01.04.2020
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Economic impact payments:What you need to know The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service announced on March 30, 2020 that distribution of economic impact payments will begin in the next three weeks and will be distributed automatically, with no action required for most people. However, some seniors and others who typically do not file returns will need to submit a simple tax return to receive the stimulus payment. Who is eligible for the economic impact payment? Tax filers with adjusted gross income up to $75,000 for individuals and up to $150,000 for married couples filing joint returns will receive the full payment. For filers with income above those amounts, the payment amount is reduced by $5 for each $100 above the $75,000/$150,000 thresholds. Single filers with income exceeding $99,000 and $198,000 for joint filers with no children are not eligible. Eligible taxpayers who filed tax returns for either 2019 or 2018 will automatically receive an economic impact payment of up to $1,200 for individuals or $2,400 for married couples. Parents also receive $500 for each qualifying child. How will the IRS know where to send my payment? The vast majority of people do not need to take any action. The IRS will calculate and automatically send the economic impact payment to those eligible. For people who have already filed their 2019 tax returns, the IRS will use this information to calculate the payment amount. For those who have not yet filed their return for 2019, the IRS will use information from their 2018 tax filing to calculate the payment. The economic impact payment will be deposited directly into the same banking account reflected on the return filed. The IRS does not have my direct deposit information. What can I do? In the coming weeks, Treasury plans to develop a web-based portal for individuals to provide their banking information to the IRS online, so that individuals can receive payments immediately as opposed to checks in the mail. I am not typically required to file a tax return. Can I still receive my payment? Yes. People who typically do not file a tax return will need to file a simple tax return to receive an economic impact payment. Low-income taxpayers, senior citizens, Social Security recipients, some veterans and individuals with disabilities who are otherwise not required to file a tax return will not owe tax. I have not filed my tax return for 2018 or 2019. Can I still receive an economic impact payment? Yes. The IRS urges anyone with a tax filing obligation who has not yet filed a tax return for 2018 or 2019 to file as soon as they can to receive an economic impact payment. Taxpayers should include direct deposit banking information on the return. I need to file a tax return. How long are the economic impact payments available? For those concerned about visiting a tax professional or local community organization in person to get help with a tax return, these economic impact payments will be available throughout the rest of 2020. If you need to prepare your tax returns, we can help. Call our office at (610) 863-8347 and set up a phone interview.  Source IRS Newswire, IR-2020-61
23.03.2020
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Effective immediately, Corvino & Verwys is discontinuing all in person face-to-face meetings, in person appointments, and all walk-ins Dear Valued Clients and Friends, At Corvino & Verwys the well-being our clients and employees is our top priority. What we are currently experiencing today is not something we ever would have thought could happen.  We have confidence we will overcome this Coronavirus and, hopefully for all small business owners, we can overcome the challenges. We want to let you know that our office remains open for business and we continue to operate to serve all your accounting and tax needs. Effective immediately, following recommended CDC guidelines, we are discontinuing all in person face to face meetings, in person appointments, and all walk-ins. We are doing this to protect the health of our employees, clients, and all in the community. We will still hold virtual meetings via telephone conference or Zoom. If you desire to have a virtual meeting, call our office and we will instruct you how to proceed. Documents can be transferred to our office any of the following ways: 1)     Portal – Upload documents through your secure client portal. If you need to setup your secure client portal, or help accessing it, call our office and speak with Dana. She is also available via email at dyoder@corvinotax.com 2)     Email – Send documents through email to the recipient or to info@corvinotax.com 3)     Fax – Documents can be faxed to (610) 863-8654. 4)     Drop Off – If you must drop off documents, please place the documents in a sealed envelope and drop the envelope in our mail slot located on our door in the building. 5)     Mail: our address is: 16 S Broadway, Suite 4, Wind Gap, PA 18091 We are currently in uncharted waters, but we have confidence we will get through this. God Bless and stay safe. Sincerely, Jim Corvino, EA, CPA  and  Tamara Verwys, EA Stay tuned for developments and updates during this fluid situation. Check our Facebook page or call our office if you have any questions. Need To Schedule A Virtual Meeting? Call (610) 863-8347
23.05.2019
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Don't Fall for Scam Calls and Emails Posing as the IRS Scammers and cyber-thieves continue to use the IRS as bait. The most common tax scams are phone calls and emails from thieves who pretend to be from the IRS. Scammers use the IRS name, logo, fake employee names and badge numbers to try to steal money and identities from taxpayers. Taxpayers need to be wary of phone calls or automated messages from someone who claims to be from the IRS. Often, these criminals will say taxpayers owe money and demand payment right away and tell you that there is a warrant out for your arrest. Other times, scammers will lie to taxpayers and say they’re due a refund. The thieves ask for bank account information over the phone. The IRS warns taxpayers not to fall for these scams. Below are several tips that will help filers avoid becoming a scam victim. IRS employees will not: Call demanding an immediate payment. The IRS won’t call taxpayers if they owe taxes without first sending a bill in the mail. Demand payment without allowing taxpayers to question or appeal the amount owed. Demand that taxpayers pay their taxes in a specific way, such as with a prepaid debit card. Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone. Threaten to contact local police or similar agencies to arrest taxpayers for non-payment of taxes. Threaten legal action, such as a lawsuit. If taxpayers don’t owe, don’t think they owe, or do owe any tax, and they receive an inquiry like this, they should just hang up. In most cases, an IRS phishing scam is an unsolicited, fake email that claims to come from the IRS. Some emails link to sham websites that look real. The scammers’ goal is to lure victims to give up their personal and financial information. If the thieves get what they’re after, they use it to steal a victim’s money and identity. For those taxpayers who get a phishing email, the IRS offers this advice: Don’t reply to the message. Don’t give out your personal or financial information. Forward the email to phishing@irs.gov. Then delete it. Don’t open any attachments or click on any links. They may have malicious code that will infect your computer. Think you've been scammed? Call us today at (610)863-8347 for a free consultation.
24.05.2018
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Finally, lawmakers did the right thing by increasing the luxury auto depreciation limits on business cars. The old luxury limits were unrealistic, punitive, unfair, and discriminatory against any car that cost more than $15,800. The new limits don’t create parity in all respects, but they are a big improvement. If you bought a car in 2017 and paid more than $15,800, you were driving a luxury car that lawmakers punished you for by putting a lid on your depreciation. For example, say in 2017 you bought a $40,000 car and drove it 100 percent for business. Your maximum depreciation deductions for the first five years would total only $15,060. To fully depreciate this car under the old rules would have taken 19 years. It was ridiculous to take 19 years to depreciate that $40,000 car. And now, finally, lawmakers have fixed a big part of what the tax code calls “luxury automobile limits.” Under the new law, this $40,000 vehicle is fully depreciated in six years. Think about that: old law, 19 years. New law, six years. Essentially, the new law sets the so-called luxury automobile limit at $50,000. This means any vehicle that costs $50,000 or less is not penalized by the luxury vehicle limits when you’re using MACRS depreciation. Under the new law, the annual limits are Year 1: $10,000 Year 2: $16,000 Year 3: $9,600 Year 4 and each succeeding year: $5,760 What do the new limits mean? Before 2018, many business taxpayers were buying vehicles with gross vehicle weight ratings (GVWRs) greater than 6,000 pounds to escape the draconian luxury limit of roughly $15,000. Even today, SUVs, crossover vehicles, and pickup trucks can avoid the automobile luxury limits and even qualify for immediate write-offs of the full business cost using bonus depreciation or Section 179 expensing. Cars don’t qualify for unlimited bonus depreciation or any added benefits from Section 179 expensing - only SUVs, crossovers, and pickup trucks qualify. But the big deal is that because of the higher, more realistic luxury auto limits, there’s far less need to buy the bigger, heavier SUV or crossover vehicle. With a car costing $50,000 or less, you realize 71.2 percent of your total vehicle depreciation deductions in the first three years. No matter what vehicle you drive for business, you MUST keep a mileage log to determine the percentage of business to personal use. Have questions about tax reform? Give us a call at (610) 863-8347 today for a free consultation!
22.05.2018
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Tax Reform Destroys Entertainment Deductions for Businesses First, lawmakers reduced the directly related and associated entertainment deductions to 80 percent with the 1986 Tax Reform Act. Later, in 1993, they reduced that 80 percent to 50 percent.  And now, with the newest tax reform, lawmakers simply killed business deductions for directly related and associated entertainment effective January 1, 2018. For example, during 2017, you could take a prospect or client to a business dinner followed by the theater or a ballgame and deduct 50 percent of all the monies spent, provided you passed some tax law tests on business discussion and associated entertainment. Now, in what you and I thought was a business-friendly tax reform package, you find that lawmakers exterminated a big chunk of business entertainment. You can no longer deduct entertainment that has, as its mission, the generation of business income or other specific business benefit.  The 2018 tax reform prohibition against deductible entertainment is true regardless of your business discussion, negotiation, business meeting, or other bona fide transaction. Here’s a short list of what died on January 1, 2018, so you can get a good handle on what’s no longer deductible: Business meals with clients or prospects Golf Skiing Tickets to sports games—football, baseball, basketball, soccer, etc. Disneyland Entertainment That Survived Tax Reform As just discussed above, you may no longer deduct directly related or associated business entertainment effective January 1, 2018. Common forms of directly related and associated entertainment that are no longer deductible include business meals with clients or prospects, golf, football games, and similar business-building activities. That’s the bad news. The good news is that tax code Section 274(e) pretty much survived the entertainment bloodletting. Under this section, you continue to deduct: entertainment, amusement, and recreation expenses you treat as compensation to employees and that are included as wages for income tax withholding purposes; expenses for recreational, social, or similar activities (including facilities therefor) primarily for the benefit of employees (other than employees who are highly compensated employees); expenses that are directly related to business meetings of employees, stockholders, agents, or directors (here, the law limits expenses for food and beverages to 50 percent); expenses directly related and necessary to attendance at a business meeting or convention such as those held by business leagues, chambers of commerce, real estate boards, and boards of trade (here, the law also limits expenses for food and beverages to 50 percent); expenses for goods, services, and facilities you or your business makes available to the general public; expenses for entertainment goods, services, and facilities that you sell to customers; and expenses paid on behalf of nonemployees that are includable in the gross income of a recipient of the entertainment, amusement, or recreation as compensation for services rendered or as a prize or award. When you are considering using the above survivors of tax reform’s entertainment cuts, you will find good strategies in the following: 1. Renting your home to your corporation. 2. Taking your employees on an employee party trip. 3. Partying with your employees. 4. Making your vacation home a deductible entertainment facility. 5. Creating an employee entertainment facility. 6. Deducting the entertainment facility, because facility use creates compensation to users. If you would like our help implementing any of the strategies above, please don’t hesitate to contact us at (610)863-8347 for a free consultation.
06.03.2018
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The new 2018 Section 199A tax deduction that you can claim on your IRS Form 1040 is a big deal. There are many rules (all new, of course), but your odds as a business owner of benefiting from this new deduction are excellent. Rejoice if you operate your business as a sole proprietorship, partnership, or S corporation, because your 2018 income from these businesses can qualify for some or all of the new 20 percent deduction. You also can qualify for the new 20 percent 2018 tax deduction on the income you receive from your real estate investments, publicly traded partnerships, real estate investment trusts (REITs), and qualified cooperatives. When can you as a business owner qualify for this new 20 percent tax deduction with almost no complications? To qualify for the 20 percent with almost no complications, you need two things: First, you need qualified business income from one of the sources above to which you can apply the 20 percent. Second, to avoid complications, you need “defined taxable income” of $315,000 or less if married filing a joint return, or $157,500 or less if filing as a single taxpayer. Example: You are single and operate your business as a proprietorship. It produces $150,000 of qualified business income. Your other income and deductions result in defined taxable income of $153,000. You qualify for a deduction of $30,000 ($150,000 x 20 percent). If you operate your business as a partnership or S corporation and you have the qualified business income and defined taxable income numbers above, you qualify for the same $30,000 deduction. The same is true if your income comes from a rental property, real estate investment trust, or limited partnership. Some unfriendly rules apply to what Section 199A calls a specified service trade or business, such as operating as a law or accounting firm. But if the doctor, lawyer, actor, or accountant has defined taxable income less than the thresholds above, he or she qualifies for the full 20 percent deduction on his or her qualified business income. In other words, if you are a lawyer with the same facts as in the example above, you would qualify for the $30,000 deduction. Once you are above the thresholds and phaseouts ($50,000 single, $100,000 married filing jointly), you can qualify for the Section 199A deduction only when you are not in the out-of-favor group (accountant, doctor, lawyer, etc.), and your qualified business pays W-2 wages and/or has property. Phaseout for New 20% Deduction If your pass-through business is an in-favor business and it qualifies for tax reform’s new 20 percent tax deduction on qualified business income, you benefit at all times, including being above, below, or in the expanded wage and property phase-in range. On the other hand, if your business is a specified service trade or business (doctors, lawyers, accountants, actors, athletes, traders, etc.), it is in the out-of-favor group and you benefit only when you are in or below the phaseout range. Once your taxable income exceeds the threshold amounts above, you arrive in one of the four possible categories below: Phase-in range for a non-specified service trade or business Phaseout range for a specified service trade or business Above the phase-in range for an in-favor non-specified service trade or business Above the phaseout range for an out-of-favor specified service trade or business If your taxable income is going to be above the threshold amounts that trigger the phase-in or phaseout issues, contact us so we can spend some time on your tax planning. How the 20% Deduction Works for a Specified Service Provider As discussed above, the 20 percent tax deduction under new 2018 tax code Section 199A is a very nice tax break for business owners, except for owners with high income who also fall into the out-of-favor group. In general, the out-of-favor group includes lawyers, doctors, accountants, tax professionals, consultants, athletes, authors, securities traders, actors, singers, musicians, entertainers, and others. Getting just a little more technical, the out-of-favor “specified service trade or business” group includes any trade or business involving the performance of services in the fields of health, law, consulting, athletics, financial services, and brokerage services; or where the principal asset of such trade or business is the reputation or skill of one or more of its employees or owners; or  that involves the performance of services that consist of investing and investment management trading, or dealing in securities, partnership interests, or commodities. For this purpose, a security and a commodity have the meanings provided in the rules for the mark-to-market accounting method for dealers in securities (Sections 475(c)(2) and 475(e)(2), respectively). Notably, engineers and architects who had previously been in the out-of-favor professionals group somehow escaped the group with passage of this new law. When you are a member of the out-of-favor group, your Section 199A deduction on your out-of-favor business is zero when you have taxable income of more than $415,000 if married filing a joint return, or $207,500 filing as a single taxpayer. Preserve the Deduction with an S Corporation   Will your business operation create the 20 percent tax deduction for you? If not, and if that is due to too much income and a lack of (a) wages and/or (b) depreciable property, a switch to the S corporation as your choice of business entity may produce the tax savings you are looking for. As mentioned above, to qualify for the full 20 percent deduction on your qualified business income under new tax code Section 199A, you need defined taxable income of less than $157,500 (single) or $315,000 (married). If your taxable income is greater than $207,500 (single) or $415,000 (married), you don’t qualify for the Section 199A deduction unless you pay W-2 wages or have property. Example. Sam is single, not in the out-of-favor specified service trade or business group (doctors, lawyers, consultants, etc.), operates a sole proprietorship that generates $400,000 of proprietorship net income, and has taxable income of $370,000. In this condition, Sam’s 20 percent Section 199A tax deduction is zero. Here’s how the S corporation helps Sam. The S corporation pays Sam a reasonable salary, let’s say that’s $100,000. With this salary, Sam pockets $10,871 on his self-employment taxes, and $17,500 on his newfound 20 percent deduction under new tax code Section 199A. Have questions about tax reform? Give us a call at (610) 863-8347  for a free consultation.
20.02.2018
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Do you still need to file your 2014 tax return?  In order to collect your 2014 tax refund, you must file your tax return by this year's tax deadline of April 17, 2018. After that date, if your 2014 return results in a refund, you will not receive the refund, but are still required to file your tax return. Remember, there is no late filing penalty for filing a late return if you are due a refund. Please note that if you haven't filed your 2015 and 2016 returns, the IRS may hold your 2014 refund until those returns are filed. In addition, the IRS may use the refund to offset prior Federal tax liabilities, outstanding child support, and state tax liabilities. Don't be like many of our clients who have lost out on tax refunds!We Can Help! Call (610) 863-8347 for an appointment today!
15.02.2018
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5 Reasons to Choose Direct Deposit It's Fast! The quickest way to get your refund is to electronically file your tax return and use direct deposit. We have seen refunds directly deposited within 2 weeks of electronically filing. It's Secure! Since refunds go right into your bank account, there is no risk of lost or stolen paper checks. The direct deposit transfer system is the same one that is used for 98% of all Social Security and Veterans Affairs benefits that are deposited into millions of accounts each month. It's Convenient! No waiting for that check to arrive and then, taking it to the bank. It's Easy! Bring your bank information with you when you come for your tax preparation. The best way to ensure that the correct information is entered is for you to bring your checkbook with you. It's Versatile! You can split your refund into several financial accounts including checking, savings, health, education, and certain retirement accounts. * You should deposit the refund into an account with your own name on it. The IRS limits the number of refund directly deposited into a single account to three and will send a paper check if you exceed the limit.
08.02.2018
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Rental Property as a Business Yields Big Benefits If your rental property activity meets the definition of a trade or business activity, then your rentals produce the best possible tax benefits. In general, you report your rental properties on Schedule E of your tax return. When your activity rises to the level of a business, you continue to report the rentals on Schedule E, but with the business classification, you qualify for four big benefits: Tax-favored Section 1231 treatment Business use of an office in your home Business (vs. investment) treatment of meetings, seminars, and conventions; and Section 179 treatment of your business-use assets. Section 1231 The two big tax benefits of Section 1231 treatment are that you can use Section 1231 losses as ordinary losses to offset ordinary income, and you use the Section 1231 gains as long-term capital gains. This gives you the best of both worlds: ordinary losses and long-term capital gains. Home Office You can claim the home-office deduction only for trade or business activities, not for investment activities. When your rental property activity meets the definition of a trade or business activity, you get this terrific deduction to offset your income. Meetings, Seminars, and Conventions Tax law grants no deduction for travel or other costs of attending a convention, seminar, or similar meeting unless the activity relates to the taxpayer’s trade or business. Thus, if your rental property is an investment, kiss goodbye those deductions for rental property conventions, seminars, and similar meetings. Section 179 Expensing With respect to rental properties and Section 179 expensing, you need to pay attention to the following two rules, which can impact your expensing. You may not claim Section 179 expensing on most assets used for residential rental properties. To qualify for Section 179 expensing, you must purchase and place the Section 179 property in use in the active conduct of your business. Have questions? Give us a call at (610) 863-8347 today for a free consultation!
30.01.2018
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The IRS gives you two possible strategies for turning otherwise personal mileage into business mileage: Going to a temporary work location Establishing an office in the home as a principal office The temporary work location strategy contains some real unknowns, such as what is technically considered a temporary work location and whether the work performed at that location is for one year or less. These unknowns make it difficult or impossible to use your facts and circumstances to produce your desired business-mileage results. The easy solution is the office in the home as a principal office. The first reason this type of home office is an easy solution is that the rules are crystal clear, making compliance easy. The second reason is that with this office you know that all trips from home for this trade or business are business trips, including the trip from your home to your regular office outside the home. Have questions? Give us a call at (610) 863-8347 today for a free consultation!

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