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Required Minimum Distributions RMD

HEIR HAZARDS when INHERITING an IRA
 
RMD (Required Minimum Distribtutions) are required when the owner turns 70 1/2 years old.
 
NON-SPOUSE beneficiaries can 'stretch' the regular inherited IRA over their own life expentancy but must start the RMD the year following the death of the owner.
 
While ROTH IRA owners never are required to distribute RMD, NON-SPOUSE beneficiaries must.  Those withdrawls are still tax free.

2018 FACTS on WHO PAYS TAX

2018 FACTS on WHO PAYS TAX

The top 1% of individual filers paid 40.08% of all U.S. income taxes for 2018 per IRS (up from 2017’s figure of 38.47%).

The top 1% earned at least $540,009.

The top 5% earned at least $217,913 and paid 60.30% of total income tax.

The top 10%, those with AGIs (Adjusted Gross Income) of at least $151,935, paid 71.37% of the tax burden.

The bottom 50% of filers paid 2.94% of the total federal income tax take.

Accountable vs Unaccountable Vehicle Plans

Two kinds of vehicle plans

ACCOUNTABLE PLAN

Employee hands employer expense report showing X business miles. Employer reimburses X for that amount up to the approved business mileage rate per mile for that year. Done. Employer gets the deduction. Employee is not taxed.

UNACCOUNTABLE PLAN

Employee receives X per month with no accounting to the employer. Employee is taxed on X for both FICA and Income Tax. The legitimate documented business miles is a deduction for the employee in 2017 and prior years (maybe, depended on a lot of things on his/her personal return as to whether they actually received a tax benefit).

BUT new tax law for 2018 does not allow a W2 employee to deduct anything for unreimbursed employee expenses. So, the employee is taxed on the per diem, period. Employer is deducting the per diem because it is a part of the W2. Employee has no deduction and actually pays tax on otherwise legitimate business deduction.

BEST METHOD

ACCOUNTABLE PLAN IS BEST. Employee is not taxed. Employer deducts the ACTUAL expenses with no payroll reporting.

Sub S Basis Reporting 2018 Forward

2018 Form 1040 U.S. Individual Income Tax Returns that have an S Corporation K-1 are required to check a box on line 28 of Schedule E to attach a basis computation.  This applies to corporations reporting a loss, stock disposal, receive a loan repayment or DISTRIBUTION!