Weekly Digest – July 15th 2022
What a difference a day or week makes, especially in the “world of rehab”. As my new hip turned 2 weeks old and I followed the PT schedule I was thrilled to make it back to the beach.
I am not sure it was cheating as I stayed on the handicap entrance walkway, and I did hold the handrail, but I did it!
Next week maybe I can ditch the cane and walk on the firm sand (not alone of course).
Hoping the weather holds for another beautiful summer weekend.
Again I am keeping these weekly newsletters “shorter & sweet” as I continue to condition and enjoy the summer.
I have attended seminars over the years and tried to implement the “Disney Method” which relies on delivery of services to our clients emphasizing their experience. Disney is the “Happy Place”. I was excited but nervous about my post-opp orthopedic appointment this Tuesday. I would need to manipulate entering and exiting the car and walking to the hospital entrance in Union Square, Manhattan and then to the orthopedic office with the assistance of my walker or cane. I was immediately put at ease I was met at the passenger side car door by a parking lot assistant who opened and held the door and offered assistance getting out and setting up my cane. He stood by me as he directed me to the interior entrance to the hospital lower lobby. I felt so comfortable that I ditched the walker and proceeded all the way to the doctor’s office walking with just my cane, something that I was reluctant to do just the day before. They could have charged me $100 for the 2 hours of parking and I wouldn’t have cared; it was lower Manhattan after all and I made it to my appointment feeling really good about my progress. Our goal should always be Great Customer Experience.
TAX ISSUES/TAX PLANNING
Estates Can Now Request Late Portability Election Relief
The due date of an estate tax return required to elect portability is nine months after the decedent’s date of death or the last day of the period covered by an extension (if an extension of time for filing has been obtained).
In Rev. Proc. 2017-34, the IRS provided a simplified method for obtaining an extension of time to make a portability election if that estate was not required to file an estate tax return. Even through this simplified method is available for two years after the decedent’s date of death many estates are missing this deadline. The extension to a 5 year window should help save many families quite a bit of money and give them extra time to work with their attorney and accountant on settling the estates of their loved ones.
Great News for NYS Vacation Home Owners Who Live Out-of-State
We Love NY, but sometimes the tax law does not lover out of state owners of NYS vacation homes. This changed last week with new case law Nelson Obus et al., v New York State Tax Appeals Tribunal. It seems that the court has taken more than just the day count and unfettered access into account, it has included logic!
A New York appeals court ruled that a seldom-used vacation home in New York cannot be considered a “permanent place of abode” for statutory residency purposes. The taxpayer lived in New Jersey but worked in New York City, so he spent more than 183 days in NY. He and his spouse maintained a vacation home upstate which they only used for 3 weeks a year and did not keep their personal things there. As the vacation home was four hours from his work location and and even though the home was large and definitely suitable for year-round use, the court discarded any sort of objective test to determine whether the place was a “permanent place of abode” for the taxpayer. Instead, since the case involved something so fact-specific as residency, an inquiry into the subjective aspects of the taxpayer’s use of the abode was required. This is a huge development in the New York residency area and will have an significant impact on how statutory residency cases are handled in the future.
You can read a very detailed article on this by Tim Noonan of Hodgson Russ LLP and may consider some tax planning related to this new development.
FOR OUR GRADUATES
We know that student loan repayments have been put on hold since the beginning of the pandemic, but that is expected to end, possibly in September. This article provides some useful ideas to put in place now:
- Start saving the monthly amount in a separate account by pretending that payments have already begun
- Review different student loan payment plans to find the one that best fits your current situation.
- Double-check that your servicer has your current contact information, so you receive all the notices about potential changes to your loan servicing. Three companies that serviced federal student loans — Navient, the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency, and Granite State — all have announced they’ll be ending their relationship with the Education Department, so you want to make sure your servicing agent will be able to easily contact you.
Americans Feel That Inflation Will Surge Higher Than Ever
On Monday, a survey from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York showed that consumer expectations for where inflation will be one year from now climbed to another record high in June.
So the big question is how can we prepare:
- Keep spending in line by cutting back on luxury items and create and stick to a budget.
- Pay down debt as the Federal Reserve raises interest rates.
- Manage current debt by transferring credit card balances to a 0% or lower percent card or by contacting your card issuer to negotiate a lower rate.
Canceled Home Sales in June
About 60,000 home-sale agreements fell through nationwide in June, according to Seattle-based Redfin. In some cases, interest rates rose as purchases were in progress, causing deals to fall through.
World’s Largest Asset Manager Cuts its Stock Market Outlook
On Monday, strategists at BlackRock’s Investment Institute said they were cutting their exposure to developed market equities. They cite aggressive intervention by the Fed to tame rising prices across the global economy as the reason.
The Dollar and the Euro are Almost at Par
For the first time in 20 years, the exchange rate between the euro and the US dollar was nearly the same on Monday, less than one cent away from parity. The last time the euro was worth the same as the dollar was in December 2002, not long after the currency was introduced in 1999.
Texans Asked to Reduce Power Usage to Avoid Rolling Blackouts
In what was labeled as a “conservation appeal,” the Electric Reliability Council of Texas announced on Sunday that it would be asking Texans to voluntarily conserve energy during peak usage hours, between 2 and 8 p.m.
Where Can You Invest in Times of Inflation?
US News & World Report has rounded up 7 stocks that are good inflation investments. It can be found here.
- IRS resources for stimulus payments:
- IRS information about the Advance Child Tax Credit Payments
- The best source for up-to-date and accurate health information is the Center for Disease Control (CDC)
- Our Covid-19 Resource Center with relevant blog posts, videos and prior weekly newsletters
- Payroll, HR and benefits company Gusto has put together An Employer’s Guide to Navigating the Coronavirus
- Accounting Today has a special page for articles on COVID-19
- Intuit QuickBooks has a dedicated page to help small businesses
- Entrepreneur put together a listing of free tech resources for remote work
- The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has warnings about COVID-related scams
- Fast Company has a listing of the best productivity apps for 2020
- The New York Times has an online newsletter on K-12 and higher education
- The Wall Street Journal has a collection of articles on education
- The Louvre has digitized 482,000 artworks from its collection
- PC Magazine explains how to carry your vaccination card on your phone
- How to create a strong password
We sincerely hope that you and your family are well and remain well. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We are all in this together!
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