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By Bob Jablonsky, We are the Tax Specialists for Realtors
(Bob Jablonsky & Associates)
When a Taxpayer owes the IRS, one of IRS's most powerful tools is the Notice of Federal Tax Lien (NFTL).  In this article, we’ll discuss some actions you as a taxpayer can take if the IRS is threatening you with an NFTL.  Six Options for a Taxpayer under Threat of an IRS LienHere are a six options to consider when under threat of an IRS lien: The IRS will not file an NFTL if the balance is less than $10,000.  If you are above that level but can pay the balance down to $10,000, the IRS generally will not file a lien. If your assessed balance is below $50,000, you can set up a direct debit installment agreement (DDIA) and request that the IRS not file a lien. This is known as a Streamlined Payment Plan. If over $50,000, there is now an option available for amounts owed up to $250,000 if w...
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By Bob Jablonsky, We are the Tax Specialists for Realtors
(Bob Jablonsky & Associates)
As a Tax Professional, your Tax Professional should be able to provide advice on deductions that are available to Real Estate Agents and Brokers.  However, they don’t know what is going on daily in your business and what deductions you are entitled to.  Unless you are able to properly track their income and deductions, you could end up paying more taxes than are needed, and maybe even worse yet, getting stuck in an audit where you end up substantial amount of additional taxes  PLUS penalties and interest.  That doesn’t even include the chaos and stress in your life, is not a fun position to be in, and one you want to avoid at all costs. While I’ll cover more complex bookkeeping procedures in the future, today I’m going to cover the basics of what you need to track in your bookkeeping sy...
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By Bob Jablonsky, We are the Tax Specialists for Realtors
(Bob Jablonsky & Associates)
Every year, millions of taxpayers don’t file their Federal income tax return on time even though its rarely a good idea.  Why does that happen and what are the consequences of not filing a tax return? Why don’t Taxpayers file timely?There are a number of reasons that taxpayers don’t file their tax returns timely, but the two reasons below are what I see most often in tax practice: Most individuals don’t file their tax returns timely because they owe, or believe they owe, income tax. They’re hoping the problem will magically go away.  They do not have the information to file their tax return properly. Sometimes, these are taxpayers who work W-2 jobs, but more often, it tends to be taxpayers who are self-employed, who have more complicated tax returns.  The goods news is that there are so...
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By The Legacy Group, The LegacyGroup of CrossCountry Mortgage
(CrossCountry Mortgage)
Veteran’s Home Loans for Dallas Texas!!If you are reading this, you or a family member have likely served in our military.  First off, we would like to say a sincere “Thank You” for your service!  We recognize that not only do our Veterans sacrifice by serving, but their families do as well-, and we owe you all a debt of gratitude!One of the best benefits Veterans and their families receive due to their service to our great country is the VA home loan benefits.  We are going to outline just a few of these significant benefits in this article for you.Here are some of the major benefits you may receive by using your VA home loan benefits:*100% financing available- one of the very few loans available with no down payment!*Lower rates available than most loan programs- which saves you money...
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By Bob Jablonsky, We are the Tax Specialists for Realtors
(Bob Jablonsky & Associates)
The IRS has recently began sending out a barrage of CP504 Notices to Taxpayers with tax debt.  It is typically sent by Certified Mail and states Notice of Intent to seize (levy) your property or rights to property.  It’s an important notice for several reasons that I’ll outline below:  The IRS has now sent you several notices for a tax amount and you have not resolved it satisfactorily. The IRS can file a Federal Tax Lien against your current and future assets. This notice allows the IRS to levy your state tax refund if applicable to you. In 5 weeks, the IRS may send to you a Final Notice of Intent to Levy. This notice allows them to levy your bank account, garnish your wages, and potentially seize other assets.  While the IRS may be sending a Final Notice of Intent to Levy, it may or m...
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By Bob Jablonsky, We are the Tax Specialists for Realtors
(Bob Jablonsky & Associates)
As Self-Employed Independent Contractors, Real Estate Agents may need help in running their business and sometimes it makes sense to hire family.  Today, we’ll cover a few areas where it might be helpful to hire your children as well as adult family members to provide services to the business.   Employing ChildrenAn excellent strategy to reduce the overall family tax burden is to employ your children.  Unlike investment income earned in their name, your child's earnings will not be subject to what they call "kiddie tax." What kiddie tax means is that your child's income will be taxed at your highest rate.  However, earned income is not subject to this regulation.  Therefore, if you pay your child for services actually performed, you can take a tax deduction and they may owe no tax on th...
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By The Legacy Group, The LegacyGroup of CrossCountry Mortgage
(CrossCountry Mortgage)
Veterans now have access to a new VA renovation loan to refurbish or remodel their homes.  This loan program is available for new home purchases as well as for remodeling homes currently owned by the veteran.  It is estimated that over 50% of homes nationally are 40 years or older, and in the current housing market many homes are in need of updating, addressing deferred maintenance, or improving the energy efficiency of homes to lower utility costs.VA loan benefits include the following unique advantages:  a.  up to 100% financing, b.  no mortgage insurance, c.  up to $ 35,000 in renovation funds escrowed, d.  all renovations must be completed within 60 days of closing, e.  you can close on a purchase or refinance in the “as is” condition, f. you can borrow against the future value of t...
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By Bob Jablonsky, We are the Tax Specialists for Realtors
(Bob Jablonsky & Associates)
A question that comes up from my Realtor clients along with many other small business owners is can I deduct my Home Office costs.  This has become even more of an issue due to COVID as more and more of us work out of our homes.  Today we’ll touch on when you can deduct your Home Office and what can be deducted. When Can Your Home Office be Deducted? There are two important criteria as to when your Home Office can be deducted.  The space is used Regularly for business purposes.  The space is used exclusively for business purposes. Remember that BOTH of these criteria must be met in order to qualify for the deduction. What Can I Deduct?As a self-employed taxpayer with a qualifying Home Office, both Direct and Indirect expenses can be deducted.  Direct expenses are those related to just t...
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By The Legacy Group, The LegacyGroup of CrossCountry Mortgage
(CrossCountry Mortgage)
We are excited to let you know that we have invested in a new technology called Homebot to be your free personal guide through your home-buying journey.Homebot is a monthly financial dashboard that enables you to maximize the most of your home-buying search.When you sign up you will receive a regular email called the “Homebot Market Report”- a customized interactive guide with critical information to help you buy smart. Homebot offers buyers the ability to search for homes in your area at no cost to you.What will the Homebot Market Report do for you? Explore neighborhoods and cities nationwide to find the best market to match your goals Use current market temperatures to guide your buying strategy Estimate how much home you can afford at today's interest rates See how much your new home...
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By Bob Jablonsky, We are the Tax Specialists for Realtors
(Bob Jablonsky & Associates)
Over the past year, since the onset of COVID, the IRS has taken a very hands off approach to tax items.  However, that is beginning to change.  Late in 2020 we began to see the IRS filing Notice of Federal Tax Liens (NFTLs) on taxpayers with IRS debt and we expect that to begin even more prevalent as taxpayers emerge from the pandemic owing the government and with the government in need of revenues.  So, what is a Notice of Federal Tax Lien and what should you do if one is filled What is a Notice of Federal Tax Lien (NFTL) A Notice of Federal Tax Lien (NFTL) is a public document filed to alert third parties that the taxpayer owes the IRS money.  Filing the NFTL is a consequential step taken by the government and can have a serious impact on the taxpayer.   Prior to filing the NFTL, the ...
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By The Legacy Group, The LegacyGroup of CrossCountry Mortgage
(CrossCountry Mortgage)
Veterans now have access to a new VA renovation loan to refurbish or remodel their homes.  This loan program is available for new home purchases as well as for remodeling homes currently owned by the veteran.  It is estimated that over 50% of homes nationally are 40 years or older, and in the current housing market many homes are in need of updating, addressing deferred maintenance, or improving the energy efficiency of homes to lower utility costs.VA loan benefits include the following unique advantages:  a.  up to 100% financing, b.  no mortgage insurance, c.  up to $ 35,000 in renovation funds escrowed, d.  all renovations must be completed within 60 days of closing, e.  you can close on a purchase or refinance in the “as is” condition, f. you can borrow against the future value of t...
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By Bob Jablonsky, We are the Tax Specialists for Realtors
(Bob Jablonsky & Associates)
As a Real Estate Agent, you most likely find yourself sometimes showing a potential buyer tens of homes  before they make a decision to purchase a property (or don’t).  While that can be frustrating, it’s important to make sure that as a Realtor you get the proper deduction for all of that driving.  So, what can you deduct and how can you maximize your Deduction.As a Self-Employed Taxpayer, the IRS provides two options for deducting automobile expenses, and you are allowed to select the method that is most advantageous to you. The options are: Actual Expense Method, or Mileage Method I recommend that you keep track of your actual expenses and business mileage so you can compare the two methods and select the one that will create the largest tax deduction.  Using either method, you are  ...
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(Robert J Russell Companies)
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By Bob Jablonsky, We are the Tax Specialists for Realtors
(Bob Jablonsky & Associates)
Our DFW Tax Firm specializes in guiding Realtors through their tax issues.  Our goal is to help these professionals minimize their taxes while making sure that they stay out of trouble with the IRS.  Realtors, like other small business owners and independent contractors, don’t have the luxury of withholding like their W-2 counterparts.  Because of this, probably my biggest challenge in working with Realtors is to help them to make sure that they get their taxes withheld timely and properly.  Our goals is that they avoid ending up with a huge tax bill in April that they can’t pay, with the added insult of substantial penalties and interest tacked on. As an independent Contractor, you, the Realtor, have estimated tax payments due to the IRS on: April 15th for income earned from January th...
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By The Legacy Group, The LegacyGroup of CrossCountry Mortgage
(CrossCountry Mortgage)
We are excited to let you know that we have invested in a new technology called Homebot to be your free personal guide through your home-buying journey.Homebot is a monthly financial dashboard that enables you to maximize the most of your home-buying search.When you sign up you will receive a regular email called the “Homebot Market Report”- a customized interactive guide with critical information to help you buy smart. Homebot offers buyers the ability to search for homes in your area at no cost to you.What will the Homebot Market Report do for you?     Explore neighborhoods and cities nationwide to find the best market to match your goals     Use current market temperatures to guide your buying strategy     Estimate how much home you can afford at today's interest rates     See how mu...
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By inboundREM Market Updates
(InboundREM)
Midway Hills, Dallas, TX Community PostCommunity and Real Estate InformationMidway Hills is a lovely suburban neighborhood in the northern portion of Dallas, Texas. The neighborhood is bordered by Forest Lane to the north, Midway Road to the east, Royal Lane to the south, and Marsh Lane to the west. Centered around the Harry C Withers Elementary School and the Northaven Park & Greenbelt, Midway Hills offers a family-friendly living environment that buyers looking for a move-in ready place for their family will surely appreciate. Real Estate in the suburb is a collection of single-family homes priced between $500,000 to $700,000, with some more expensive custom builds also available. Homes in the community were built mostly between the 1950s to 1960s coming with a variety of Craftsman-st...
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By inboundREM Market Updates
(InboundREM)
Midway Crossing, Dallas, TX Community PostCommunity and Real Estate InformationMidway Crossing is a small subdivision centered along Midrose Trail in the Far North neighborhood of Dallas, Texas. The subdivision can be accessed south along Rosemeade Parkway or east of Midway Road. This neighborhood is a charming residential development known for its mature tree-lined streets, charming brick homes, and well-manicured lawns. Whenever I visit the area, I truly enjoy the wonderful curb appeal that this simple community offers. Residences in the community, as said previously, have exquisite brick masonry matched by large framed windows for ample natural lighting. Single-story designs provide comfortable layouts perfect for those who want to avoid climbing up and down the stairs every day. The...
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By inboundREM Market Updates
(InboundREM)
Midway Hollow, Dallas, TX Community PostCommunity and Real Estate InformationMidway Hollow is a lovely suburban neighborhood in the northern part of Dallas, Texas, directly north of the Dallas Love Field Airport. The suburb borders include Walnut Hill Lane to the north, Midway Road to the east, W Northwest Highway to the south, and Marsh Lane to the east. The neighborhood features a wide variety of single-family home builds, a majority of which were built in the 1940s to 1950s. Properties here are priced between $500,000 and go up to a million-plus for certain custom builds. If you would like to check out available homes for sale in Midway Hollow or have questions about real estate in the area, please feel free to contact our team.Check out the original neighborhood post at https://farn...
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By inboundREM Market Updates
(InboundREM)
Northpark, Dallas, TX Community PostCommunity and Real Estate InformationNorth Park is a primarily residential neighborhood in the northern portion of Dallas, Texas. The neighborhood sits east of the Dallas Love Field Airport, with Lovers Lane, Inwood Road, Mockingbird Lane, and Lemmon Avenue lining its borders. Airport employees looking at a new home close to work will appreciate the home options in the suburb. Real Estate in Northpark includes a diverse selection of property options with multi-family and single-family home options. Properties range between $200,000 to $500,000 for the typical Craftsman-style residence built around the 1940s. There are also custom home builds that replaced these older homes, and some newer construction priced $800,000 and up. Townhouses and condos are ...
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By inboundREM Market Updates
(InboundREM)
Arlington Park, Dallas, TX Community PostCommunity and Real Estate InformationArlington Park is a beautifully built suburban neighborhood in one of the busiest parts of Dallas, Texas. The subdivision is perfect for homebuyers working in the area searching for a new home for their family. Residents enjoy easy access to a wide variety of amenities and conveniences. Development of the neighborhood began in the 1940s centered around developing family-friendly suburban single-family homes. These residences typically come between $100,000 to $300,000 and feature functional two to three-bedroom floor layouts. Modest bungalow-type designs are prevalent in the area, with open living room designs that feature an eat-in kitchen and dining space. If you would like to check out available homes for s...
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