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BREAK IN- DELAYED IRS REFUNDS (35 million to be exact) … Branson Makes History … Survey Results Preview … Trials of Server Cut Over … British Open Friday …

BREAK IN – After multiple inqueries this week regarding missing or delayed refunds, then a field touch of Tax Professionals and other expected refunders we came to the comfortable conclusion there are delays.

Before we could get this to you, this yahoo finance story breaks, saying as many as 20% of all returns (35 million- yikes) may be delayed… wow- but good detective instincts by us!

So if you have a refund due, and it is late, don’t worry, the IRS is behind but will get to us eventually!

Branson Hits the Skies

Ya ya, a bunch of Billionaires racing to the skies… we get the negative, but you cannot take away the fact that Branson (Musk and Bezos in line too) took to the skies and was the first outer space self funded and self manned traveling vessel.

These things crash and explode… frequently… heck Branson did not even wear a helmet… cavalier, maybe…. ego driven…. maybe, accomplishment, for sure!

Crazy Billionaire…. Maybe!

Survey Results Preview

We have run into a terrific survey that we cannot believe. Over 8000 folks were surveyed across the globe with some startling results….

Planned on having it mid-week this week, but did not get Copyright clearing until later….

Look out next week, we cannot wait to review…. it may even be good enough for a Two Part Series… will see…

Trials and Tribulation of the Summer Tech Update

Literally the day we posted our initial announcement of our summer technology update on Friday…. Our WIFI at the office went out…

Nothing to do with the update, we assure you!”

Ok, fine … Monday of the week found several of us no access to our contact information and email….

Luckily the cell and Ipad were working great UNTIL – Thursday.. Boom, down ….but fixed with a call to said IT folks…

If you happen to send an email to us and not receive a response, please resend, we MAY have not received it!

Next week fingers crossed for a smooth “Cut Over” (Techie term for new services)

Ahhhhhh…. but today is a Friday…. you guys know how much I like the summer sun, yep its hot, but that’s ok, enjoy your day, your weekend, and be sure to spend time with those special in your life if possible – talk next week!

Ohhh, and one more thing… it is a British Open Golf Weekend, where Golf will be available first thing in the AM for those who fancy such!

John A. Kvale CFA, CFP

Founder of J.K. Financial, Inc.

A Dallas Texas based fee only

Financial Planning Total Wealth

Management firm.



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.



New Tax Filing/Payment Date … Scammer Alert – Be Careful

On Saturday, the normal Mid-April tax day was extended to July 15 and would also include regular ES Payment extensions as well.

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This from the IRS Announcement:

“Taxpayers can also defer federal income tax payments due on April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020, without penalties and interest, regardless of the amount owed. This deferment applies to all taxpayers, including individuals, trusts and estates, corporations and other non-corporate tax filers as well as those who pay self-employment tax.

Taxpayers do not need to file any additional forms or call the IRS to qualify for this automatic federal tax filing and payment relief. Individual taxpayers who need additional time to file beyond the July 15 deadline, can request a filing extension by filing Form 4868 through their tax professional, tax software or using the Free File link on IRS.gov. Businesses who need additional time must file Form 7004.

The IRS urges taxpayers who are due a refund to file as soon as possible. Most tax refunds are still being issued within 21 days.”

Updated Scam Alert

The bad guys are taking advantage of the current situation by sending emails related to the Virus… I have personally received over a half a dozen so far, some very clever.

We have also been warned by our security advisers to be on the watch….

We wanted to give you a heads up…

  • Take a quick moment to slow down and double check your emails and texts for the time being (hurried answers or clicks are just what they are looking for!)
  • Be EXTRA careful on any email you may receive
  • Do not open any unusual Zip or hot-linked texts
  • Double check the from email address on ANY unusual email – read carefully, they again are, clever

Have a Great “Tax Extended, Scammer Watch” Day!

John A. Kvale CFA, CFP

Founder of J.K. Financial, Inc.
A Dallas Texas based fee only
Financial Planning Total Wealth
Management firm.

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.

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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.

IRS Annual Dirty Dozen Tax Scams for 2019

Each year the IRS publishes their most common list of Tax Scams that they are seeing during tax filings.

Each year we like to review and publish here, just as one more extra reminder to help us all stay away from the bad guys.

So without further ado…..

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Phishing: Taxpayers should be alert to potential fake emails or websites looking to steal personal information. The IRS will never initiate contact with taxpayers via email about a bill or tax refund. Don’t click on one claiming to be from the IRS. Be wary of emails and websites that may be nothing more than scams to steal personal information. (IR-2019-26)

Phone Scams: Phone calls from criminals impersonating IRS agents remain an ongoing threat to taxpayers. The IRS has seen a surge of these phone scams in recent years as con artists threaten taxpayers with police arrest, deportation and license revocation, among other things. (IR-2019-28)

Identity Theft: Taxpayers should be alert to tactics aimed at stealing their identities, not just during the tax filing season, but all year long. The IRS, working in conjunction with the Security Summit partnership of state tax agencies and the tax industry, has made major improvements in detecting tax return related identity theft during the last several years. But the agency reminds taxpayers that they can help in preventing this crime. The IRS continues to aggressively pursue criminals that file fraudulent tax returns using someone else’s Social Security number. (IR-2019-30)

Return Preparer Fraud: Be on the lookout for unscrupulous return preparers. The vast majority of tax professionals provide honest, high-quality service. There are some dishonest preparers who operate each filing season to scam clients, perpetuate refund fraud, identity theft and other scams that hurt taxpayers. (IR-2019-32)

Inflated Refund Claims: Taxpayers should take note of anyone promising inflated tax refunds. Those preparers who ask clients to sign a blank return, promise a big refund before looking at taxpayer records or charge fees based on a percentage of the refund are probably up to no good. To find victims, fraudsters may use flyers, phony storefronts or word of mouth via community groups where trust is high. (IR-2019-33)

Falsifying Income to Claim Credits: Con artists may convince unsuspecting taxpayers to invent income to erroneously qualify for tax credits, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit. Taxpayers should file the most accurate tax return possible because they are legally responsible for what is on their return. This scam can lead to taxpayers facing large bills to pay back taxes, interest and penalties. (IR-2019-35)

Falsely Padding Deductions on Returns: Taxpayers should avoid the temptation to falsely inflate deductions or expenses on their tax returns to pay less than what they owe or potentially receive larger refunds. Think twice before overstating deductions, such as charitable contributions and business expenses, or improperly claiming credits, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit or Child Tax Credit. (IR-2019-36)

Fake Charities: Groups masquerading as charitable organizations solicit donations from unsuspecting contributors. Be wary of charities with names similar to familiar or nationally-known organizations. Contributors should take a few extra minutes to ensure their hard-earned money goes to legitimate charities. IRS.gov has the tools taxpayers need to check out the status of charitable organizations. (IR-2019-39)

Excessive Claims for Business Credits: Avoid improperly claiming the fuel tax credit, a tax benefit generally not available to most taxpayers. The credit is usually limited to off-highway business use, including use in farming. Taxpayers should also avoid misuse of the research credit. Improper claims often involve failures to participate in or substantiate qualified research activities or satisfy the requirements related to qualified research expenses. (IR-2019-42)

Offshore Tax Avoidance: Successful enforcement actions against offshore cheating show it’s a bad bet to hide money and income offshore. People involved in offshore tax avoidance are best served by coming in voluntarily and getting caught up on their tax-filing responsibilities. (IR-2019-43)

Frivolous Tax Arguments: Frivolous tax arguments may be used to avoid paying tax. Promoters of frivolous schemes encourage taxpayers to make unreasonable and outlandish claims about the legality of paying taxes despite being repeatedly thrown out in court. The penalty for filing a frivolous tax return is $5,000. (IR-2019-45)

Abusive Tax Shelters: Abusive tax structures including trusts and syndicated conservation easements are sometimes used to avoid paying taxes. The IRS is committed to stopping complex tax avoidance schemes and the people who create and sell them. The vast majority of taxpayers pay their fair share, and everyone should be on the lookout for people peddling tax shelters that sound too good to be true. When in doubt, taxpayers should seek an independent opinion regarding complex products they are offered. (IR-2019-47)

Have a GREAT “No Dirty Dozen” Tax Scam Day!

John A. Kvale CFA, CFP

Founder of J.K. Financial, Inc.
A Dallas Texas based fee only
Financial Planning Total Wealth
Management firm.

It’s that time of year again, Tax Season – Tax forms update and important information concerning those using a tax professional as well as Tax software – Friday

We are beginning to get 1099 tax forms, however all of them are not complete for everyone.

With a corrected schedule that lasts over the next few weeks to months, please do not file your return until we give you a greenlight and get past the first corrected 1099’s!

Please reach out to Jen at jen@jkfinancialinc.com  if you want to know if your tax form is available as we will be glad to electronically send it to you or upload it to your vault as soon as we have sight of it – please follow the next instructions.

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For those using a tax professional we highly recommend that you get your information to them as soon as possible as this tax season will most certainly be much more complicated due to all the new tax laws. It would be much better to have already been in line with your tax professional and have a few missing documents than to  bring all of the information late this year.

We feel certain your tax professionals will appreciate it.

For those using tax software, we are fine with you beginning to put your information into the software, however, we would hold off on filing your tax return as we expect multiple software updates, due once again to the tax law changes!

This tax season will likely have a few curveballs as many documents that we may have used in the past, may not be needed due to the tax law changes, however don’t throw anything away, and  be sure and either give it to your tax provider or enter it into your software – let both of them tell you it’s not necessary.

It’s Friday, enjoy your weekend, and thanks so much for reading our posts!

Have a Great “Beginning of Tax Season” Day!

John A. Kvale CFA, CFP

Founder of J.K. Financial, Inc.
A Dallas Texas based fee only
Financial Planning Total Wealth
Management firm.

Whole Enchilada of Tax Forms Due this week!

Welcome to the biggest tax form week of the year.

While more money moves (mostly towards the IRS) in April than any other month, this week is the Big Enchilada of Tax Forms …

Here is what tax forms to Expect this week – Employers, here’s what needs to get processedUncle Sam

This from the nice IRS Calendar portion of their site .. Yes we may be one of the few to say nice, but generally we find them fair and helpful!… IRS that is

  • Wednesday, January 31, 2018 Individuals: File your tax return if you did not pay your last installment of estimated tax by Jan 16th (see Form 1040-ES)
  • Wednesday, January 31, 2018 File Form 720 for the fourth quarter of 2017.
  • Wednesday, January 31, 2018 Furnish Forms 1098, 1099 and W-2G to recipients for certain payments during 2017. Furnish Form W-2 to employees who worked for you during 2017.
  • Wednesday, January 31, 2018 File 2017 Forms W-2, W-2AS, W-2CM, W-2GU, W-2VI, W-3 and W-3SS with the SSA whether you file using paper forms or electronically.
  • Wednesday, January 31, 2018 File Form 1099-MISC with IRS if you are reporting nonemployee compensation.
  • Wednesday, January 31, 2018 File Form W-3 with Copy A of all Forms W-2 issued for 2017.
  • Wednesday, January 31, 2018 File Form 730 and pay the tax on wagers accepted during Dec 2017.
  • Wednesday, January 31, 2018 File Form 2290 and pay the tax for vehicles first used in Dec 2017.
  • Wednesday, January 31, 2018 Deposit payroll tax for payments on Jan 24-26 if the semiweekly deposit rule applies.
  • Wednesday, January 31, 2018 Deposit any FUTA tax owed through Dec 2017.
  • Wednesday, January 31, 2018 File Forms 940, 941, 943, 944 and/or 945 if you did not deposit all taxes when due.

We have highlighted for your (and our) convenience, the most common forms !

Have a Great “Massive 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.



New Retirement Limits – Same as before … well almost !

The IRS recently released the updates for the 2017 Limitations on retirement benefits.

It was pretty easy… THE SAME as 2016!

From the IRS Release:

Highlights of limitations that remain unchanged from 2016irs

  • The contribution limit for employees who participate in 401(k), 403(b), most 457 plans, and the federal government’s Thrift Savings Plan remains unchanged at $18,000.
  • The catch-up contribution limit for employees aged 50 and over who participate in 401(k), 403(b), most 457 plans, and the federal government’s Thrift Savings Plan remains unchanged at $6,000.
  • The limit on annual contributions to an IRA remains unchanged at $5,500.  The additional catch-up contribution limit for individuals aged 50 and over is not subject to an annual cost-of-living adjustment and remains $1,000.


There were a few changes that were long on words, but short on substance… here they are.. again from the IRS release..  Print – Click this link to Print this page

Highlights of changes for 2017

The income ranges for determining eligibility to make deductible contributions to traditional Individual Retirement Arrangements (IRAs), to contribute to Roth IRAs, and to claim the saver’s credit all increased for 2017.

Taxpayers can deduct contributions to a traditional IRA if they meet certain conditions.  If during the year either the taxpayer or their spouse was covered by a retirement plan at work, the deduction may be reduced, or phased out, until it is eliminated, depending on filing status and income. (If neither the taxpayer nor their spouse is covered by a retirement plan at work, the phase-outs of the deduction do not apply.)    Here are the phase-out ranges for 2017:

  • For single taxpayers covered by a workplace retirement plan, the phase-out range is $62,000 to $72,000, up from $61,000 to $71,000.
  • For married couples filing jointly, where the spouse making the IRA contribution is covered by a workplace retirement plan, the phase-out range is $99,000 to $119,000, up from $98,000 to $118,000.
  • For an IRA contributor who is not covered by a workplace retirement plan and is married to someone who is covered, the deduction is phased out if the couple’s income is between $186,000 and $196,000, up from $184,000 and $194,000.
  • For a married individual filing a separate return who is covered by a workplace retirement plan, the phase-out range is not subject to an annual cost-of-living adjustment and remains $0 to $10,000.

The income phase-out range for taxpayers making contributions to a Roth IRA is $118,000 to $133,000 for singles and heads of household, up from $117,000 to $132,000.  For married couples filing jointly, the income phase-out range is $186,000 to $196,000, up from $184,000 to $194,000.  The phase-out range for a married individual filing a separate return who makes contributions to a Roth IRA is not subject to an annual cost-of-living adjustment and remains $0 to $10,000.

The income limit for the saver’s credit (also known as the retirement savings contributions credit) for low- and moderate-income workers is $62,000 for married couples filing jointly, up from $61,500; $46,500 for heads of household, up from $46,125; and $31,000 for singles and married individuals filing separately, up from $30,750.


Pat yourself on the back if you are still awake at this point… my apologies if you fell over… Bottom line, not a lot of changes!

Have a Great Day!

John A. Kvale CFA, CFP

Founder of J.K. Financial, Inc.
A Dallas Texas based fee only
Financial Planning Total Wealth
Management firm.

Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR) – Filing Due Tomorrow June 30 2016

With a smaller world and using our firm as an example, having many wonderful clients and friends who may be originally from a foreign country, residing here in the USA, we wanted to send a reminder.

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American tax filers who have control over funds in other countries need to file their FBAR or their statement of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts update by tomorrow.

Here is the link to the actual FBAR filing page

Here is the link to the IRS page concerning FBAR filing

The penalties are stiff and there are no extensions, so if you need to file, do not delay!

Have a super day!

John A. Kvale CFA, CFP

Founder of J.K. Financial, Inc.
A Dallas Texas based fee only
Financial Planning Total Wealth
Management firm.



WARNING for All Parents Using 529 Plans for College Funds Currently

Attention all parents using 529 funds for college funding, please be careful NOT TO take your spring (2016) distribution this year (2015). While the bill may already be in your mailbox, the IRS frowns upon mismatching of tax years.

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We do have known contacts of IRS problems associated with the spring tuition payment being taken out this year – leading to the appearance of a much greater distribution in the current year. Unfortunately many colleges don’t give a great deal of time to pay spring tuition, however the IRS wants us to keep the bills associated with our college funding in the same tax year. 

If you’ve received your spring tuition, hold off on taking that 529 distribution until next year. Otherwise the IRS may be at our doorstep! Accidents do happen, and it will not be the end of the world, but if possible dot the i’s and cross the t’s on this one !

Some really neat stuff coming in the next few weeks…but that is later…enjoy your weekend !

John A. Kvale CFA, CFP

8222 Douglas Ave # 590
Dallas, TX 75225