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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!

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Let’s get going! We hope you enjoy!

Q 1 2021 Newsletter

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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. 

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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. 

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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
www.street-cents.com

October 2020 Podcast Video, Financial Planning and Capital Market Update – By John Kvale …

Hello and Welcome to our October 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!

October Video

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Financial Planning Tip (s)  –

Social Security COLA Increase 1.3%

Social Security, one of the few Pension Like Benefits that has a Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) announced an annual increase – there is not always an increase … which we discussed here in this post with links to the announcement for those wanting more detail!

Possible Realizing of Capital Gains

With year end tax planning in mind, here in this post we discuss the possibility of realizing Capital Gains if your are on the fence and may be thinking of pushing gains out to next year…. this with approval and knowledge of your tax professional – let’s not get reckless!

Capital Market Comments

Election Outcomes and Market Reactions

Here in this post we carefully tip toe into the Election outcomes and possible market outcomes ….

Hanging Chads – No one is elected and a lengthy battle ensues – In our minds, most Market disruptive – Participants dislike uncertainty

Clean Sweep Either Direction – This may surprise you, but participants generally favor a partial party political holding

Partial Party Holding = Inferred from the points above – Partial party holding in either direction is likely least market disruptive

Have a Great October Update!

Talk to you at the end of November!

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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Social Security COLA 1.3% Increase … Better than NO Increase!

Ok, so everyone maybe wanted more…. but given the circumstances any increase is likely a gift!

About one week ago the news broke from the Social Security Administration….

Social Security COLA Increase Announcement

Here at this link, the Social Security Administration announced a COLA (Cost of Living Adjustment) of 1.3% for 2021!

Approximately 70 million Americans will see a 1.3 percent increase in their Social Security benefits and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments in 2021. Federal benefit rates increase when the cost-of-living rises, as measured by the Department of Labor’s Consumer Price Index (CPI-W).

They go on to explain the increase in more detail!

The CPI-W rises when inflation increases, leading to a higher cost-of-living. This change means prices for goods and services, on average, are a little more expensive, so the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) helps to offset these costs.

There you have it, an increase of 1.3% for 2021! Much better than nothing!

Have a Great “Social Security COLA Increase” 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

CARE ACT Review (Please Share, Especially With Displaced Self Employed) – “The Pandemic Unemployment Insurance!”

The following is most fitting for someone displaced who is self employed!

Examples Include: Massage Therapist, Sports Instructors, Solo Medical Practitioners 

The Care Act was signed into law on Friday, March 27, 2020 and includes a provision called The Pandemic Unemployment Benefit – specifically for The Self Employed.

The Pandemic Unemployment Benefit

BREAK IN: At the time of writing this post, the Dallas Fort Worth Area are NOT allowing enrollment to this benefit at your local office as they are directing all to the Texas Website. Not surprisingly, they are very busy and the site is even having functioning problems. 

BREAK IN UPDATE :  It appears Texas is not ready yet and they are asking you to sign up for email notification…. Those in other states, suggest you check your states Twitter Feed for similar instructions!

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A New Pandemic Unemployment Benefit available to those effected by the Corona Virus.

This benefit is additionally available to those that may not have had access before, mainly self-employed individuals. (Normally Self Employed are not eligible for ANY type of Unemployment benefit.

This new benefit is $600/week and lasts for four months or until your displacement is over, whichever occurs first.

There is also the elimination of the first week waiting period, allowing those immediate access if needed.

Individuals already receiving Unemployment benefits will begin receiving this additional benefit with no offset of their prior benefit occurring effectively making this a complete bonus benefit.

This is a Federally backstopped program that is administered by each State, so the state will issue these benefits and there will be variances among different states.

Have a Great “Pandemic Insurance Benefit” 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

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
street-cents

Part 11 : Tom Clark, Social Security Expert, with Audio – GRANDFATHERED BENEFITS – Decisions for Restricted Application Spousal Benefits Explained

This is the final review of Social Security Benefits and actually a very unique one as this portion speaks to a VERY small group of people who are luckily grandfathered in under old laws and due to that fact have one additional option/decision/possible technique.

In Part 11, from our  Social Security Event earlier this year, Expert, Mr. Tom Clark, concludes the specifics of Social Security, Retirement Benefits for one age based spousal Decision …. that Social Security Provides. As a refresher,  Part 1 Here , Part 2 Here , Part 3 Here, Part 4 HerePart 5 Here, Part 6 here, Part 7 here, Part 8 here , Part 9 here, Part 10 here, and Direct Audio Here on our site for your viewing/listening pleasures:

Restricted Application Technique Benefit Option for Married Couples Meeting Grandfathered Age Criteria

While for a small and quickly shrinking group of folks due to the law change, the Grandfathering of a loophole technique/option makes this worth review :

  • Most applicable when two wage earners
  • Age 62 or older by end of 2015
  • Must not have filed Social Security yet
  • Restricted application for spouses only
  • This age group has the option to file on their spouse – as a reminder all others must always file on their own benefit first
  • Must be full retirement age before able to use technique
  • One member of couple is drawing social security already
  • Can file on spouses benefit and delay his/her own benefit to let benefit grow
  • Nice money based example near end of audio

 

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Click Here for Direct Link to All Parts Audio Posted on our Special Social Security Page

Have a Great “Restricted Application Spousal Benefit Explained” 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

August 2019 Podcast Video, Financial Planning and Capital Market Update – By John Kvale (With Blooper at end of Video)

Hello and Welcome to our August 2019 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 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!

August – 2019 Video

Financial Planning Tip (s) –

Three Most Important Social Security Posts SO FAR

As of this review we have one more unique age related Social Security Post to come, but the three most important posts so far are as follows:

Living Spousal Benefits

Deceased Spousal Benefits

Divorced Spousal Benefits 

Click each link for the actual post…. each post has a couple of minute discussion from Social Security Expert Tom Clark — THESE ARE IMPORTANT AND COMPLICATED-  so take your time!

Call Spam Protection Update

In this second follow up post due to demand, comments and questions we further discuss options for additional protection, depending on the major service provider….

Capital Market Comments –

Tariff Talk Jitters

Depending on the day and the headline, Capital Market Participants in true bipolar fashion seem to either cheer with reckless abandonment and buy buy buy or head for the exits and sell sell sell….

Just by chance it was nice to run across a wonderful historical chart, here in this post, showing this Tariff talk is far from the first time…. maybe for some of us, but in reality we have been dealing with this for decades….(Century)

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Have a Great Day – Talk to you at the end of September!

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
street-cents

Part 10 : Tom Clark, Social Security Expert, with Audio – DIVORCED – Options, Obligations for Maximization, and Decisions for Ex Spousal Benefits Explained

As we near the end of the Social Security Retirement Benefits portion (Medicare up next), the final Three Parts will be directly related to spousal benefits. Spousal benefits are EXACTLY the same no matter gender, so insert your preference for the easiest understanding.

Parts (8-10) will deal with the status of the spouse and how it effects retirement benefits for the other spouse:

  1. Living
  2. Deceased
  3. Divorced

As just a heads up, each section will become more detailed and complicated – so let’s get started on the various spouse benefits depending on the other’s status!

In Part 10, from our  Social Security Event earlier this year, Expert, Mr. Tom Clark, continued with the specifics of Social Security, Retirement Benefits for DIVORCED spouses …. that Social Security Provides. As a refresher,  Part 1 Here , Part 2 Here , Part 3 Here, Part 4 HerePart 5 Here, Part 6 here, Part 7 here, Part 8 here , Part 9 here,  and Direct Audio Here on our site for your viewing/listening pleasures:

Retirement Benefits for DIVORCED Spouses

In this clip, it becomes very apparent that Divorce and Deceased Ex Spouses carry burdens by us the consumer to check with Social Security for possible increased benefits – also of note there IS a disadvantage to remarrying a lower income spouse :

  • Divorced Spouse must have been married 10 years, unmarried and meets all the benefits of current/regular Spouse to draw benefits – and is still unmarried.
  • Ex Spouses DO NOT effect in any way other benefits for others – Ex Spouse or new spouse’s benefits – Technically someone could be married and divorced as many times as longevity would allow, and as long as each time they were married 10 years all would receive benefits and NOT effect any others benefits!
  • If get remarried, cannot draw benefits on a living Ex husbands benefits.
  • Example:  Married to high income earner and get divorced,  remarry to a low income earner, likely will reduce benefits spousal benefits if yours are not greater on your own.
  • Near end of audio – important statement – If you are divorced, especially if your former spouse has remarried and the current spouse is drawing a spousal benefit, Social Security likely has no record of your marriage to that spouse – see next point
  • Should your EX spouse pass away, you may be entitled to and increase in benefits if you meet the requirements of current wife of widow.
  • Because of the first two points, you may consider calling Social Security to confirm your Ex is still living, if this is not the case, you may be entitled to an increase in benefits- again, something Social Security would have no idea due to remarriage of your Ex

Dealing with Divorced  Spousal benefits carriers obligations in order to maximize Social Security Benefits …

Be sure to listen to the audio below from the event, it is very informative!

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Click Here for Direct Link to All Parts Audio Posted on our Special Social Security Page

Have a Great “DIVORCED Spousal Benefits and Obligations Explained” 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

Part 9 : Tom Clark, Social Security Expert, with Audio – DECEASED – Options and Decisions, Married Spousal Benefits Explained

As we near the end of the Social Security Retirement Benefits portion (Medicare up next), the final Three Parts will be directly related to spousal benefits. Spousal benefits are EXACTLY the same no matter gender, so insert your preference for the easiest understanding.

Parts (8-10) will deal with the status of the spouse and how it effects retirement benefits for the other spouse:

  1. Living
  2. Deceased
  3. Divorced

As just a heads up, each section will become more detailed and complicated – so let’s get started on the various spouse benefits depending on the other’s status!

In Part 9, from our  Social Security Event earlier this year, Expert, Mr. Tom Clark, continued with the specifics of Social Security, Retirement Benefits for DECEASED spouses …. that Social Security Provides. As a refresher,  Part 1 Here , Part 2 Here , Part 3 Here, Part 4 HerePart 5 Here, Part 6 here, Part 7 here, Part 8 here  and Direct Audio Here on our site for your viewing/listening pleasures:

Retirement Benefits for DECEASED Spouses

The following bullets  will explain in type form the audio, please take a minute to listen as there is a ton of information in just 4 minutes:

  • Husband and Wife benefits same for deceased
  • Unlike living, a Widow Benefit based of FULL UN-REDUCED amount of Social Security Benefit
  • Example: Widow drawing own benefit spouse dies, the spouses benefit increased to the full amount
  • Widow can draw at age 60 unlike any other benefit
  • Widow DOES NOT have to take own benefit – can delay own OR draw deceased spouse – this gives various options and strategies
  • Cannot marry again before age 60 to have the prior example
  • So complicated, Mr. Clark suggests we go to Social Security options to make an informed decision
  • Bring Marriage Certificate – any proof of your benefit beneficiary
  •  Strategy available for Widows due to the options available- i.e. Draw your own, delay widow or visa versa – its complicated but there likely is a right and wrong answer
  • “If you were married to a high wage earner, might consider waiting until age 60 before getting remarried!” Says Clark – near end of the audio

Dealing with Deceased spousal benefits allows the most options of almost any Social Security Benefits, these options lead to complications, but also maximization strategies …

Be sure to listen to the audio below from the event, it is very informative

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Click Here for Direct Link to All Parts Audio Posted on our Special Social Security Page

Have a Great “Deceased Spousal Benefits Explained” 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

On the Way Back Home … Saw Sharpened … Social Security Discussion About to Get Jiggy … Friday

Thanks to technology … another fun restful time in a cooler climate is almost complete.

The journey back home with the 14 year old’s early birthday present begins over the weekend.

JK Starbucks Cooler Climate Office

Cooler Climate Office – Starbucks

With a neat visit from cousins, sister-in-law, sister and brother-in-law, and my 91 year old father and spouse, it was a success ….

This year the calendar even included our 19th year wedding anniversary celebration…. as well as an government town shutdown conspiracy theory research visit…

Thanks for all of the above!

Time for Sharpening the Saw

While getting family time and some rest away from the concrete is part of the experience, clarity of thoughts, deep reading and research, in a quiet place, is also part of the equation ….

We look forward to continued discovery of some items, sun setting of others, and of course open discussions here … Yes of course we have seen the latest market movements (Oddly, here we are again, just like in December, with a amateurs- Digressing)

Are You Ready for Some Social Security/Football

Hope you liked the funny header of this section!

Just a heads up, as the Social Security Discussions are about to get heavy… just what we have been waiting for right?

The next three posts will conclude the Spousal Retirement Benefits portion and opens the way for Medicare discussions – However, these posts will be heavy with details… we love it, and enjoy the challenge as it may take more than one read/listen for complete understanding!!

With the end of Summer in view – not gone yet- the beginning of Fall Sports commences …

Today is a  Friday, be safe if you are traveling, talk to you next week!

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