Can You Raise My Debt Limit?

In this week’s Blatt Watch, Peter shares with readers a funny yet frightening video of a guy who tries to get his bank to extend his personal credit line – despite already owing roughly seven times what he earns!

How the Government Plans to Tax Our Investments Now

You have only 150 days left until the new tax laws come into effect. The health care law has been declared constitutional; the remaining provisions will be going into effect. One little known provision is a new 3.8% investment income surtax, also called the health care surtax or the Medicare tax; it will go into effect on January 1, 2013.

This new surtax will be assessed on the lesser of a) net investment income or b) the excess of modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) over the “threshold amount.” For married taxpayers filing jointly, the threshold amount is $250,000; married filing separately, $125,000; all other individual taxpayers, $200,000. For trusts and estates, it is the beginning of the top income tax bracket ($11,650 in 2012).