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CARE ACT Review (Please Share, Especially with Someone You Know Who May Have Recently Moved) – “The Recovery Rebate!” – IMPORTANT *Update Your Address if You Recently Moved*

This is the first of a Multiple Part Series (4 or 5) on the CARE ACT … done in order of most touched by the bill. Due to the unique nature of the bill, (Far Reaching, Confusing, but needing expedited delivery and explanation), I am asking you share this with those that may be in need or find it helpful by pushing it forward to others via email.

The following is most fitting for someone you know that may have recently moved!

Over 90% of US tax payers will receive the following Recovery Rebate,making backlog and loss certain, the more streamlined we can be, the more help that will occur. 

The Care Act was signed into law on Friday, March 27, 2020 and includes a provision called the Recovery Rebate.

Break In : If you have moved or changed your bank account since your most recent Tax filing you need to file FORM 8822 to notify the IRS of your correct address.

The Recovery Rebate – Estimated 90% of Tax Payer Participation

Each person to receive $1200, kids UNDER age 17 credited to parents at $500 each, no limit in headcount.

This Rebate is NOT TAXABLE!

The payout is likely to be sent out end of April or early May!

Social Security recipients will receive theirs via their direct deposit account. Non Social Security recipients will receive their Rebate via the last known account on either your 2018 or 2019 tax return, whichever is more recent or directly to the address on file.

A letter will be sent to the last known address of your most recent tax return hopefully within two weeks of the bills signing with instructions on your calculation AND how the US Government intends to send you the rebate.

If you have moved recently or after you most recent tax filing date, YOU SHOULD FILE FORM 8822 ASAP for the IRS to update your address or you will likely not receive the notification letter, far complicating an already complicated situation.

Phase out

The applicable AGI phase out threshold amounts are as follows:

  • Married Joint: $150,000
  • Head of Household: $112,500
  • All Other Filers: $75,000

This phase out is based on either your 2018 or 2019 tax return, whichever is most recent. If your income exceeds the threshold and you are phased out completely, and your 2020 income is below the threshold when you file your 2020 tax return, you will receive your Recovery Rebate at the time of your 2020 filing.

Should your 2020 income rise above the thresholds but based on your prior years income you received the Rebate, YOU GET TO KEEP THE REBATE WITHOUT PENALTY OR TAX!

Planning Tip for those near or in the Phase Out Thresholds

If you have not filed your 2019 return, check to see which is lower, your 2018 or 2019, and if your 2018 is lower, do not file your 2019. Conversely, if your 2019 is lower file it immediately! You likely will not have to pay until the extended deadline of July 15, 2020 (Double check with your Tax Professional!)

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Have a Great “Recovery Rebate” 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
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Another Positive Friday …

Last weeks positive Friday garnered so many comments and Thank You’s that I thought it worth repeating as it’s so much easier to find negatives even if you are trying to avoid them…but there are lots of positives occurring.Unity hands-1939895_1280

  • On a very personal note, I’m happy to announce that my 92-year-old father was able to navigate the online virtual doctor appointment with complete success – Now if he can do it, we can do it if need be!
  • The Federal Reserve continues its policies and has begun adding liquidity to the Fixed Income Market – More on this soon
  • There was a $2 trillion stimulus package announced-which is wonderful news and helps bridge businesses and workers
  • It appears multiple countries are beginning to flatten the curve
  • Some parents may be finding out … it’s not the Teacher–hah – (Hat tip Cousin)
  • Spring is one week closer, its getting warmer … and the sun is up longer every day!
  • If we only had three more days like Wednesday we would be back to all time highs in the Capital Markets! (That will make you go hmmm- not kidding)
  • Our Country, Government and residents continue to work together in fantastic unity!

Have a GREAT “Positive” Friday and Weekend, Stay Safe!

John A. Kvale CFA, CFP

Founder of J.K. Financial, Inc.
A Dallas Texas based fee only
Financial Planning Total Wealth
Management firm.
jkfinancialinc
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On Line Study/Work Tips For Those At Home … Interview of a Two Year Veteran

We know many of you may be faced with children or young adults doing school work from home.  Long time followers know that the 15-year-old is in year two, working 100% online university … from home, airplane, coffee shop, or basically wherever.

As such, she granted this interview in part for her soon to be fully on-line schooled 12-year-old brother.img_6377

We made this semi-formal so that she would understand the seriousness of what we were trying to do, and also feel honored to be part of those of you who may be helped by her experiences over the last two years … I asked candidly and did not direct her…

Tips for Those Working From Home for School

What tips or suggestions have you learned over the last two years?

“It’s very easy to get behind make sure that you stay caught up …”

“On-line is more difficult for me than being in-school and listening to your teachers speak directly.”

“It’s a big adjustment socially as you will not be able to visit with your friends, and there is a void of social contact.”

“For me the school day is much shorter and I get more accomplished in a shorter period of time than I did at school, allowing for other activities such as Tennis.”

“I’ve learned to work anywhere, while I have my favorite places such as the formal dining room table, when necessary I can easily work in my room or most any other quiet place!”

“It’s very easy to get distracted with other devices or social media … stay away or you will get behind fast”

“Be prepared with good note taking skills and supplies and make sure that you keep up if you’re in a classroom lecture because you will not likely be able to ask a question.”

“Online foreign languages are very difficult to do!”

Thank you Sophia for the candid responses… I really was hoping she would say it got easier as she learned how to do it, but she was firm on her second point!

Here are a few from my perch…

Watch your posture, it is easy to get in a slump situation, especially with a laptop.

Take breaks and walk around, in an office environment, the water cooler does provide a break…not so much at the house.

I think clearer and am more creative when out of the office working … we will see if this has stamina..hah

Personally I like a bright place that I can see out and light shines in (some times even the back yard), the rest of the gang does not, as it cuts back on the Monitor light… each to their own!

A low volume wireless color printer has been invaluable … Ours was about $75 but the replacement cartridges are about the same as the printer cost…

Hope this helped!

Have a Good “At Home Tips” 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
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New Tax Filing/Payment Date … Scammer Alert – Be Careful

On Saturday, the normal Mid-April tax day was extended to July 15 and would also include regular ES Payment extensions as well.

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This from the IRS Announcement:

“Taxpayers can also defer federal income tax payments due on April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020, without penalties and interest, regardless of the amount owed. This deferment applies to all taxpayers, including individuals, trusts and estates, corporations and other non-corporate tax filers as well as those who pay self-employment tax.

Taxpayers do not need to file any additional forms or call the IRS to qualify for this automatic federal tax filing and payment relief. Individual taxpayers who need additional time to file beyond the July 15 deadline, can request a filing extension by filing Form 4868 through their tax professional, tax software or using the Free File link on IRS.gov. Businesses who need additional time must file Form 7004.

The IRS urges taxpayers who are due a refund to file as soon as possible. Most tax refunds are still being issued within 21 days.”

Updated Scam Alert

The bad guys are taking advantage of the current situation by sending emails related to the Virus… I have personally received over a half a dozen so far, some very clever.

We have also been warned by our security advisers to be on the watch….

We wanted to give you a heads up…

  • Take a quick moment to slow down and double check your emails and texts for the time being (hurried answers or clicks are just what they are looking for!)
  • Be EXTRA careful on any email you may receive
  • Do not open any unusual Zip or hot-linked texts
  • Double check the from email address on ANY unusual email – read carefully, they again are, clever

Have a Great “Tax Extended, Scammer Watch” 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
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A Positive Friday … Many to Take Note Of – Preview Tips for those with Kids that May Need to Work from Home

There’s no doubt that the virus is serious and certainly causing great disruptions across the workforce, the world, and of course the United States.

But on a glass half full Friday, we wanted to mention some positives!

Positives Garnered from the Recent Week(s)Unity hands-1939895_1280

As a glass half full person, and firm for that matter, it is very nice to see our US Citizens and fellow residents, plan, gather and follow instructions, in order to help knock this out as fast as possible.

It’s also neat to see our Government work together swiftly and in unity to lead in a common goal of relief and extinguish.

It’s also interesting, enlightening, and very positive, to see the worlds countries loosely come together and share information, knowledge, and for that matter funding, to help extinguish this threat.

Lastly … pat yourself on the back,  you have just passed through many interesting unique statistics, which will not be shared at this time as it may be a distraction, but after the dust settles, a full analysis will be reviewed for all of our knowledge, recollection, and future preparations!

This will pass, and while it may seem an impossible mountain, I hope that once we are finished with this, much of the positives that are occurring at this moment can continue forward.

Preview of Working From Home Tips for Kids

We know many of you may be faced with children or young adults doing school work from home. Long time followers know that the 15-year-old traveling Tennis Player is in year two working 100% online from home, airplane, coffee shop, or basically wherever. As such, has granted an interview, in part for her 12-year-old brother who is about to have the same process.

We look forward to sharing her thoughts soon!

Have a Great “Positive Friday” 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

 

 

SPR – Strategic Petroleum Reserve … Neat Facts … About to get filled!

On Friday it was announced that the US Government would take this opportunity to buy oil on the open market and fill the SPR (Strategic Petroleum Reserve) …

With our venue here being Informational and Educational, we set off the find more about the SPR.

Strategic Petroleum Reserves (SPR)

With tons of friends and clients in the Energy Sector (likely forgotten more than we will ever know) we hope to get at least one point that you guys do not know … for the rest of us, it is likely most of these may be new as they were to us.

For those as interested (nerdie) as us, here is where the bulk of our information came from.

How Much is in the SPR Now?

3-6-20 SPR Current Inventory

How much can it hold?

Current authorized storage capacity – 713.5 million barrels… so almost 100 million barrels to be added…

Where are the locations (Big Underground Caverns)?

Crude Oil Storage by Site  (as of January 31, 2020)

SPR Sites v3

  • Bryan Mound – holds 230.2 MMB in 20 caverns – 66.7 MMB sweet and 164.0 MMB sour.
  • Big Hill – holds 143.3 MMB in 14 caverns – 62.5 MMB sweet and 81.2 MMB sour.
  • West Hackberry – holds 189.7 MMB in 22 caverns – 102.2 MMB sweet and 87.5 MMB sour.
  • Bayou Choctaw – holds 71.8 MMB in 6 caverns – 18.9 MMB sweet and 51.8 MMB sour.

Why do we have a SPR?

Established in the aftermath of the 1973-74 oil embargo, the SPR was established to counter a disruption in commercial oil supplies which could threaten the U.S. economy. It is also the critical component for the United States to meet its International Energy Agency obligation to maintain emergency oil stocks.

How do you get Oil Out of the SPR? (Neat Fact!)

The fact that oil floats on water is the underlying mechanism used to move oil in and out of the SPR caverns. To withdraw crude oil, fresh water is pumped into the bottom of a cavern. The water displaces the crude oil to the surface. After the oil is removed from the SPR caverns, pipelines send it to various terminals and refineries around the nation.

There you have it, a neat overview …. for those interested, this is just the tip of the SPR Iceberg, as there is a ton of really neat and more thorough information on the link at the beginning of this post and again here

Have a Great “SPR Informed” 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

 

From the Road … FOMC Takes Action Last Night in Response to Shutdowns and Economic Slowdowns

Not wanting to bring a knife to a possible gun fight, the FOMC (Federal Open Market Committee) led by Jerome Powell announced multiple actions in response to Corona and the related shutdowns last night.

FOMC Lowers Rates, Lowers Bank Reserves and Adds Money

On Friday a coalition of private and public groups agreed to begin more testing for the Corona Virus… not surprisingly if you are able to test more, there have been more findings.

Last night the FOMC led by Jerome Powell announced multiple measures to help economic activity:

  • Lowering of Short Term Rates
  • Lowering of Bank Requirements AND encouraging Banks to lend to businesses, especially small businesses with the extra freed up reserves
  • Purchasing of Treasury and Mortgage Securities for Liquidity and lowering of rates

Friday, I mentioned multiple ways to think of the current events… given the above events, here is another example…

  1. The FOMC did all of this, it must really be bad…
  2. Not wanting to get behind, the FOMC is taking advanced actions to help stay in front of disruption and possible slowness…

Choice one is easy and likely will show up somewhere in your sights, if it has not already …. again, choice two is the positive, high road choice, and will only likely be seen here today!

Yes, events are making the Spring Break Trip hard to focus on family and friends, but in a strange way, maybe it is good to be out of the office!

Careful what you intake… drama rises to the top!

Rest assured, as you can tell, we have complete remote access…and again, we are a conservative firm by nature!

Have a Great “FOMC No Knife to Gunfight” 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
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