IRS Provides Additional 2020 RMD Rollover Relief

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Article Highlights: CARES Act Waiver of RMDs 60-Day Rollover Period Extension Further Rollover Relief RMDs in General Effect of Withholding on RMD Rollover One IRA Rollover per 12 Months Rule The CARES Act waived required minimum distributions (RMDs) from IRAs and employer plans such as 401(k)s for 2020. However, the CARES Act was not passed until March 27, 2020 and …

Government Keeping Your Refund?

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Article Highlights: Bureau of the Fiscal Service Allowable Refund Offsets Disputing an Offset Injured Spouse Claim We all look forward to receiving our tax refunds, but what if you were expecting a refund and it never arrived?  It may be because you have outstanding federal or state debts—and not just tax-related debts.  The Treasury Department’s Bureau of the Fiscal Service …

Charity Volunteer Tax Breaks

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Article Highlights: Away-from-home travel Lodging and meals Entertaining for charity Automobile travel Uniforms Substantiation requirements If you volunteered your time for a charity or governmental entity during the COVID-19 pandemic, you probably qualify for some tax breaks. These rules actually apply to all charity volunteers not just COVID-19 volunteers. Although no tax deduction is allowed for the value of services …

How Much You Really Pay In Taxes

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Taxes seem like they are everywhere. That’s because they are. Look at your paystub or Box 2 of your W-2 and you will find the most expensive one. It is federal income tax. Down a bit further on the W-2 shows your state and local income tax withholdings. These are also significant amounts. I live in Guilford County North Carolina …

Understanding Your Annual Social Security Letter

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Article Highlights: Medicare B Premiums Medicare D Premiums Modified AGI 2020 Premiums Table Effect of Recreational Gambling Appealing the Social Security Administration’s Decision If you are receiving Social Security, then you have just recently received your annual letter from the Social Security Administration letting you know that your Social Security benefits for 2020 have increased by 1.6 percent as a …

Unique IRA Opportunities for 2020

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Article Highlights: 2020 Tax Saving Opportunities Traditional IRA to Roth IRA Conversions Paying the Conversions Tax Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) 2020 RMD Waiver Coordinating Distributions with 2020 Income As bad as it has been financially for many individuals, 2020 does provide some unique tax opportunities for those who have traditional IRA accounts. These range from converting traditional IRAs to Roth …

Did You Overlook Something on a Prior Tax Return?

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Article Highlights: Repercussions of Incorrect Tax Returns Filing Amended Returns Statute of Limitations for Refunds Potential of Audit It is not uncommon to discover that an item of income was overlooked, a deduction was not claimed, or that an amended tax document was received after the tax return was already filed. Regardless of whether the oversight will result in more …

Here’s What Could Happen If You Try to Short-Change the IRS

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Article Highlights: Self-employed taxpayers Underreported income Unscrupulous tax preparers Phony deductions or credits Inflating the Earned Income Tax Credit Taking fake education credits Petty cheating Some refer to it as “creative accounting” or just “a little fudging here and there,” but if your tax return is missing some income that should have been reported or includes overstated deductions, regardless of …

The IRS Is Issuing Some Stimulus Payments by Debit Card; Some Are Being Mistaken as Junk Mail and Thrown Out

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Article Highlights: Junk Mail Stimulus Payment Debit Card If you are like most Americans, you receive tons of junk mail, which you tend to discard without ever reading. Well, if you haven’t already received your stimulus payment from the feds, maybe you shouldn’t be so quick to throw away those envelopes from unknown senders, at least until you have received …

Tax Issues That Arise When Converting a Home into a Rental

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Article Highlights: Reason for Conversion Basis Depreciation Cash Flow versus Tax Profit or Loss Passive Losses Home Gain Exclusion There are many reasons to convert a home into a rental, such as to ensure that a prior home produces income and appreciation after the owner buys a new home; to maximize the tax benefits for an elderly person who can …