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Joshua Jenson, CPA. Managing Partner Joshua Jenson, CPA, P.C. & Associates. What’s New for 2014?. Over 50 Tax Breaks Expired as of December 31, 2013!. Important Expired Business Tax Breaks Research credit Work opportunity credit 15-year cost recovery for qualified property

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joshua jenson cpa

Joshua Jenson, CPA

Managing Partner

Joshua Jenson, CPA, P.C. & Associates

over 50 tax breaks expired as of december 31 2013
Over 50 Tax Breaks Expired as ofDecember 31, 2013!

Important Expired Business Tax Breaks

  • Research credit
  • Work opportunity credit
  • 15-year cost recovery for qualified property
  • Alternative fuel credit
  • Bonus depreciation

Important Expired Individual Tax Breaks

  • State & local sales tax deduction
  • Above-the-line tuition deduction
  • $250 above-the-line teacher expenses
  • Tax-free charitable distributions from IRA’s
more complex rate structure
More Complex Rate Structure

Seven ordinary income brackets

Three capital gains brackets

With the NII tax, high-income individuals face a combined tax rate of 43.4% on ordinary investment income and 23.8% on long-term capital gains.

The Tax Adviser, September 2014, p. 672

phaseouts deductions limitations
Phaseouts & Deductions Limitations

Personal Exemption Phaseout (PEP)

  • Phaseout begins at $305,050 AGI for MFJ ($254,200 Single)
  • Phaseout ends at $427,550 AGI for MFJ ($376,700 Single)

Itemized Deductions (Pease) Limitations

  • Threshold is $305,050 AGI for MFJ ($254,200 Single)
  • Reduced by lesser of 3% of excess of AGI over thresholds or 80% of total allowable itemized deductions.
net investment income tax
Net Investment Income Tax

Big Impact on High-Income Individuals

3 8 net investment income tax
3.8% Net Investment Income Tax

What’s included?

What’s not included?

Wages and SE income

Active trade or business income

Retirement plan distributions


SS benefits


Municipal bond interest

  • Interest income
  • Dividend income
  • Capital gains
  • Rents
  • Royalty income
  • Passive business income
real estate professionals
Real Estate Professionals

Pass 750 hours test

Over ½ of your personal services provided were related to real estate businesses

Must materially participate

Key is documentation. You must be able to prove status to IRS.

additional medicare tax
Additional Medicare Tax
  • 0.9% on wages and SE income
  • MAGI over $250,000 (married) or $200,000 (single)
health care reform effects for 2014
Health Care Reform Effects for 2014

Substantiating Health Coverage

Individual Shared Responsibility Provision

All US citizens and legal residents required to have qualifying minimum essential health coverage starting January 1, 2014.

2014 Penalty:

Greater of $95 or 1% of household income

Since employer reporting pushed back to 2015, taxpayer must collect information to document coverage.

Must show:

  • Policy terms
  • Who is covered
  • Period of time covered
  • Max Penalty per family = $285
  • Dependent under 18 = $47.50 penalty/each
charitable contributions
Charitable Contributions
  • Don’t forget out-of-pocket volunteer expenses & mileage
  • Gifts made by credit card count too
  • Strategically time large donations for best tax year
retirement planning is essential
Retirement PlanningisEssential

Moss-Adams 2014 Year-End Tax Planning Guide for Individuals,

retirement planning strategies
Retirement Planning Strategies

Pick the Best Plan

Larger deductions for 401(k) and Keogh plans…must have in place by year-end

Don’t Forget the Kids

Earned Income = Contribute to IRA

New IRA Rollover Rules

For 2015

New once-a-year limit

on IRA rollovers

Roth IRA Conversions

Traditional IRA’s can be converted to Roth IRA’s when beneficial

flexible spending accounts
Flexible Spending Accounts

2014 Limit = $2,500

No More


home office deduction safe harbor
Home Office Deduction Safe Harbor
  • For small business owners & self-employed individuals
  • No more tracking actual expenses
  • $5/square foot of home office space
  • Maximum deduction = $1,500/year
changes to section 179 deduction
Changes to Section 179 Deduction

2014 Limit = $25,000

Watch Out for the Phase-Out

If purchases exceed $200,000, the deduction is decreased dollar-for-dollar above the threshold.

SUV & Trucks over 6,000 GVWR qualify for up to $25,000 immediate deduction.

bonus depreciation 15 year depreciation life for qualified property are gone
Bonus Depreciation & 15-Year Depreciation Life for Qualified Property are GONE

Bonus Depreciation is only available for long-production-period property and certain aircraft.

Qualified Leasehold Improvements now have a depreciation recovery life of 39 years.

health care reform developments
Health Care Reform Developments
  • Required employer reporting mandate postponed to 2015.
  • Excise taxes postponed:
    • 50-99 FTE = effective for 2016
    • 100 or more FTE = effective for 2015
  • Avoid the excise taxes by offering coverage to 70% of employees.
  • Coverage must still meet requirements for affordability & minimum value.
charitable contributions1
Charitable Contributions

Because charitable contributions are itemized deductions, they may be limited or phased out due to Pease limitations.

Sponsor projects or programs through a business instead. There are no phase-outs on that!

new tangible property regulations
New Tangible Property Regulations

Key Provisions:

  • Building & structural components considered 1 unit
  • Safe harbor provision for small business taxpayers for qualified real property
  • De minimis rules added
    • $5,000 with AFS
    • $500 without AFS
  • Safe harbor for routine building maintenance

Effective 1/1/14


  • Use safe harbors
  • Elect to recognize loss on partial disposition of asset annually
  • Follow your financial statement capitalization policy for purchases set in the policy implemented
  • Re-evaluate issue each year to determine policy limits and elections
2014 limits
2014 Limits

Estate Exclusion Amount


Gift Tax Limit


net investment income tax impact on estates trusts

For 2014, the 3.8% tax is imposed on the lesser of the undistributed net investment income for the tax year or the excess of the AGI over $12,150.

  • Net investment income includes interest, dividends, annuities, royalties, rents not derived in the ordinary course of trade or business, net income from passive activities, net gain on disposition of passive activity property.
Net Investment Income Tax Impact on Estates & Trusts
  • Final regulations exclude certain estates & trusts.
  • Business trusts are business entities and are not subject to the NII at the entity level.
  • Charitable remainder trusts are not subject at the entity level, but distributions from a CRT to the annuity or unitrust recipient are subject to the tax.
  • Foreign estates and nongrantor trusts are also exempt.
gift splitting with spouse
Gift-Splitting with Spouse

Each spouse can give $14,000 to an individual per year

That’s $28,000 that can be given and received tax-free.

recent developments to consider

Final regs change method of deducting costs of trust or estates. Trustees must now split costs between those that are subject to 2% floor from costs that are not subject to the floor.

  • Trusts can qualify as real estate professionals. Frank Aragona Trust, 142 T.C. No. 9 (2014)
Recent Developments to Consider
  • IRS issued PLR on incomplete grantor trusts approving the use of this strategy, which has been used to lower state/local taxes, but now may be a good strategy to reduce NII tax exposure.
  • New proposed regs will affect transactions of holders of appreciated property that attempt to use charitable remainder trusts to minimize gains on the sale of those assets.








Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR)

If you have a financial interest in or signature authority over a foreign financial account, including a bank account, brokerage account, mutual fund, trust, or other type of foreign financial account, exceeding certain thresholds, the Bank Secrecy Act may require you to report the account yearly to the Department of Treasury by electronically filing a Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) 114, Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR).

FinCEN introduces new forms

On September 30, 2013, FinCEN posted a notice on their website announcing the current FBAR form, FinCEN Report 114, Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts. FinCEN Report 114 supersedes the previous years’ form TD F 90-22.1 and is only available online through the BSA E-Filing System website.




Same-sex marriage now is legal in Oklahoma. Oklahoma couples began to marry after a surprise move by the U.S. Supreme Court not to take on the issue of whether states can ban same-sex marriage. (October 2014)



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Special Thanks to Megan Fredrickson, CPA

Director of Tax & Senior Tax Manager at Joshua Jenson, CPA, P.C. & Associates