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With Government "Help" expect a Worldwide Depression

The Washignton Post reported on the International Economic Summit. The governments are "taking action" which means a government-induced economic disaster. If it is anything like the "help" of FDR's "New Deal" it will extend economic dislocations for far longer than a normal business cycle. Here are excerpts from the article:

[T]he gathering in Washington of the nearly two dozen nations -- from every region of the world -- reflected the new balance of power emerging in the aftermath of a financial crisis that has devastated even well-run economies, a wrenching process that British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has dubbed "the birth pangs of this new global order."

Under the plans outlined by the leaders, countries such as China, Brazil and India would gain greater roles and responsibilities as part of a restructuring of the international financial system, while European leaders won a commitment to new regulations and controls on banks, rating age…

2009 Inflation Adjustments Announced

2009 Inflation Adjustments Announced
The IRS has released Revenue Procedure 2008-66 announcing increases in deductions, exemptions, limitations, and credits for 2009, as well as widened tax brackets. Key changes affecting 2009 returns include the following:The value of each personal and dependency exemption increases to $3,650. The new standard deduction is $11,400 for married couples filing a joint return, $5,700 for singles and married individuals filing separately, and $8,350 for head of household. Tax-bracket thresholds increase for each filing status. For a married couple filing a joint return, the taxable-income threshold separating the 15-percent bracket from the 25-percent bracket is $67,900. The maximum earned income tax credit for low and moderate income workers and working families with two or more children is $5,028. The income limit for the credit for joint return filers with two or more children is $43,415. The annual gift exclusion rises to $13,000, up from $12,000.

2009 Social Security Cost of Living Adjustments

2009 Social Security Cost of Living Adjustments
Beginning January 1, 2009, the maximum earnings subject to social security tax withholding increases to $106,800. The earnings needed for one quarter of coverage is $1,090. The threshold for coverage for domestic employees increases to $1,700.