Happy New Year!
It’s amazing that we’re in the second half of January! This is also the time to get thinking about taxes if you haven’t done so already. That said, we have put together some relevant info for you.
Be on the lookout for the following form:
The Schwab Form 1099 Composite & Year End Summary you receive (estimated online availability after February 2nd with mailed copies beginning thereafter if not enrolled in e-delivery) contains a lot of tax relevant info such as realized gain/loss data as well as interest & dividend info.
Given the typical corrections made to Schwab 1099s after an initial release, we suggest waiting until March 1 before using the tax documents for any tax return preparations. Due to the nature of heavy mutual fund administration and dividend reclassifications occurring after the calendar year ends, it is common to have another 1099 released a few weeks after the initial release (referred to as a "corrected copy"). By waiting until March 1, this should help avoid the need to file an amended tax return.
There’s still time to make your 2021 Traditional or Roth IRA contribution. Deadline is April 15.
- 2021 IRA Contribution Limit: $6,000 + $1,000 catch-up for those age 50 and over.
And it’s never too early to get going on this year!
- 2022 IRA Limit: $6,000 + $1,000 catch-up for those age 50 and over.
It's too late to make a 2021 contribution, but for this calendar year...
- 2022 Maximum 401K Contribution: $20,500 + $6,500 catch-up for those age 50 and over.
Qualified Charitable Distributions (“QCDs”):
For those clients who are 70 ½ or over and make charitable contributions from their IRAs, we have already recapped these non-taxable distributions and sent the details to you. Please provide these to your CPA as QCDs are not taxable and therefore are reductions from the 1099-Rs you will get from Schwab.
529 Plan Contributions:
529 can be used for college and they can be used, up to $10,000 per year, for elementary or secondary education in public, private or religious schools. 529 contributions are considered gifts from parents to their children and qualify for the $16,000 per person annual gift exclusion. And, with 529s, up to $160,000 can be contributed for a child, making use of 5 years of annual gifts. Of course, all appreciation is tax-free as long as funds are used for qualified educational purposes. Illinois provides an annual tax deduction of up to $20,000 for a married couple for 529 contributions postmarked within the calendar year. SC has an unlimited deduction for 529 contributions and contributions for 2021 can be made up to April 15, 2022. Please let your CPA know if you have made any contributions for 2021.
Health Savings Accounts:
For those with high-deductible health plans, contributions to health savings can save income taxes and either fund medical expenses or grow as a retirement supplement for years to come. The maximum amount deductible for 2021 is $3,600 for single and $7,200 for families. The 2022 amounts are $3,650 and $7,300 respectively. Contributions for 2021 must be made by April 15, 2022. Please let your CPA know if you have made any H.S.A. contributions for 2021.Let us or your CPA know if you have any other questions as you get ready for taxes.