Do you know the 5 Year plus One Day Rule ?

For homeowners, this tax law rule is critical for you to understand. Why ?…..well, just about everyone knows that when you sell your primary residence, you are entitled to exclude the first $250K/$500K of gain, depending on whether you file your taxes as a single taxpayer or Married Filing Joint.  There, of course, is a mathematical calculation you must complete ( and a Form to file with your personal income tax return.

https://www.irs.gov/publications/p523/index.html

What most of us do not know is that we can receive this capital gain exclusion again, and again, and again, as long as we abide by the 5 years plus 1-day rule. This rule essentially states that, as long as you lived in your primary residence for two (any two) of the last five years, you can again utilize this wonderful tax benefit.

On the opposite side,  losses resulting from the sale of your primary residence are not deductible, and if you meet a portion of the 5 years plus 1-day rule, you are eligible to receive a pro-rata share of the exclusion. Working with an expert Tax Accounting firm like Core Performance is the ideal way to ensure you achieve the maximum benefit from the tax code. Let us know how we can assist you? we are truly here to help in any way we can. http://coreperformance.net/contact/

Hello People – Important Consideration – Did you Receive a raise or are you expecting one?

Here are some important reminders as you think about compensation, tax planning, savings and retirement planning.

The amount of tax withheld from your paycheck should increase automatically along with your higher income. But if you’re working two jobs, have significant outside income (from investments or self-employment), or you and your spouse file a joint tax return, the raise could push you into a higher tax bracket that may not be accounted for in the Form W-4 on file with your employer. Even if you aren’t getting a raise, ensuring that your withholding lines up closely with your anticipated tax liability is smart tax planning. Use the IRS Withholding Calculator; then, if necessary, tell your employer you’d like to adjust your W-4. We can help you navigate through this process if you prefer guidance.

Another thing to consider is using some of the additional income from your raise to increase your contribution to a 401(k) or similar qualified retirement plan. That way, you’re reducing your taxable income and saving more for retirement at the same time. Please contact us at peterc@coreperformance.net to review or discuss and we will get back to you promptly. Here’s hoping you have an awesome summer.

What’s better for Tax & Investment Purposes? Election of a Partnership or an S-Corp?

April 3, 2017 · Posted in Accounting, Profitability Tips, Tax Planning · Comment 

Let’s get QuizziCAL: LLCs and Partnerships

Here’s a stumper for our tax experts!

Your client Esteban, a chef of growing acclaim, recently left New York because he couldn’t stand the thought of a burrito being classified as a sandwich and was forced to pay sales tax on his most notable creation, the Spicy Mayan Lobster Burrito con Mojo. He came to California to be a part of the wildly expanding culinary scene in Los Angeles and plans to open his own restaurant at Row DTLA, an exciting and massive complex in the downtown Arts District. In the meantime, he has met Siouxzi, a creative mixologist who makes an astonishing cranberry lime margarita. The two want to form a business.

Esteban and Siouxzi are trying to decide whether to form as an S corporation or an LLC. They plan to invest $25,000 each, and they believe they will operate at a $75,000 loss per year for the first two years. To cover the losses, the business will have a $100,000 line of credit, which they both must personally guarantee. Under which business structure will Esteban and Siouxzi be able to deduct all of the losses?

Answer:

The should form an LLC, because they will be able to include the loan guarantee as part of their basis; whereas the S corporation basis is limited to their contributions and loans they personally make to the business. For more information,

Happy New Year’s 2017 to all our Readers – here’s some valuable details for you to Digest!

December 28, 2016 · Posted in Accounting, Decision-Making Tips, Profitability Tips, Tax Planning · Comment 

Here are the most essential updated limits for 2017; as we have identified for our Business Owner and Family clients.

Social Security maximum wage base for 2017 increased to $127,200. Amounts withheld at the 6.2% rate from an employee will now be $7,886.40 with the employer matching it. A self-employed person will pay the employee’s and employer’s shares which will be almost $15,772.80. The 1.45% Medicare tax is in addition to this and there is no salary cap on that. The employer will match employee’s amount and the self-employed will pay both shares. The employee’s total withholding tax will be7.65% and self-employed will be 15.3% on amounts up to the wage base and 1.45% and 2.9% on amount over that.

Capital Gains: Maximum rate is 20% plus 3.8% if the Net Investment Income Tax applies. The 0% rate will apply to extent ordinary income is taxed at a rate below 25%. A 15% rate is for individuals taxed at a 25% ordinary income tax rate or higher but below the 39.6% rate. The rate is 25% for unrecaptured Section 1250 depreciation; and 28% for long term sales of collectibles.

Alternative Minimum Tax exemption for those married filing jointly will be $84,500 and for singles $54,300. The exemption starts to phase out when joint and single income exceeds $160,900 and $120,700.

Personal exemption is $4,050 and starts to phase out when joint and single AGI reaches $313,800 and $259,400.

Section 179 Depreciation: $510,000 with this amount being reduced when the cost of qualifying property exceeds $2,030,000.

Gift Tax Annual Exclusion: $14,000 per person receiving a gift. This is doubled if there is a consenting spouse.

Estate and Gift Tax Lifetime Exemption: $5,490,000. For gifts this is doubled if there is a consenting spouse.

IRA contribution limit is $5,500 and an extra $1,000 for those who are age 50 and over. The limits apply for both traditional and Roth IRAs. There are phase outs for traditional IRAs for taxpayers covered by an employer plan; and for Roth IRAs based on AGI.

401k, 403b and most 457 plan contribution limits: $18,000 plus $6.000 for taxpayers past their 50th birthday.

Defined contribution limits: $54,000 plus $6,000 for those past their 50th birthday. SEP plans are not eligible for the over age 50 additional contributions.

Solo 401k plan combined with a SEP: $54,000 plus $6,000 for those past their 50th birthday.

SIMPLE plan limits are $12,500. The extra over age 50 amount is $3,000.

Medicare Part B premiums for those over age 65: Joint Modified AGI up to $170,000, $134.00 per month; MAGI over $170,000 up to $214,000, $187.50; MAGI over $214,000 up to $320,000, $267.00; MAGI over $320,000 up to $428,000, $348.30; MAGI over $428,000, $428.60. The single limits are half of the joint MAGI amounts for the premiums shown. These amounts will be reduced somewhat if you have the Medicare premiums deducted from your monthly Social Security benefits. Tip: These payments are deductible as medical insurance premiums which is especially beneficial for self-employed taxpayers. The Modified AGI reported on your 2015 tax return determines your 2017 premiums. To reduce your MAGI for 2017 (almost too late for 2016) consider transferring part or all of your 2017 Required Minimum Distributions (up to $100,000) directly to a charity. This might help reduce your 2019 premiums. You should consult with a tax advisor for other strategies to reduce MAGI. Starting early in the year will give you the best opportunities for tax planning.

Retirement plan tip: Consider making your 2017 contributions in January 2017 or as early in the year as you could so the tax deferred earnings start. Also, some plan contributions for 2016 can be made in 2017 and some of the plans can be opened in 2017 for the 2016 tax year. Further, do not overlook IRA contributions for non-working spouses. Self-employed people with no employees should consider a solo 401k combined with a SEP – if you qualify for 2016, open it ASAP! This must be done before Dec 31, 2016.

There are other items but these cover the most items we get questions about. All of these amounts and limits should be checked for amount and applicability with our office as your tax advisor.

For our Business Clients – let’s keep an open eye on these new Regulations

Now that the October  tax deadlines have come and gone, here are some of the biggest changes to keep an eye on as we all wrap up the 2016 year, and head into 2017:

FIRST: The Annual Form 1099 just got more difficult.  Some of the biggest tax changes small-business owners will need to pay attention to is in health care coverage. For starters, businesses that are subject to the health care mandate expands in 2016. Now, not only must companies with 100 or more full-time employees provide coverage, but smaller businesses that employ 50-99 workers must do so as well.

SECOND: While small businesses may have come into contact with this requirement in early 2016, the rule’s relative newness bears a reminder: All employees will need to fill out Form 1095-B, Health Coverage, and employers will need to send these forms to the IRS. These are by no means the only changes to how employers report and provide coverage, nor are they likely to be the last as lawmakers continue to refine and tweak Obamacare.

THIRD: On January 1, 2016, a new rule was proposed by the Department of Labor that would raise the salary threshold for overtime to $50,440. That means employees that make at least this amount annually are exempt for overtime regulations. As such, employers do not have to pay them for that extra time. However, following the rule’s announcement, criticism has flooded in from employers and lawmakers, with many voicing concern that $50,440 was too big an increase from the previous threshold of $23,660. Since then, a revised number—$47,000—has been proposed as the new threshold. Once the final rule is published, employers will have 60 days before it becomes law.

Working closely with your accountant or bookkeeper will help companies best prepare and integrate the change into their workplaces. We are here to assist you implement these new rules. Just give us a call.

We help individuals, businesses, and exempt organizations get back on the right track

October 5, 2016 · Posted in Accounting, Profitability Tips, Tax Planning · Comment 

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cqbc_mediumIs your IRS or FTB problem causing financial difficulty, or do you believe an IRS procedure isn’t working as it should? if so, please contact us at http://coreperformance.net/contact/ – and a team member will respond the same business day.

Our tax resolution engagements generally fit into one of the following types:

1) Where a taxpayer is experiencing some financial difficulty, emergency, or hardship, and the IRS needs to move much faster than it usually does under its normal procedures. If the IRS doesn’t act quickly (for example, to remove a levy or release a lien), the taxpayer will experience even more financial harm.

2) Where many different IRS units and steps are involved, and the case needs a “coordinator” or “traffic cop” to make sure everyone does their part. We play that role.

3)Where the taxpayer has tried to resolve a problem through normal IRS channels but those channels have broken down.

4) Where the taxpayer is presenting unique facts or issues (including legal issues), and the IRS is applying a “one size fits all” approach, isn’t listening to the taxpayer, or doesn’t recognize that it needs new guidance for those circumstances.

We can assist you in quickly resolving these issues. Just contact us!

Why it’s Important to understand your future Tax expense and what this has to with Click Thru Nexus?

May 10, 2016 · Posted in Accounting, Profitability Tips, Tax Planning · Comment 

Work Local Awards - FBFreshBooksCertified (1)This may sound like an unusual title for a Blog Post. And yet, I believe when you see the logic and how the evidence is laid out, you will see that State and Local Sales and Income tax revenues in the near future will look very different than they do now. First some basic facts about the current state of business, Company formation, the broader economy, governmental budget pressures, and how this all fits together:

• Businesses are less inclined to station their own employees and property in any given location. People work virtually, which means they have the potential to establish nexus in multiple jurisdictions. Thereby, incurring tax liabilities in multiple States and jurisdictions.

• E-commerce companies are increasing in numbers and in capabilities, meaning a greater number of buyers are using vendors without physical presence in the state of delivery. This is putting pressure on the States to change they way they govern and tax online transactions.

• Actions and inaction by the federal government and courts cause confusion regarding acceptable standards for nexus. It’s cloudy out there, like the wild wild west when it comes to defining taxing jurisdictions.

• States want to increase revenue, and the perception that E-commerce is evading tax assessment and impatience/aggravation with guidance from the federal government is leading to greater disparity in standards between states.

• Businesses are operating under the new normal circumstances of doing more with less. This is a growing wave, and we are in the early stages.

• More and more State legislatures are defining the sale of Digital Goods as a taxable event in their state.

•  Impact of digital currency – The larger states are now defining Digital Currency as Cryptocurrency – A digital currency in which encryption techniques are used to regulate the generation of units of currency and verify the transfer of funds, operating independently of a central bank. This allows the states and the Federal Government to treat Digital Currency as property, like Inventory, or an Investment, e.g. taxable.

• Businesses will now look at Accruing Loss Contingencies, for sales/use tax liabilities, when it is probable that a State will assess a tax.

All this points out that Tax Expense, which used to be directly connected to the business transactions done within your own State, are increasingly shifting to Indirect Tax, which can come about from many places at the same time, based on differing interpretations of Commerce, Click thru Nexus, and a State’s desire to claw back at online sellers. You need a tax expert who thinks about and applies logic to every business situation, so that proper business structuring, using tax planning as a key ingredient, will become paramount. If it has not done so already. Please contact us to discuss your business situation, and how we can help you mitigate the very real risk that these imminent pressures will impact your business operations.

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Paying your Taxes has never been this easy!

April 4, 2016 · Posted in Accounting, Business Tips, Tax Planning · Comment 

The IRS offers several payment options for you to consider as the April tax deadline approaches.You can pay online, by phone or from your mobile device. Paying online is easy and secure. Here are a few of the options  available to you:

  1. When you’re e-filing your taxes, you can use the electronic funds withdrawal method. EFW allows you to e-file and pay from your bank account when you are using tax preparation software or a tax professional. Your can schedule your payment any time before your taxes are due.
  2. You can use IRS Direct Pay anytime to pay your taxes directly from your checking or savings accounts at no cost to you. You receive instant confirmation that your payment was submitted, and you can schedule your payment up to 30 days in advance.
  3. Another option is paying your taxes by phone or online through any of the secure debit and credit card processors. Though the IRS does not charge a fee for this service, the card processors do.
  4. There’s also the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System. It’s free, and it takes five to seven business days to enroll before you can make a payment. If you can’t pay in full, you may want to consider requesting a payment agreement. If you owe $50,000 or less in individual income taxes and can pay the full amount within 72 months or less, you can use the online payment agreement tool.
  5. There’s no need to call or write the IRS because you make the request directly from your computer. It’s easy, and your personal information is safe and secure. If you prefer to pay with your mobile device, use IRS2Go, the official mobile app of the IRS. IRS2Go provides easy access to the mobile-friendly payment options Direct Pay for free, and debit or credit card payments through an approved payment processor for a fee. You can download IRS2Go from Google Play, the Apple App Store or Amazon and make your payments when it’s convenient for you.
  6. Visit IRS.gov/Payments for easy and secure ways to pay your taxes. Electronic payment options are quick, easy, secure and much faster than mailing a check or money order. April 1, 2016 

How do we convert all of the newly available insight into better decisions ?

I have been saying for awhile now that technology frees finance & accounting departments of the time-consuming manual responsibilities of the past. As a result, today’s accounting and business finance professionals are expected to take advantage of these efficiencies – to show results and plan strategically. To accomplish this, Accountants must incorporate analytics into their daily work, in order to develop expertise at using the results of the analytics. What are these results of improved analytics? ….. better data, more aligned with Customer requirements, and agile enough to bend with changing times.

Cloud Accounting technology gives us the ability to store and organize large sets of data over time so that results can be analyzed effectively, KPIs can be benchmarked against companies in a specific peer group and resources can be allocated appropriately. These unconventional activities provide an opportunity for us to elevate the value of our businesses’ accounting function by demonstrating our ability to turn data into knowledge and ultimately provide client companies with a competitive market advantage.

ANALYTICS AND BENCHMARKING

Analytical tools are designed to help you gather insight from your data and develop a business wealth creation strategy for your company. With access to benchmarking results, you can quickly compare your company results to those within your peer group—a game-changing advantage.

The key point here is that analysis and insight not only gives you an opportunity to plan strategically, but it can also provide your company with a tangible competitive edge. Now that you know how cloud accounting technologies enable you to glean business insight from your data, learn more about how Core Performance delivers better results for its clients, stay tuned to this blog.

Tax Responsibilities with the ACA & Resolving Information Form 1095 Conflicts

Important Introductory Note: There are no special or specific due diligence requirements related to Affordable Care Act issues or specifically to Form 1095 information returns.

Our Planning document represents best practices for Tax Preparers and their Clients to gather necessary information to prepare 2015 tax returns, including information that may be helpful to demonstrate compliance with the ACA health coverage provision. General requirements on filing a complete and accurate tax return continue to apply. Tax Preparers are expected to resolve conflicting or contradictory statements from their clients during the return preparation process, as they do today.

Extensions: Due to the extensions for furnishing health care information forms (Notice 2016-04), some individual taxpayers may not receive a Form 1095-B, Health Coverage, or Form 1095-C, Employer Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage, by the time they are ready to file their 2015 tax return. While the information on these forms may assist in preparing a return, they are not required. Like last year, taxpayers can prepare and file their returns using other information about their health coverage. Individuals do not have to wait for their Form 1095-B or 1095-C in order to file.

Resolving conflicting information between Form 1095-A and Form 1095-B: In certain circumstances, some of which we have listed below, a client’s Form 1095-B may contain information that appears contradictory to their Form 1095-A, Health Insurance Marketplace Statement. In those situations, the preparer will need to ask clients about their specific circumstances to determine whether a client is eligible for the premium tax credit. Examples:

1. Reporting errors: If the issuer has reported information incorrectly on Form 1095-A or 1095-B, the client should contact the issuer of the form and ask for a correction. Because the issuer               also reports this information to the IRS, discrepancies should be resolved at the earliest opportunity.

2. Same month changes in coverage: If a client has coverage for at least one day during a month with one provider and switches coverage to another provider that takes effect later in the                     same month, both providers will report coverage provided during that month. This situation does not affect the client’s potential eligibility for the premium tax credit.

3. Retroactive eligibility determinations: A client may be retroactively determined to be eligible for government-sponsored insurance (Medicaid, for example). The client may receive both a               Form 1095-A and a Form 1095-B for an overlapping period. Although this may appear to be contradictory information, the client’s eligibility for the premium tax credit does not change                     until the first day of the first calendar month beginning after the date of the approval.

4. Eligibility for Medicaid or Medicare while enrolled in Marketplace coverage: In general, a client is not eligible for the premium tax credit for months in which the client is eligible for                         government-sponsored health coverage. Individuals are granted a short period of time to apply for and transition to government-sponsored coverage. However, any individual who fails by                 the last day of the third full calendar month following when he or she meets the criteria to enroll in the government-sponsored insurance, becomes ineligible for the premium tax credit as of             the first day of the fourth calendar month.

5. Supplemental private insurance coverage: The health care law does not prohibit individuals who have enrolled in Marketplace coverage from obtaining supplemental insurance from a                   private insurance provider. Therefore, dual coverage in this situation as reflected by a Form 1095-A and a Form 1095-B does not affect the client’s eligibility for the premium tax credit.

6. Dual enrollment:

Q. My client enrolled in a qualified health plan with Affordable Premium Tax Credit (APTC) based on a Marketplace determination or assessment that the client was ineligible for Medicaid or            CHIP  coverage. Subsequently, the client was determined eligible for Medicaid and was enrolled for several months while still enrolled in the qualified health plan. Should I treat my client as            eligible  for Medicaid and therefore ineligible for the premium tax credit for these months?

A. Generally, no. If a Marketplace makes a determination or assessment that an individual is ineligible for Medicaid or CHIP and eligible for APTC when the individual enrolls in a qualified               health plan, the individual is treated as not eligible for Medicaid or CHIP for purposes of the premium tax credit for the duration of the period of coverage under the qualified health plan                  (generally, the rest of the plan year). Accordingly, if your client was enrolled in both Medicaid coverage and in a qualified health plan for which advance credit payments were made for one or           more months of the year following a Marketplace determination or assessment that your client was ineligible for Medicaid, your client can claim the premium tax credit for these months, if               the client is otherwise eligible. The Marketplace may periodically check state Medicaid data to identify consumers who may be dual-enrolled, and direct them to return to the Marketplace to             discontinue their APTC. If you believe that your client may currently be enrolled in both Medicaid and a qualified health plan with advance credit payments, you should advise your client to             contact the Marketplace immediately.

Resolving reporting conflicts between Form 1095-A and Form 1095-C:

If a client receives a Form 1095-C that is marked in Box 14 with a code 1A, affordable offer of self-only minimum essential coverage, the client generally would not be eligible for the premium tax credit. However, the return preparer will need to ask clients about their specific circumstances to determine whether a client might still be eligible for the premium tax credit.

1. Reporting errors: If information is reported incorrectly on a Form 1095-A or Form 1095-C, the client should contact the issuer of the form and ask for a correction. Because the issuer also reports this information to the IRS, discrepancies should be resolved at the earliest opportunity.

2. Offers of affordable employer-sponsored insurance and Marketplace enrollment: Generally, individuals who are offered affordable self-only employer-sponsored coverage (in 2015, coverage that costs 9.56% or less of household income) are not eligible for the premium tax credit. There are some exceptions:

a. Employee safe harbor: In good faith, a client may provide accurate information to the Marketplace about the cost of employer sponsored insurance and the Marketplace may determine                  that the individual is eligible for advance payments of the premium tax credit. Under these circumstances, the client would still be eligible for the premium tax credit if he or she meets the                  other eligibility criteria even though the employer sponsored coverage would have been affordable based on the taxpayer’s actual household income. Note: If the client changed employers                 during the year and the new employer offered the client affordable coverage in subsequent months, the client must contact the Marketplace again to redetermine his or her eligibility for the               premium tax credit.

b. Employer-sponsored insurance offerings after Marketplace enrollment: If an employer extends an offer of affordable insurance during the year after the client had already enrolled in                     Marketplace coverage, the client generally is eligible for the premium tax credit until the first day of the first full month the employer coverage could have been effective.

 

Many of our clients are pleasantly surprised at how easy their life becomes after they take the first step toward visionary accounting with Core Performance Consulting.

We encourage you to call us at (949) 502-4680 or email us at peterc@coreperformance.net to set up your no-cost, no-obligation consultation.

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