Year-End Tax Planning: 10 Things to Keep in Mind
The window of opportunity for many tax-saving moves closes on December 31. So set aside some time to evaluate your tax situation now, while there's still time to affect your bottom line for the current tax year. With that in mind, here are 10 things to consider as the curtain closes on 2011.
1. Deferring income to 2012 means postponing taxes
2. Paying deductible expenses sooner may help you in 2011
3. Income tax rates to remain the same in 2012
4. Is AMT a factor?
5. IRA and retirement plan contributions
6. Special distribution requirements at age 70½
7. Depreciation and expense limits to drop for business owners and the self-employed
8. Last chance to deduct energy-efficient home improvements
9. Other expiring provisions
10. Get help
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The 5 Hardest Jobs to Fill in 2012
Although the economy continues to face many challenges, the startup and tech industries are very much alive. The IPO window slightly opened up for companies like LinkedIn, Pandora, Groupon, Zynga, and Carbonite. We saw monster rounds of funding for companies like Facebook, Twitter, Dropbox. The appetite for seed and angel investing was extremely active. Tech incubators and accelerator programs kept popping up.
So, what are the most competitive areas for talent these days? Here's a look:
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