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Where’s My Stimulus Check Link – BREAK IN- Possible Third Stimulus Information …. Friday, Reminder Monday Financial Institutions Closed, Early Day for Us Today!

The Appropriations Act of 2021, signed into law very late in December, as mentioned here, provided for a $600 per qualified person in your household, stimulus deposit.

With multiple data points of folks receiving their stimulus, most on January 4th or 5th of this month via ACH Deposit from the IRS, if you have not and were thinking you should…. read on!

BREAK IN – THIRD STIMULUS OUTLINE ANNOUNCED

Yesterday afternoon, the first crumbs of an outline of a third stimulus began hitting our screens. As mentioned in the original post (link above) there were some debate on a $600 or $2000 amount, with the afore mentioned $600 already being processed. The new stimulus plan, so far (not in law yet) calls for a $1400 amount, basically getting the total to the argued $2000 amount. Nothing iron clad yet, but since we were on he topic, thought we would give you a heads up….


Now back to our regularly scheduled Post!

Who and Where on the Stimulus Check

This stimulus deposit is being provided through the Internal Revenue Service office and as such they are using 2019 Tax Return information to send the stimulus. If you have had a change of bank account or other information since filing your 2019 US Tax Return there may be confusion on getting the funds to you.

Who is eligible for the second Economic Impact Payment?

Generally, U.S. citizens and resident aliens who are not eligible to be claimed as a dependent on someone else’s income tax return are eligible for this second payment.  Eligible individuals will automatically receive an Economic Impact Payment of up to $600 for individuals or $1,200 for married couples and up to $600 for each qualifying child.  Generally, if you have adjusted gross income for 2019 up to $75,000 for individuals and up to $150,000 for married couples filing joint returns and surviving spouses, you will receive the full amount of the second payment. For filers with income above those amounts, the payment amount is reduced.  (This from the IRS site)

Here is the link to the US Government tracking site:

https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/get-my-payment

Once open need to Click on “Get My Payment” Tab

Be very careful when opening this site to NOT allow your browser to jump to any other site than that associated with the IRS as you will be asked for confidential information!

Holiday Reminder

Monday, in honor of Martin Luther King (MLK), banks, Capital Markets and our offices will be closed. With kiddos hitting the ground via early release today, we will also be out of the office early in order to keep the streets safe (haha), but tethered electronically for emergency needs.

Have a Great Friday and Weekend!

John A. Kvale CFA, CFP

Founder of J.K. Financial, Inc.

A Dallas Texas based fee only

Financial Planning Total Wealth

Management firm.

jkfinancialinc

street-cents

Another Robert Kaplan Townhall Update – Some Breaking Comments … Slowing Purchases this Year

Back in the fall last year, here we commented on a terrific Robert Kaplan Townhall. Good news, this time we were able to listen to this Townhall which occurred Monday January 11, 2021 without accidentally becoming a participant!

Robert Kaplan is the Dallas Federal Reserve President and is a voting member of the FOMC (Federal Open Market Committee) in 2020 – has a lot of eyes on him, especially during FOMC statements … but – see next

We like to listen to these “Quaint” discussions as more open comments and nuggets of information can be discovered and we are big fans of Kaplan as well…

Kaplan Latest Townhall Comments

Kaplan reiterated an expectation of US Economic growth – if all goes well – of 5% Wow. US Economic growth certainly has easy comparables due to a bad 2020, but a 5% growth rate is really strong and if occurs would help with our Capital Markets growing into their clothes thesis.

Biggest breaking comment, Kaplan believes the FED will at minimum speak of easing on asset purchases and again if all goes well is interested in higher rates later this year – Wow, another big news comment. Recall our concerns if rates get ahead of the Fed and they are forced to chase them down, could be strong headwinds… From our perch this is good news.

Oddly, most major Financial Firms are saying the likely stimulus coming soon will help, but when that runs out a slowing may occur …. someone is wrong !

We will be watching!

Kaplan firmly stated that continued stimulus through asset purchase AND low rates will do more harm than good if continued too long …. We agree, inflated asset prices and excessive risk taking does not work out well.

Best Question – What is Biggest Risk to Economy in 2021?

This question was by far the best and Kaplan’s comment that too slow of Vaccine rollout were both elegantly stated.

Kaplan expressed some concerns with the speed of the current rollout but expected/hoped for acceleration in short order, as we all do.

Kaplan, as a firm believer in higher education, our resident state of Texas is not at the top of the rung on this one, he mentioned several times improving the education system especially as it relates to technology will likely increase productivity in the decades to come.

There you have it, some Breaking News and some Good News!

Have a Great “Kaplan Townhall Update” Day!

John A. Kvale CFA, CFP

Founder of J.K. Financial, Inc.

A Dallas Texas based fee only

Financial Planning Total Wealth

Management firm.

jkfinancialinc

street-cents

Q 4 2020 Review and Annual Private Policy

It’s hard to believe the final quarter of the year included an Election, multiple vaccines, the commencement of vaccine shots and near the end of the quarter, a second stimulus package for the year 2020. Wow!

Three Major Acts in a Little Over Twelve Months

If we look back just a little over twelve months, three major bills, The Secure Act, passed in late 2019, but left in the shadows by lasty years events. Then the Cares Act late first quarter 2020, followed by the Appropriations Act of 2021, which was an extension of the Cares Act. If you are not confused yet (or do not even remember some of these), congratulate yourself, most are! Not to worry, we will be reviewing all of these over the year as the much forgotten, Secure Act will have multiple planning techniques and mandates that once again may have been forgotten.

Who let the dogs out? Or Maybe Better Said, The Dogs Continued to Cheer!

Capital markets bullied by federal reserve purchases and anticipations of good news coming from a vaccine, in true Capital Market form did cheer much of the news, but not as much as many had thought, mostly because it had already been anticipated.

As we had mentioned multiple times, Capital Markets are likely well ahead of themselves currently which may make for tougher rowing in the near term, but just as clothes purchased a little too large for that growing teenager, Capital Markets with an expected economic recovery, should be able to grow into their overzealous clothes. However, with current stretched valuations, negative surprises may be met with more volatility due to the priced-to-perfection levels currently, once again making us happy we are conservative and diversified investors.

Interest Rate Watch

One thing we will be watching closely are interest rates, and their levels, as the economy begins to come back on line. The Federal Reserve is squarely focused on keeping interest rates down through their purchases. Should interest rates begin to rise or should the FED ease off (or even give speak of ease) of the pedal and interest rates rise on their own, especially quickly, this could be a headwind to Capital Markets and other assets. Not to worry, we will be watching and letting you know what we see and taking appropriate actions as needed.

In Closing

Your Fourth Quarter summary is enclosed on the front page of this report we have included our most recent investment allocation from your Investment Policy Statement. This is also the time we attach our Private Policy Statement for the year, along with our opportunity to offer our latest ADV filings and Client Relationship Summary (Form CRS); Requests for review will be accepted via phone, mail or email, and mailed immediately upon request.

Sincerely,

John A. Kvale CFA, CFP

J.K. Financial, Inc.

PRIVACY POLICY NOTICE

Our Promise to You

As a client of J.K. Financial, Inc., you share both personal and financial information with us.  Your privacy is important to us, and we are dedicated to safeguarding your personal and financial information.

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In the normal course of doing business, we typically obtain the following non-public personal information about our clients:

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We do not sell information about current or former clients to third parties, nor is it our practice to disclose such information to third parties unless requested to do so by a client or client representative or, if necessary, in order to process a transaction, service an account or as permitted by law

In order to protect your personal information, we maintain physical, electronic and procedural safeguards to protect your personal information.  Our Privacy Policy restricts the use of client information and requires that it be held in strict confidence.

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Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions about this notice.

The Check is in the Mail! … Nope, the Checks are Being Lost – Strongly Consider Electronic Deposits – Tax Payments – Friday

“The Check is in the Mail!”

Remember that good ole saying?

Well, today we are finding it is just not true …. They are getting lost.

Maybe this is some type of continuation of the extreme slowness in money we saw back in December that we mentioned here.

We are getting multiple contacts from all different parts of the country and the tax system, that payments to the IRS via good old fashion check are not getting there, and in some cases are 2 to 3 months delayed.

For those needing to Pay Q 4 ES 2020 payments next week ….

We should all strongly consider making direct deposits to the federal government via the IRS.gov website and for those paying in taxes to their state directly to your individual state  … make draws from your respective asset accounts directly to the state rather than trying to mail checks.

Between trouble with the postal system, new stimulus checks being issued by the IRS, and just a likely backlog due to remote workers .. the days of mailing the check the night of the due date may be in the past for our collective safety.

Preview – Friday

Next week we will take on some new tax facts and the stimulus check associated with the stimulus plan … items that you may need to know and can share with others too….

Ahhhhh…. but today is a Friday, enjoy your day and your weekend!

John A. Kvale CFA, CFP

Founder of J.K. Financial, Inc.

A Dallas Texas based fee only

Financial Planning Total Wealth

Management firm.

jkfinancialinc

street-cents

PPP – Paycheck Protection Program Part II, What You Need to Know!

As mentioned last week here in this announcement post, in brevity form, due to the Holidays near the end of the year, an additional stimulus act, was actually signed into law on a weekend (Sunday December 27th, 2020 to be exact)

This new stimulus bill called “The Appropriations Act of 2021” is a massive over 5000 page document, that touches many parts of the economy but most importantly for us … made a second round of PPP II, Paycheck Protection Program funds available.

25% Any Quarter Y/Y Sales Decrease, PPP I before PPP II

The two most important points to know about the second round of the paycheck protection program are as follows:

  1. In order to receive a second round of PPP payments you must have had a 25% decrease in sales in any one quarter in year 2020 versus the same quarter in 2019.
  2. The second most important item to know, is in order to have qualified to take the second round of the PPP II, program you must have taken the first round and used it. If you have not taken the first round you will be forced into taking the first round PPP I before you can get to the second round.

Tax Deduction Clarity

The massive page bill also clarified the ability to write off the loan for tax purposes. Said another way even though the loan is forgiven, as long as the loan was used appropriately, entities will be able to write those expenses off of their taxes effectively making what some call a double dip possible, which was congress’s original intention, but became confused by several IRS statements.

Employee Headcount, Max Loan, Looser Usage

A few other miscellaneous items include lowering of the threshold from 500 to 300 employees, limiting the maximum amount of the forgivable loan to a maximum of $2 million versus the higher amount in the original program, and more flexible spending options versus the mandatory 75% payroll usage in PPP I.

$150k Easy File Forgiveness Threshold

One last item included in the bill was a threshold of a basically $150K for non-invasive forgiveness. What that means if someone had taken the PPP loan of $150K or less, in either part one or part two you were basically have a simple one page document where are you certified you use the funds appropriately and the entity which you receive the loan is not to request any further documents. This does not mean that the small business Association cannot audit in the future but is meant to make the forgiveness program fluid and easy. Think twice of initiating any loan just over the $150k hurdle as the hassle may not be worth the extra funds.

Have a Great “PPP II Updated” Day!

John A. Kvale CFA, CFP

Founder of J.K. Financial, Inc.

A Dallas Texas based fee only

Financial Planning Total Wealth

Management firm.

jkfinancialinc

street-cents

December 2020 Financial Planning and Capital Market Review – Goodbye Year – Hello 2021 By John Kvale

Hello and Welcome to our December 2020 (yes the final review of 2020!) Financial Planning and Capital Market Update!

If you are too busy to read, feel free to listen as we describe our post and thoughts in friendly podcast audio format as well as Video!

Newbies –

We like to articulate our thoughts and review on a Monthly basis our Financial Planning Tips, Capital Markets and current events!

Hope you enjoy!

December 2020 Video – Final of Year

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Financial Planning Tips

Retirement Levels and Contribution Amounts

In our post here, we review the coming 2021 Retirement levels of contributions and max amounts….

With the most popular highlighted and also matching the catch-up amounts, there are a few changes, but for the most part much of the same from last year 2020 !

Money Begins Moving at a Snails Pace

Oddly, something we had not experienced before…. early in the Month of December, as mentioned here in our Warning Post — money slowed to a trickle pace…

While not sure if this was a result of remote workers, last minute movements, procrastination or a combination of all, money slowed alarmingly…. So much so that we have marked our calendars for an earlier start to year end “Stuff” for 2021 !

Thankfully we are happy to announce, we made it through with not too terrible of delays… but got me once, shame on you …. you know the rest !

Capital Market Comments

Why Price is So Important

In a carefully chosen extreme example, meant to remind but not alarm, in this rewind/remember 1999 post of what can happen if price is not remembered, we show the length a badly timed “all in” purchase – again carefully chosen can take almost two decades to get back to even…

“Price is what you pay, value is what you get!”

Final Thoughts As Year Ends

As the year wound down, we shared a collection of points that we hope made you chuckle but also had some serious items as well…. here in this post. If you missed it … worth your time!

There you have it, so long 2020 – That is your December, final for the year review.

John A. Kvale CFA, CFP

Founder of J.K. Financial, Inc.

A Dallas Texas based fee only

Financial Planning Total Wealth

Management firm.

jkfinancialinc

street-cents

Happy New Year – 2021 … Random Observations from Last Year – Some Serious, Some Funny …. All True!

Happy New Year !

Hello 2021 !

These observations, collected throughout the year … were intended for Wednesday of this week, but with the new Stimulus Bill being approved, and action items associated with it, that post took precedent and these were moved to today…. making for a heavier post than intended.

We wanted to get them to you before we get too far from last year.

Items we’ve learned last year…

Our hair, when uncut, gets very fluffy

Negative information is much easier to find than positive

Extended mask wearing can cause the ears to hurt

On-line school sounds fun and cool, but can be REALLY hard for many

Confinement causes the days of the week to blur

We are people that like to interact with other people

Still don’t understand the rush to Toilet paper

While technology is great, it doesn’t replace human personal service and touch

My hearing is not near as good and I thought

Casual is more casual now (Happily!)

Capital Markets can move faster than previously thought

I like seeing people’s smile’s

A big hug from a friend is irreplaceable

Fear and greed can change fast

I like traveling, especially by plane

A small house can feel really small when everyone is confined to it

Pets are one of the biggest beneficiary of lockdowns

It’s fun to not shave every day

The office doesn’t have to be that big

Outdoor chairs are invaluable

Slowing down and embracing and enjoying the moment is very rewarding

Getting away on vacation or the like helps relieve stress

Masks are like socks – the either disappear or congregate all together- but not in your car, where you really need them

Sweats can be dressy too

Big flatscreen TVs can be invaluable

I read lips a lot more than I thought

Baseball hats hide disorder

Even after months of mandatory mask wearing, you will still forget and have to walk back to the car

You really can do a lot of different exercises with dumb bells and a soft floor

A good Laptop is invaluable

Thank goodness for streaming services

Going out to eat at a Restaurant is more fun than we thought

There you have it…. thoughts collected in 2020 – So long year!

Have a Great “Thoughts from the Year” Day and Happy New Year!

John A. Kvale CFA, CFP

Founder of J.K. Financial, Inc.

A Dallas Texas based fee only

Financial Planning Total Wealth

Management firm.

jkfinancialinc

street-cents

PPP (Paycheck Protection Plan) Part II, One Especially Time Sensitive Item – Stimulus Checks Repeat … Overview…

Being off, and promising a lighter than normal posting during the holidays was interrupted by the signing of Part II of the Cares Act Sunday, December 27, 2020 …. AKA Appropriations Act of 2021 (all 5593 pages here!)

Given the time of year we will keep this high-level and will expand in great detail shortly, but wanted to give you a couple important bullet points that may be very refreshing, and one call to action should you have not used PPP Part I but want either PPP Part I or II (Your window for both may be closing fast!)

Part II of the Cares Act – AKA Appropriations Act of 2021

PPP Part II has basically the same guidelines for the vast majority of folks in total amount, BUT with a qualifying hurdle to get PPP Part II threshold of having any one quarter of revenues/sales in 2020 being down 25% from 2019.

To clarify, if you as a business owner had only 75% sales revenue in any (just one) quarter versus that same quarter in 2019 you will qualify for PPP Part II.

What follows is most time sensitive, while we do not know anyone in this situation, you guys may and please share if you do.

If you or someone you know did not get PPP Part I  but want PPP I OR II, they need to apply for Part I first … and there is a very limited pool of money. It is not possible to get PPP Part II without first getting PPP Part I. With a very limited pool of money for PPP Part I, it is possible that it may run out in short order, discrediting someone from getting PPP Part I and II …again please share at your leisure.

PPP is Forgivable and Tax Deductible for Appropriate Expenses

Some really good news on the tax front. This latest act clarified that businesses will be able to expense their loan proceeds along with forgiveness. Said another way, the loan will be forgiven if used appropriately, and the use of that loan will be allowed to flow through the Income Statement effectively allowing what Congress had originally intended, a double dip use of the money, forgiveness and tax deductions for appropriately used funds.

Stimulus checks – Break In – $600 Seems to be the Number but No Promises!

The most important thing to know from a high-level is if your income didn’t change much and you received a stimulus check earlier this year, it’s likely you will receive another.

The amount of the stimulus check is $600 (or $2000 – becoming more unlikely) and includes all parties including qualified children. As an example a husband and wife with two qualifying children would start out with four checks of $600 or $2400.

The phase outs are very similar, if not almost the exact same as the prior. Which goes to our original statement, if not much has changed and you received an original stimulus check you will probably receive another one but only around the most likely base amount of $600 per person amount.

BREAK IN – Literally as I was Working on this Post – The following hit my Inbox:

Treasury and IRS Begin Delivering the Second Round of Economic Impact Payments to Millions of Americans

WASHINGTON – Today, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service will begin delivering a second round of Economic Impact Payments to millions of Americans as part of the implementation of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021.  The initial direct deposit payments may begin arriving as early as tonight for some and will continue into next week.  Paper checks will begin to be mailed tomorrow, Wednesday, December 30. This second round of payments will provide critical economic support to those who, through no fault of their own, have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Treasury and the IRS are working with unprecedented speed to issue a second round of Economic Impact Payments to eligible Americans and their families,” said Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin. “These payments are an integral part of our commitment to providing vital additional economic relief to the American people during this unprecedented time.”

Eligible individuals will receive an Economic Impact Payment of up to $600 for individuals or $1200 for married couples and up to $600 for each qualifying child. Generally, if you have adjusted gross income for 2019 up to $75,000 for individuals and up to $150,000 for married couples filing joint returns and surviving spouses, you will receive the full amount of the second payment.  For filers with income above those amounts, the payment amount is reduced. 

This second round of payments will be distributed automatically, with no action required for eligible individuals.  If additional legislation is enacted to provide for an increased amount, Economic Impact Payments that have been issued will be topped up as quickly as possible.

The swift issuance of this second round of payments follows the successful delivery of more than $270 billion in CARES Act Economic Impact Payments earlier this year, providing crucial economic support to nearly 160 million Americans.

Later this week, you may check the status of your payment at IRS.gov/GetMyPayment.  For more information about Economic Impact Payments, please visit IRS.gov/EIP.

This email was from about 5PM Tuesday evening December 29th …. reading todays news just before this post in the AM today, it is still not 100% what amount is going to be sent. Just FYI

Now back to our regularly scheduled Post!

Again we will expand on this in the coming weeks, but primarily wanted to deliver the message about the PPP Part I and PPP Part II scenario.

We apologize for interrupting your holiday season, but felt this was important enough to quickly alert and maybe share some good news to many on the Tax Write Off Front and call to action those that passed on PPP I and may want it or PPP II now!

Have a Great New Year’s … Thanks for your time!

John A. Kvale CFA, CFP

Founder of J.K. Financial, Inc.

A Dallas Texas based fee only

Financial Planning Total Wealth

Management firm.

jkfinancialinc

street-cents

Our Annual “Unsubscribe” Two Weeks – Tips and Tricks for Cleaning Your In Box…

During the down time of the Holiday Season we begin our annual “Cleaning” of the Inbox…

The key is persistency, as many emails are not easily cancelled… frequently it takes more than one and up to five tries…

Give it a try, you will be very surprised at how fast you can knock those pesky (especially the daily ones) emails down!

Here are a few tricks…

We are happy to report that this technique is working much better this year, than in years past … and from our sample size has a better than 50% work rate!

You can first try with the Cell “Unsubscribe” button shown on the screen shot below… this resides at the top of your email in many cases is by far the fastest way to attempt the cancel….

Very Top of Email On Cell

After the first week, you should be down to those pesky ones that do not work the easy way… so on to step two…

Again, using our sample size we find that about 90% of the remaining emails have an “unsubscribe” link at the very bottom of the email…

Be very careful when using this technique as this technique usually involves a second pop up window from the source, and it is super easy to opt into all emails from the source rather than removing you from the list…

Some sources mandate you tell them why you are removing yourself from the list or the request will not be accepted…

Some even mandate you hand type something, usually just a correct word like “The” or “And” will do the trick…

Bottom of email on Cell Phone

So now you should be down to the rag tags of the really pesky recurring emails…

With the last few, we recommend you move from the cell to a regular PC, not an IPad, as the cell features are very similar to the IPad features due to similar operating systems….

On the last step, with a regular PC you will most likely need to click “More” which opens your browser from the email and then let the hunt begin…. We find that somewhere, usually way at the bottom of the page there will be a “Preferences” button, that will then open ANOTHER window that you can finally remove yourself from future emails.

While we crowed about the wonderful virtual summits (rather than travels across the country and weeks out of the office) that provided tons of data for our Newsletters, blog posts here, and some awesome slide decks for future use… a small downside was our email addresses were shared.

Somewhere in the fine print, we likely agreed… but this year’s “Unsubscribe” two week venture is paying greater dividends than in years past….

Hopefully you will have as much luck as we have and you find less unwanted emails than before you started your endeavors…

Remember not too long ago when you said to yourself “Oh look, I have a new email!”

Not anymore!!!!

Have a Great “Leaner In Box” Day!

John A. Kvale. CFA, CFP

Founder of J.K. Financial, Inc.

A Dallas Texas based fee only

Financial Planning Total Wealth

Management firm.

jkfinancialinc

street-cents

Q1 2021 J.K. Financial, Inc. Newsletter … Video Audio Podcast Review – Reminders, Updates, New Tax Rates, By John Kvale

Welcome to our Video and Audio Podcast Review of our Q1 2021 Newsletter. For those on the road or just unable to grab the time to read, our podcast type review gives you the behind the scenes insight to our thoughts, observations and deep views of the entire Newsletter.

In this start to a new year, we update the pictures on the Video and also the entry and exit music. Our editor actually greatly adjusted the colors and fonts of the Newsletter this year, which we really liked as well.

Click the Download button below, for a direct link to an electronic version (an early peek-good ole fashion paper versions are on their way to you shortly) and here for our Newsletter page

This Newsletter is chocked full of reminders from events and experiences we had with you in the field last year the would be helpful looking forward into 2021!

J.K. Financial q 1 2021 newsletter

Let’s get going! We hope you enjoy!

Q 1 2021 Newsletter

(YouTube)

The Homestead Reminder

With a very large number of moves in 2020 …. much greater than we can ever recall, in this Article we remind of the Homestead.

In the year 2020 we have had more change of residences than we can ever recall over the past three decades. As a reminder, and using Texas as a template, if you live in your home on January 1 you can do what is called a homestead tax exemption. Once again through the lens of Texas, this is a particularly good tax savings exemption that everyone should do if you live in Texas. 

Q 1 2021 J.K. Financial, Inc. Newsletter Lead Financial Planning Article

And just a bit more description from the same Article …

From TexasLawhelp.org – a fantastic non-profit resource we use frequently – again only for Texas residences, those living in other states may want to check for a similar organization. 

What property qualifies as a “homestead?” 

A “homestead” is a house or other residential structure that you own, together with up to 20 acres where the structure sits if the land is used for residential purposes. A manufactured home on a rented lot qualifies as long as you own the home. Manufactured homes must meet additional requirements for a “Statement of Ownership and Location,” but if you did not receive the paperwork from the prior owner and cannot locate the seller after making a good faith effort, you can submit the affidavit in Form 114-A. 

Estate Planning Tops Our Minds

It was literally a race for the greatest increase over normal years, for folks moving to a new residence (per above) or reviewing and updating their Estate Plans.

Has Anything Changed Since My Documents Were Written? 

Just because five, seven or even ten years have transpired does not mean that you automatically need to update your documents.  If everything looks right, and things have not changed then those documents are likely just fine. 

On the other side of the equation if things have changed in the past twelve months (or even less) that would make your documents incorrect, you likely need to do an update so your directives are appropriate. 

Q 1 2021 J.K. Financial, Inc. Newsletter Second Lead Financial Planning Article

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Q 4 2020 ES Reminder – The Safe Harbor

Mid-month, January 15, 2022 to be exact is the final due date for Quarterly Tax Payments ( Q 4 2020 ES Tax Payments.) With a pushed out ordinary filing date due, it seems like to many we just filed last year’s taxes (2019), and here we are already rushed to complete 2020. Hence the reminder. 

Here is what is looks like

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Here is the link to Publication 505 for 2020 (https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p505.pdf) which gives you full instructions on how to file. Here is the link to Form 1040 ES Publication for 2020 (https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f1040es.pdf) which contains the final voucher. 

The Safe Harbor

Lastly, if you are in a situation where you tax bill may be dramatically different from the prior year, in this case 2019, consider trueing up your 2020 taxes to at least 110% of year 2019 total Federal tax withholding.  To help avert any penalties or interest.

Retirement Contribution Levels and Medicare IRMA Amounts

While we have posted these levels earlier here, and we know the formatting was a bit wonky, we wanted to review them again directly from the Newsletter.

Here are last years most common levels along with whats up for 2021 – mostly unchanged

IRMA – Income Related Monthly Adjustment Amount – Medicare Part B Surcharge 

 If your modified adjusted gross income is above a certain amount, you may pay an Income Related Monthly Adjustment Amount (IRMAA). Medicare uses the modified adjusted gross income reported on your IRS tax return from 2 years ago. This is the most recent tax return information provided to Social Security by the IRS. “ 

Here are the 2021 limits and adjustments: 

We hope you enjoy … talk to you Next Quarter – Happy 2021 !!!

John A. Kvale CFA, CFP

Founder of J.K. Financial, Inc.
A Dallas Texas based fee only
Financial Planning Total Wealth
Management firm.
www.jkfinancialinc.com
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