Before you know it, April 18, 2023 (the deadline to file your 2022 Individual Income Tax Return) will be here. We get three extra days because April 15th is a legal holiday in Washington D.C. (Emancipation Day) and the next business day is Monday, April 18th. Here are some things you should know to be prepared.
Reporting Rules Changed For Form 1099-K.
Taxpayers should receive Form 1099-K, Payment Card and Third Party Network Transactions, by January 31, 2023, if they received third party payments in tax year 2022 for goods and services that exceeded $600.
Prior to 2022, Form 1099-K was issued for third party networks transactions only if the total number of transactions exceeded 200 for the year and the aggregate amount of these transactions exceeded $20,000. The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 lowered the reporting threshold for third party networks that process payments for those doing business. Now a single transaction exceeding $600 can require the third party platform to issue a 1099-K. Money received through third party payment networks from friends and relatives as personal gifts or reimbursements for personal expenses is not taxable.
No “above-the-line” Charitable Deductions.
During COVID, taxpayers could take up to a $600 charitable donation tax deduction on their tax returns. However, in 2022, those who take a standard deduction may not take an above-the-line deduction for charitable donations. All charitable donations must now be included as itemized deductions. If your standard deduction exceeds the total itemized deductions, you will want to claim the standard deduction.
Some Tax Credits Return To 2019 Levels.
This means that affected taxpayers will likely receive a significantly smaller refund compared with the previous tax year. Changes include amounts for the Child Tax Credit (CTC), Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child and Dependent Care Credit.
- Taxpayers who got $3,600 per dependent in 2021 for the CTC will, if eligible, get $2,000 for the 2022 tax year.
- For the EITC, eligible taxpayers with no children who received roughly $1,500 in 2021 will now get $500 in 2022.
- The Child and Dependent Care Credit returns to a maximum of $2,100 in 2022 instead of $8,000 in 2021.
Time Limits For Keeping Your Tax Records
Even though your 2022 income tax return is processed by the IRS and a refund is issued, that does not mean the IRS can later question or audit the tax return, In fact the Statute Of Limitations allows the IRS three years to go back and audit your tax return. That is why it’s a good idea to keep copies of your prior-year tax returns and supporting backup documentation for at least three years.
Planning Opportunity For Taxpayers Who Owe The IRS
As a prerequisite to making any proposal to the IRS, you must be in current compliance. That means if you have any outstanding income tax returns, they must be completed and submitted to IRS.
Also, if you are required to make estimated tax payments, you must be current in making those payments. Fortunately, as we are now going into 2023, taxpayers who expect to owe for 2022 should have their 2022 income tax returns done as soon as possible in 2023 so that the 2022 liability can be rolled over into any proposal and the requirement to make estimated tax payments will not start until April 18, 2023.
What Should You Do?
You know that at the Law Offices Of Jeffrey B. Kahn, P.C. we are always thinking of ways that our clients can save on taxes. If you are selected for an audit, stand up to the IRS by getting representation. Tax problems are usually a serious matter and must be handled appropriately so it’s important to that you’ve hired the best lawyer for your particular situation. The tax attorneys at the Law Offices Of Jeffrey B. Kahn, P.C. located in Orange County (Irvine), the San Francisco Bay Area (including San Jose and Walnut Creek) and elsewhere in California are highly skilled in handling tax matters and can effectively represent at all levels with the IRS and State Tax Agencies including criminal tax investigations and attempted prosecutions, undisclosed foreign bank accounts and other foreign assets, and unreported foreign income. Also if you are involved in cannabis, check out what a cannabis tax attorney can do for you and if you are involved in crypto-currency, check out what a Bitcoin tax attorney can do for you.