of view, whereas the claims payment ratio of Bharti Axa seems to be quite high. Alo,the claims payment ratio of the public insurers, at an overall level, is higher than that of the private non life insurers.

  • June 24, 2017 /  Tax and Insurance

    The daunting three letter word, tax, can evoke a wide range of emotions. However, it doesnt have to, as the grass may well be greener on the other side.

    The confusion around tax refunds is a common occurrence.

    A tax refund is a repayment of PAYE tax that you have overpaid during the tax year. Statistics show that 1 in every 3 people in the UK is due a tax refund.

    If you have lived and worked in the UK, you may be due for a tax refund, as a result of certain circumstances.

    What are these circumstances?
    Youve only worked for part of a tax year
    Youve worked for more than 1 employer in a tax year
    Youve had 2 or more jobs concurrently
    Youve been taxed on a basic rate tax code
    Youve paid emergency tax in the last 5 years
    Youve left the UK before the end of the tax year (6 April-5 April the following year)
    Youve been on an incorrect tax code at any point in the last 5 yearsIf you feel that youve been in any one or more of the above situations, then you have a very good chance of receiving a tax refund.

    At this point, you may feel that going through all the hassle is not worth the refund, but its more than worth it. You can receive an average of 850 back possibly more if you havent claimed back at all in the last 5 years.

    How to claim back tax through an agency?

    You will need to complete the online tax refund form, provide the firm with your employment history details, as well as, original P45 and P60 documents. If you have lost these documents (or you dont have the original documents) you can use a Statement of Earnings – or an agency will assist you in obtaining the correct documents.

    Thereafter, the process will be moved forward, you will be kept up to date about your tax refund status, and be will notified about any activity.

    The greatest pleasure that comes with using an agency is that you can then leave the work to the agency and receive your money after 6 12 weeks.

    Most agencies provide you with an online tax refund calculator. This gives you an estimate of your tax refund, based on the information you enter into the calculator.

    Dont let the perceived hassle of claiming tax back stop you from getting what is due to you.

  • June 23, 2017 /  Tax and Insurance

    Darryl Strawberry
    Dodgers star, Darryl Strawberry first got in to trouble with the IRS in 1994 when he was put under investigation for tax fraud. The IRS tacked him with tax evasion, and he had to pay back $350,000 in back taxes, serve 3 years of probation, six years of home confinement, and complete 100 hours of community service.

    2. Lawrence Taylor
    Former Giants linebacker, Lawrence Taylor filed an incorrect federal income tax return back in 1990. Taylor pleaded guilty to the tax charges in 1997, and was punished with three months house arrest, five years probation and 500 hours of community service for income tax evasion.

    3. Pete Rose
    Baseball favorite, Pete Rose, also got in to some trouble with the government in 1990, when he filed a false income tax return. Despite his celebrity status, Rose was sentenced to five months in a correctional facility, three months in a community treatment center, 1,000 hours of community service and a $50,000 fine.

    4. Helio Castroneves
    The recent controversy around Indy 500 racer Helio Castroneves and his supposed $5 million tax debt has shed light on the tax problems sports stars can get in to. He is currently being tried for evading taxes on a licensing deal that he claims to never have received a dime from. Only time will tell whether the Indy 500 and dancing with the stars celebrity actually committed the tax crime.

    5. Willie McCovey
    Hall of Famer Willie McCovey, like many other athletes who ran in to tax trouble, did so by forgetting to claim cash made during autograph signing. While McCovey pleaded guilty to the crime, he also claimed to have committed it unknowingly, since he had a professional handle his accounting. He was sentenced to two years of probation and fined $5,000.

    6. O.J. Simpson
    Although infamous for more than his athletic abilities, O.J. Simpson upset the IRS enough to be put on the California tax shame list. His tax debt was over $1.5 million, and he stayed on the list for more than a year.

    7. Jesse Owens
    The late 1930s Olympic winner Jesse Owens got himself into trouble with the IRS. After the Olympics, Owens tried multiple business ventures in the United States to profit off his newly found fame. However, one of his ventures lost Owens a fortune and rendered him unable to pay his full tax liability. As a result, Owens was forced to declare bankruptcy.

    8. Boris Becker
    Famed tennis player and bad boy, Boris Becker, ran right in to tax trouble when it was discovered his apartment was not his priority residence, as previously claimed. As a result, he was given two years probation, fined $500,000, and ordered to pay expensive court fees.

  • June 20, 2017 /  Tax and Insurance

    Once you apply for a life insurance policy there are some important features and benefits you should apply for. Like the most important benefit is the nomination facility. It is an important and mandatory feature of the policy. There is another feature called Assignment offered in the policy. Let us look at the importance between the two features.

    Nomination is a benefit where in case of death of the policy holder the funds are given to beneficiary (nominee), whose name is mentioned by the policyholder while enrolling for the policy. The policyholder has the option to change the nominee at any time during the term of the policy. If you want the proceeds to be given to the nominee make sure the name and details are mentioned correctly. The details of the nominee required are his name, age, address and his relationship with the policyholder

    Assignment, is when the policyholder wants to give another person the rights of the policy , this is done through a deed and the insurer need to be given a notice for the same. The policyholder is called the assignee and the person who he appoints is called the assignor. Here the assignee has the complete power and title of the policy. He can make decisions like surrendering the policy or even reassign the policy. This assignment must be known to the insurer through a notice and should be in writing.

    As are long-term contracts and their benefits are more complicated as they depend on the occurrence of pre-defined insured events. Nomination is a choice which the policyholder has to allow the proceeds of the policy to be given to the nominee incase of his death.

    The nominee can be changed by the policyholder during the term of the policy. For women, they may keep changing their nominees according to the various phases in their lives. Like, when they are single their parents would be the nominee, when married the name can be changed to their husbands and there after to their children. You can hence change your nominee any time during the period of the policy. The nominee may not necessarily be related to the policyholder. If the policyholder wants to change the nomination he just needs to fill a form given by the insurer and give the details of the new nominee.

    A policyholder has a choice to appoint as many nominees as he wishes and mention their shares for the proceeds accordingly. Remember always to make sure you appoint a nominee while applying for the policy. This feature will help your loved in an unforeseen event of death of the policyholder.

  • June 5, 2017 /  Tax and Insurance

    A water damage event his hit your home, and one of the first things you should do is to check your insurance policy or call your insurance agent and determine if your damage is covered. Even though you may be faced with plenty of damage and the beginning of mold, all homeowners policies dont automatically cover all types of water damage.

    Once you understand what your policy covers, then you can quickly begin to remediate the damage to your property and begin to get the information to file a claim assuming you know what will be covered, according to the web site insure.com.

    First and foremost, as some residents of New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast learned during Hurricane Katrina in 2005, a flood is not covered by homeowners insurance. Floods are only covered by flood insurance thats issued by the National Flood Insurance Program and cant be bought through nearly any insurance company.

    Heres the kicker, though. Flood insurance policies have a ceiling not shared by homeowners insurance, and a separate level for contents that many people dont bother to adjust to their situations. So many homeowners in New Orleans wanted their homeowners insurance to handle the situation, because it provided more coverage.
    Water damage from a leaking room is covered by most homeowners insurance, though the damage to the roof is not. Thats because of the generally accepted principle that anything related to maintenance falls to the homeowners. Roofs need to be properly maintained so the roof damage is not allowed.

    Likewise, water from an appliance overflowing or pipes freezing and bursting, are both covered. Again, insurance companies general cover water damage if it was a sudden, catastrophic event, and not, as insure.com explains, a gradual wear and tear over time that proper maintenance could have avoided.

    And two final areas of water damage: Seepages from the ground into the basement and sewer backup. Neither of these are covered by homeowners insurance. Seepage clearly is a gradual event that can be diagnosed and corrected before any significant damage results. Sewer backup is something that many insurance policies around the country specifically exclude.

    So, now you know whether your own water event is covered by homeowners, flood insurance or has to be repaired out of pocket. And you are ready to take the next step – which is to document the damage and get an adjuster to your house as soon as possible to begin the process of submitting an insurance claim.

  • June 2, 2017 /  Tax and Insurance

    Most people do not want to handle bookkeeping and tax services for their business. Some are more interested in growing their business or having free time. Others do not have the skills to accurately manage this necessary detail and want professional services to handle them. Another reason that people like to have a professional service handle this aspect is fear of tax consequences.

    Not all methods work

    Some people start record keeping with good intentions but have it fall apart at some point. They may not use the right software or they may try to enter records by hand in a notebook or ledger. This can result in lost receipts, missing documents or other details not being entered in a timely manner. The end result is lost data for income tax filings and the potential not only to loose deductions but also tax penalties.

    Some people don’t have time or the interest in maintaining records. Having some kind of outside resource for these services helps them to get accurate financial records in place without as much effort on their part as would be needed if they did it.

    What to look for

    There are several different formats for getting outside assistance. Some people will hand off receipts and documents to someone that is local that handles bookkeeping. This is likely to be the most expensive method of handling finances as the bookkeeping service has to hand enter each item. It can also lead to a lot of confusion and unnecessary communication between the business owner and the bookkeeping service.

    Business owners may want to look for someone that uses a traditional software package that is designed specifically for this kind of need. This makes it easy to get the information inputted into the system but it also makes it easy to create fills and reports that can be given to tax preparers, accountants or CPAs when the time comes to prepare tax forms.

    Other features of this kind of service

    The scope of the service can vary depending on what the client needs. Some businesses will only need very basic services while others will need everything. One area that many clients need help with is reports. These can often be used to forecast income and expenses for businesses.

    These services may be able to return documents and receipts to clients in several ways. In some cases, they may be able to deliver them if the client is local. In other cases, clients may want them mailed, faxed or emailed back.

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