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Latest figures from the IRS, for tax year 2012.
Top 1% of taxpayers reported at least $434,682 of AGI and they paid
38.1% of all federal income taxes
Top 5% of taxpayers reported at least $175,817 of AGI and they paid
58.9% of all federal income taxes
Top 10% of taxpayers reported at least $125,195 of AGI and they paid
70.2% of all federal income taxes
The bottom 50% of taxpayers paid 2.8% of all federal income taxes
- Kiplinger's Tax Letter
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an individual daytrader's gains (or losses) are
subject to the higher ordinary income tax rates!
securities traders may incur substantial costs with
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equipment and so on. The Internal Revenue Service, on
their own, do not treat most taxpayers very fairly when
it comes to deducting these expenses. Leaving it up to
the IRS publications and instructions, at best, a
taxpayer must first qualify to itemize his deductions on
Schedule A - making those deductions subject to a 2% of
Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) reduction and for some high-income taxpayers even an additional 3% of AGI reduction.
Please take the time to read and understand the information found on
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to traders in securities and traders in commodities, many tax advisors have
no clue that there even is a Trader Status issue to look up, let alone
having the practical hands-on experience necessary to be aware of the tricks and traps
to be found!
Proposed IRS Regulation 1.1411-5 targets gains from securities
traders, futures traders and forex traders
for imposition of the 3.8% surtax.
Odds of being audited:
IRC §1411 - November 30, 2012
1:8 taxpayer earning over $1MM were audited in the past year.
1:25 are the odds for individuals earning greater than $200,000.
earning less than $200,000. 1.6MM tax returns were audited, out of
141MM form 1040 returns filed. 8 out of every 10 audits resulted
in additional taxes being assessed. Corporations: 1:100 odds for
those with assets under $10MM.
derived from IRS announcement, January 5, 2012
For 2014 as has been the case starting with 2011, taxpayers with any financial account maintained by a foreign
financial institution or any securities issued by someone that is not a
U.S. person may be required to file IRS Form 8938 along with their
regular income tax forms. Taxpayers are subject to a $10,000 late filing
penalty and the burden of compliance for some European
institutions is too expensive and will result in
closing accounts held by U.S. citizens.
derived from IRS announcements, January 2012
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Under Trader Status an electing daytrader may deduct
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to all their "trader status" expense
deductions). Since a trader does not "itemize" daytrading expenses these are not subject to the 2%
limitation, the 3% limitation, or many of several other restrictions the IRS places on the average investor!
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