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Three Key Tax Items from the New Tax Laws – So Far

Recently, in a study group of six long time Professional Financial Planners – including yours truly – someone in the group asked if they had their arms around the new tax code?

None of us were 100%- too many changes and too many possible changes-

That being said, here are three key observations

Three Key Tax Changesirs

  1. The new $12k standard ($24k for couples) will render many itemizers useless and will mandating clumping
  2. Tax Rates are going down- across the board – see our chart here
  3. Largely a loss of deductions – Especially small business owners

The last bullet point may give you pause, but it should not, the net effect (most likely) will be positive for most tax payers —

Have a Great “Less Taxing” Day!

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

Clumping – A must given new tax laws … Friday

We are finally digging our teeth into the new tax laws … they are not 100% set in stone yet as there are many unanswered items… and likely IRS statements that will clarify and change items as the year progresses…

There is one item we are pretty confident-

Clumping of Expenses

We are going to speak at length on this over the year, so not to worry about being reminded…

The new standard deduction amount is $12k – Making for a hefty hurdle to itemize for married couples ($24k), especially with a NEW $10k SALT (State and Local Taxes) deduction limit…

Clumping TaxesAre your eyes glazed over yet? It’s ok, we will be digging deeper into this throughout the year ….

Drawing from IRA’s is also in play under the appropriate circumstances … look for more on this shortly as well…

Today is a Friday … and while a little heavier than our normal post for the weekend … it sets us up for what is to come on our tax talks… get out and have some fun … talk to you next week!

Oh… and for those wondering, the 13 year old had 9 matches total and won 6 – in some VERY HOT conditions… All good!

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

One of the few tax choices left … Clump or Pay those Property Taxes?

This is the time of year that most municipalities ask for their property tax payment… In many cases you have the option to pay in the current year (December 2016) or next year (January 2017).

To Clump or Not to Clumpirs

Big or Small Income Year

Before just paying those property taxes as you usually do, think for a moment if you have had an extremely good (high income) or low income year. If either of these fit your situation it may make sense to defer your property taxes and clump them into one year.

Standard Deduction

If your standard deduction is greater than your tax write offs, check to see if pushing two property tax payments into one year will get you over the standard deduction.

Heavy or Light Charitable Year

Just as a high or low income year, some years we may find that we have given more to charity than others. Step back a moment and see how your property tax payment will affect your total tax write offs. It may make sense to clump.

This is by no means a recommendation to clump or not as there are a lot of moving parts with this strategy. We are only asking you to think about your situation and if any may apply. See your tax professional before making a move!

Contact us if you have any questions!

Have a Great Friday and weekend… sorry for the heavy post on a Friday but the year is almost gone and we wanted to get our tax strategies to you!

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 2015 Year End Tax and Financial Planning Tips, Capital Market Review (Video by John Kvale)

Welcome to our monthly Economic, Capital Market, and Financial Planning tip of the month.

This months Special Tax Financial Planning Tip of the month is not one, but two tips that may save you tax dollars before year end !

For those new to our writings, we touch on the most pertinent Financial “stuff” along with a video of my mug that has even more specialized details of the latest month as well as this post.

Ok…let’s go!

VIDEO

YouTube Direct Link 

 

Clump or Push those property taxes

  • If you are just under the standard deduction for itemizing, consider clumping your property taxes
  • If you had a very big year of income and may have phase outs of deductions, consider pushing those property taxes into another yearProperty Tax

In our clumping or pushing post, here we discussed in great detail a neat technique to maximize your property tax itemization write offs. Now is a good time to pull out last year’s tax return and review your options — we will be glad to help if you have any questions!

Roth Conversion to Offset Active Losses

  1. Flatten your loss – not lose it
  2. Possibly freely convert your taxable IRA into a Roth
  3. Future appreciation in your Roth will be without taxes – tax-free withdrawals tooRoth Conversion

In our Roth Conversion post we discussed in great detail a possible flattening of your income and losses should you find yourself in this situation – this is a complicated, but rewarding technique – if applicable!

Give us a call if you have any confusion/questions! Do not try any of these techniques without first visiting with you professional advisor!

The Bounce back

Never go all in or all out !

This graph from our Monthly video last month:

9-30-15 Vanguard Total World Equity

Seemed silly to just watch our hard earned funds slip — and slip !

Fast forward to the end of October — The Great Bounce !

10-30-15 Total World Index

Just another reason to NOT watch this on a monthly or even quarterly time frame — decades is more appropriate!

Have a Great Day!

John A. Kvale CFA, CFP

http://www.jkfinancialinc.com
http://www.street-cents.com
8222 Douglas Ave # 590
Dallas, TX 75225JK Street Cents Logo

Year End Tax Tips – Clumping or Pushing Property Taxes

From now until near the end of the year we will be highlighting very special tax tips to help maximize your tax savings. Property Tax

Here is the first in a special tax savings series heading into year-end.

Clumping Your Property Taxes

If you have limited deductions, review your property taxes and see if it makes sense to clump two years into one

If you have been using standard deductions (not itemizing) see if clumping two property tax payments into one year will get you over the standard deduction – if it does, any extra dollars over your standard deduction will be a tax savings you otherwise would not have received.

Pushing Your Property Taxes Out a Year

If you have had a super year and may face a phase out in deductions due to a high income this year (at certain income levels you lose your deductions) you may want to consider pushing your property taxes into another year. If your deductions are partially or completely phased out, you may receive minimal tax benefit with ANY deductions.

There are a lot of moving parts in these situations, if you have a question give us a call — these are certainly not a recommendation to do either without further review.

Have a Great Tax Savings Wednesday!

John A. Kvale CFA, CFP

http://www.jkfinancialinc.com
http://www.street-cents.com
8222 Douglas Ave # 590
Dallas, TX 75225