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12.30 2020

Standard Mileage Rates for 2021

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued the standard mileage rate for 2021 to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purpose.

 

 

Standard Mileage Rates for the beginning on January 1, 2021 for the uses of car, vans, pickups or panel truck will be:

Period Business Charity Medical Moving
2021 56 14 16
2020 57.5 14 17

 

  • 56 cents per mile driven for business use, down 1.5 cents from the rate for 2020
  • 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations, the rate is set by statute and remains unchanged from 2020
  • 16 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes for qualified active duty members of the Armed Forces, down 1 cent from the rate for 2020

 

The standard mileage rate for business use is based on an annual study of the fixed and variable costs of operating an automobile. The rate for medical and moving purposes is based on the variable costs.

 

 

Important Note:

  • Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, taxpayers cannot claim a miscellaneous itemized deduction for unreimbursed employee travel expenses.
  • Taxpayers also cannot claim a deduction for moving expenses, unless they are members of the Armed Forces on active duty moving under orders to a permanent change of station. For more details see Moving Expenses for Members of the Armed Forces.
12.29 2020

Form 1099-MISC

What is Form 1099-MISC?

Form 1099-MISC is to report payments made in course of a trade or business to non-employee. Although the 1099MISC is still in use, contractor payments made in 2020 and beyond will be reported on the new form 1099-NEC.

Form 1099-Misc and Instructions

 

 

 

  • Rents (Box 1)

Enter amounts of $600 or more for all types of rents

 

  • Other Income (Box 3)

Enter other income of $600 or more required to be reported on Form 1099-MISC that is not reportable in one of the other boxes on the for

 

  • Gross Proceeds Paid to an Attorney (Box 10)

Enter gross proceeds of $600 or more paid to an attorney in connection with legal services (regardless of whether the services are performed for the payer)

 

  • Fishing Boat Proceeds (Box 5)

Enter the individual’s share of all proceeds from the sale of a catch or the FMV of a distribution in kind to each crew member of fishing boats with normally fewer than 10 crew members. A fishing boat has normally fewer than 10 crew members if the average size of the operating crew was fewer than 10

 

  • Medical Payments (Box 6)

Enter payments of $600 or more made in the course of your trade or business to each physician or other vendor or provider of medical or health care services. Include payments made by medical and health care insurers under health, accident, and sickness insurance programs. If payment is made to a corporation, list the corporation as the recipient rather than the individual providing the services. Payments to persons providing health care services often include charges for injections, drugs, dentures, and similar items. In these cases, the entire payment is subject to information reporting. You are not required to report payments to pharmacies for prescription drugs

 

  • Direct Sales (Box 7)

Enter an “X” in the checkbox for sales by you of $5,000 or more of consumer products to a person on a buy-sell, deposit-commission, or other commission basis for resale (by the buyer or any other person) anywhere other than in a permanent retail establishment. Do not enter a dollar amount in this box. The report you must give to the recipient for these direct sales need not be made on the official form. It may be in the form of a letter showing this information along with commissions, prizes, awards, etc.

 

  • Substitute Payments in lieu of dividends or interest (Box 8)

Enter aggregate payments of at least $10 of substitute payments received by a broker for a customer in lieu of dividends or tax-exempt interest as a result of a loan of a customer’s securities. Substitute payment means a payment in lieu of (a) a dividend, or (b) tax-exempt interest to the extent that interest (including original issue discount) has accrued while the securities were on loan. For this purpose, a customer includes an individual, trust, estate, partnership, association, company, or corporation.

 

  • Crop Insurance Proceeds (Box 9)

Enter crop insurance proceeds of $600 or more paid to farmers by insurance companies unless the farmer has informed the insurance company that expenses have been capitalized under section 278, 263A, or 447 of Instructions for Forms 1099-MISC and 1099-NEC.

 

  • Excess Golden Parachute (Box 13)

Enter any excess golden parachute payments. An excess parachute payment is the amount over the base amount (the average annual compensation for services includible in the individual’s gross income over the most recent 5 tax years). Find additional detail on page 11 of the Instructions for Forms 1099-MISC and 1099-NEC.

 

  • Federal tax withheld (Box 4)

Enter backup withholding. For example, persons who have not furnished their TINs to you are subject to withholding on payments required to be reported in box 1. For more information on backup withholding, including the rate, see Instructions for Forms 1099-MISC and 1099-NEC

 

05.10 2016

IRS Workshops for Non-profits

In an effort to provide better access to popular workshops, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has posted virtual versions of workshops on their website. The most recent installment focuses on tax compliance for exempt organizations including small to medium-sized 501(c)3 organizations.

Lessons include topics such as how to apply for 501(c)3 status, 990 overview course, and hiring employees. They are designed to help both new and pre-existing organizations. The IRS also offers certificates of attendance to encourage comprehensive education around a variety of topics.

03.14 2016

Watch out for tax scams!

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued a warning against scammers who claim to be calling from the IRS. Scam artists try to extract information from tax payers under the guise of verifying tax return information or receiving payment over the phone. The IRS does not contact tax payers over the phone to request information or immediate payment without having sent prior requests in writing.

The following tactics are likely scams:
•    Demand for immediate payment over the phone.
•    Identity verification via personal and/or financial information
•    Demand for tax payment without having the opportunity to question or appeal the amount claimed to be owed.
•    Requirement to use prepaid debit card for payment.
•    Request for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
•    Threats regarding police or other law enforcement involvement for non-payment.

If you are contacted regarding any of these items, hang up immediately and do not provide any information. You can report such activity via the TIGTA website. To get more information and alerts about tax related scams, visit the IRS website.

If you have any questions about a notice you received, contact the IRS directly, or call us for additional guidance.

01.05 2015

New Year, New Tax Team

EJK rings in new year with new tax preparerEJK is ringing in the New Year with Jaye Kubo, our new tax preparer. While Randy Lake enjoys the luxuries of retirement, Jaye will lead our tax department, and work with clients to prepare both personal and business returns.

Jaye joins EJK with 20 years of experience in public accounting and private practice.  She focuses on comprehensive tax planning, consulting and compliance services to corporate and partnership clients and their owners as well as not-for-profit organizations. Jaye will also assist with federal and state tax compliance, IRS negotiations, and organizational mergers. Learn more about Jaye’s experience here.

We will miss Randy’s can-do attitude, and congratulate him on retirement!