QUICK TAX REFUNDS AVAILABLE TO
SUFFERED A LOSS WITHIN A DECLARED DISASTER AREA
Andrew D. Schwartz, CPA
According to FEMA, the federal government has declared 49 Major Disasters
during the first six months of 2010. People impacted include residents of
within the following states:
Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Iowa,
Massachusetts, Mississippi, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota,
Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota,
Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, West
Have you suffered
a loss while living or owning a business within a Federally Declared Disaster Area? If so, you might be in a position to
quickly get back
some money from the IRS in connection with the loss you suffered.
Publication 547, Casualties, Disasters, and Thefts, you are allowed
to claim a deduction for certain types of losses. When dealing with non-business
property, however, these losses are generally limited to the extent the loss
10% of your income. So if you earn $100k, the first $10k of your loss
doesn't save you any taxes.
When your loss is
within a Disaster Area, the rules become a lot more liberal. For starters,
the 10% threshold does not apply to Disaster Area losses, making 100% of your loss fully allowable.
Plus, you can
elect to claim the loss on the tax return filed for the year of loss, or you can
deduct the loss as part of the original return or an amended return for the
prior tax year. For 2010 Disaster Area losses, therefore, affected
taxpayers can either amend their 2009 returns to claim the loss or can hold off claiming
the loss until they file their 2010 returns. People who amend their 2009
returns should see their tax refund within 90 days of filing the paperwork.
To report your
loss, complete and attach a
Casualties and Thefts, to your federal income tax return. Plenty of good information about claiming these
types of losses is available as part of
instructions to Form 4684.
JULY 21ST IS DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR UP TO $5
MILLION GRANT FOR YOUR BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH PROJECT
Andrew D. Schwartz, CPA
Would you be interested in having the government fund 50% of
your 2009 and 2010 research expenditures? As long as your
business has less than 250 employees, you have until July 21st
to submit your application to the IRS on
As part of the
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act signed into law on March 23, 2010,
the federal government set aside $1 billion toward the Qualifying Therapeutic
Discovery Project Program. According to the IRS in their
Q and A on the Tax Credit or Grant for Qualifying Therapeutic Discovery Projects:
The credit is a tax benefit
targeted to therapeutic discovery projects that show a reasonable potential to:
- Result in new therapies to
treat areas of unmet medical need or prevent, detect or treat chronic or
acute diseases and conditions,
- Reduce the long-term growth
of health care costs in the United States, or
- Significantly advance the
goal of curing cancer within 30 years.
Allocation of the credit will
also take into consideration which projects show the greatest potential to
create and sustain high-quality, high-paying U.S. jobs and to advance U.S.
competitiveness in life, biological and medical sciences.
to the Form 8942, up to $10 million in costs paid or incurred during 2009
and 2010 in connection with your approved project qualify. Eligible
Not all costs
qualify, however. Make sure to exclude salaries paid to the CEO, interest
expense, and facility costs including mortgage or rent payments, insurance,
utilities, and maintenance costs. More information is available in
You'll need to
act quickly to apply for this grant. The deadline to submit the Form 8942
is July 21, 2010. With the application, you'll also need to include a
Project Information Memorandum.
While the IRS is
collecting this information, the US Department of Health and Human Services will
be the organization to determine whether your project meets the requirements for
this program. The IRS will then dole out the $1 billion based on the total
eligible costs of all the certified projects. While the maximum grant is
50% of each project's cost, the percentage will drop across the board if total
costs for all of the approved projects exceed $2 billion.
Assuming you get
the paperwork submitted by the July 21st deadline, expect to hear from the IRS
by the end of October whether your therapeutic discovery project has been
accepted into this lucrative program.
2009 & 2010 TAX FACTS
- For 2009 and 2010, the standard deduction for a single individual is $5,700 and
for a married couple is $11,400. A person will benefit by itemizing once
allowable deductions exceed the applicable standard deduction. Itemized
deductions include state and local income taxes (or sales taxes), real estate
taxes, mortgage interest, charitable contributions, and unreimbursed employee
- For 2009 and 2010, the personal exemption is $3,650.
Individuals will claim a personal deduction for themselves, their spouse, and
- The maximum earnings subject to social security taxes is $106,800
for 2009 and 2010.
- The standard mileage rate is $.50 per business mile as of
January 1, 2010, down from $.55 per mile for 2009.
- The maximum annual contribution into a 401(k) plan or a
403(b) plan is $16,500 in 2010. And if you'll be 50 or
older by December 31st, you can contribute an extra $5,500 into your 401(k) or
403(b) account this year.
- The maximum annual contribution to your IRA is $5,000 for 2010. And if you turn 50 by December 31st, you can contribute an extra
$1,000 that year. You have until April 15, 2011 to make your 2010 IRA