Income Inflation

Treasury, IRS unveil online application to help with Economic Impact Payments, and more

WASHINGTON – Working with the Treasury Department, the Internal Revenue Service today unveiled the new Get My Payment with features to let taxpayers check on their Economic Impact Payment date and update direct deposit information. With an initial round of more than 80 million Economic Impact Payments starting to hit bank accounts over the weekend [...]

Key Provisions of the CARES Act

Distributions can be waived in 2020 for Inherited Accounts, 401(k)s, and IRAs. Recently, the $2 trillion “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security” (“CARES”) Act was signed into law. The CARES Act is designed to help those most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, while also providing key provisions that may benefit retirees.1 To put this monumental [...]

COVID-19 Office Update, Mnuchin Announces Federal Tax Day Moved

Dear Clients – As we have all seen in the past few weeks the situation with the COVID-19 pandemic has been an ever-evolving situation as our government officials grapple with determining the best approach to minimize the spread. The governor of Pennsylvania, Gov. Tom Wolf, has issued official orders stating that, “Effective 8 p.m. Thursday, [...]

Coronavirus & More

The 24-Hour News Cycle moves from Impeachment to COVID-19 to the Primaries – What’s next? In recent weeks, we’ve seen several major stories in the news. On the political front, in addition to the arrival of the presidential election through the 2020 caucuses and primaries, we have just experienced the third presidential impeachment in American [...]

Market Concerns: Your Questions, Answered

Often, God shows the “experts” just how little they know and how poor they are at predicting the future.  Last fall, everyone was concerned about a potential recession. Since then, fears had calmed down and all the “experts” said that there was little to no fear of a recession.  I think that God laughs at [...]

That First RMD from Your IRA

What you need to know.    When you reach age 70½, the Internal Revenue Service instructs you to start making withdrawals from your traditional IRA(s). These withdrawals are also called Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs). You will make them, annually, from now on.1 If you fail to take your annual RMD or take out less than [...]

IRS: Choose tax preparers carefully Tax return preparer fraud makes IRS’ 2019 ‘Dirty Dozen’ list of tax scams

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today included tax return preparer fraud on its "Dirty Dozen" list of common tax scams for 2019 and offered tips to help taxpayers avoid unscrupulous tax preparers. With the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the most sweeping tax reform legislation in more than 30 years now in effect, some [...]

New Rules on Rental Deduction

The IRS released a new Notice on Friday, January 18, 2019 regarding rental properties.  Some rentals will qualify for a special QBI deduction under the new tax laws.  To qualify for 2019 onward, a contemporaneous log of your hours of activity related to each rental is required.   We urge you to begin keeping such records [...]

IRS waives penalty for many whose tax withholding and estimated tax payments fell short in 2018

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service announced today that it is waiving the estimated tax penalty for many taxpayers whose 2018 federal income tax withholding and estimated tax payments fell short of their total tax liability for the year. The IRS is generally waiving the penalty for any taxpayer who paid at least 85 percent of [...]

Your Social Security Benefits & Your Provisional Income

Earning too much may cause portions of your retirement benefits to be taxed.  You may be shocked to learn that part of your Social Security income could be taxed. If your provisional income exceeds a certain level, that will happen. Just what is “provisional income”? The Social Security Administration defines it with a formula. Provisional [...]