Kiddie tax changes under SECURE Act

Congress recently passed the SECURE Act which changed reporting for the Kiddie Tax in a taxpayer-favorable way. The “Kiddie Tax” is assessed on a child’s unearned income (think interest, dividends, capital gains, etc.) over a threshold amount. That amount is $2,200 for 2019 and 2020. The tax applies to dependents if they are under 19 …

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SECURE Act results in tax credit opportunities for employers

With the recent passage of the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act into law, several tax credits originally set to expire at the end of 2019 have been extended through tax year 2020. Business owners should be aware of these potential tax saving opportunities, as the resulting dollar-for-dollar tax credits can be …

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It’s Back – Deduction for Mortgage Insurance Premiums

Not specifically related to the sweeping Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) that took effect for the 2018 tax year, the Schedule A deduction for mortgage insurance premiums (MIP.PMI) expired at the end of 2017.  However, in the evening of December 20, 2019 President Trump signed the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, bringing the deduction back. …

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The home office deduction for small business owners

Are you a small business owner who works from home? If you are a self-employed individual who utilizes a portion of your home regularly and exclusively for business activity, and that area is your principal place of business, the home office deduction is available to you in 2019. Can you write that off? Find out! …

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Form 1099-NEC: How Retro!

Here’s a blast from the past for those of us who were creating Forms 1099 in the early 1980’s. Form 1099-NEC is back! This form is not exactly the same as the last one used in 1982; the current form will be a primped up, more informative Form 1099 (read that as more boxes to …

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Work opportunity tax credit updates

Recently, the IRS instructed their auditors to allow employers to take the work opportunity tax credit (WOTC) in the year in which they receive the required certification. As opposed to the year in which the employer paid or incurred certified employee’s qualified wages. The recent IRS decision provides some administrative relief for taxpayers and tax …

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Final “Clawback” regulations issued by the Treasury

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act doubled the estate and gift tax exemption amount to $10 million* per person. This means that in 2019 a total of $11.4 million and in 2020 $11,580,000 can be transferred on death or by gift, free of federal estate and gift tax. For a married couple, the total amount …

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Fraud trends to be aware of

There has been an increased number of ransomware attacks reported in the last year including municipalities in the state of Texas, as well as attacks on the cities of Baltimore and Atlanta. It should not be a surprise that data breaches continue to be a top fraud trend. Unfortunately, ransomware is not the only fraud …

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