Archive for: ‘January 2017’

Important Tax Deductions You Probably Don’t Know About

January 31, 2017 Posted by kingcade

It’s that time of year, again.  With tax season officially upon us, do not miss out on some of these money-saving deductions.  The most recent numbers show that more than 45 million of us itemized deductions on our 1040s—claiming $1.2 trillion dollars’ worth of tax deductions.

Most taxpayers know about mortgage expense, student loans, medical expenses, and investment expense deductions, but itemized deductions do not stop there.

Here are some of the most overlooked tax deductions:

  • Subscriptions. You can deduct the cost of subscriptions when it comes to professional (as long as it is related to your job in some way) or investment-type publications.  This covers newspapers, magazines, newsletters, journals and do not forget your online subscriptions.  Keep in mind, this deduction is subject to the 2% floor, which means that you subtract 2% of your adjusted gross income (AGI) for the year from your deduction (and all other itemized deductions with the same floor).  The remainder is the amount you can claim for those deductions.
  • IRA Custodial Fees. You can deduct the administrative fees you pay for your IRA if these fees are billed as a separate transaction. This deduction applies to traditional and Roth IRA’s and is subject to the 2% AGI floor.
  • Job Search Expenses. If you looked for a new job last year, you can deduct your expenses related to job hunting (whether or not you actually got the job). This can include things like employment agency fees, preparing and sending out resumes, transportation expenses, even long-distance travel if your primary purpose in traveling was to look for a job.
  • Tax Expenses. You can deduct certain taxes you have paid from your taxable income. First, you can deduct any state and local taxes you pay, including real estate taxes and other property taxes, on your federal tax return. **Note that you can deduct state income taxes or state sales taxes, but not both.** You are allowed to deduct the full amount here, this is not subject to the 2% AGI floor limitation. Foreign income taxes and real estate taxes are also fully deductible. You can deduct any fees you pay to have your tax return professionally prepared. If you prepare your own taxes, you can deduct the cost of the software you use and any tax publications you purchased to help determine your return. These deductions are subject to the 2% AGI floor, and you can only deduct the expenses related to the return’s tax year. For example, in 2017 you would deduct tax preparation fees related to your 2016 tax return.

If you are in financial crisis and considering filing for bankruptcy, contact an experienced Miami bankruptcy attorney who can advise you of all your options. As an experienced CPA as well as a proven bankruptcy lawyer, Timothy Kingcade knows how to help clients take full advantage of the bankruptcy laws to protect their assets and get successful results. Since 1996 Kingcade & Garcia, P.A. has been helping people from all walks of life build a better tomorrow. Our attorneys’ help thousands of people every year take advantage of their rights under bankruptcy protection to restart, rebuild and recover. The day you hire our firm, we will contact your creditors to stop the harassment. You can also find useful consumer information on the Kingcade & Garcia website at www.miamibankruptcy.com

Related Resources:

http://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/2017/01/30/4-types-tax-deductions-probably-dont-know-about.html

https://turbotax.intuit.com/tax-tools/tax-tips/Tax-Deductions-and-Credits/The-10-Most-Overlooked-Tax-Deductions/INF12062.html

FTC Cracks Down on Dishonest Payday Lenders

January 30, 2017 Posted by kingcade

The FTC has been targeting fraudulent payday lending companies, headquartered in Missouri and Kansas, with consumer settlements reaching as high as $1.266 billion. The FTC recently announced charges against Joel Jerome Tucker, and his companies, SQ Capital LLC, JT Holding Inc., and HPD LLC, for selling portfolios made up of phony payday loans.

The loans listed in the portfolios named fake lenders and debtors, including their social security and bank account numbers, and led to collection activities against consumers who had not taken out loans, according to the FTC.

In another case, a settlement was reached between the FTC and payday lenders, Tim Coppinger and Ted Rowland, and their companies.

Under the terms of the agreement, the lenders paid nearly $1 million with the threat of substantially greater judgments (up to $32 million) should they fail to abide by the terms of the settlement agreement. The fraudulent activity included debiting money from the accounts of people who never requested loans, but for whom the payday lender had obtained personal information. They would then charge interest and fees on the unauthorized loans.

Click here to read more on this story.

If you are in financial crisis and considering filing for bankruptcy, contact an experienced Miami bankruptcy attorney who can advise you of all your options. As an experienced CPA as well as a proven bankruptcy lawyer, Timothy Kingcade knows how to help clients take full advantage of the bankruptcy laws to protect their assets and get successful results. Since 1996 Kingcade & Garcia, P.A. has been helping people from all walks of life build a better tomorrow. Our attorneys’ help thousands of people every year take advantage of their rights under bankruptcy protection to restart, rebuild and recover. The day you hire our firm, we will contact your creditors to stop the harassment. You can also find useful consumer information on the Kingcade & Garcia website at www.miamibankruptcy.com

Trump’s Treasury Pick Accused of Foreclosure Heartbreak Stories

January 27, 2017 Posted by kingcade

After President Trump announced his Treasury Secretary nominee, Steven Mnuchin, a wave of California homeowners came forward with allegations that OneWest Bank actively steered them away from making timely mortgage payments to qualify for federal loan assistance that never came. Borrowers claim the fraudulent activity occurred under the leadership of Mnuchin.

The accusations center around the government program called the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP), which was launched at during the 2009 financial crisis. Under the program, eligible borrowers could receive new, lower payments and the banks that took part would also receive government incentive payments.

“They (OneWest) hired people who didn’t know what they were doing and some bad information was being given out,” a source who was familiar with OneWest’s foreclosure procedures at the time told CNN.

CNN spoke to seven OneWest borrowers who all had similar stories about being advised to purposely miss payments in order to qualify for the HAMP program.

Mnuchin testified at his confirmation hearing where he defended his time as a bank executive and his work in the private sector. However, the Democrats were not buying it, dubbing him the “Foreclosure King.”

Choosing the right attorney can make the difference between whether or not you can keep your home. A well-qualified Miami foreclosure defense attorney will not only help you keep your home, but they will be able to negotiate a loan that has payments you can afford. Miami foreclosure defense attorney Timothy Kingcade has helped many facing foreclosure alleviate their stress by letting them stay in their homes for at least another year, allowing them to re-organize their lives. If you have any questions on the topic of foreclosure please feel free to contact me at (305) 285-9100. You can also find useful consumer information on the Kingcade & Garcia website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

Related Resources:

http://thehill.com/policy/finance/315143-mnuchin-emerges-from-confirmation-hearing-intact

http://money.cnn.com/2017/01/19/news/mnuchin-onewest-foreclosure/

What Happens to Tax Debt in Bankruptcy?

January 26, 2017 Posted by kingcade

If you are considering filing for bankruptcy, you may be wondering if your tax debts can be discharged in bankruptcy court. Although the automatic stay will delay the IRS from contacting you about your debts, there are some taxes that cannot be eliminated in bankruptcy court. Here are three basic rules that will tell you if your tax debts are eligible for discharge.

  1. The Three Year Rule. Your tax debts must be three years old from the date they were due, not from the date that you filed. Tax returns are due on April 15th each year. This means that your 2010 taxes are not eligible for discharge until April 15th of 2014. This is because your 2010 taxes were technically due in April 2011. Calculate three years from the time the taxes were due.
  2. Your Tax Returns Must Have Been Filed for Two Years Before Bankruptcy. Taxes must be filed for two years prior to the bankruptcy filing to prevent delinquent taxpayers from filing late returns one day and bankruptcy the next.
  3. The Taxes Must Have Been Assessed More Than 240 Days Ago. The IRS must formally determine that you owe the taxes you are trying to eliminate in bankruptcy more than 240 days before you file the paperwork with the court. Note that an offer in compromise will delay the 240-day rule while it is pending plus an additional 30 days.

If you are in financial crisis and considering filing for bankruptcy, contact an experienced Miami bankruptcy attorney who can advise you of all your options. As an experienced CPA as well as a proven bankruptcy lawyer, Timothy Kingcade knows how to help clients take full advantage of the bankruptcy laws to protect their assets and get successful results. Since 1996 Kingcade & Garcia, P.A. has been helping people from all walks of life build a better tomorrow. Our attorneys’ help thousands of people every year take advantage of their rights under bankruptcy protection to restart, rebuild and recover. The day you hire our firm, we will contact your creditors to stop the harassment. You can also find useful consumer information on the Kingcade & Garcia website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

Related Resources:

http://www.natlbankruptcy.com/bankruptcy-and-tax-debt-what-happens-to-tax-debt-in-bankruptcy/

http://www.thebankruptcysite.org/resources/bankruptcy/stop-irs-collecting-tax-debts.htm#

Florida House Bill Would Expand Lienholders’ Rights in Foreclosure Cases

January 25, 2017 Posted by kingcade

A bill filed this week in the Florida House, would expand the rights of lienholders in foreclosure actions.  Florida H.B. 471, proposed by State Senator Jay Fant, “Authorizes certain lienholders to use certain documents as admission in action to foreclose mortgage; provides that submission of certain documents in foreclosure action creates certain presumptions; authorizes lienholder to make request for judicial notice,” according to the language of the bill.

The bill authorizes a lienholder to use any documents from the mortgagee’s bankruptcy case that indicates an intention by the defendant to surrender the property. If the defendant does not withdraw the document in question, that document submitted along with a bankruptcy discharge, “creates a rebuttable presumption that the defendant has: 1. Surrendered to the lienholder the defendant’s interest in the mortgaged property; and 2. Waived any defenses to the foreclosure.”

The defendant’s legal remedy in such a case includes: “raising a defense based upon the lienholder’s conduct subsequent to the filing of the document filed in the bankruptcy case that evidenced the defendant’s intention to surrender the mortgaged property to the lienholder.”

The bill was filed with the Florida House on January 24, and would go into effect on July 1, 2017, if it passes.

Choosing the right attorney can make the difference between whether or not you can keep your home. A well-qualified Miami foreclosure defense attorney will not only help you keep your home, but they will be able to negotiate a loan that has payments you can afford. Miami foreclosure defense attorney Timothy Kingcade has helped many facing foreclosure alleviate their stress by letting them stay in their homes for at least another year, allowing them to re-organize their lives. If you have any questions on the topic of foreclosure please feel free to contact me at (305) 285-9100. You can also find useful consumer information on the Kingcade & Garcia website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

Related Resources:

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/230882-florida-house-bill-expand-bank-rights-foreclosure-cases
http://www.dsnews.com/daily-dose/01-24-2017/florida-bill-expand-lienholders-rights https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2017/0471/BillText/Filed/PDF