Tax Compliance (Preparation/Planning)

Traders have unique tax needs, and we offer them excellent value in our tax compliance services.

Update May 31, 2022: GNM is not bringing on new tax compliance clients for 2021 tax return preparation. We plan to evaluate new clients for 2022 tax returns after completing 2021 tax returns due October 15, 2022.

With filing your 2021 individual tax return, GNM has partnered with Protection Plus to provide all our personal tax clients with complete access to their services. Click here for more information. 

Here’s an example of one of our tax compliance services:

Individual Tax Compliance (First-Year Traders) – Partial Payment & Minimum Price

GNM’s tax compliance service includes

  • Plan and prepare your individual federal and state tax returns, including your spouse, on a married-filing-joint tax return.
  • Assessment of trader tax status (TTS): If you qualify for TTS for any part of the year, we can add a Schedule C to deduct your trading business expenses, startup costs, and home-office expenses above the line from gross income. TTS does not require an election, whereas Section 475 MTM does.
  • In a tax return footnote, we explain trader tax law, how you qualify for TTS, tax elections like Sections 475 MTM, the tax treatment on financial products, and more. Avoiding IRS questions is vital.
  • If you traded securities, there is complicated accounting for wash sale loss adjustments or Section 475 MTM accounting, including a Section 481(a) adjustment for the first year of the election. Consider our trade accounting service in conjunction with our tax compliance service.
  • A timely-filed Section 475 MTM election statement and Form 3115 (Change of Accounting Method) perfect the Section 475 election.
  • Tax treatment for traders can be confusing, and we get it right, taking advantage of losses where possible and Section 1256 60/40 capital gains rates. Traders can depart from broker 1099-Bs where entitled, and we explain it in the tax return footnotes.
  • The home-office deduction is one of the most significant deductions for traders, and a trader needs to make special moves on the tax return to unlock the full deduction.
  • The 20% deduction on qualified business income: QBI includes 475 income net of TTS expenses; it excludes capital gains.
  • If you have a pass-through trading entity, we maximize tax benefits between the individual and entity tax returns, including unreimbursed partnership expenses (UPE) and accountable plan reimbursements with S-Corps. We also focus on employee benefits, including health insurance and retirement plans with S-Corps. 
  • Twenty states have enacted SALT cap workaround strategies using partnerships and S-Corps.
  • Proprietary traders: If your prop trading firm issued a Form 1099-Misc for Non-Employee Compensation, we add a Schedule C to report that revenue and deduct trading expenses, including a home office, to reduce net income, income tax, and self-employment taxes. You can maximize a retirement plan and health insurance deduction with self-employment income. If your prop trading firm issued a Schedule K-1, we would focus on deducting trading expenses as UPE on Schedule E.

After purchase, GNM’s administration team will follow up with you by email to commence the tax compliance process. See how our virtual communication process works efficiently.

Our partial payment is also a minimum price. Kindly expect a balance due to our fees when we complete the tax compliance engagement. Please read Price & Billing Policies for more information.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Thank you for trusting our firm GNM to help you. 

Sincerely,
Darren L. Neuschwander, CPA
Adam W. Manning, CPA
Members, Green, Neuschwander & Manning, LLC