Items Tagged with 'fiscal cliff'


Estate planning tax update after enactment of ATRA

By now you should have all heard that Congress narrowly averted the country's fall over the "fiscal cliff" at the very last moment (well, actually, after the very last moment, but retroactive to the very last moment) by enacting the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, known as ATRA. Read More

Estate or death planning: There’s no better time than now

March 8, 2013
The recent fiscal cliff tax legislation (American Taxpayer Relief Act) made the estate tax exemption and rates permanently part of the tax code. Read More

Why is the fiscal-cliff agreement good news?

January 3, 2013
There are several reasons why the fiscal-cliff agreement represents a positive policy development. Read More

Street Talk: Two perspectives on the cliff and business in 2013

Home games.

December 22, 2012
Two West Michigan executives in pivotal industries — manufacturing and banking — have offered their views of what lies ahead for business as the year draws to a close and the nation edges closer to the legendary fiscal cliff. Read More

A fall off fiscal cliff may reduce future supply of doctors

Federal government pays most of the cost of residency training for new doctors.

December 15, 2012
If Congress and President Obama don’t reach an agreement on government financing before Jan. 1 — the infamous fiscal cliff — the budget for Medicare/Medicaid is slated to be reduced automatically, and that’s where most of the money comes from for the residency training medical school graduates must have in order to become licensed physicians. Read More

Street Talk: Another use for the fiscal cliff

Perk jerk.

December 15, 2012
It’s always about the money. Especially if you happen to be a congressman hanging off the fiscal cliff — or being thrown off. Read More

Health care programs wait at the fiscal cliff

December 10, 2012
The looming fiscal cliff has implications for health care. The package of automatic spending cuts and tax hikes is set to kick in during January 2013 unless President Obama and Capitol Hill agree on a way to stop them. Here are some items of interest regarding health care. Read More

Congress stumbles over the fiscal cliff

November 27, 2012
"Everybody is talking about the fiscal cliff. And I'd be talking about the fiscal cliff, too – if I knew what the hell it was." –David Letterman. Read More