Show Notes for Ilyce Glink on the Clark Howard Show, December 28, 2011.

Today, we’re answering your tax and money questions with Ilyce Glink filling in for Clark Howard on WSB Radio. We have Merry Brodie, an Enrolled Agent and owner of several Jackson Hewitt Franchises in the Atlanta area, and Bill Nemeth, an Enrolled Agent who is president of the Georgia Association of Enrolled Agents.

Recession Tax Law Changes

For more tax help, contact the Georgia Association of Enrolled Agents and Bill Nemeth at and Merry Brodie at

2012 Payroll Tax Holiday – Through February 2012 – 2% less Social Security tax paid by Taxpayer.

2011 Payroll Tax Holiday – 2% less Social Security tax paid by Taxpayer.

2009 and 2010 – Making Work Pay Credit (Schedule M $400 or $800 )

2010 Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act

2009 Cash for Clunkers Program

2009 First-Time Homebuyer’s Credit ($8,000 Refundable Credit)
Credit was expanded to allow for a reduced credit for long-time homeowners who buy and move to another residence.

2009  Suspend Required Minimum Distributions on Retirement Plans

2009 – 2012 Child Tax Credit Threshold reduced to $3,000

2009 – 2012 Expanded Earned Income Credit for up to 3 children.

2008 – 2012 Expanded Section 179 Depreciation

2008 – 2012 American Opportunity Credit (Up to $2,500 per student – partially refundable)

2008 – 2011 Bonus Depreciation for Equipment purchased NEW

2008 Stimulus Payment sent out to taxpayers who filed 2007 returns ($300 to $2,400 depending on income and number of dependents).

2008 First-Time Homebuyer’s Credit ($7,500 Loan)

2008 5-Year NOL Carryback

2008 Child Tax Credit Threshold reduced from $12,050 to $8,500

2007 – 2012 Foreclosure of taxpayer’s Primary Residence Taxability of Forgiven Debt suspended.

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