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Don't Leave Money on the Table. Tell Your CPA About These Items.

Tax time is coming up, as April 15th is just around the corner.  I think.  Well, I know April 15th is coming soon, but the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants just requested of the IRS that filing deadlines be extended to June 15th. We’ll see what happens. When it comes to taxes, nothing seems set in stone…

Nonetheless, as you are gathering information for your CPA or tax preparer, it’s time to think about a few items that may get lost in the shuffle. These are transactions that CPAs may not ask you about and you may not receive a related tax document to send along. So unless you speak up, you may be missing out on deductions. Leaving money on the table. Let’s go through them…

For the 2020 tax year did you:

Contribute to a 529 Plan?

Several states offer tax benefits for contributing to these college savings plans. For Illinois taxpayers, contributions to the Illinois Bright Start plan are tax deductible up to $10,000 per year ($20,000 if married and filing jointly).

You may not receive a tax notice from the state confirming a contribution, so let your tax preparer know.

Make an IRA Contribution?

Your IRA custodian (firms like Schwab or Fidelity) documents IRA contributions on Form 5498. Generally, you'll receive Form 5498 in May, so you won't be able to send this form to your CPA prior to the April 15th deadline. So let your tax preparer know if you have made a contribution.

Make a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD)?

A QCD is a distribution from an IRA owned by an individual who is age 70½ or over that is paid directly to a qualified charity. The QCD is excluded from taxable income, while counting towards satisfying your required minimum distribution, as long as certain rules are met.

An IRA custodian is not required to report a QCD transaction on Form 1099-R. Instead, it may show up on your 1099-R as a regular, taxable distribution to the IRA owner. So be sure to let your CPA know – and include the receipt or confirmation from the charity.

Reverse an IRA distribution due to the CARES Act?

In 2020 the CARES Act enabled taxpayers to skip required minimum distributions (RMDs) from IRAs or Inherited IRAs. Many taxpayers had already taken distributions, and were allowed to repay the distribution back to the IRA by August 31, 2020. 

However, on Form 1099-R, the IRA custodian may only report the amount distributed and not the amount repaid. So, if you repaid funds to an IRA, let your CPA know.

Hopefully your tax return preparation will go smoothly this year. As always, please consult your legal, tax or investment professional for advice on your particular situation.


David Rappaport, CFP®

David is the Co-Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Rappaport Reiches Capital Management.  He acts as personal CFO to entrepreneurs and corporate executives, providing organization and clarity in their finances.  Please connect with David below.  He loves to talk about investing, financial planning, and Aspiritech, a non-profit hiring individuals on the autism spectrum.


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