What's new in 2020

Changed settings are cleary identified

In order to make it easier for the user to identify which settings have been changed, all settings that trigger the “Settings changed” warning on the main screen are now displayed in red font in the Settings window when changed from those shipped with the program.

If a setting is changed back to the Xspouse default, then its font returns to black. That makes it very easy in the Settings screen to identify which settings have been changed.

Health insurance detail window

In the Health insurance detail window, with the removal of the federal individual responsibility payment, the federal input has been simplified by having the user enter the net payment after the premium tax credit has been accounted for. At the same time, with the introduction of a state based individual responsibility penalty, provision is included for entering the penalty.

Young Child Tax Credit

California has introduced a Young Child Tax Credit if a qualifying child is under the age of 6 years. A YES/NO toggle is provided in the detail input window for #Exemptions to indicate this. The default is NO.

QBI coop patron reduction

An additional option has been included on the QBID calculator to allow for a coop reduction.

A subwindow opens up on pressing the Coop button to allow the required input.

What's new in 2019

Qualified Business Income Deduction Calculator

Xspouse 2019 provides a fully-integrated qualified business income deduction calculator that is accessible via the detail window for the "Qual bus income ded" field on the main screen. As with other input fields on the main screen, a value for QBID can be entered directly into the field, or the QBID value can be computed by opening the detail window to display the QBID calculator, and entering the qualified amounts for QBI, W2-wages, and UBIA.

The calculator provides buttons for adding and deleting PTBs and SSTBs, and for aggregating/disaggregating PTBs. The QBID calculator automatically takes the filing status, taxable income, and capital gain information from the currently open case in order to calculate the various parameters, such as the applicable threshold, phase-in range, applicable percentage, and others.

If businesses with a negative QBI are added, the calculator automatically follows the netting rules set out in the regulations.

If a QBID value is entered directly into the "Qual bus income ded" field on the main screen, any data that had previously been entered into the QBID calculator will be ignored (but not deleted). If the calculator is subsequently re-opened, and the 'OK' button clicked, then the QBID value that is computed by the calculator will again replace any value that had been entered directly into the field on the main screen.

Taxable/non-taxable, deductible/non-deductible spousal support

Xspouse 2019-1 builds on Xspouse 2018-1.1 in treating spousal support judgements post 2018 as being non-tax items federally, and treated as adjustments to income for state taxes.

In conformance with the new FL-150, Xspouse 2019-1 includes new input fields for taxable and non-taxable spousal support payment in the detailed input windows under “SS paid prev marriage” and “Other taxable income”.

Additionally, a switch has been added to the Settings screen to allow activation of federal tax for spousal support, if required.

If this switch is set to “YES”, a new warning message is displayed on the main Xspouse screen to indicate this fact.

Note: The default in Xspouse is 'NO', as this conforms to the federal tax changes.