Category Archives: Income

Investors in cryptocurrency will possibly face higher taxes due to the Infrastructure Bill which will crack down on future IRS reporting. Investors will be required to disclose yearly cryptocurrency activities by checking a box on their tax returns. Due to the complicated and lengthy rules coming out of Washington, most filers haven’t a clue what […]

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Beware – if you are making more than $600 a year in transactions and using a cash app for business, the IRS wants to know. PayPal, Venmo, or CashApp are examples of various apps.  Beginning as of January 1, 2022, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 has modified the IRS reporting requirements from $20,000 […]

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Taxing Capital Gains

Capital Gains

When you make a good investment know it will be followed by a tax. Taxes on capital gains are imposed on lucrative stock trades, real estate deals, and can be used for sales of businesses, art, collectible cars, gold, and other assets. At large, investors are taxed on the difference between what they paid for […]

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Taxpayers who earned less than $150,000 in modified adjusted gross income may exclude unemployment compensation up to $20,400 if married filing jointly and $10,200 for all other eligible taxpayers.  For those taxpayers who already have filed and figured their tax based on the full amount of unemployment compensation, the IRS will determine the correct taxable […]

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Most individuals are aware of the tax benefits of selling a principal residence. Section 121 of the IRS code allows for the exclusion of up to $500,000 (for those filing married filing jointly) of the profit from the sale if the property was used for at least two in five years as a principal residence. […]

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Early IRA Withdrawals

Early withdrawals

Traditional and Roth IRA distributions are due a 10% penalty if you take them ahead of time, but there are exceptions for early withdrawal that let you skip the fine. In retirement when you look for a tax-advantageous way to save on retirement, an IRA can fit the bill. Typical IRAs offer an upfront tax […]

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Did you know that the IRS considers any forgiven debt as a source of income and that taxes must be paid on that “revenue.” And if you’ve ever settled a debt for less or had debt forgiven completely, you’ve likely received a surprise in the mail coming tax season the Form 1099-C. A 1099-C reports […]

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Alimony Payments and Recipients

The overhaul made a significant change to the alimony payments tax status. For divorce and separation agreements signed after 2018, payers will not be able to deduct alimony on their tax returns. At the same time, future recipients will no longer be required to report these payments as income, making their tax treatment similar to […]

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Investment Income Taxes

Investment Income Taxes

The tax law did not changed the favorable rates for long-term capital gains and many dividends, and there is still a popular zero rate for these types of investment income. For 2018, the zero rate applies to jointly filed married couples who have a taxable income of up to $77,200 ($38,600 for singles). A rate […]

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Sale of a Home

Sale of Home

The tax overhaul retained the existing benefit for home sellers. Jointly filing married couples can exclude $500,000 from taxes on the sale of a primary home. The exemption for single filers is $250,000 in profit. For inflation, these amounts are not indexed. For example, say Sam and Suzan bought a home for $150,000 many years […]

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