What Qualifies as a “Coronavirus-Related Distribution” from a Retirement Plan?

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As you may have heard, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act allows “qualified” people to take certain “coronavirus-related distributions” from their retirement plans without paying tax. So how do you qualify? In other words, what’s a coronavirus-related distribution? Early distribution basics In general, if you withdraw money from an IRA or eligible retirement plan before you reach …

If You’re Selling Your Home, Don’t Forget About Taxes

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Traditionally, spring and summer are popular times for selling a home. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 crisis has resulted in a slowdown in sales. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reports that existing home sales in April decreased year-over-year, 17.2% from a year ago. One bit of good news is that home prices are up. The median existing-home price in April was …

Seniors: Can You Deduct Medicare Premiums?

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If you’re age 65 and older, and you have basic Medicare insurance, you may need to pay additional premiums to get the level of coverage you want. The premiums can be costly, especially if you’re married and both you and your spouse are paying them. But there may be a silver lining: You may qualify for a tax break for …

Payroll Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020

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BFJ Financial Group recognizes that the COVID-19 pandemic has had an economic impact on all of our lives and we are committed to helping you work through these unprecedented times by providing you with timely information regarding economic topics. As you probably are aware, on June 5 the President signed the Payroll Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 (PPPFA). This …

A Nonworking Spouse Can Still Have an IRA

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It’s often difficult for married couples to save as much as they need for retirement when one spouse doesn’t work outside the home — perhaps so that spouse can take care of children or elderly parents. In general, an IRA contribution is allowed only if a taxpayer has compensation. However, an exception involves a “spousal” IRA. It allows a contribution …

Student Loan Interest: Can You Deduct it on Your Tax Return?

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The economic impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is unprecedented and many taxpayers with student loans have been hard hit. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act contains some assistance to borrowers with federal student loans. Notably, federal loans were automatically placed in an administrative forbearance, which allows borrowers to temporarily stop making monthly payments. This payment suspension …

Office Reopening – June 1 (employees only)

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BFJ Financial Group is planning to reopen our office on June 1st for employees only. Although we are eager to reopen, it can only be done in a way that is deemed safe by guidance from our public health experts. We are currently not allowing clients to enter the office, and we will continue to conduct virtual meetings until further …

Did You Get an Economic Impact Payment That Was Less Than You Expected?

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Nearly everyone has heard about the Economic Impact Payments (EIPs) that the federal government is sending to help mitigate the effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The IRS reports that in the first four weeks of the program, 130 million individuals received payments worth more than $200 billion. However, some people are still waiting for a payment. And others received …

There’s Still Time to Make a Deductible IRA Contribution for 2019

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Do you want to save more for retirement on a tax-favored basis? If so, and if you qualify, you can make a deductible traditional IRA contribution for the 2019 tax year between now and the extended tax filing deadline and claim the write-off on your 2019 return. Or you can contribute to a Roth IRA and avoid paying taxes on …

Do You Have Tax Questions Related to COVID-19? Here Are Some Answers

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The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has affected many Americans’ finances. Here are some answers to questions you may have right now. My employer closed the office and I’m working from home. Can I deduct any of the related expenses? Unfortunately, no. If you’re an employee who telecommutes, there are strict rules that govern whether you can deduct home office expenses. For …