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Q2 2021 J.K. Financial, Inc. Newsletter … Video Audio Podcast Review – Reminders ! By John Kvale

Welcome to our Video and Audio Podcast Review of our Q2 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.

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

Let’s get going! We hope you enjoy!

Q 2 2021 Newsletter

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Social Security Earnings Record Check Reminder

In our lead article of the Q 2 2021 Newsletter, we remind all of the importance of checking your Social Security Record, no matter your thoughts on the longevity of Social Security….

Additionally we walk you through step by step on how to do this and also how to set up your SSA on line account!

Secure Act – Possibly Forgotten But Important Changes

With the passing of the SECURE act, the old age of 70.5 mandatory RMD (Required Minimum Distribution) was pushed to age 72.

Many times, it is not appropriate to wait until this age, depending on the location of some assets. EX Large IRA compared to other non iRA investment, Tax Brackets, One Off income Years

For those where it is appropriate to wait until the latest possible date, you can actually wait until the year AFTER you turn 72 as long at you take the distribution before April 1 of the year AFTER turning 72.

Warning, in almost all cases we discourage this last maximum delayed technique as it ends up forcing two RMD’s in the same tax year of your 73 birthday.

Buffet Valuation Indicator

Warren Buffett, the usually closed lip investor, years ago mentioned his macro Valuation indicator which is shown below.

It has never flashed “Over Valuation” as much as it is now!

Expecting tremendous Earnings Growth to help turn this indicator around and head the other direction!

We hope you enjoy … talk to you in the Summer!

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

March 2021 Financial Planning and Capital Market Review – By John Kvale

Hello and Welcome to our March 2021 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!

March 2021 Video

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Financial Planning Tips

Two Handy Reminder Posts – Credit Report and Social Security Earnings Credits

We had not one but two really good reminder posts over the last four weeks, on which is featured in the Newsletter in great detail and one that is a handy annual reminder – hat tip DK!

Here in this post we highlight why and how you can check your credit report. This is a really good thing to do at least annually to see if there are any barnacles attached to your credit, thereby lowering it and possibly causing other costs in your life to increase i.e. as mentioned in the insurance.

Here in this second post and again also featured in the Newsletter, why you should check to make sure you are getting credit for those hard earned tax dollars being sent to the Social Security Administration AND very importantly a reminder to look for missing credits in your history!

Stimulus Check Update

In this post, we detailed the planning techniques associated with the third round of $1400 stimulus checks and what to watch out for as well as the new cliff thresholds of phase outs… further detailed with the following chart:

March 2020 Review, Annual Reminders Credit Report and Social Security Eearn

Capital Market Comments

Maximum Macro Economics Coming Soon

Not every trying to be a trend setter or first into the pool – we accidentally beat most of the regular commentators here in this post to the fact that there are likely some VERY HOT ECONOMIC numbers coming our way.

These will occur due to easy comparisons associated with the drop in Economic activity about a year ago as well as continued lift off as we open up for business once again.

There will be interesting dialogue in the Headlines – Be for warned much of this may be skewed by the afore mentioned!

Have a Great Day, Talk to You at the End of April!

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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Why You Should Check Your Social Security Earnings Credits No Matter Your Age

While many may argue contrary to our fantastic Social Security speaker whom we have had twice now Mr. Tom Clark who assures us that Social Security will always be there, many do not believe this for various reasons. 

No matter your beliefs or age we highly encourage you to check your Social Security Statement and most importantly your Social Security Earnings Record.  

Earnings Benefit Credit Statement

Do not be concerned if just as this example, does not show your 2020 earnings posted as of yet there have been some delays and normally this is not posted at an early time in the year anyway . 

What we want to be concerned about is if there are gaps in our earnings history or a partial credit (change of employers) that should have been credited. there are many reasons that this can occur such as just a lost document in the Mail or an employer was bought out or closed and did not report your hard earned earnings period. 

How Do I Find This Statement? 

In 1999, the Social Security Administration mailed a paper copy to everyone every year. Budget cuts a dozen years later stopped this handy paper copy, leaving all of us to easily forget to double check our statement annually. 

For the record according to the Administration folks at age 60 are supposed to receive a paper copy, but our informal poll shows a low hit ratio. 

Not to worry, it is not that hard set up an account, ESPECIALLY if it is your first time. 

Go to www.ssa.gov and either log into your account or create an account and pull down your statement…

Oh, keep your credentials safe … lost mine and was a huge pain getting logged back into the site!

Have a Great “Social Security Earnings History Check Reminder” 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

Break In: Spring Spotted … Spring Break Next Week … Newsletter Completion … Time Change Weekend YAY! … Friday …

With an unused make up snow day today (not sure how that happened but oh well) – kiddos out today – and next week being Spring Break an attempt personally to take some R & R time next week, I am out today and next week….

Always tethered, this time lightly as Jen and Donald are very capable of covering !

BREAK IN – Spring has sprung… each year the family watches for the early budding Tree in the back yard… Great News, the deep freeze of just a few weeks ago did not do our early budding tree in AND in the last 24 hours the blooms have started…

Who needs the Groundhog… kidding-

Well done Pierce for spotting !

Newsletter Update

While gone, the finishing touches will be put on the Newsletter, AND next week we will do a shortened version of one of the main articles – Why You Should Check Your Social Security Earnings Record Now!

Time Change Weekend – YAY

In addition to a little R and R, next week, we get my favorite time change! YAY

Sure we lose an hour of sleep…

Sure it seems to take a bit longer to adjust as the years go by…

But the Suns stays up LATE in the evenings…

Friday and Next Weeks Posts

If I can stay away from the keyboard – no promises…haha

In addition to the Newsletter Preview Post mentioned above, a re-run of another reminder post will occur as well.. hat tip DK from the field as a neat reminder!

Ahhhh…. but today is a Friday and I am away, but tethered lightly… enjoy your weekend and your Friday!

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

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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. 

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

If we are not in possession of a copy, please send to us or upload to your Vault as we keep things safe and most importantly FOREVER!

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

street-cents

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
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