Tax Update for Unemployment Recipients

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IRS PROVIDES INFORMATION ON 2020 UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS

The IRS has provided the following information regarding 2020 unemployment benefits and the 2021 tax filing season:

Unemployment benefits

A record number of Americans applied for unemployment compensation in 2020 due to the pandemic. Anyone who received unemployment benefits will need to report it on their tax returns.

However, the American Rescue Plan, enacted on March 11, 2021, excludes from income up to $10,200 ($20,400 if married filing jointly) of unemployment compensation received in 2020 for taxpayers with modified adjusted gross income under qualifying thresholds. Any amount over $10,200 is still taxable for each person. To determine if payments received for being unemployed are taxable, see the Interactive Tax Assistant on IRS.gov.

For those who have already filed their 2020 tax return and paid taxes on the full amount of unemployment compensation before the law was passed, they should not file an amended return. The IRS will automatically refund money to people who already filed their tax return reporting unemployment compensation.

The IRS will recompute any credits and deductions claimed on the original return. However, if the reduction of income now qualifies a taxpayer for a new credit not claimed on the original return, like the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), those taxpayers will need to file an amended tax return, Form 1040x, to claim the new credit. Taxpayers can see if they qualify for the EITC at IRS.gov.

Unemployment benefit recipients should have received a Form 1099-G, Certain Government Payments, from the agency paying the benefits. The form will show the amount of unemployment compensation they received in 2020 in Box 1, and any federal income tax withheld in Box 4.

Some states do not mail Form 1099-Gs. Taxpayers may need to get the electronic version from their state’s website.

Taxpayers who received an incorrect Form 1099-G for unemployment benefits they did not receive should contact the issuing state agency to request a revised Form 1099-G showing they did not receive these benefits.

Taxpayers who are unable to obtain a timely, corrected form from their state should still file an accurate tax return, reporting only the income they received. A corrected Form 1099-G showing zero unemployment benefits in cases of identity theft will help taxpayers avoid an unexpected federal tax bill for unreported income.

Additionally, if taxpayers are concerned that their personal information has been stolen and they want to protect their identity when filing their federal tax return, they can request an Identity Protection Pin (IP PIN) from the IRS.

Generally, by law, unemployment compensation must be included as income. Taxable benefits include any of the special unemployment compensation authorized under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, enacted in 2020.

If a taxpayer didn’t report income from gig work or unemployment compensation on a return, a corrected return can be filed using Form 1040-X, Amended U.S. Individual Income Tax Return. Form 1040-X can be filed electronically.

Taxpayers who owe but can’t pay in full always have options to seek help through payment plans and other tools from IRS.gov/payments.

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IRS PROVIDES INFORMATION ON 2020 UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS

Mary:

The IRS has provided the following information regarding 2020 unemployment benefits and the 2021 tax filing season:

Unemployment benefits

A record number of Americans applied for unemployment compensation in 2020 due to the pandemic. Anyone who received unemployment benefits will need to report it on their tax returns.

However, the American Rescue Plan, enacted on March 11, 2021, excludes from income up to $10,200 ($20,400 if married filing jointly) of unemployment compensation received in 2020 for taxpayers with modified adjusted gross income under qualifying thresholds. Any amount over $10,200 is still taxable for each person. To determine if payments received for being unemployed are taxable, see the Interactive Tax Assistant on IRS.gov.

For those who have already filed their 2020 tax return and paid taxes on the full amount of unemployment compensation before the law was passed, they should not file an amended return. The IRS will automatically refund money to people who already filed their tax return reporting unemployment compensation.

The IRS will recompute any credits and deductions claimed on the original return. However, if the reduction of income now qualifies a taxpayer for a new credit not claimed on the original return, like the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), those taxpayers will need to file an amended tax return, Form 1040x, to claim the new credit. Taxpayers can see if they qualify for the EITC at IRS.gov.

Unemployment benefit recipients should have received a Form 1099-G, Certain Government Payments, from the agency paying the benefits. The form will show the amount of unemployment compensation they received in 2020 in Box 1, and any federal income tax withheld in Box 4.

Some states do not mail Form 1099-Gs. Taxpayers may need to get the electronic version from their state’s website.

Taxpayers who received an incorrect Form 1099-G for unemployment benefits they did not receive should contact the issuing state agency to request a revised Form 1099-G showing they did not receive these benefits.

Taxpayers who are unable to obtain a timely, corrected form from their state should still file an accurate tax return, reporting only the income they received. A corrected Form 1099-G showing zero unemployment benefits in cases of identity theft will help taxpayers avoid an unexpected federal tax bill for unreported income.

Additionally, if taxpayers are concerned that their personal information has been stolen and they want to protect their identity when filing their federal tax return, they can request an Identity Protection Pin (IP PIN) from the IRS.

Generally, by law, unemployment compensation must be included as income. Taxable benefits include any of the special unemployment compensation authorized under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, enacted in 2020.

If a taxpayer didn’t report income from gig work or unemployment compensation on a return, a corrected return can be filed using Form 1040-X, Amended U.S. Individual Income Tax Return. Form 1040-X can be filed electronically.

Taxpayers who owe but can’t pay in full always have options to seek help through payment plans and other tools from IRS.gov/payments.

Of course if you have questions or need to file your taxes, contact our office by emailing support@mtaustinandassoc.com

Many Happy Returns!

Freedom from complicated PPP loan forgiveness applications if your loan was <=$50K

The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with Treasury, unveiled late in the evening of October 8 a simpler loan forgiveness application for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans of $50,000 or less.
“The PPP has provided 5.2 million loans worth $525 billion to American small businesses, providing critical economic relief and supporting more than 51 million jobs,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in an October 8 press release. “Today’s action streamlines the forgiveness process for PPP borrowers with loans of $50,000 or less and thousands of PPP lenders who worked around the clock to process loans quickly,” he added.  “We are committed to making the PPP forgiveness process as simple as possible while also protecting against fraud and misuse of funds.  We continue to favor additional legislation to further simplify the forgiveness process.” 

Notably, instructions for SBA Form 3608S state that the new application requires fewer calculations and less documentation for eligible borrowers. “Borrowers that use SBA Form 3508S are exempt from reductions in loan forgiveness amounts based on reductions in full-time equivalent (FTE) employees or in salaries or wages,” the instructions state. Additionally, SBA Form 3508S does not require borrowers to show the calculations used to determine the loan forgiveness amount, though SBA may request such information and related documents as part of its loan review process.
The PPP Loan Forgiveness Application Form 3508S can be accessed online along with instructions.  Download Form 3508s here.

If you need assistance with your PPP loan forgiveness application, don’t hesitate to contact our office by email:

support@mtaustinandassoc.com

Stay well!

Money Management Seminar July 28th!

What good is a budget if you have not first uncovered the reasons behind your frustration and struggle with savings and spending?

Do you want to understand and change your money mindset?

Join M Tonita Austin, the Wealth Activator for a two part money management series at an intimate and judgement-free environment at our Media office.

ONLY 10 seats for this intimate, hands-on event.

In the first session Tonita will teach you holistic tools and rituals, meditations and through journal writing help you discover your money mindset. The goal is to help you understand personal blockages to abundance and wealth in all areas of your life.

The second session, two weeks later will provide you with practical tips and tools for money management and the opportunity to get answers to questions about your personal finances. In the two hour session you will:

  • learn new savings and spending habits
  • secret tips to balancing your budget and bank account,
  • understanding and restoring your credit
  • learn how to calculate your net worth
  • feel empowered and leave with tools to help you get on the road to financial stability and wellness
  • gain confidence and peace of mind around money


All attendees will receive a workbook for the second session and there is an option to pay in two installments. This is the only time this workshop will be offered at this price point.

I hope I get the opportunity to support you! 💙

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July Wealth Activator Workshops!

Happy July! MT Austin and Associates, LLC is offering a series of business and personal financial wellness workshops this month. The first is Budgets and Projections. As a business owner or Director of a non profit now is the time to start planning for a sustainable future. This is the only time this workshop will be offered at this price.

Please check out our page or calendar for more details

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The first step to financial freedom!

At the Restoration Station we believe the first step to financial freedom is creating a budget. When you are able to see your income and spending habits you can make better choices and begin to build wealth.

We’ve created for you, a three step video series and an easy to follow worksheet to not only walk you through the steps but to also help you move past the fear and uncertainty that often arises when thinking about your finances.

Sign up for our affordable online webinar TODAY and get on track with your spending!

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Vacationing on a budget; the best of both worlds!

 

Summer is coming (finally!) or at least summer-like weather, and it’s the time we start thinking about taking a few days, a week or if you’re lucky, a few weeks off to go away and enjoy some time alone or with your family and or friends. We want to splurge and live carefree yet vacations can be expensive. Can you have the best of both worlds, enjoying a few days away at your favorite vacation spot, without blowing the budget?

Yes you can, and the earlier you begin planning, the better. If you signed up for our budgeting webinar, you’re half way there! If you haven’t , it’s not too late to check it out or follow these seven tips to a carefree, guilt-free summer vacation:

  1. Budget your dream vacation: Take some time to look through some of your favorite hotels, resorts and beach spots and start pricing the cost of your trip. Make a budget which will include travel (gas/tolls or airfare/train/bus), food (see #7 below) and lodging.
  2. Decide on your vacation date(s): This step is important because it determines how much time you have to save for the vacation you want. The great thing about time is it’s flexible, so you can move the date if you need more time!
  3. Open a vacation savings account: If your bank doesn’t have a vacation savers account, open up an online savings account. It doesn’t matter where, just so it’s either at a bank or credit union far from you or online where you’re able to have it automatically transferred from your personal checking account. Make sure it’s not connected to a debit card so that you cannot make any impulsive decisions to tap into that money for anything slight of a medical emergency!
  4. Have a family meeting: Financial freedom is a family affair so get the family together and make the committment to plan and save for the vacation if you plan to go with family. Share the ideas and budget for the trip and get everyone involved in decisions about where to go and how they can help keep down spending until the vacation date. Empower the children by giving them the role of keeping lights off when not needed and saving some of their allowance to spend on vacation or earning a few dollars helping a neighbor rake the lawn.
  5. Place a photo of your destination in a central place for inspiration: Sometimes you need help to keep your committment to save. I know for myself it helps to have the picture of my goal in my face when those shoe or clothing store sales fill my mail box and I get the urge to buy a new pair of shoes that I really don’t need. It is a good reminder for me to stay the course!
  6. Keep an eye out for sales: If you know you or the family will need beach gear, keep an eye out for sales on the items you need. The one trick I share in my online workshop is to create a separate email address to be used solely for signing up on retail websites to get the specials, coupons and discount codes. When I’m ready to shop online or in stores, I just do a search for the store’s name and pull up their latest coupon and shop!
  7. Splurge on the memories, not the meals: You don’t have to splurge on every experience just because you’re on vacation. The best part about involving the family is finding out what experience is most important for everyone involved. The best memories made on vacations are usually those related to quality time, and you should consider that when you are budgeting. Whether it’s Disney or the local beach, we save by going to the nearest market, buying easy breakfast and lunch ingredients the children can make for themselves and one or two family dinners we can have together. We splurge on the kites we buy for the beach, the waffle cones and that one incredible restaurant, theme park or overpriced adventure that we all wanted to enjoy just for fun or to celebrate a special occassion.

So get started dreaming about your ultimate vacation and make it happen. You have time and now you have a plan. Let us know if this was helpful and share those amazing vacation photos too!

~ Financial health is the pathway to wealth~

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Introducing: The Badass Business Owners Bootcamp – May 19, 2019

Join me and fellow business owners in releasing the financial frustration of owning your own business. We will gather in an intimate setting, release judgement and fear and be empowered and educated! Come as you are and I will share my 18 years of CEO wisdom to help you with:
Confidence
Better choices
Smart decision making
Making a profit in your business

We respect the need to budget so we are announcing in plenty of time to save or request a payment plan.
Sunday May 19th will be a special day of wealth, wisdom, and empowerment. here’s the link for more information and to sign up.

I hope to see you there!

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Find the event on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/events/792969611059648/?ti=as

No stress online budgeting webinar!

Get on track with your spending this year. Our no-stress three part household budgeting webinar is only $30 this month. Sign up now, lock in this introductory price and take it at your leisure .💙 👇🏿

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Happy Financial Freedom Day!

Let today be your first step towards financial freedom! Announcing our FIRST Webinar for individuals offered by our financialliteracy division, The Restoration Station on July 22nd.

We understand you’re as busy as we are so we’re delivering the online lesson in three 25 minute sessions. Easily digestible, stepbystep instructions on how to set up your own household budget.
You will receive a separate electronic worksheet for you and any children in your household to apply the tools you will learn in the class. You will also be invited to the follow up Q&A on #Facebook and #instagram #live!

Sign up today to secure your spot!⤵️

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This is the only time this class will be offered at the introductory price. Sign up and let us help you get on the train to financial freedom. I’ll see you at the station!💙 #thekeytowealth #firststeps to #financialhealth