We have moved to a new building which we will be sharing with our new neighbor. Public Functionary, an amazing art and exhibition space with an aesthetic and aim close to our own. Visit the website to find upcoming events from Public Functionary.
The IRS is trying harder to combat tax fraud and errors regarding dependents and is now requiring tax preparers to collect proof that children reside with parent/guardian for ALL taxpayers claiming child tax credits. So if you are claiming a dependent on your tax return, please bring one of following to prove qualifying dependent lives with you: School record, landlord statement, medical statement, child care provider statement, placement agency statement, Place of Worship statement, Employer statement, or something else showing child lives at your residence.
If you are claiming a child that doesn't live with you at least half time. We must retain a signed Release of Claim to Exemption Form 8332 so please have the dependent's custodial parent sign this form and bring it to your appointment. There will be a fee for holding your return for this form, so please help us keep your fees down and bring this form to your appointment.
If you have more than $10,000 in investments or other assets outside the U.S., you need to file an FBAR online--and deadline was moved up to April 15th instead of June 30th! Not only do you have to report the income from these accounts, but you will need to list the details of the assets held (value, type, account info, etc.). Please let us know if this applies to you when it comes to tax time!
Everyone with health insurance will need to bring in their 1095 form as proof of coverage. Form 1095-B should be coming from your health insurance company, and Form 1095-C will be given out by employers who have 50 or more Full Time employees. You may get just one or both! If you have insurance through MNSure or Federal Healthcare Exchange (if you had a Medal level plan: Bronze, Silver, Gold, etc..), you will get Form 1095-A. Please watch for these as we also need those to finish your taxes this year. For more information please see links here.
If you donate more than $250 to any one organization during the year, you must have a written acknowledgment from the non-profit organization before you can claim the deduction on your return. Please bring receipts for those in to your appointment. If you donate more than $500 worth of goods to a non profit (Goodwill, DAV, but NOT Savers), you will need to itemize and value your donations prior to your appointment. A helpful website to keep track of this type of donations here.
For rental property or business expenses, please note that the IRS now lets you use either $500 or $2500 as a limit for expensing items as a supply/repair vs Equipment/Improvement. Please keep that in mind as you tally your deductions! Use the Equipment Worksheet for the over $500 items and put the smaller things in the supplies, repairs, or office expense categories. Then you can discuss the $500-2500 items with your tax preparer. More information on new Tangible Property Regulations can be found here.