Jeffrey B. Kahn, Esq. and Windus Fernandez Brinkkord Discusses Brexit, Summer Wedding Tax Woes and the IRS On ESPN Radio – July 22, 2016 Show
1. Jonni Bailey with Ruff Haus Design, A business’ loyal marketing company!
2. As Brexit Unfolds…what we need to know.
3. Summer Wedding Tax Woes.
4. Questions from our listeners.
Windus states: Good afternoon! Yes sometimes we just have to take the money and run! Welcome to Inside Advantage – Your Financial And Tax Radio Show.
This is Licensed Financial Planner, Windus Fernandez Brinkkord, Senior Vice President Of Investments at Trilogy Financial Services.
My co-host Jeffrey B Kahn, board Certified Tax Attorney is out today. But Amy, his associate, will be calling in for our 3rd segment.
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For today’s show we have coming up:
Segment 2: As Brexit Unfolds…what we need to know.
Also coming up is:
Segment 3: Summer Wedding Tax Woes.
And of course towards the end of our show, we will be answering some of your questions.
Joining me today as a guest co-host and the star of our first segment is Jonni Bailey with Ruff Haus Design, A business’ loyal marketing company!
Chit chat with Jonni, pack leader
Windus states: Well it’s time for a break but stay tuned because we are going to tell you more about what Brexit really means.
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Windus states: Welcome back. This is Inside Advantage – Your Financial And Tax Radio Show on ESPN and you are listening to Licensed Financial Planner, Windus Fernandez Brinkkord with my co-host today Jonni Bailey.
Let’s kick off this segment with my special offer: Trilogy Financial Services will provide you with a retirement cash flow analysis which is a $600.00 value for free as long as you mention the Inside Advantage Radio Show when you call to make an appointment. Call my office to make an appointment to meet with me, Windus Fernandez Brinkkord. The number to call is 858-314-5169. That is 858-314-5169. Or visit www.guideyourstory.com.
Brexit: I read a few articles from the Wall St. Journal & Bloomberg to really wrap my head around this topic.
Jonni, so this term is being used quite a bit, but what does it mean to you?
Ultimately, not to beat the dead horse into the ground, Brexit is the United Kingdom leaving the European Union, which was more of a trade connection/agreement to them than anything else. But the EU is bigger than this and it has made a big impact on countries inside of the UK. I know I discussed on another show that the UK is made up of four countries: England, Wales, Ireland, and Scotland. The two countries likely hardest hit with England’s decision are Scotland and Ireland. Now Scotland voted to stay but what happened in Ireland is much more complicated and a little more difficult to navigate! Once upon a time, not long ago, even though it feels like it, Ireland was divided between the Northern Ireland and the Republic. With the largely Protestant Democratic Unionist Party backing leave and the Mainly Catholic Sinn Fein campaigning to remain. Jonni, so foreign to us to see religion tied into politics, right? Although we do see that here with some of our main issues dividing rights regarding abortion and marriage. Do you think religion plays a big role in politics here in the US?
Now, Ireland uses the Euro, not the pound, which I didn’t know and obviously ties it closely to the union even more. AND Ireland is one of the PIIGS (Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece, and Spain) countries that needed a bailout from the EU to get out of the last recession! Now England did contribute to that for Ireland despite not being a direct part of the currency. I know the term “bail-out” is used quite a bit. Here is what it meant for Ireland:
Ireland needed money to help shore up banks after it pumped money into the banks and essentially nationalized the bank system. Then the government got into trouble so the EU pumped into their economy $100 billion Euros. In exchange for this, the country had to agree to austerity. What does/did austerity mean? First austerity means: it is a set of economic policies implemented with the aim of reducing government budget deficits. In Ireland, that meant a huge cut in welfare spending and a rise in the VAT rate, which is a tax levied on most goods and services. Now in Ireland, welfare pertains to three things: social insurance payments, means tested payments, and universal payments. To break that down in the US terms: Social Security, Unemployment payments, Welfare (in the traditional US sense).
Jonni, what is your perspective on a country needing to be Bailed-out, do you agree or disagree with providing that kind of money to a country? Do you think austerity puts pressure on the population? If your company needed money to stay afloat, and you had to take it what austerity could you implement to keep going that wouldn’t impede your ability to be profitable?
Then for Ireland comes the issues of their already very instable economy. And with the austerity, they are just now becoming stable. The critical attraction to Ireland is the amazing corporate tax rate. Now they’ve had the ability to keep this and not assimilate to the rate of the UK because of their ties to the EU. Without membership in the EU, they may have to now increase this tax rate putting Ireland in a difficult position economically, again.
Now to turn to other interesting aspects of the bailout:
WizzAir Holding is cutting seats to and from the UK due to the weaker pound.
Appliance maker Electrolux AB & Groupe Eurotunnel SA both said the weaker pound will hurt earnings.
Concern and uncertainty for how the UK will unwind itself from the EU is creating a cloud over corporate forecasts, shaping how companies make decisions. This alone could cause pressure that could inadvertently trigger a recession in the UK.
Not all news is bad, many companies do stand to make money from this as well. British firms that make their money from outside of the UK are going to benefit from the lower currency!
I’ve even had many friends and clients tell me about how they are buying the pound now, at these rates, in advance for future vacations!
On the investment front, currency can be a huge risk and put pressure on your ability to earn money when you invest or diversify into international investments. You may want to inquire if your investments are “hedging” the currency right now to help reduce some of the issues. You should never remove 100% of investments in any one area, trying to time the market is a huge issue. That is a great time to stop and remind every one of our offer:
Windus states PLUG: Trilogy Financial Services will provide you with a retirement cash flow analysis which is a $600.00 value for free as long as you mention the Inside Advantage Radio Show when you call to make an appointment. Call my office to make an appointment to meet with me, Windus. The number to call is 858-314-5169. That is 858-314-5169. Or visit www.guideyourstory.com.
Windus states: Stay tuned because after the break we are going to tell you about those summer wedding tax woes!
You are listening to Licensed Financial Planner, Windus Fernandez Brinkkord and my co-host Jonni Bailey on Inside Advantage on ESPN.
Windus states: Welcome back. This is Inside Advantage – Your Financial And Tax Radio Show on ESPN and you are listening to Licensed Financial Planner, Windus Fernandez Brinkkord and my co-host today Jonni Bailey with Ruff Haus Design.
Calling in today is Amy Spivey, Jeff’s associate at the Law Offices Of Jeffrey B Kahn, P.C. Amy, how are you doing today?
Chit chat with Amy
Windus states: And before we start our next segment, Amy would you please tell our listeners of your offer?
Amy states PLUG: The Law Offices Of Jeffrey B. Kahn, P.C. will provide you with a Tax Resolution Plan which is a $500.00 value for free as long as you mention the Inside Advantage Radio Show when you call to make an appointment. Call our office to make an appointment to meet with Jeffrey Kahn, right here in San Diego or at one of our other offices close to you. The number to call is 866.494.6829. That is 866.494.6829.
How a Summer Wedding Can Affect Your Taxes
Windus states: With all the planning and preparation that goes into a wedding, taxes may not be high on your summer wedding checklist. However, you should be aware of the tax issues that come along with marriage.
Windus asks: Amy what are some basic tips that taxpayers should be aware of?
[Amy responds with the following tips]
• Name change. The names and Social Security numbers on your tax return must match your Social Security Administration records. If you change your name, report it to the SSA. To do that, file Form SS-5, Application for a Social Security Card. You can get the form on SSA.gov, by calling 800-772-1213 or from your local SSA office.
• Change tax withholding. A change in your marital status means you must give your employer a new Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate. If you and your spouse both work, your combined incomes may move you into a higher tax bracket or you may be affected by the Additional Medicare Tax. Use the IRS Withholding Calculator tool at IRS.gov to help you complete a new Form W-4.
• Changes in circumstances. If you or your spouse purchased a Health Insurance Marketplace plan and receive advance payments of the premium tax credit in 2016, it is important that you report changes in circumstances, such as changes in your income or family size, to your Health Insurance Marketplace when they happen. You should also notify the Marketplace when you move out of the area covered by your current Marketplace plan. Advance credit payments are paid directly to your insurance company on your behalf to lower the out-of-pocket cost you pay for your health insurance premiums. Reporting changes now will help you get the proper type and amount of financial assistance so you can avoid getting too much or too little in advance, which may affect your refund or balance due when you file your tax return.
• Address change. Let the IRS know if your address changes. To do that, send the IRS Form 8822, Change of Address. You should also notify the U.S. Postal Service. You can ask them online at USPS.com to forward your mail. You may also report the change at your local post office. You should also notify your Health Insurance Marketplace when you move out of the area covered by your current health care plan.
• Tax filing status. If you’re married as of December 31, that’s your marital status for the whole year for tax purposes. You and your spouse can choose to file your federal income tax return either jointly or separately each year. You may want to figure the tax both ways to find out which status results in the lowest tax.
Windus asks: Can you get a Tax Write-Off for your wedding?
Amy replies: Generally you cannot write-off a wedding but there are ways that newlyweds can spend for their weeding that can actually save money when it’s time to pay taxes at the end of the year.
Windus states: Well I am sure that tax write-offs are usually the last thing a bride and groom think about when planning a wedding but what tips so you have on this?
Amy replies: The Attire. Brides often wear their wedding dress only once. And while some opt to keep them for whatever reason, others have no idea how to discard them. For a tax write-off, consider donating the wedding gown to a nonprofit organization like Goodwill, MakingMemories.org or CinderellaProject.net. These organizations will take your dress and issue you a donation receipt for your good efforts. While you’re at it, consider donating the bridesmaids dresses, flower girl dress, ring bearer’s outfit and any nonperishable decorations.
Windus asks: What about the venue?
Amy replies: The Venue. Believe it or not, some wedding venues are tax deductible. Choose a ceremony or reception venue located at a museum, public-owned park or even a historic house or building of some sort. These places are usually owned by nonprofit organizations who use the money they receive for upkeep purposes only. Speak with the head of the venue sight to make sure that it is a nonprofit organization and what portion of the cost you pay is in excess of the deemed value of the rental of the space (only the excess amount could be deductible as a charitable contribution).
Windus asks: Can you think of anything else?
Amy replies: Wedding Favors and Gifts. Charity donations can make thoughtful wedding gifts and favors. They also save you money during tax season. So instead of purchasing a trinket that your guests or attendants may discard later, opt for a donation to your favorite charity on behalf of all those who are a part of your wedding.
Amy continues: Flowers and Foods. You can also get a tax write-off for items that have a short life, such as leftover food and all those floral centerpieces. After the wedding is over, ask a friend or family member to bring the items to a local nursing home, homeless shelter or somewhere similar. You will get a tax deduction for the cost of the remaining food and flowers and you’ll put a few smiles on faces.
Windus states: I would think that writing off anything associated with a wedding would be a red flag with IRS so how should a taxpayer document this?
Amy replies: Documenting. Whether you have your taxes done by a professional accountant or take care of them yourself, it’s important to document each of these wedding tax write-offs. Keep all your receipts for any purchases you make and request a donation sheet (signed by the organization) that states how much you donated, what you donated and when. Save all your contracts for any wedding venues and, if possible, request that the venue organizer provide you with receipts for each of your payments.
Windus states: So it seems that these write-offs are being structured as qualifying expenditures as charitable contributions.
Amy replies: That’s right. Reporting Charitable Contributions. To claim charitable deductions, you must itemize them on Schedule A of Form 1040. The IRS will need any and all receipts and statements that support the fees, expenses and donations that you claim. If your total noncash contributions exceed $500, you must also fill out Form 8283, Noncash Charitable Contributions, and attach it to your tax return. If you donate a single item worth more than $5,000, you must add Form 8283, Section B, and obtain an appraisal.
Windus asks: When could an Engagement Ring be tax deductible?
Amy replies: An engagement ring signifies a commitment between two partners and marks their intention to marry at a later date. Because engagement rings are typically made from precious metals and stones, the price can range from several hundred dollars to several thousand dollars. Whether you may claim an engagement ring as a tax deduction depends on individual circumstances. If you plan to propose and purchase an engagement ring to seal the deal, you may not deduct the cost of the ring from your taxes. An engagement ring is considered a capital gains item rather than a household item, making it ineligible for deduction purposes.
Windus asks: So let’s say the engagement falls apart and now you have this ring. Can you donate it and get a tax write-off?
Amy replies: Donating a Ring. You may donate an engagement ring to a charitable entity if, for instance, your engagement ended without marriage or if you divorced and no longer want to keep the ring. In most cases, the donation represents a charitable contribution that you can deduct from your tax liabilities for the year in which you donate the ring. However, to claim the ring as a tax deduction, the charitable organization must be able to use or sell the ring. Contributions that a charitable entity cannot use are not tax deductible. The amount you can deduct from your tax liability depends partially on the value of the ring. Obtaining a certified appraisal of the ring might help you maximize your tax deduction if the ring has increased in value since purchase. The cost of the appraisal is not included in the charitable contribution deduction; however, you may deduct the cost of the appraisal as a miscellaneous deduction.
Amy continues: It’s Risky Business To Take A Tax Write-Off For Your Wedding but if it is done right it should be respected by the IRS which is why …
Amy states: PLUG: The Law Offices Of Jeffrey B. Kahn, P.C. will provide you with a Tax Resolution Plan which is a $500.00 value for free as long as you mention the Inside Advantage Radio Show when you call to make an appointment. Call our office to make an appointment to meet with Jeffrey Kahn right here in San Diego or at one of our other offices close to you. The number to call is 866.494.6829. That is 866.494.6829.
Windus states: Thanks Amy for calling into the show. Amy says Thanks for having me.
Windus states: Stay tuned as we will be taking some of your questions. You are listening to Licensed Financial Planner, Windus A. Fernandez Brinkkord on Inside Advantage on ESPN.
Windus states: Welcome back. This is Inside Advantage – Your Financial And Tax Radio Show on ESPN and you are listening to Licensed Financial Planner, Windus Fernandez Brinkkord and my guest Jonni Bailey with Ruff Haus Design.
Jonni, how have you enjoyed the show so far today? Ready to answer some audience questions?
First, let’s highlight the Trilogy offer one more time today: Trilogy Financial Services will provide you with a retirement cash flow analysis which is a $600.00 value for free as long as you mention the Inside Advantage Radio Show when you call to make an appointment. Call my office to make an appointment to meet with me, Windus. The number to call is 858-314-5169. That is 858-314-5169. Or visit www.guideyourstory.com.
You should also know that the securities and advisory services are offered through National Planning Corporation (NPC) Member FINRA, SIPC, and a Registered Investment Advisor. Trilogy Financial Services and NPC are separate and unrelated Entities.
Windus states: If you would like to post a question for us to answer, you can go to Jeff’s website at www.kahntaxlaw.com and click on “Radio Show”. You can then enter your question and maybe it will be selected for our show.
OK Jonni, Now you get to ask me the questions.
Have a great day everyone!