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/

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.

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 

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