The backdoor may be closing on Roth IRAs, and federal student loan payments are postponed (again), which may make it beneficial to file for an extension on 2021 tax returns.
Versions of the Build Back Better Act eliminated the backdoor Roth IRA, popular among physicians. However, after Senator Manchin failed to support the Act in December with the fiftieth vote it needed, Senator Schumer has vowed to bring it up for vote again in early 2022. As of January 5, the backdoor Roth IRA is still open. Those who use this strategy, may want to complete their backdoor Roth IRA as early as possible this year before the Build Back Better Act is potentially passed. For additional details, please click here.
President Biden has extended the forbearance period again for federal student loans from January 31, 2022, to May 1, 2022. This marks the fifth extension of the forbearance. Since monthly student loan payments are often based on the income from the taxpayer’s last tax return, married taxpayers should prepare their taxes but wait to file them with the IRS and Wisconsin Department of Revenue – possibly even filing an extension. This is because the calculations for taxes and student loan payments may differ if a couple files taxes as married filing jointly or married filing separately. For instance, a couple may file separately to lower their student loan payments, but it results in a little bit more tax. There’s no reason to file separately and pay more tax when there aren’t student loan payments. So, it may be wise to wait and see what happens with student loans before filing tax returns.
However, an extension must be filed for those waiting past April 18 – April 15 is a federal holiday this year. Also, taxes need to be paid by April 18, even for those who filed an extension. Of course, waiting is all the harder for anyone due a big refund. If that’s the case, now is a good time to contact payroll and update withholdings.
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