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If you need additional time to gather your tax information, we can assist with a TAX EXTENSION to extend out the time to file your return.  An EXTENSION is a way to push out your deadline for filing your tax return to October 15th for Individual Income Tax (if a balance due there will be interest and late payment penalty assessed from the various taxing authorities for tax paid after the original deadline).  The cost of filing an EXTENSION for you is $25

 

 

 

The IRS launched a solution that allows taxpayers who don’t normally file a tax return (i.e. income is under the filing threshold) to provide the minimum information required for purposes of receiving Economic Impact Payments (commonly known as stimulus checks).

What action should I take?

Users with clients that are not required to file a full 2019 or 2018 tax return because they don’t meet minimal filing requirements and are eligible to receive Economic Impact Payments, should be directed to the following IRS link:

https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/non-filers-enter-payment-info-here

Please note:  This process is not for taxpayers that intend to later file a 2019 tax return.  Doing so will result in the 2019 return receiving a duplicate SSN e-file rejection.

 

 

CARES Act

The CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) Act was signed by President Trump to help provide financial stability and relief for individuals and businesses affected by COVID-19. While the bill is very broad and addresses a number of areas and industries, and many of the specific details will still need to be analyzed, we believe the following are important to highlight for individuals and their families.

Cash Payments and Unemployment Assistance

  • 2020 Recovery Payment: All U.S. residents with adjusted gross income up to $75,000 ($150,000 joint filers) are eligible for a $1,200 ($2,400) payment, as well as an additional $500 per child (under age 17).
    • There are no income requirements for the payment. Individuals with little or no income are eligible provided they are not a dependent of another taxpayer and have a work-eligible Social Security number.
    • This amount is reduced by $5 for every $100 over the income limit above, so it would be fully phased out for those with incomes over $99,000 (single) and $198,000 (joint filers) with no children.
  • Increased Unemployment Assistance: Provides an additional $600/week payment to each recipient of unemployment insurance for up to four months.
    • Provides an additional 13 weeks of unemployment benefits through Dec. 31, 2020, for those who remain unemployed after state unemployment benefits are no longer available.
  • Delay in Tax-filing Requirements: Individuals now have until July 15, 2020, to file their 2019 tax returns instead of April 15.
    • The Treasury Department has also postponed the deadline for making IRA contributions until the date taxpayers file their 2019 tax return during the extended filing period.

Retirement Account Changes

The following apply to qualifying individuals including those who are diagnosed with COVID-19, have a spouse or dependent who is diagnosed with COVID-19 or experience adverse financial consequences as a result of COVID-19, including quarantines, layoffs, business closures or child care responsibilities.

  • Elimination of Early Withdrawal Penalty: Waives the 10% early withdrawal penalty for withdrawals up to $100,000 from qualified retirement accounts for retirement plan participants who qualify for COVID-19 relief. Income tax on the distribution would still be owed but could be paid over a three-year period. Individuals could "recontribute" the funds to the plan within three years without regard to contribution limits.
    • Qualifying individuals include those who are diagnosed with COVID-19, have a spouse or dependent who is diagnosed with COVID-19 or experience adverse financial consequences as a result of COVID-19, including quarantines, layoffs, business closures or child care responsibilities.
  • Increase in the Retirement Plan Loan Amount: Increases the amount that can be taken as a loan from a qualified retirement plan from $50,000 to $100,000 for 2020.
    • In general, we recommend exhausting some of the other provisions associated with the CARES Act first, such as mortgage and student loan relief, or using the recovery payment to bridge the gap on current expenses before taking a distribution or loan from your retirement accounts.
    • For any withdrawal or loan, we recommend working with your financial advisor to consider developing strategies to recontribute/pay back these funds over time to reduce any long-term impact to your retirement goals.
  • Temporary Waiver of RMDs for 2020 for All Retirement Savers: Waives the required minimum distribution (RMD) requirement for retirement plans and IRAs in 2020. This provision also applies to RMDs due in 2020, but attributable to 2019. Individuals do not need to meet COVID-19 qualifying criteria to temporarily waives RMDs for 2020.
  • Items for Consideration:
    • In general, we recommend exhausting some of the other provisions associated with the CARES Act first, such as mortgage and student loan relief, or using the recovery payment to bridge the gap on current expenses before taking a distribution or loan from your retirement accounts.
    • For any withdrawal or loan, we recommend working with your financial advisor to consider developing strategies to recontribute/pay back these funds over time to reduce any long-term impact to your retirement goals.

Enhanced Tax Benefits for Charitable Gifts

  • $300 Deduction of Cash Contributions: Ability to deduct up to $300 of cash contributions to charities, regardless of whether the individual itemizes deductions.
  • Changes to Limits on Charitable Contributions:
    • Individuals: For those who itemize their deductions for charitable giving, the 50% of adjusted gross income limit is suspended for 2020.
    • Corporations: The 10% limit on charitable contributions is increased to 25% of taxable income.

Mortgages

  • Mortgage Relief for Homeowners: Requires the servicers of federally backed mortgages to postpone mortgage payments at the request of the borrower, provided the borrower affirms financial hardship due to COVID-19. The postponement must be granted for up to 180 days and extended for an additional period of up to 180 days at the request of the borrower.
  • Foreclosure Moratorium: Prevents the servicer of a federally backed mortgage loan to initiate any foreclosure process for at least 60 days beginning on March 18, 2020.
  • Eviction Relief for Renters: For 120 days after the CARES Act date of enactment, landlords with mortgages backed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and other federal entities cannot pursue eviction for their tenants. Landlords also can't charge any fees or penalties related to nonpayment of rent.

Student Loans/Education

  • Loan Payment Suspension: Suspends payments automatically for federal student loans through Sept. 30, 2020, with no interest accruing or penalties during the period of suspension.
  • Additional Provisions: Contains a variety of other emergency-relief provisions related to education, and specifically the impact of many students being sent home mid-semester. For example, it allows universities to make payments to students who were unable to complete work-study programs.

Small-Business Owners

  • Small-Business Loans: Many small businesses are now eligible for disaster relief loans from the Small Business Administration. Additionally, the CARES Act provides conditions for when loan payments may be deferred and loan amounts forgiven.
  • Other Provisions: There are additional tax and accounting provisions such as:
    • An employee retention tax credit for employers subject to full or partial suspension of business due to COVID-19
    • The ability to delay payment of employer payroll taxes
    • Modifications for rules around net operating losses
    • Modifications for rules around corporate AMT (alternative minimum tax) credits
    • A temporary increase in the limitation on interest deductions imposed by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act
    • added 3/30/2020

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Get ready today to file your federal income tax return.
 

Refunds

What You Need to Know

  • Expecting a refund? Some refunds cannot be issued before mid-February.
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  • While the IRS will process your return when it is received, it cannot issue related refunds before mid-February.
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What You Need to Do

  • Be careful not to count on getting a refund by a certain date, especially when making major purchases or paying other financial obligations.
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  • File a complete and accurate return and include all known refundable credits with your original return.
  • File when you’re ready. If you usually file early in the year and you’re ready to file a complete and accurate return, there is no need to wait to file.
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  • Check Where’s My Refund on IRS.gov or the IRS mobile app, IRS2Go, for your personalized refund status

February 25, 2015

Fighting Identity Theft & Income Tax Fraud For Ohio Tax Payers

Did You Get an Identity Confirmation Quiz Letter? The State of Ohio is sending these letters out to individuals who have filed a State of Ohio Tax Return for Tax Year 2014. These letters started going out for the first time this year. The news reported that 1% of tax payers will receive these letters. We have received multiple calls from clients that have received them. We recommend going to the ohio.gov webste at www.
ohio.gov and clicking on
 "tax forms and information tab". The page will display the following information:

With income tax fraud and identity theft on the rise, the Ohio Department of Taxation (ODT) is committed to safeguarding taxpayer dollars by increasing security measures. The identity confirmation quiz is just one of the tools ODT is using to prevent fraudsters from receiving a refund as a result of identity theft.

If you received a letter from us, you’ll need to complete a simple quiz to confirm your identity. If you did not receive a letter, the quiz is not available to you. The quiz should take just a few minutes of your time. Once you have successfully completed the quiz ODT will continue processing your return.

For more details regarding the quiz, watch the tutorial below:

If you have trouble viewing the video on this page, click here to view the video directly on YouTube
 

We recommend going to the ohio.gov website and not use the link provided in the letter. When you go through the different tabs to find the quiz, the web address of that page should match the web address given in the letter. If the two addresses do not match, then the letter you received is a scam. If you have any questions, you can contact the office, talk to someone at the State Office, or take the quiz online at the office. Thank you.

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