Please use the link below to be directed to the State of Vermont's resources for individuals and businesses. This website contains a wealth of information regarding financial assistance as a result of the Covid-19 Pandemic.
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This year brought challenges and disruptions that significantly impacted personal and financial situations – COVID-19, economic relief measures, new tax laws and political shifts. Now is the time to take a closer look at your current tax strategies to make sure they are still meeting your needs and take any last-minute steps that could save you money.
I am here to help you take a fresh look at the health of your tax and financial well-being. Please contact me at your earliest convenience to discuss your tax situation so that I may develop a customized plan. In the meantime, here’s a look at some issues to consider as we approach year-end.
Key tax considerations related to COVID-19
Many tax provisions were implemented under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act aimed to help individuals and businesses deal with the COVID-19 pandemic and its ongoing economic disruption.
Economic impact payment (EIP)
Eligible individuals received a payment of $1,200 ($2,400 for joint filers) plus $500 for each qualifying child, with payments phased out based on adjusted gross income. The payments are treated as advance refunds of a 2020 tax credit. If you received an EIP, you should have received IRS Notice 1444, Your Economic Impact Payment. Keep this for record-keeping purposes.
Unique to 2020, individuals who do not itemize their deductions can take an above-the-line charitable deduction of up to $300. Such contributions must be made in cash and made to qualified organizations.
You can take up to $100,000 in coronavirus-related distributions from retirement plans through the end of the year without being subject to the 10% additional tax for early distributions. Additionally, required minimum distributions (RMDs) are temporarily suspended for 2020. If your retirement assets have taken a hit, not having to take an RMD may allow those assets to recover some value before you liquidate them.
State tax obligations related to teleworking arrangements for employees
As the COVID-19 outbreak continues, many employers are encouraging or requiring their employees to work from home (i.e., telework). Such remote working arrangements could potentially have tax implications that should be considered.
Fraudulent activity remains a significant threat
My firm takes security seriously and I think you should as well. Fraudsters continue to refine their techniques and tax identity theft remains a significant concern. Beware if you:
Please make sure you are taking steps to keep your personal financial information safe. Let me know if you have questions or concerns about how to go about this.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) and your taxes
The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule on the constitutionality of the ACA in 2021. Though many questions remain, the penalty that the ACA imposes on individuals who do not have health insurance was repealed. However, other aspects of the ACA are still in place.
Importance of retirement planning
I recommend you review your retirement situation at least annually. That includes making the most of tax-advantaged retirement saving options, such as traditional IRAs, Roth IRAs and company retirement plans. It is also advisable to take advantage of health savings accounts that can help you reduce your taxes and save for your future.
Virtual currency transactions are becoming more common. There are many different types of virtual currencies, such as Bitcoin, Ethereum and Ripple. The sale or exchange of virtual currencies, the use of such currencies to pay for goods or services or holding such currencies as an investment generally has tax consequences.
Year-end planning equals fewer surprises
There are many other opportunities to discuss as year-end approaches. And, many times, there may be strategies such as deferral of income, prepayment of expenses, etc., that can help you save taxes. I am here to help. Please contact me to set up your year-end review. As always, planning ahead can help you minimize your tax bill and position you for greater success.
If you have any questions related to your year-end tax planning, please contact me.
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