Category Archives: Tax Issues

Could Trump tax bill trigger a housing crash?

Reducing or eliminating the deductions for state and local taxes won’t just cost some people money in terms of increased taxes. The Republican bills could also push down property values, attacking the most valuable assets many families have.

As The New York Times reported,”An analysis of the Senate bill by Moody’s Analytics concluded that home prices in Manhattan could fall nearly 10 percent in the coming years because of the bill.”

What for now is unknown is how many properties that are currently valued for more than any loans against them could wind up being underwater after the full effects of the legislation are felt. With properties being worth less because of the reduction of the tax benefits of home ownership, some people with significant loans could find that their homes will not longer sell for enough to cover underlying loans.

I have no way of knowing if so many properties will be underwater after this legislation that another real estate crash could be triggered. The question is whether banks and other lenders holding these loans know.

ObamaCare tax prep requirements are catching subsidy recipients unaware

The Affordable Care Act made preparing and filing tax returns even more complicated last year (I know, you’d think that wasn’t possible) because of the gymnastics involved in running health insurance subsidies and credits through the tax code. Now we’re learning that thousands of people might lose their health insurance subsidies because they didn’t file… Continue Reading

Corporations say DOMA is a big tax hassle

I always say that everything’s about taxes. The current legal wrangling about gay marriage proves it once again. More than 200 companies have signed onto a brief filed with the Supreme Court saying that the Defense of Marriage Act has become an administrative hassle, forces them to discriminate against different classes of married employees, and… Continue Reading