In these tough economic times, people are looking for tax breaks much more so than they do normally.  Congress, realizing the need to get the economy going again, has extended and expanded several tax incentives, and come up with some new ones as well.

The first-time homebuyer credit, set to expire November 30, 2009, was extended to April 30, 2010.  It was expanded to include individuals who have owned their homes and used them as their principal residence for any five consecutive year period in the past eight years.

An election available to qualified small businesses with net operating losses incurred in 2008, giving them the choice to carry back these NOLs three, four or five years, was expanded to include all U.S. businesses and NOLs incurred in 2008 or 2009.

Rules regarding conversions of traditional IRAs to Roth IRAs have been modified to eliminate the income threshold for conversions made in 2010.  This makes Roth conversions available to many more taxpayers in 2010.  The income tax on 2010 conversions may also be deferred to 2011 and 2012.

Energy credits have been modified and extended, not only as tax incentives, but also to encourage development of alternative energy sources.

The staff at Blackman & Sloop has the resources available to help you through the maze of tax rules.  If you have any questions regarding the above items, or you have another question related to your income taxes, please feel free to contact us.

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