Recent Tax Law Changes: Click on image to read more (in an easy to understand language :)
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1099-MISC from Ford, GMC, etc
We have seen a lot of these in the 2018 tax season for the first time. This confuses people on how to enter. Towards the end of season we had clients come in with these who had even received letters on how it should be entered on the tax return.
No, you don't need a Schedule C--simply add it to "Other Income-not reported elsewhere" and call it Ford Legal Trust or GMC Legal Trust...
Rental Income of less than 15 days
Considered by IRS Minimal Rental Use
There's a special rule if you use a dwelling unit as a residence and rent it for fewer than 15 days. In this case, don't report any of the rental income and don't deduct any expenses as rental expenses.
Statute of LImitations (from IRs.gov https://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc153)
While these are made for volunteers of our local VITA program, there may be information relevant to others.
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Mortgage Credit Certificate (MCCC)
I started seeing this 2 years ago, we had 3 people walk in talking about it, here is a How-To
Are you getting the Primary Client Email is not a valid email error over and over again? Isn't it driving you crazy? Well, the software "thinks" the email field is a username field--so it is auto-populating with a username that has been saved on that computer.
Look at the image below for reference--delete what has auto-populated and click on the key that is in the address bar and you can tell the system to stop saving passwords for that site.
1099-LTC Click on the image below to see How to Enter 1099-LTC Income Statement on return
QCD (Qualified Charitable Distribution) from IRA as part of a RMD (Required Minimum Distribution) Click on the image to learn more
Here’s the 411 on who can deduct car expenses on their tax returns. Employees who use their car for work can no longer take an employee business expense deduction as part of their miscellaneous itemized deductions reported on Schedule A. Employees can’t deduct this cost even if their employer doesn’t reimburse the employee for using their own car. This is for tax years after December 2017. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act suspended miscellaneous itemized deductions subject to the 2% floor.
However, certain taxpayers may still deduct unreimbursed employee travel expenses, this includes Armed Forces reservists, qualified performing artists, and fee-basis state or local government officials.
Click link above to learn more.
To e-file a return that has no taxable income (AGI $0; e.g., client has Social Security Income only) enter $1 on Line 21 Other Income and describe as “IN ORDER TO EFILE.” This will allow the return to be e-filed. Some people prefer to file to make sure their SSN isn't being used fraudulently and some have to file for other reasons. If the client has Marketplace or First Time Homebuyer's Credit, you do not need to enter the $1 as the other forms entered will allow the e-file to transmit successfully.
You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note: I, Mary Meador, AM NOT a certified accountant or tax law expert. I volunteer with VITA providing free tax preparation for individuals and families whose income is less than $66,000 a year. We deal with simple returns at our sites. I cannot guarantee the accuracy of all the information on this site as tax laws change and I may not have a clear understanding of complicated issues. I am trying to provide basic tax preparation information for our volunteers to get started--remember Publication 4012 is your go-to resource for questions, as well as irs.gov and Publication 17.