This is a continuation of last month’s article which covered individual tax rates, alternative minimum tax, capital gains/dividends and the child tax credit.

Itemized Deduction Limitation (Pease)

The “Pease” limitation (named after the member of Congress who sponsored the bill enacting it) reduces the total amount of a higher-income individual’s otherwise allowable deductions.  The Pease limitation was scheduled to return in full after December 31, 2010 at a projected level of income starting at $169,550 ($84,775 for married couples filing separately).  

The Pease Limitation on Itemized Deductions reduces most itemized deductions by 3 percent of the amount by which AGI exceeds a specified threshold, up to a maximum reduction of 80 percent of itemized deductions. However, the 2001 tax act eliminated the limitation entirely for 2010; as a result, all taxpayers get the full value of their itemized deductions this year. .

  • The 2001 tax act reduced Pease by 1/3 in 2006 and 2007 and by 2/3 in 2008 and 2009 before repealing it entirely for 2010. The reduction does not apply to deductions for medical expenses, investment interest, casualty and theft losses, and gambling losses (which can only offset gambling winnings included in income).
  • Because itemized deductions tend to increase with income, disallowed deductions are almost always less than 80 percent of total deductions. Pease is effectively just an income tax surcharge, equal to 3 percent of the taxpayer’s marginal tax rate.
  • Pease does not apply under the AMT.
  • The threshold for Pease is the same for single filers, heads of household, and married couples filing jointly, which creates significant marriage penalties. (The threshold is half as much for married couples filing separately.)

The 2010 Tax Relief Act extends full repeal of the Pease limitation for two more years, through December 31, 2012.

Personal Exemption Phase out

Before 2010, taxpayers with incomes over certain thresholds were subject to the Personal Exemption Phase out (PEP).  The PEP reduced the total amount of exemptions that may be claimed, by 2 percent for each $2,500 or portion thereof ($1,250 for married couples filing separate returns) by which, the taxpayer’s adjusted gross income (AGI) exceeded the applicable threshold (projected for 2011 to start at $169,550 for singles and $254,350 for joint filers).

Under The 2010 Tax Relief Act, the PEP is repealed for 2010 and that repeal is also extended for two years, through December 31, 2012.  The personal exemption amount for 2010 is $3,650.  Most likely the inflation-adjusted personal exemption amount for 2011 will rise to $3,700.  The IRS is expected to release the official personal exemption amount after H.R. 4853 is signed by the president so stay tuned.

Marriage Penalty Relief

The 2010 Tax Relief Act also provides relief from the so-called “marriage penalty” by increasing the basic standard deduction for a married couple filing a joint return to twice the amount for a single individual.

Under the 2010 Tax Relief Actsunset rules,” the 2011 standard deduction for married couples filing jointly was projected to be $9,650. However under the extended law it will be approximately $11,600 for 2011 (compared to $11,400 for 2010).

The Child and Dependent Care Credit

The child and dependent care tax credit (CDCTC) is a nonrefundable tax credit designed to help offset the expenses of providing care for children under the age of 13 or disabled dependents as long as a parent or caretaker is working or searching for work. Thus, the person taking the credit must have income.  

The 2010 Tax Relief Act temporarily increases the maximum amount of eligible expenses for the dependent care credit from $2,400 to $3,000 (from $4,800 to $6,000 for more than one qualifying individual).  

The 2010 Tax Relief Act also raises the maximum credit from 30 to 35 percent of qualifying expenses and provided for a reduction in the credit, but not below 20 percent, by one percentage point for each $2,000, or fraction thereof, of AGI

above a $15,000 threshold amount. The 2010 Tax Relief Act extends the enhanced dependent care credit for two years, through December 31, 2012.

Mortgage Insurance Premiums

Under current law, taxpayers may deduct certain premiums paid for qualified mortgage insurance during the tax year in connection with acquisition indebtedness on a qualified residence. The deduction is subject to phase out

based on a taxpayer’s income. The 2010 Tax Relief Act extends the deduction for one year subject to some limitations.

First-Time Homebuyer Credit for Purchases of Qualified Residences

The national first-time homebuyer credit is expired with the following exceptions:

  • The 2010 Tax Relief Act extends the first-time homebuyer credit ONLY for purchases of a “qualified” residence in the District of Columbia. 
  • Additionally “qualified” military personnel can still receive the First-Time

Homebuyer Credit, but we advice Real Estate Agents and military personnel to contact Kingman Winslow, LLC’s Accountants and Tax Attorneys to discuss what “qualified” means under the law.

 Payroll Tax Cut

The 2010 Tax Relief Act reduces the employee-share of the Old Age Survivors Disability Insurance (OASDI) portion of Social Security taxes (also known as FICA Federal Insurance Contribution Act) from 6.2 percent to 4.2 percent for wages earned in calendar year 2011.  Self-employed taxpayers receive a reduction in self-employment tax from 12.4 percent to 10.4 percent.

 Estate Tax Relief

Under the new legislation, the maximum estate tax rate will be lowered to 35 percent with an exclusion amount of $5 million for single individuals and $10 million per couple.  In other words, the Unified Credit, or the amount you can give away at death is $5 million per person and $10 million per couple until it goes away or “sunsets” on December 31, 2012.  In real life action planning terms this means you have been given a 2 year extension on transferring assets into trusts or utilizing other estate planning tools before the amount you can give during life or at death drops to 1 million per person / 2 million per married couple or goes away entirely (down to zero), which means all estates would be taxable 100%. 

NOTE:  This part of the 2010 Tax Relief Act was the most contentious part of the tax relief package.  House Democrats called this tax relief for the wealthy and were furious with the President for making concessions to extend the Unified Credit Amount.  As such this section of the tax code will be the first that will be attempted to repeal or change if the Democrats have the power to do so within the next 2 years.  

Gift Tax Relief

For gifts made in 2010, the 2010 Tax Relief Act provides that gift tax is computed using a rate schedule having a top tax rate of 35 percent and an applicable exclusion amount of $1 million. For gifts made after 2010, the gift tax is reunified with the estate tax with a top gift tax rate of 35 percent and an applicable exclusion amount of $5 million, meaning that after 2010 the amount you can give during life or at death is $5 million per person, or $10 million per married couple.

 WARNING:  Estate Tax Planning and Gift Tax Planning are very complex areas of law.  These types of planning should not be handled by anyone who does not practice estate planning as a full-time occupation and who is not a licensed attorney at law.  Anyone working in the estate planning / gifting area should know the intricacy’s of the U.S. Tax Code inside and out!   Kingman Winslow, LLC would be happy to provide excellent estate planning attorney referrals and to assist with tax consulting advice.  Remember we don’t draft legal documents under the ethical rules but we can consult and refer.  As part of your annual fee we are happy to meet with you on a no fee basis to determine whether your estate is taxable and to refer you to a good estate planning attorney.

 Extension of Unemployment Benefits

Extension of unemployment benefits: Those who are unemployed will get a 13-month extension of the deadline to file for additional unemployment benefits.

 Business Incentives

 100 Percent Bonus Depreciation

The 2010 Tax Relief Act boosts 50-percent bonus depreciation to 100-percent for qualified investments made after September 8, 2010 and before January 1, 2012. The 2010 Tax Relief Act also makes 50-percent bonus depreciation available for qualified property placed in service after December 31, 2011 and before January 1, 2013. Certain long-lived property and transportation property is eligible for 100- percent expensing if placed in service before

January 1, 2013.

Capital Asset Deductions For Business – IRC Section 179

The IRC Section 179 Deduction allows businesses and self-employed individuals to deduct the costs of capital assets purchased for business use (i.e., computers, bookshelves, office furniture, off the short software, etc…).  Congress has repeatedly increased the dollar and investment limits under Code Sec. 179 to encourage business spending.

The 2010 Small Business Jobs Act (passed in September 2010) increased the Code Section 179 dollar and investment limits to $500,000 for 2010 and $2 million for the year 2011. 

The 2010 Tax Relief Act provides for a $125,000 dollar limit (indexed for inflation) and a $500,000 investment limit (indexed for inflation) for tax years beginning in 2012 (and scheduled to go away or “sunset” after December 31, 2012). The 2010 Tax Relief Act also extends the treatment of off-the-shelf computer software as qualifying property if placed in service before 2013.

Summary overview 2010 Tax Relief Act.

What are the impacts of the 2010 Tax Relief Act overall? 

The lowering of individual tax rates combined with the payroll tax cut will increase the amount of money U.S. taxpayers get to keep in 2011 over what would have resulted without the 2010 Tax Relief Act.  Moreover, the 2010 Tax Relief Act finally gives taxpayers some certainty in tax planning for the next two years, especially when trying to plan future estate tax issues. 

However, all the provisions of the 2010 Tax Relief Act described above are temporary and the new law merely defers the issue of these tax extensions and Bush-era tax cuts till December 2012.  It is probably not a coincidence that 2012 is a presidential election year.  As with all these tax provisions timing is everything and in this particular case, we can be at least thankful that for 2010 and 2011 we as individuals and the U.S. economy as a whole has a last minute “fix” which may allow for some significant financial recovery. 

***Please note that the aforementioned tax analysis does not include all provisions of the 2010 Tax Relief Act.  As such, contact Kingman Winslow, LLC before filing your 2010 taxes next year.

You don’t want to miss out on any of the benefits of this new legislation.  To find out more about the 2010 Tax Relief Act and how it may impact your personal and business finances, be sure to contact us at Kingman Winslow, LLC with questions and bring notes on this article for your 2010 tax return preparation meetings.  As always, we are here to assist you with your tax preparation, audit and tax planning issues.

— Marianne Kingman, is President and CEO of Kingman Winslow, LLC

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Who We Are!

AZREIA, Arizona Real Estate Investors Association, is a professional association that exists to serve the needs of independent real estate investors. We provide market information and analysis, education, networking opportunities, implementation guidance, and support to assist our members in achieving success in real estate investing. Since our founding in 2002, we have helped thousands of real estate investors.

  • We believe real estate investing can help anyone achieve their financial goals. Success is a process and real estate investing over the long-term can provide exceptional results. Your results are dependent on your commitment to success and the effort you put forth in addition to market factors both seen and unseen. Not everyone is willing to commit and do what is necessary (legally, ethically and morally) to succeed. We do not believe in “get rich quick”! Please take our FREE Entrepreneurial Self Assessment to better understand your suitability for real estate investing. It takes about 20 minutes.
  • We believe planning is an essential element to reaching your desired outcome. We feel our Launch Pad program for new investors is an exceptional planning process for new real estate investors that will keep you focused, take months off your development cycle and give you a much better opportunity for success. Launch Pad is available to everyone. It is available for AZREIA members at the small price of $30. Non-members may attend on a space available basis but pay a non-refundable $100 fee to attend.
  • We believe strongly in education and offer reasonably priced education both internally and from respected educators outside of AZREIA. We are not mentors or coaches. We do not offer these type of high cost programs.
  • We believe networking is critical to any investor’s success. Networking with a purpose will help you build or improve your team, understand how others are successful, learn different investing techniques, acquire property, find money partner and much more. We believe networking is the second most important aspect to successful investing falling only behind implementing a well thought out plan. In support of this belief, AZREIA offers several networking opportunities every month.
  • We believe an association should bring purchasing power to its members. AZREIA has exceptional benefits that save our members money, increase their profits and simplify their business.
  • We believe and enforce our strong Code of Ethics. (CLICK TO VIEW)

AZREIA is believed to be the largest REIA in the country. We have been the most highly recognized REIA by the National Real Estate Investors Association. No other REIA has earned the REIA of the Year Award as many times as AZREIA. Additionally, National REIA has recognized AZREIA’s education program, community program and Government Affairs program as the best. National REIA has also honored AZREIA as being the Most Innovative. Locally, the Phoenix and Tucson Business Journals have listed AZREIA among the Top 10 Professional Associations.


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Will real estate investing solve my problem?

Most people consider investing in real estate as a way to solve an issue or issues in their life. The good news is real estate investing can work for anyone. So, the quick answer to the question is yes, real estate investing is a good way to solve many financial issues.

The bad news is many times a person will not take the necessary steps to ensure success in real estate investing. So, while real estate investing will work for anyone, it will not work for everyone. If you are committed and take the necessary actions (legally, ethically and morally) your probability of success is very high.

We encourage all new investors to complete AZREIA’s FREE Entrepreneurial Self Assessment. This 20 minute exercise will help you determine if real estate investing is right for you. Also, you will understand the type of investing most suited to your personal situation. [CLICK HERE to take the Entrepreneurial Self Assessment] Based on your results, you may determine to complete Launch Pad.

At AZREIA, we have a path for all people considering real estate investing to follow as a way to get started and determine if real estate investing will work for you. We call it Launch Pad!

Launch Pad is a planning process that when completed provides most new investors with the following:

  1. Your Optimal Investing Path
  2. Your Preferred Property Type
  3. Your Property Acquisition Plan
  4. Your Funding Plan
  5. Your Educational Plan
  6. Your Team Building Plan
  7. Your Networking Plan
  8. Your Beginning Timeline

We’re sure you noticed that each one of the above eight items begins with “Your”. That is because every investor is different. Your needs are unique to you, so your plan needs to be specifically designed to meet those needs. Also, your plan should fit in with your current life situation.

Here’s the kicker…. Going through the Launch Pad process will also determine if real estate investing will work for you at this time in your life. If so, great! You have a plan to implement. If not, isn’t it better to know that up front and save you a lot of time, money and anguish? At that point, you can consider other ways to solve the problems you are facing.

Consider registering for our next Launch Pad session. You will need to set aside about four hours to complete the process. If you are an AZREIA member, there is a small $30 fee for Launch Pad. Non-members may attend on a space-available basis but pay a non-refundable $100 fee to attend.

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New to Real Estate Investing: How AZREIA Membership Helps Me

Congratulations! Just knowing that real estate investing will help you means you’re off to a great start to achieving your financial goals. As an AZREIA member and new to real estate investing we take all of the guesswork out. You start by completing Launch Pad and then the rest of the items listed below. There is a Launch Pad session about every 30 – 45 days. This process will take months off your development time and gets you started doing deals as soon as possible.

1. Register for and complete Launch Pad – Proper planning is the major differentiator between those who succeed and those who don’t. We are so committed to you getting off to a great start that Launch Pad is included for AZREIA members for just $30. This four-hour session provides most new investors the following eight critical items:

  1. Your Optimal Investing Path
  2. Your Preferred Property Type
  3. Your Property Acquisition Plan
  4. Your Funding Plan
  5. Your Educational Plan
  6. Your Team Building Plan
  7. Your Networking Plan
  8. Your Beginning Timeline

We’re sure you noticed that each one of the above eight items begins with “Your”. That is because every investor is different. Your needs are unique to you, so your plan needs to be specifically designed to meet those needs. Also, your plan should fit in with your current life situation.

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2. Start implementing your Launch Pad Plan immediately! Your personal Launch Pad plan tells you what to do and when to do it. So, schedule the education you need. Begin building your team. Attend the networking sessions important to your plan. Implement your Acquisition Plan. Time to get going! It’s all in your Launch Pad plan!

3. Review the latest Market Update in the Member Resources tab in the Member’s Area of this website. As an investor it is important that you stay informed on the market. Creative real estate investing means being able to respond to market conditions in your negotiations, marketing, acquisitions, pricing, etc. It will take you a while to become comfortable with market trends. Attending the Market Update and Market News segments of AZREIA’s monthly meetings will help you understand trends and directions important to your investing.

4. Optional: View the Success Factors video series by CLICKING HERE. This free, one-hour, six-part video covers several important topics for new investors:

  1. What Will Be Covered
    1. Goal Setting
    2. Getting You Started Quickly
    3. Taking Months Off Your Ramp Up Time
    4. Getting You Connected
    5. Reducing Mistakes
  2. Jumping Right In!
    1. Getting in the Right Mindset to Succeed
    2. Top 5 Success Factors
    3. Separating Fact from Myth
    4. Understanding Different Investing Strategies
  3. Education: Spending Your Dollars Wisely
    1. Education You Need Versus Unnecessary Education
    2. Mentors: What You Need to Understand Before Spending Your Money
  4. It’s All for Nothing if You Don’t Do a Deal
    1. Finding Deals
    2. Getting Money for Deals
  5. Tools for Success
    1. Building Your Team
    2. Leveraging the Market Update
  6. Time to Get Started!
    1. Look Out!
    2. Your Next Steps

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Experienced Investors

Congratulations! You are somewhere along the path to achieving your objectives. Maybe you have rehabbed a couple of houses or acquired a few rentals. Possibly you have already achieved your objectives and are fully living the life you dreamed. Regardless of where you are on your path, an AZREIA membership will benefit you by helping you get to your goals faster, increasing the margins on your current investments and simplifying your business.

Seven Ways AZREIA Will Help You

1. Market Information – Market knowledge sets you apart from your competition. How you use the knowledge and information will be unique to you and your needs. Valued market information will help you adjust your investing to current market conditions, so you don’t miss opportunities. The knowledge you gain from this valuable tool will help you communicate as an expert. It will help you raise money from investors. You will justify pricing and offers based on market trend analysis. The Market Update is invaluable and free to members.

2. Controlling Your Cost & Saving Money – AZREIA members have access to exclusive benefits from dozens of our Business Associates and major national companies like The Home Depot where members can qualify for 2% rebate and receive exclusive pricing on paint, cabinets and appliances. AZREIA members on average save over $1000 per year each through our expansive relationships. Experienced members save many thousands of dollars each year.

3. Simplify Your Business – Real Estate investing is constantly changing. New processes, new technology, new creative techniques are always coming along. AZREIA will keep you at the forefront of it all.

4. Networking – The most successful investors realize the tremendous value of networking. AZREIA makes it simple to network with a purpose. From the structured networking of the Phoenix Real Estate Club designed for experienced investors to achieve results to great networking opportunities at all our strategy based subgroups, we have made networking effortless.

5. Improving Your Team – We know you already have a team in place. You wouldn’t be a successful investor without one. Through AZREIA’s Business Associate Program it is very possible you will improve your team with experts in virtually all of the services and products you will need. You know the value of having an experience, expert team. If you need to upgrade your team, AZREIA can help.

6. Education – You’re successful, so you are smart as it relates to investing. AZREIA’s most successful investors continuously invest in their advanced education. AZREIA’s reputation allows us the benefit to be very picky on the national educators we bring to our members. We realize it is important for you to understand the latest techniques and how to integrate them into your current investing.

7. Two Things Successful Experienced Investors Need To Do – We have found that time constraints often prevent or delay experienced investors from doing two thing that will protect their long term success – proper insurance coverage and exceptional asset protection. AZREIA will assist you in understanding your insurance coverage and asset protection. We are not an insurance company or attorneys and will not give you advice. We will help you to understand what you need to know and the questions you must have answers to in both of these critical areas. There is no reason to work a lifetime for success and give it away in a day. Don’t be “one of those investors” with a story. Preventing the loss of success is possible and something every investor should do.

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Help for Non-Members

Naturally we can help you more if you are an AZREIA member, but there are several things you can do as a non-member.

1. Take our FREE Entrepreneurial Self Assessment. This first step of our Launch Pad program helps you better understand your suitability for Real Estate Investing. It takes about 20 minutes to complete. [CLICK HERE to take the Entrepreneurial Self Assessment]

2. View the Success Factors videos. This free one-hour, six-part video series (CLICK HERE to view) covers several important topics for new investors:

    • What Will Be Covered – Goal Setting, Getting You Started Quickly, Taking Months Off Your Ramp Up Time, Getting You Connected, Reducing Mistakes
    • Jumping Right In! – Getting in the Right Mindset to Succeed; Top 5 Success Factors; Separating Fact from Myth; Understanding Different Investing Strategies
    • Education: Spending Your Dollars Wisely – Education You Need Versus Unnecessary Education; Mentors: What You Need to Understand Before Spending Your Money
    • It’s All for Nothing if You Don’t Do a Deal – Finding Deals & Getting Money for Deals
    • Tools for Success – Building Your Team & Leveraging the Market Update
    • Time to Get Started! – Look Out!; Your Next Steps

3. Take a Launch Pad session. This is free for members, but it is available to non-members for a fee on a space available basis. Launch Pad is a planning process when completed provides most new investors with the following:

    • Your Optimal Investing Path
    • Your Preferred Property Type
    • Your Property Acquisition Plan
    • Your Funding Plan
    • Your Educational Plan
    • Your Team Building Plan
    • Your Networking Plan
    • Your Beginning Timeline

I’m sure you noticed that each one of the above eight items begins with “Your”. That is because every investor is different. Your needs are unique to you, so your plan needs to be specifically designed to meet those needs. Also, your plan should fit in with your current life situation.

Register for the next available Launch Pad session: VIEW CALENDAR

4. Attend AZREIA meetings as a guest. There is a reasonable guest fee which is discounted if you register online.

    • The Market Update is presented at our Monthly Meetings, so you are able to receive this valuable information. (Only members may download and use the charts and data.)
    • You may meet AZREIA Business Associates in the Tradeshow during our Monthly Meetings. This will give you access to exceptional product and service providers that successful real estate investors use.
    • Networking at our Monthly Meetings is unsurpassed. As a non-member you may take full advantage of this opportunity.

5. Please enjoy our Blog of interesting articles by industry experts. Access our blog by CLICKING HERE.

6. The best way we can help you is to convince you to become a member. Our benefits are extensive. Our average registered member receives several hundred dollars in rebates and exclusive AZREIA discounts from The Home Depot. Discounts on education and services/products from our Business associates ensure you save big. Every AZREIA member should receive many times their annual dues back just through our rebates and discounts.

Please consider our “Build-Your-Own” membership plan as a cost-efficient way to fully participate in AZREIA. At only $60 a year under our current promotion and low meeting costs it is an ideal way to get started.

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