IRS is cracking down on the Crypto transactors so that any movement of crypto is taxed. If a dealer of crypto sales are reported as a trade or business and subject to self employment tax and activity reported on Schedule C. If an investor, trades are reported on Schedule D of your tax return. Short term is if trades are less than 365 days. Transactions longer than 365 days would be subject to lower tax rates.
Be sure to let your accountant know if you trade in crypto. We have to answer question on the tax form to IRS can trace.
PPP LOANS AND FOREGIVENESS
The past few months have been very trying on businesses and individuals. No one seems to have been spared. As you may have heard on the news Congress passed funds available to businesses as PPP loans and extended the use of the funds in order to qualify for foregiveness of these loans.
Recent rules regarding the foregiveness phase:
- Borrower has 24 weeks to use up the loan funds from date of receipt and used by qualified expenses-payroll costs, rents, mortgage and utilities.
- Borrower has 10 months from the end of the Covered Period to submit their Loan Forgiveness Application, but recommended no later than December 31, 2020 as long as loan funds used up.
- Any amount not foregiven accrues interest from date received and not required to make any payments until foregiveness is determined.
- Foregiveness of loan is other income for a company because the expenses used by the loan are not deductible.
- It is expected any loans under $150,000 will get automatic foregiveness as long as you complete and file the application.
- Get advice from professional in filling out the Loan Foregiveness EZ Form Application.
MOVING EXPENSES CAN BE DEDUCTIBLE
We all move at some point. Some more than others. If you move more at least 50 miles farther from your old home than your previous job location, then moving costs can be deductible. There is also a time test, you must work at your new job at least 39 weeks in the first year. If you are self employed, you must work full time for a total of at least 78 weeks during the first two years at your new job site.
What you can deduct:
1. TRAVEL: This includes transportation and lodging expense for yourself and household members.
Do not include meal costs.
2. SHIPPING: This includes cost of packing, crating and shipping your things. You can also include
storage of your goods while in transit or temporary living.
3. REIMBURSED EXPENSES: If your employer reimburses you for the moving costs, then none are
deductible, unless they are included in your W-2 and you pay tax on this reimbursement.
If you deduct expenses and employer later reimburses you, then this money is included in
your income in the year received.
4. NONDEDUCTIBLE EXPENSES: No deduction is allowed for the purchase price of new home, selling
costs of old home or getting into a new lease or costs to break a lease.
Be sure to update your new address with the IRS and Franchise Tax Board using form 8822.
For more information on moving expenses, see Publication 521 on the site www.irs.gov.
WARNING-NEW SCAM FEDERAL STUDENT TAX
The Internal Revenue Service has issued a warning to taxpayers about bogus phone calls from IRS impersonators demanding payment for a non-existent tax, the “federal student tax.”
Even though the tax deadline has come and gone, scammers continue to use varied strategies to trick people, in this case students. In this newest twist, they try to convince people to wire money immediately to the scammer. If the victim does not fall quickly enough for this fake “federal student tax,” the scammer threatens to report the student to the police.
“These scams and schemes continue to evolve nationwide, and now they trying to trick students,” said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. “Taxpayers should remain vigilant and not fall prey to these aggressive calls demanding immediate payment of a tax supposedly owed.”
The IRS will never:
-call you or email you directly. First they notify you by mail and then if you contact them, you then
have a contact person
-threaten to send police to your doorstep and issue a warrant for your arrest
-Ask to wire them money through western union or use prepaid gift card
-Ask for credit or debit card on the phone.
Some examples of the varied tactics seen this year are:
– Demanding immediate tax payment for taxes owed on an iTunes gift card.
– Soliciting Form W-2 information from payroll and human resources professionals. (IR-2016-34)
– “Verifying” tax return information over the phone. (IR-2016-40)
– Pretending to be from the tax preparation industry. (IR-2016-28)
If you get this scam phone call, immediately Contact TIGTA to report the call or call the IRS
at 800-829-1040. Definitely consult your tax professional.
TAX DEDUCTIONS FOR UBER, LYFT AND RIDESHARE DRIVERS
Rideshare drivers like, Uber and Lyft have some unique tax deductions that other businesses may not:
1. Food and drink for passengers – To make passengers feel more comfortable, Uber drivers offer them
water and candy which helps to make their drive more pleasurable, especially when stuck on the
2. All of your car expenses – Lyft and Uber drivers must maintain their cars/autos since that is the
tool they use to make their money. Therefore, any expenses to maintain their car is deductible,
like insurance, repairs, car washes, tolls, lease payments, depreciation, interest on financed car,
AAA membership, license and registration. If you don’t want to track your actual expenses you can
choose to use mileage you drive and get to use .53 a mile required by IRS. No matter which method
you use, you MUST keep a log of where you went, business purpose and who you saw.
3. Don’t forger the Uber and Lyft service fees you pay. That can adds up to 20% of the money you
4. Even as a rideshare driver, if a long ride and you want to take your customer for a meal, that
would be an entertainment deduction.
5. Telephone and data plan expenses are a necessary expense to be contacted to pick up your ride.
6. If you buy and electric car, don’t forget the tax credits associated with purchasing this
environmental savings car.
KEEPING RECORDS SAFE
It is a common question how long to keep your tax records. But more importantly today you need to worry about keeping your records safe. Most of us usually store old records in boxes in the garage, but what if your house or garage is broken into. All of your information is ripe for the taking. I know it is costly, but people should think about having a separate storage unit or in today’s times you can store your documents on a backup drive or in the cloud. As we are finding out the cloud is not fail safe either so in my opinion I would opt for the backup drive.
Good news is you don’t have to keep records dating back to your birth. For tax documents 5 or 6 years are enough because statute of limitations for audit by IRS is 3 years and most states are 4 years. If you have an asset that is your home or income property you want to keep records for as long as you own it.
Be sure before destroying old tax returns, you confirm with the social security administration that they gave you proper credit for your earnings. Errors happen more often than you may think. Every few years you should be sure you get a statement of earnings from the administration and check earnings amounts. If you find an error, you can report it to them, but be sure to send copies of W-2’s and supporting documents. If you destroy them before checking, doubtful they will give you credit. If you do destroy a tax return you may later need, you can always request a copy from the IRS by filing form 4506.
Good luck and keep your records safe.