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IRS Announces New Contribution Limits for FSAs

Posted by Zinner & Co. Tax Department on Nov 20, 2019 10:00:00 AM

The IRS has announced that the contribution limits for Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) contribution limits have been increased to $2750 for the plan year beginning 2020.

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Topics: medical, FSA, income tax

IRS Announces Inflation-Adjusted Standard Deduction Amounts for 2020

Posted by Zinner & Co. Tax Team on Nov 19, 2019 5:09:00 AM

The IRS issued its annual inflation adjustments for key tax items for the tax year 2020. Among them are new amounts for standard deductions.

For the tax year 2020, the standard deduction for a married couple filing jointly will be raised from $24,400 to 24,800. For single taxpayers and married couples filing separately, the standard deduction will be raised from $12,200 to 12,400. For heads of households, the standard deduction will be $18, 650.

Margin tax rates will change as follows:

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Topics: Taxes - Individual, deductions, income tax, IRS

Ask the Expert: What Does ‘Like-Kind’ Mean in a 1031 Exchange?

Posted by Zinner & Co. Real Estate Team on Nov 12, 2019 5:06:00 AM

Q: What Does ‘Like-Kind’ Mean in a 1031 Exchange?

A: As you are probably aware, a 1031 Exchange refers to a provision in the U.S. tax code, which allows real estate investors to sell or dispose of a piece of real property and purchase another piece of “like-kind” property without incurring any short-term tax consequences. But what does like-kind mean?

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Topics: real estate, income tax, tax avoidance, personal finance, 1031 Exchange

Governor Signs Tax Break for Teachers, Attorneys and Lobbyists into Law

Posted by Zinner & Co. Tax Team on Nov 11, 2019 10:47:05 AM

Governor Mike DeWine has signed a bill into law that will allow Attorneys and Lobbyists to take the Business Income Deduction (BID) deduction.The law was backed by the Ohio Society of CPAs, and was viewed as a fix to a part of the biennial budget that was thought to be unfair in its treatment of two specific professions.

As we wrote about when the bill first passed the General Assembly of the House in October, the law, in part, allows lawyers and lobbyists to take the same deductions as other types of pass-through entities. The law also contains two other provisions of note:

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Topics: Ohio business owners, income tax, business income deduction, ohio

5 Reasons You Should Begin Planning for Tax Season NOW

Posted by Zinner & Co. Tax Team on Nov 7, 2019 5:00:00 AM

It’s the 4th quarter. The holidays are right around the corner. The last thing you may want to think about is income taxes … but there are some compelling reasons why you should be thinking ahead.

Last year’s tax season saw the biggest change to the tax code in over 30 years. At the end of the tax season, we noted that one of the lessons learned was that individuals who engage us in tax planning early, on average, fared much better than those who did not. There are some very important reasons for this:

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Topics: tax services, Taxes - Corporate & Business, Taxes - Individual, income tax, tax avoidance

Ohio House Passes Bill Reducing Taxes for Lawyers, Lobbyists & Teachers

Posted by Zinner & Co. Tax Team on Oct 15, 2019 5:45:00 AM

The Ohio General Assembly unanimously passed a bill that reverses a previous tax measure, passed in July, that required lawyers and lobbyists to pay tax on the first $250,000 of income they earned.

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Topics: Ohio business owners, income tax, SALT, business income deduction

Ask The Expert: Someone told me I could be impacted by depreciation recapture even though I didn’t claim depreciation – is this true?

Posted by Zinner & Co. Tax Team on Oct 3, 2019 6:00:00 AM

 

Ask the Expert: I sold my income property. Someone told me I could be impacted by depreciation recapture even though I didn’t claim depreciation – is this true?The short answer is, yes.

Certain types of assets can be depreciated and are subject to depreciation recapture; among these are investment rental properties.

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Topics: real estate, income tax, depreciation

IRS Introduces New W-4 for 2020

Posted by Zinner & Co. Tax Team on Aug 16, 2019 7:48:26 AM

The IRS has unveiled the new, redesigned Form W-4 for the tax year 2020. This new form eliminates many of the complex tables used in previous versions and includes many enhancements from the earlier draft version.

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Topics: income tax, IRS

Ohio Initiates New Registration Process for New Pass-Through Entities

Posted by Zinner & Co. Tax Team on Aug 9, 2019 5:02:00 AM

The Ohio Department of Taxation announced they have begun a new process for registering new pass-through entities (PTE.) In the past, the department’s old computer system registered and created accounts for new PTEs upon the filing of their first return. One challenge with this process was that many PTEs made estimated payments prior to filing their first return.

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Topics: Ohio business owners, income tax, SALT, start ups

IRS Sending Warning Letters to Cryptocurrency Holders

Posted by Zinner & Co. Tax Team on Jul 29, 2019 10:02:42 AM

The IRS has begun sending letters to more than 10,000 cryptocurrency holders with a warning that they may have violated federal tax law. 

The letters state those who have profited from the trade or use of cryptocurrencies (such as Bitcoin) may be subject to a variety of taxes including capital gains.

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Topics: income tax, cryptocurrency, block chain

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