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Selling or Sold Your Home – Consider These

The IRS says homeowners should think about these things when selling a home:

Ownership and Use
To claim the exclusion, the taxpayer must meet ownership and use tests. During a five-year period ending on the date of the sale, the homeowner must have owned the home and lived in it as their main home for at least two years.

Gains
Taxpayers who sell their main home and have a gain from the sale may be able to exclude up to $250,000 of that gain from their income. Taxpayers who file a joint return with their spouse may be able to exclude up to $500,000. Homeowners excluding all the gain do not need to report the sale on their tax return unless a Form 1099-S was issued.

Losses
Some taxpayers experience a loss when their main home sells for less than what they paid for it. This loss is not deductible.

Multiple Homes
Taxpayers who own more than one home can only exclude the gain on the sale of their main home. They must pay taxes on the gain from selling any other home.

Reported Sale
Taxpayers who don’t qualify to exclude all of the taxable gain from their income must report the gain from the sale of their home when they file their tax return. Anyone who chooses not to claim the exclusion must report the taxable gain on their tax return. Taxpayers who receive Form 1099-S, Proceeds from Real Estate Transactions must report the sale on their tax return even if they have no taxable gain.

Mortgage Debt
Generally, taxpayers must report forgiven or canceled debt as income on their tax return. This includes people who had a mortgage workout, foreclosure, or other canceled mortgage debt on their home. Taxpayers who had debt discharged, in whole or in part, on a qualified principal residence can’t exclude it from income unless it was discharged before January 1, 2026, or a written agreement for the debt forgiveness was in place before January 1, 2026.

Possible Exceptions
There are exceptions to these rules for some individuals, including persons with a disability, certain members of the military, intelligence community and Peace Corps workers.

Worksheets
Worksheets included in Publication 523, Selling Your Home can help taxpayers figure the adjusted basis of the home sold, the gain or loss on the sale, and the excluded gain on the sale.

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Fact Sheet – Child Tax Credit | Advance Child Tax Credit Payments

There have been important changes to the Child Tax Credit that will help many families receive advance payments. The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 expands the Child Tax Credit (CTC) for tax year 2021 only.

What are advance Child Tax Credit payments? (updated May 20, 2022)
Advance Child Tax Credit payments are early payments from the IRS of 50 percent of the estimated amount of the Child Tax Credit that you may properly claim on your 2021 tax return. If the IRS processed your 2020 tax return or 2019 tax return before the end of June 2021, these monthly payments began in July and continued through December 2021, based on the information contained in that return.
Note: Advance Child Tax Credit payment amounts were not based on the Credit for Other Dependents, which is not refundable. For more information about the Credit for Other Dependents, see IRS Schedule 8812 (Form 1040), Credits for Qualifying Children and Other Dependents.

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IRS sends CP2100 and 2100A Notices

In April, the IRS sent CP2100 and CP2100A notices to banks, credit unions, businesses or payers who filed returns that don’t match IRS records.

These information returns include:

  • Form 1099-B, Proceeds from Broker and Barter Exchange Transactions
  • Form 1099-DIV, Dividends and Distributions
  • Form 1099-G, Certain Government Payments
  • Form 1099-INT, Interest Income 
  • Form 1099-K, Payment Card and Third-Party Network Transactions
  • Form 1099-MISC, Miscellaneous Income
  • Form 1099-NEC, Nonemployee Compensation
  • Form 1099-OID, Original Issue Discount
  • Form 1099-PATR, Taxable Distributions Received from Cooperatives
  • Form W-2G, Certain Gambling Winnings

The IRS mails these notices out twice a year, in September and October and again in April of the following year. The notices tell payers that the information return they submitted is missing a Taxpayer Identification number or has an incorrect name or both.

Each notice has a list of payees with identified TIN issues. Payers need to compare the accounts listed on the notice with their account records and correct or update their records, if necessary. This can also include correcting backup withholding on payments made to payees.

The notices also tell payers that they are responsible for backup withholding. Payments reported on the information returns listed above are subject to backup withholding if:

  • The payer doesn’t have the payee’s TIN when making the reportable payments.
  • The payee doesn’t certify their TIN as required for reportable interest, dividend, broker, and barter exchange accounts.
  • The IRS tells the payer that the payee gave an incorrect TIN, and the payee doesn’t certify their TIN as required.
  • The IRS tells the payer to begin backup withholding because the payee didn’t report all their interest and dividends on their tax return.

Payers are responsible for the amount they failed to backup withhold and penalties may apply.

More information
Publication 1281, Backup Withholding on Missing and Incorrect Name/TINs

Independent Contractors (Uber or Lyft) Accounting Tips

The challenge we see in our practice is that Independent Contractors do not take the time to keep good accounting records. Keeping good records is the fuel to your business when it comes to taxes.

Fundera magazine, the small business resource center have 11 accounting tips for small business owners and self-employed individuals that we like to share with you. These tips are not just for Uber or Lyft drivers. If you are am Amazon delivery driver, or postmate, ubereats, doordash or instracart, you may want to take note of these.

  1. Separate business and personal expenses
  2. Track every business expense
  3. Accurately record income
  4. Consider hiring a professional, even if temporarily
  5. Automate accounting practices with accounting software
  6. Dedicate time to update your books
  7. Keep tabs on labor costs
  8. Be prepared for major expenses
  9. Maintain inventory records
  10. Follow up on invoices and receivables to avoid overpaying on taxes
  11. Create financial projections for future years

Related Articles

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/356782
https://www.fundera.com/blog/do-you-need-an-accountant-for-a-small-business
https://www.inc.com/guides/2010/04/choosing-an-accountant.html

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