Category Archives: Tax Related

Stimulus Funds Further Explained, Rounds 1-3, Those Near Phase Out Likely Very Important Information For You Here!

Last Friday here in this post we mentioned that we had accidentally stumbled onto an explanation of the stimulus checks and especially with regards to those folks near the phaseout area.

If you have received all of your and your family’s stimulus checks or if you have received no stimulus checks and your income is the same or higher please carry on this article is not for you but feel free to share with a friend or colleague who might be in this situation.

Round One Stimulus $1200 adult, $500 Qualifying kids

Stimulus Rounds Reminder From Our Q 2 2020 Newsletter

Round 1 : $1200 adult, $500 qualifying kids

Checks Being Sent to Over 90% of the population 

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! 

There is a 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. 

If you did not originally receive round 1 or were partially phased out the key is this last underlined sentence. If your 2020 Income drops into the threshold of receiving some or all of the prior stimulus assuming your 2019 income was higher and you did not receive any or all of your 2020 rebate, it is showing up on the new sneaky Line 30 of the 1040!

But hold on that’s not all  January 2021 – Round 2 $600 Stimulus

Another new phase out:

For every $100 of Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) a taxpayer exceeds their applicable threshold, $5 of Additional Recovery Rebate will be phased out. Thus, the phaseout range varies from taxpayer to taxpayer, depending upon the size of their ‘base’ Additional Recovery Rebate in the first place (i.e., the more eligible individuals, the larger the dollar amount to be phased out at $5 per $100 of AGI, and the more income it will take to fully phase out the rebate check!

If you were phased out based on 2019 return and qualify based on your 2020 return, this will also show up on the sneaky Line 30 of your 1040!

But hold on that’s still not all- Round 3 the $1400 check -Sept 1, 2021 Lookback

Another More Cliff (Fast) Phase Out

Individuals earning $75k will be phased out at $80k and JT $150k phased out at $160k

Individuals/Families who had a higher 2019 income that knocked them out of some or all of the stimulus original money but a lower 2020 income assuming this person would have qualified for the $1400 per person stimulus based on year 2020 … what the IRS is going to do concerning this matter is on September 1st 2021 they’re going to review all of the 2020 tax returns for folks who had not received the $1400 credit for them and their family and if they meet that threshold they will then receive the $1400 credit period remember this is the much faster phaseout of only $160k and $80k Joint and for an individual.

But Hold on that’s still not all – Not Kidding! Tax Return Year 2021 Look Back!

Assuming you were not below the thresh hold for 2019 or 2020 return, If a person’s income in 2021 were to drop below the new thresholds .. think next year around this time… you will still qualify for the $1400 credit . They are using the same play book as the original March 2020 rebate look back to give an extra year of the $1400 being credited and it would then show up on sneaky line 30 form 1040 tax return for 2021!.

It’s very likely that this will cause great confusion next year … even more than it is causing this year because it will be so much farther in the future .

Important planning technique for this year for people who have failed the 2019 and 2020 income tax level. Should you be able to control your income in some way form or fashion it may be worth you keeping an eye on your total income this year tax year 2021 and attempting to keep it below the current quick phaseout levels in order to receive the $1400 per person benefit next year. Just a thought  

To Summarize Round 1, 2 and 3

A lower 2020 income may bring some or all of the Round 1 and 2 onto Line 30 of your 1040 at the time of fling your 2020 Form 1040 income tax return.

The IRS will look at all returns who did not already receive the Round 3 $1400 stimulus on September 1, 2021 and if you qualify, sometime shortly there will be another $1400/person sent. If you fall into this category, or think you may, DO NOT FILE AN EXTENDED EXTENSION – If you file after September 1, 2021 you will have missed the look back window!

If you fail all of these tests, there will be one last check this time next year for your 2021 return, and if that is lower you will receive the $1400 at that time.

Wow…. Clear as we could be, but it is confusing!

We will have a more detailed article in the coming Newsletter as well as reminders here as we hit deadline dates!

Have a Great “Round 1-3 Stimulus 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

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Preview Update on Stimulus Catch Up Plans for Those on the Edge of Phase Outs … Friday

After a week of very confusing information regarding how the Rebates are showing up in our return, we have figured it out….

Complete Stimulus Explanation Preview

Earlier in the month, here in this post, we correctly pointed out that in fact the stimulus is jumping onto a sneaky new line item on our Tax Returns ….. Line 30 of the 1040

But what we missed were exactly what stimulus was jumping onto Line 30!

This week we finally figured it out!

Friday

Ahhhh, today is a Friday and next week we will expand on this subject (Weekend Work) as it is complicated and needs more time to appropriately explain!

Have a Great Weekend and 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

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Another Good Experience with IRS.Gov Payments … Friday

Hey… we do not like clients having to pay taxes, BUT there is not much worse than making a payment and not getting confirmation of that payment for months and even in one case two quarters…. Yikes…

IRS.Gov Filing Site Working Well

This week we had an unusually large number of Q1 ES 2021 Filings as reminded here….

They all went off without a hitch… no kidding…

We could make a joke about that Uncle Sam has figured out how to take our money, but that would be a little bit of salt in the would…. so we will pass…

We will remind again next month and continue to encourage all to forget the checks and mailing system, for the safety and timely credit, the IRS.gov payment system is the way to go…

Speaking of Taxes, we are finding some interesting things to talk about shortly, specifically on the Returns….

We of course closely watched the Capital Markets against our better wishes stretch and stretch some more … more on this too soon!

Ahhh… today is a Friday, heading into a early spring Weekend… Wet here, but that’s ok, grow grass grow!

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

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Sneaky Line 30 of Form 1040 – This is New and Where the Stimulus May Show if You Did Not Receive a Direct Stimulus Payment

Attention all folks that may have not received stimulus checks/deposits/cards in any prior rounds, but think they may be close or due given their 2020 earnings!

Sneaky Line 30 Of Form 1040

A new line has been added to our 1040’s – this line will act as an increase to your payments to Uncle Sam if you qualify, thereby effectively increasing your refund, making the stimulus tax free to you and flowing through your tax return…

Here is a copy of the 2020 Form 1040

Now over on the second page (see below) if you have funds in line 30, That’s your stimulus !

If there, it will again be added to your payments, INCREASING your payments and making your refund bigger while at the same time delivering your stimulus…

Take a look if you are in doubt on your return – we are finding many Surprised Happy Folks!

Have a Great “Found My Stimulus” 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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BREAK IN: Confusing Tax Due Dates – Q1 2021 ES Payments Due Next Week – A Few Clean Up Corrections … You Guys are Tough … Masters Weekend … Friday

BREAK IN – Q1 2021 ES Tax Payments are Due Next Week

Oh boy, let the confusion begin … Just when you thought the tax due dates could not get more confusing… The following hit my inbox this week!

What this means is that Quarterly Q 1 ES 2021 (Income, interest, wages – anything you need to make a tax payment for) are due Next Thursday!

So, if you are scheduled to make ES payments for one reason or another, while Fed and State returns have been delayed, that ES Payment is still due next week!

As a reminder, use the mail at your own risk, we STRONGLY suggest you upload a payment at this IRS website https://www.irs.gov/payments!

Now back to our regular scheduled funny Friday Post!

Thanks so much for reading our posts…. we really do work hard on them…

Confession time for those who may have glanced over the father’s name of the Beverly Hillbillies in our Mineral Reminder Post… Jed, not Jud…. thanks to the MANY and counting who happily pointed out my mistake, you were really paying attention and also took time to humorously rib me – Well Done to you all!

I now know how to get a rise from you guys!

Secondly and more importantly, one of the links to the Social Security Website in our Social Security Post had a typo sending you to the Military service not Social Security… oops…

www.ssa.gov is the correct site.

It has been corrected in the post, but in order for you to receive it in your inbox/phone/device, I wanted to repeat here!

Ahh… Today is a Friday, heading into a Masters Weekend… ya ya the whole family are Tennis Players, but Golf Scholarships help get this one through College!

Enjoy your early Spring, Masters 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

Why You May Want to Accept that Seemingly Lowball Offer for that Small Royalty Interest You Have Acquired Some Time Ago …

While we all envy the person on television like Jud Clampett that receives some great news on a royalty interest, (or misses a rabbit only to hit oil) …in real life frequently this can be more trouble than gift.

Living in Texas a state that produces oil and natural gas royalty rights are very popular and frequently handed down from one generation to the next.

Continued Disposition Problems

We are continuing to run into an ever increasing number of need to dispose of seemingly small mineral right properties that maybe had an offer at one time or another that actually cost more to dispose of them the offer.

Photo by Albert Hyseni on Unsplash

Please don’t run out and dump that long ago relative’s income producing oil or gas property that has been in the family for years producing a nice monthly check … but the hundred dollar or seemingly worthless offer for that very small parcel of land that has a very small mineral right may be a good offer not only from a small tax reporting over the years that you may have to do but also from an organization standpoint in your estate.

While there are exceptions and of course when oil prices were in the mid 100s there were extreme cases of payments, it is very likely if you are receiving a very nominal amount of money from your mineral interest over the past decade that that mineral interest likely has very little value and maybe more of a burden to you from a tax standpoint and especially to your heirs from an estate cleaning standpoint than it’s worth.

No Need to Be Reckless – Do some Research

This is once again not an endorsement to go recklessly sell the mass form of income property but rather a recommendation to maybe think twice and do a little research when receiving a seemingly low offer by a professional mineral person who wants to consolidate his portfolio and take that interest off of your hands!

Have a Great “Cleaner Estate” 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

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

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:

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

street-cents

Third Stimulus Check Update … Much Faster Phase Out – Friday

So the next round of stimulus checks are being sent out as you read this… $1400 and all dependents meeting the requirements….

We will touch more on this next week, but one item that is different is the phase out in income levels is much steeper in this round of stimulus.

Faster Phase Out

Individuals earning over $80k and joint filers earning over $160k are completely phased out. This is a much faster phase out than the prior rounds.

If you were partially phased out in the prior rounds, it is very likely you will be completely phased out this round.

Again, more on this shortly!

Friday Heading Toward Spring

Today is a Friday heading into a soon to be warmer spring time….

Enjoy your Friday and your weekend…. talk 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

Corrected Tax Form 1099 Misc Update … Newsletter Preview … Friday

As a reminder we will gladly send you a copy of your Tax forms or send directly to your Tax Professional should you desire… Very little information is completely shown and of course your Social Security number is covered for security purposes…

We had ONE – yes ONE corrected 1099 Misc in the first round… this is good news and the lucky one already knows who they are….. if you are really itching to file (maybe have a refund waiting) this is your SOFT Green light to file – unlikely to have more corrected’s hoping no jinx here…..

Newsletter Update

The Newsletter is dominated by a handy Social Security Article that is for all – young and old… tease tease…

All kidding aside, most of the Newsletter is happily completed already and very informative… we have a bit of space left that will most likely be filled with a few interesting Graphs that we have come across… possible valuation analysis….

Anyway, the Newsletter is looking good and we think you will like it too!

Friday –

Next week is the last week before Spring Break and Jen is hitting the slopes early next week as we stagger our out of town schedules…

With a tough schedule leading into Spring Break, my plan is to try for a bit more R & R – and stay lightly tethered only… but that is the week after next….

Ahhhhh … it is a Friday, heading into a weekend where I need some rest…. Enjoy yours!

Talk to you next week after a recharged weekend!

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

Well Almost All 1099’s Posted Last Friday … 1099 R Waiver Last Year Reminder … Presidents Day Holiday Monday … Office Hours …

We were so confident that all 1099 ‘s dropped due to an internal email we received, that we sent our notice here on Monday …. Upon second reading and confirmation, a few stragglers did not post until yesterday the 11th ….

First Corrected ‘s will occur two weeks from the 11th or February 25th !

Just as a quick reminder, 1099 R’s are the form for IRA and other Qualified Distribution tax distribution reporting. Last year due to Covid, RMD’s and other mandatory distributions were NOT required…. so if we did not take an RMD, no reporting is coming our way!

Again, long tax year and many changes …just a confusion related reminder!

Presidents Day

Markets, Banks, Postal Services, most Government offices and our office will be closed on Monday…

Today, with kiddos getting out early, we will exit early for all the streets collective safety…

It’s cold and while many of our Northern friends are picking on us for a mid to low teen temperature reading, we do get the +100 degrees temp in the summer, making for hopeful less teen temps in the Winter…..

And all that know the area, you may not be surprised with the terrible 100 plus car pile up and casualties … Our prayers and best wishes sent!

Have a Great Friday, Stay Warm and Dry if the wish fits, look for some great information next week and …

Happy Presidents Day 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

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