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Posted on Friday, March 05, 2021
A lot of things have changed in the last two years when it comes to tax rules.  Every year, the IRS tweaks things a little.  Old habits die hard, so some of these new tax rules will probably slip by many for some years to come, until they realize they’ve lost an opportunity or pay a penalty.  It’s not everybody’s favorite topic, right? That being said, there are a lot of good things in these changes.  One good thing is that the IRS has finally stopped unfairly not allowing people to put money away for their retirement when they plan on working past 70.  There was an inequity in the tax system for some time, because if someone was employed...

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Posted on Friday, February 26, 2021
Many people think of the IRS filing deadline as April 15th.  Simple right?  In fact, there are deadlines all year long, something different every month.  IRS Publication 509 has the outlines, if you want a quick search to look something up.  If you are in certain industries, you likely know you have different deadlines; like farmers and fisherman who have not paid their estimated tax by January 15th must file by March 2nd .  The deadlines for pass-through business entities is March 16th.   If you think about it, that deadline makes sense, as an S Corporation or a Partnership return is prepared so that a K-1 from the entity can be issued to the owners, with enough time for them...

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Posted on Friday, February 19, 2021
It’s hard to keep up with all the tax code changes that have come about due to COVID-19, and of course the change in the White House will bring even more tax code tweaks.  A lot of what’s been in the news and talked about are PPP loans, changes to payroll tax rules, deferrals and ways to not pay in or to get more back. All complex issues. The smaller, simpler things are not as newsworthy perhaps, or not seen as economic “life support” items, which has been the medias focus (and rightly so) for many businesses and individuals who are suffering deeply. With all this discussion, one tax change seems to have fallen through the cracks and people are...

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Posted on Friday, February 12, 2021
IRS Notice 2021-10, which automatically extends several IRS deadlines, has just been updated again!! How does that benefit you, the taxpayer?  Any gain (sale of stock, sale of property etc.) that you created by selling after October 4, 2019 but before October 2, 2020 can still have the taxation delayed by using a “QOZ” or Qualified Opportunity Zone investment. The new IRS notice extends the 180-day investment period for many investors to March 31, 2021.  Now, for any 180-day period that ends on or after April 1, 2020 and before March 31, 2021, the deadline is automatically extended to March 31, 2021.  Effectively, this means that for any gain recognized by an individual on or after October 4, 2019 and before October...

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Posted on Friday, February 05, 2021
People who are worried about the 10 year rule, requiring beneficiaries of inherited IRAs to withdraw the entire balance within 10 years, can double that time with a CRT beneficiary in front of inheritors.  What if you really have a big IRA and the 10 year rule just isn’t enough of a stretch to help your beneficiary stay out of the top tax bracket?  Or any other reason you care about reducing the negative tax impact from the 10-year rule?  You could use other remaining tax rules to your benefit by setting up a charitable trust.  A charitable trust allows the retirement assets to continue growing tax-deferred, even once the assets are distributed from the retirement account into the CRT....

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Posted on Friday, January 29, 2021
We talk a lot about people not doing tax planning and not spending more time creating the tax outcomes they want.  We urge people to understand that it’s within their own control and that tax outcomes can be legally and ethically manipulated.  We go on and on about the benefits.  BUT…we understand why it’s so rarely done! It is because almost nothing in people’s lives has more constant change than taxes, and keeping up with all the changes can be an overwhelming challenge.  What if every four years your banking rules changed, “Oh I’m sorry John, we no longer pay you interest, now you pay us interest to keep money here.”  Or “Now you have to send in your mortgage...

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Posted on Friday, January 22, 2021
The PROPOSED new tax code changes from Biden would change a great deal  of what was installed by Trump. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, as the Trump tax reductions were meant to stimulate the economy to the point that we started reducing the national debt load (which for many reasons did not happen, and the annual deficit grew even greater).  Biden’s plan includes changes to the payroll tax, individual income tax, and estate and gift taxes: The people earning over $400,000 would pay more in several different ways; Increases  individual income tax rate for taxable incomes above $400,000 from 37 percent back to 39.6 percent. Taxes long-term capital gains and qualified dividends at the ordinary income tax rate of...

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Posted on Friday, January 15, 2021
There are many ways a tax return can be done that are all OK with the IRS, but only  one of those ways nets the largest refund!  People need to understand this across America, and we talk about tax planning constantly.  We blog, tweet, post, e-mail and on and on, yet we as an industry are not even getting 10% of the public to take on tax planning!  The clients who do are often thrilled at the outcomes, and yet it’s just hard to get people to want to spend half the time that they spend planning their vacations on planning their own tax outcomes! (larger refunds would pay for those vacations!). Tax planners’ offices often don’t look like a franchise...

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Posted on Monday, January 11, 2021
Many of you in the past have had to issue a 1099-MISC to people you hired and paid, but not as W-2 waged employees. These forms have changed for the first time in a very long time, so this is a courtesy heads up.  The 1099-MISC has a much more limited use, but has not gone away.  However there is no longer a Box 7 for nonemployee compensation on the 1099-MISC.  If you used Box 7 in the past, you will need to switch to the new IRS form 1099-NEC, which is specifically for people who you have hired, including Independent contractors, gig workers, or self-employed individuals who you have previously sent a 1099-MISC for Box 7. Remember, giving them...

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Posted on Thursday, December 31, 2020
Wishing you a happy and healthy new year!

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