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Everything posted by Pacun

  1. enter that 2019 EI amount in box 6a of form 8812.
  2. I think I miss read the post... is "last year" 2019? If you already dealt with the 1099C, you don't have to do anything else this year.
  3. The money received is not taxable but he never paid the debt to bank of america. The 1099C is taxable.
  4. To qualify for the exclusion they have to own and have lived in house for two years in the past 5 years. You have entered less than 2 years.
  5. Client filed early and her unemployment was taxed by MD. It is my understanding that MD said that they were going to adjust automatically and people were going to receive the extra refund automatically. Client called MD and was told to amend. This will be very interesting because as soon as you open the return, the numbers will change and there will be no way to open the form the way you sent it. A lot of overriding will have to be done and then we will have to amend the return. Have you heard that MD is requiring amendments because of unemployment if refund has been issued? Any
  6. I am surprised the experts on Embassies have not commented on this. Schedule C and no deductions is the way of doing it.
  7. about 10 years ago, I started filing Schedule C for a person that worked for the monetary fund. The person showed me all the letters from the employer and they showed that her salary was X and that she was getting X*1.13 or something like that because the employee was responsible for all taxes. (This situation is common in DC). One year, she attended a training and we took $3K deduction on Schedule C, the IRS sent her a letter and said "Any expenses need to be reported on 2106". So that's why I said schedule C with NO EXPENSES whatsoever. This extra money are given to US citizens and to
  8. Maybe not. But I know the end result. I will find a way for this person to file as HH, not pay SE taxes, and to get $1400 refund. And as mentioned by someone else... we learn something new every day. If we wait to be master on something before we dive in, we would not have filed our first 100 returns because among those 100 returns the we filed a long time ago, there were a couple that were above out head.
  9. File Schedule C and SE with NO DEDUCTIONS whatsoever. What they have not shown you is the other letter where the embassy tells them: "We are going to pay you 100K for your services but we are going to give $113,650 because embassies don't withhold any tax money for the US." All embassies, the monetary fund, the world bank, etc. do that.
  10. Interest or other income will cause the loss of some EIC. So it will not make any difference if reclassified. I can only imagine how much that person received in child support that year in order to earn 9K in interest.
  11. EIC is not in play here. I need to enter earned income in a way that is not SE taxed and is able to be considered for addition child tax credit. I will try Form 2555 and see what happens. I expect this person to get $1,400 refund.
  12. Title should read: How to report earned income WITHOUT paying SE
  13. US citizen living in SPAIN sin 2018, earned $18K in spain. I want to report HH because she has a child and I want to get additional child tax credit. If I use ex-line 21 and enter 18K, no additional child tax credit. Thank you in advance.
  14. Sometimes I just think like a tax payer. I hear things from my stylist like "the IRS has a lot trailers full with unopened mail" and I don't bother to find out what's happening to the individual return. In my case, the IRS website had nothing listed for 2019 and I kept telling the client that the IRS had not opened her package and I pretended to be savvy by saying that the IRS had a bunch trailers with mail and that her package was in there since there was nothing on the website. It is easy to send the client away when you have not prepared their 2019 return which is the case with this client.
  15. Not only that, one of them might even qualify for EIC or extra EIC. 1 HH plus 1 Single standard deduction is much better than 1 MFJ. If one of them file with the two children, they will get also stimulus for the extra one child on the return which $500 plus $600 and since they have not filed yet, maybe they already got stimulus 3 and the parent with the two children will get an extra $1400. Not only that, if next year the parent with no children in 2020 claims the two children next year, that parent will get another $1400. Regarding amendments... I am always busy. In this case,
  16. I have not done in ATX but I have done it in proseries. You have your data on a shared drive, let's say, on the "server" computer, which in turn is your current computer. You install ATX and use the "server" option to install and point it to the shared drive to get the data and to save the data to. After that, you follow the instruction and install on the other computer using the workstation option. For proseries, once you install the server portion, it creates an installation file for all workstation and you only click on "set up" on the shared drive and installs. As you kn
  17. Keep in mind that where the money from the distribution went doesn't matter. If the person, spouse, dependent or household member was affected by covid-19, the distribution can be reported evenly for the next three years. She could potentially, roll over 1/3 before she files for 2021 and another 1/3 before she files for 2022 if her business gives her profits. If her business was shut down at the farmer's market for a couple of months, that's enough reason to be affected by covid 19.
  18. I think the best is to itemize all years and that's the most conservative, legal and ethically. Depending on the documents and circumstances described by the client, I would itemize the first 3 years and use the standard deduction for the next three years. I would put an end to 2015, 2016 and 2017. For the other years, I would use the standard deduction because chances are that the ex also used the standard deduction because of the $12K+ deduction. I hope he has her social security number and remembers her name. I would recommend a divorce as soon as possible so you don't have to
  19. Not when they are longer than usual.
  20. I enter the names as they appear on their Social Security cards and I print their return. If the name is too long to efile, I take out the second last name from the spouse. If I still have the issue, I take the second last name from the first person. I have not needed to go any further.
  21. Talking about MD.... I have noticed that each time I efile, I have to check mark that I have verify IDs and address... and who knows what else I am verifying. This is new this year.
  22. I think the license info doesn't roll over because we are supposed to ID everybody every year. I have also noticed that university information must be entered every year by IRS requirements and they don't roll over anymore. For my practice and taste, ATX is the best in the market. Stand alone installation, who opens the program knows what forms and what questions to ask (at least that's what I believe), interface and price look good.
  23. I guess if the amendment is for a filer, then the social security number is freed soon. In my case, mother claimed child and when grandmother claimed the same child it was rejected. I amended mother to free up child's social security number and it has been a month and still grand mother's return gets rejected. In my case, I think I will have to wait until the 1040X is completely processed before I can efile grandmother's. To efile 1040X, the original return MUST have been efiled.
  24. I have a simple return with 16K unemployment that I was checking everyday. Today I opened it and voila, everything was correct and I was able to efile. Prior to opening, ATX updates so... yes it did it by its own because of my setup.
  25. I am happy that ATX has now fixed form 8962 from: Line 29=(smallerOfline28orLine27) to: Line 29=0. That required a lot of programming effort and that's why it took them weeks to fix.
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