May 10 – Report Tips to Employer
If you are an employee who works for tips and received more than $20 in tips during April, you are required to report them to your employer on IRS Form 4070 no later than May 10. Your employer is required to withhold FICA taxes and income tax withholding for these tips from your regular wages. If your regular wages are insufficient to cover the FICA and tax withholding, the employer will report the amount of the uncollected withholding in box 12 of your W-2 for the year. You will be required to pay the uncollected withholding when your return for the year is filed.
May 31 – Final Due Date for IRA Trustees to Issue Form 5498
Final due date for IRA trustees to issue Form 5498, providing IRA owners with the fair market value (FMV) of their IRA accounts as of December 31, 2021. The FMV of an IRA on the last day of the prior year (Dec 31, 2021) is used to determine the required minimum distribution (RMD) that must be taken from the IRA if you are age 72 or older during 2022.
The annual inflation rate in the U.S. accelerated to 7.5% in January of 2022, the highest since February of 1982, hitting those on fixed retirement income, namely seniors, the hardest.
On top of escalating living expenses due to inflation, some retirees are faced with a significant amount of debt and inadequate income. Some seniors that have a mortgage on their home have retirement income too low to cover the mortgage payments and have enough left over to be able to enjoy their golden years. Are there any remedies for this situation?
Although most (74% in 2020) American taxpayers receive a refund each year when they file their income tax returns, there are those who for one reason or another end up owing. Of those who owe Uncle Sam many don’t have the means to pay what they owe by the return due date (usually in April).
As a reminder to those who have not yet filed their 2021 tax returns, April 18, is the due date to either file a return (and pay the taxes owed) or file for an automatic extension (and pay an estimate of the taxes owed). The due date is April 18, instead of April 15, because of the Emancipation Day holiday in the District of Columbia – even if you don’t live in DC. If you live in Maine or Massachusetts, the filing due date is April 19, 2022, because of the Patriots’ Day holiday in those states.
According to one recent study, start-ups created over two million jobs in the United States in 2015 alone. In fact, by 2018, there were 30.2 million such organizations operating in the country — making up a significant part of the economy.
But having an idea for a product or service and bringing that vision into reality are often two different things. It’s one thing to come up with something innovative — it’s another thing entirely to avoid the trials and tribulations that the business side of the equation often brings with it. That’s why it’s so important to estimate start-up costs before you launch your new business — it can help you avoid as many of these issues as possible.
You may hear people use the term “Stepped-Up Basis” that many believe is a tax provision that allows beneficiaries of an inheritance to reduce or even avoid taxes when and if they sell inherited property.
When an individual sells property, any gain from the sale of the property is taxable. The tax term “basis” is the value from which any taxable gain is measured. For personal use property or investment property the basis is generally the cost of the property. For business property the term basis is replaced with adjusted basis, which generally means the cost of the property reduced by business deductions, such as depreciation, attributable to the property.
Your 401(k), IRA or other retirement accounts may be a tempting source for cash if you find yourself short of funds or have a major purchase you are considering. But withdrawing money from a traditional IRA or qualified retirement account before you reach age 59 1/2 may not be the best idea, as you will likely pay both income tax and a 10% early-distribution tax (also referred to as a penalty) on any previously untaxed money that you take out.
A component of itemized deductions is the cost of medical care. The total of eligible medical expenses paid during the tax year is reduced by 7.5% of the taxpayer’s adjusted gross income (AGI). While you are undoubtedly familiar with most of the medical expenses eligible for the deduction, such as payments for doctor/dentist care, surgeries, prescription drugs and other commonly encountered medical costs, one type of eligible medical expense that you may not be aware of is the cost of a child attending a special school. This type of school is designed to compensate for or overcome a physical or mental handicap, in order to qualify the individual for future normal education or for normal living. This includes a school for the teaching of Braille or lip reading. The principal reason for attending must be the special resources available at the school for alleviating the handicap.
If you borrow money will the interest you pay be deductible for income tax purposes? The answer to that question can be complicated, and unfortunately, not all the interest an individual pays is tax-deductible. The rules for deducting interest vary, and essentially depend on what the loan proceeds are used for: personal items, investment, home mortgage, business activities or higher-education. Interest expense can fall into any of the following categories:
This could be another rough tax season for the IRS and taxpayers. Although this year’s filing season opens January 24, 2022 (i.e., it is the first day the IRS will accept and start processing 2021 returns), the Service still has a backlog of prior year returns to process and is plagued by staff shortages due to the pandemic and reduced funding in the last few years. Even though the majority of 2020 returns were filed electronically, many of those returns still required manual review, resulting in significant delays in IRS issuing refunds. This was the case with millions of 2020 returns of taxpayers who received unemployment compensation and had filed before Congress passed a law that retroactively exempted up to $10,200 of 2020 unemployment income per filer (that provision has not been extended to 2021). Human review was also required for a significant number of returns on which the Recovery Rebate Credit had to be reconciled with the Economic Impact Payments #1 and #2.