Tax Forms Update, Reminder EVERYONE Receives a Paper Copy, ETF Preview … Friday

While the unofficial due date, as mentioned last week here, is next Wednesday February 12th, forms are dropping day by day.

As a reminder, EVERYONE will receive a paper copy of these forms, electronic versions will be posted as soon as they are mailed out.

The Whole Enchilada form, AKA Consolidated 1099 which includes the following:

Form 1099-B, Form-DIV, Form 1099-INT, Form 1099-MISC, and Form 1099-OID

This will be the form that is the last to arrive, due to so many moving parts. Donald the Brian spent over a month in the fall last year confirming basis information to help thwart needed corrected forms… but they may still occur as each investment entity may also have a correction, spurring a completely new Whole Enchilada Consolidated 1099.

If there were less than $10 worth of activity, the IRS does not care and as such a 1099 will not be sent. Alert..this could happen easier than you think, even if the account had sizable value, but little interest or dividends and no sales!

Reach out with any questions!

ETF

Working on a deep dive, likely multi-part Article for the Newsletter about ETF’s … the more stats we find, the more interesting the Article is getting… Ya Mrs. Cain, you were right.. we would need to know how to do that extensive research paper…sure it easier with the web… Look for abbreviated posts here in the not too distant future!

Weekend Almost Here

Today is a Friday…. some unusually cold weather this week… maybe nearing the last way down here in the south…

This from a relatives front porch who is actually south of Dallas… we had none here!

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Know you guys up north see this constantly, but not so much in our neck of the woods anymore…novelty remains here for sure!

Have a Great Friday and Super 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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January 2020 Podcast Video (Dogs Blooper at 2:55), Financial Planning and Capital Market Update – By John Kvale

Hello and Welcome to our January 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!

Break In: Dog Blooper at 2:55 for those wanting a chuckle!

Newbies –

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

January – 2020 Video

Financial Planning Tip (s) –

Handy New Tax Rates and Table

Early in the month, here in this post, we review the new contribution levels, rates and maximums.

As suspected, we have reviewed this ourselves a ton of times already as 2019 and 2020 levels blur during conversations…

2020 Comp and Retirement Contribution Limits

Homesteading Reminder

In our article here, we remind all of those who may have changed primary residence last year to check their homesteading provisions as this can be a significant saving, depending on your situation.

Examples

  • California exempts the first $7,000 of residential homestead from property taxes.
  • Colorado allows a 50% deduction for up to the first $200,000 (equivalent to a $100,000 exemption if the property is valued at $200,000 or above) for seniors (over age 65) who have lived in their property for ten consecutive years.
  • Georgia allows a 1% HEST only in a few counties.
  • Florida‘s homestead exemption allows an exemption of 160 acres outside of a municipality and one-half an acre inside a municipality.[5]
  • Kentucky, for 2013 and 2014, the exemption has been set at $36,000. Once it is approved, homeowners who are 65 or older do not need to reapply for the homestead exemption each year.[6]
  • Louisiana exempts the first $75,000 of residential homestead from local property taxes.[7]
  • Michigan exempts the homeowner from paying the operating millage of local school districts.
  • Mississippi exemption from all ad valorem taxes assessed to property; this is limited to the first $7,500 of the assessed value or $300 of the actual exempted tax dollars.[8]
  • New York‘s School Tax Relief (STAR) program exempts the first $30,000 of a primary home’s assessed value from school district taxes; the exemption is limited to owners with incomes under $500,000. Additional exemptions are available for people over 65 with a limited income. The STAR program applies only to school taxes; no homestead exemption exists for taxes levied by other municipal entities. New York prevents a New York resident claiming this exemption if the New York resident owns property in another state and claims a similar exemption in that other state.
  • Oklahoma allows a $1000 deduction of the assessed valuation, about $75 to $125 of savings per year, if owners file for homestead exemption with the local county clerk.
  • Rhode Island exempts the first 20% of the home value from property taxes.
  • Texas allows a deduction, with additional exemptions available for county taxes, people over 65 and people who are disabled. It also requires school districts to offer a $25,000 exemption (but not other taxing districts, such as cities and counties).[9] Texas further limits the assessment increase on a homestead to 10% of the prior year’s value.

Helping Close Relatives or Others

During the month, we had multiple Financial Planning questions for close relatives and friends, which were asked, but some what hesitantly…

Wanting to reinforce the fact that we are glad to help, in this article we remind everyone we are not only flattered by the question, but VERY happy to help!

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Tax Forms and Information Reminders

In another handy reference post, here, we discuss the tax form alphabet and more importantly, note the due dates and expected delivery times of the most common tax forms….

1099- R and 1099 Miscellaneous cover 95% of most folks reporting!

We know, it’s tax season again…not everyone’s fav…but we are trying to help make it easier.

Capital Market Comments

The markets finally took notice of the CoronaVirus. As scary as the virus is, modern day medicine and the actual fast spreading of the event and comprehension, unlike SARS which we remember well will likely help stem the fears and spread of the virus.

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

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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Tax Forms (1099) ABC’s, Expected Receipt Date and Possible Corrected Form Explanation …. Friday

Several conversations this week involved discussions of the Tax Forms that we are expecting to receive…

Thanks for a Great Timely Post Subject!

The key to tax forms is focusing on the last letter or letters… they are basically all 1099 – but the last letter or letters drives the type of form and reporting!

Tax Form ABC

Here are the forms coming our way, with a quick explanation…

R- Stands for Retirement (fun word association)

1099-R’s are rarely corrected, as the reporting is super easy … whatever was taken out of the account is reported for tax purposes!

1099-R
Distributions from Pensions, Annuities, Retirement or Profit-Sharing Plans, etc.
Distributions from qualified retirement plans—for example, individual 401(k), profit-sharing, or money-purchase plan—or any IRAs or IRA recharacterizations, conversions, or removals of excess January 17, 2020
By close of business

Next up the consolidated form…

Think of this one as the Whole Enchilada….(bunches of 1099 s on this one form!)

These are the main forms within the Whole Enchilada….

Form 1099-B, Form-DIV, Form 1099-INT, Form 1099-MISC (Dividends, Interest, Miscellaneous other stuff)

This form may have multiple corrections….

Consolidated Form 1099 All reportable income and transactions for the year

If a client received at least $10 in either dividends or interest during the tax year or had an equity sale in a taxable account, they will receive an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Form 1099

If applicable to the account, Consolidated Form 1099s may include: Form 1099-B, Form-DIV, Form 1099-INT, Form 1099-MISC, and Form 1099-OID

February 12, 2020
By close of business
May be available earlier, depending on the activity and holdings in your client’s account

Many ask, why the corrections…

“Why can they not get it correct the first time?”

Let’s exaggerate to make our point… hang with me; If you have an account with 50 investment holdings, there are 50 chances to have a correction as EACH ONE of these investments will have their own tax reporting…. said another way, if any one of these 50 holdings has an issue/correction, there will be a Whole Enchilada corrected form…

Hmmmm… now that we think about it….surprised we do not have more corrected forms!

During the fall, Donald “The Brain” went to great extensive efforts to get all basis information correct… that does not mean that there will be no Corrected forms, but we expect much fewer, if any!

Happy Friday…

Tennis Player is six hours away with the better half … still in Texas… fulfilling the goal once again…maybe by accident… but that is ok!

Have a Great “ABC Tax form” 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

All About Taxes – We know … Most Really Want to Know About ENFORCEMENT ! Great Source Sites

Here are great source sites used for our research and possibly useful as you enter tax season:

As promised last Friday we wanted to share some neat stats and information concerning taxes and the collection of, and the IRS in general.

This is a brief review of the subject matter from our pending 2020 Q2 Newsletter which will hit your mailbox right around tax filing date, and we thought it a good time to share some stats.

We know that when you think of the IRS and taxes you’re mostly concerned with one thing … ENFORCEMENT!

With brevity a concern in this venue, we will drill directly to the enforcement portions of our much deeper and more comprehensive article … again in our Pending Q2 Newsletter.

Enforcement of Tax Collections and IRS Statistics

In dealing with the IRS and tax situations over the past 31 years the one thing that we have found most important is to always respond to the IRS in a timely fashion.

TaxAudit 2018 stats

 

Our general IRS/Client experience over the past three decades has been a very good one. We have found the IRS to almost always be very receptive to information, understanding of mistakes, and even frequently waving penalties and interest …however this last point is not always in stone given certain situations

Amazingly nearly 2/3 of audits, which are almost all done by paper due to the cost of a field audit are not answered, resulting in a claim on the taxpayer. Bottom line, make sure you show the IRS that you’re answering their questions in a timely fashion and expect a paper computer driven notice.

09-18 number of returns audited IRS advocacy

The majority of audits and notifications (AKA CP2000) are created or driven by an income mismatch – said another way, if you earn some income, wages, interest, investments, or some type of capital gains, and you do not get it on your tax return, it’s easy for the IRS to catch, and you WILL get a notification. (CP2000)

Sir Learned Hand, Famous Quote440px-LearnedHand1910a

“Anyone may arrange his affairs so that his taxes shall be as low as possible; he is not bound to choose that pattern which best pays the treasury. There is not even a patriotic duty to increase one’s taxes. Over and over again the Courts have said that there is nothing sinister in so arranging affairs as to keep taxes as low as possible. Everyone does it, rich and poor alike and all do right, for nobody owes any public duty to pay more than the law demands.”

While you hear us talk about tax reducing strategies frequently, (here, here, here ) as we are big believers in not paying any extra taxes, we are also very big believers of being fair and honest with the IRS. Over the years we have been presented with many gray area tax strategies that have almost inevitably not held up against the IRS.

If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is in the end … don’t even think about going there – the IRS will eventually find you, and it will most always be at the most inconvenient time!

Having respect, and mutual admiration for the IRS and its’ enforcers,  but not fearful or conspiracy, is a healthy way to go about your tax responsibility as a United States Taxpayer!

Have a Great “Tax Stats” 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

Top Countries By Electrical Power Consumption (Per Capita) – You Will be Surprised – Animated Chart

In order for this Animation to make sense, remember this is Per Capita…

The results will still, most likely surprise you!

From our Friends at Animated Stats:

Have a Great “Electrical Consumption Informed” Day!

John A. Kvale CFA, CFP

Founder of J.K. Financial, Inc.
A Dallas Texas based fee onl
Financial Planning Total Wealth
Management firm.
jkfinancialinc
street-cents

 

Fast January, Tax Audit Pre-View, “AO” … Friday

Not sure about you guys, but in several conversations this week, as well as a few reflection times, it was super hard to believe January is almost gone… Wow!

Speaking of Fast January, how about already another Friday… with a short week and turn around travels next week, looks like we are in full stride….

Tax Time Commeth

Given the mailbox (and inbox) is likely beginning to fill with those pesky tax forms, we have a few neat stats on Tax/Audits/IRS reviews to share soon… We actually attempted to get them into the Q1 2020 Newsletter to no avail… a good problem (too much content) … We think you may find some of the statistics very interesting, but of course never push the gray when dealing with Uncle Sam!

Here is a Teaser:

TaxAudit 2018 stats

AO – Australian Open

Regular readers know sports … and especially Tennis (Australian Open) is big at the homestead…. between a 17 hour + time zone change and the 15 year old deciding to do 6 am — YES … 6 am tennis practice, the candle has been burning a bit at both ends…. maybe the reason for the Fast January… all good!

Ahhh….but as mentioned early, today is a Friday…maybe a Fast Friday in January, but still a Friday … enjoy your weekend and get ready for some fun Tax Facts Next Week!

Have a Great “Fast 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