Wake-Up Call - Valentine's Day edition

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Posted by REM Cycle Staff

The Wake-Up Call is The REM Cycle’s biweekly compilation of newsworthy articles pertaining to taxation, accounting, and life in general. Got a hot tip? Email us at REMCycle@rem-co.com.

As accountants, we get excited about numbers. (Maybe a little too much.) We got to wondering: What percentage of Americans celebrate Valentine's Day? How much does the average adult spend on gifts? How many gallons of wine get sold that week? Grab some heart-shaped chocolates and dig into this handy infographic of Valentine's Day by the numbers. [history.com]

Currently filing joint, but about to file as single? Take note: divorce agreements entered into or amended after December 31, 2018 will no longer be picked up in income (recipient) or a reduction of income (payor) due to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. [Taxbot.com] (See REM's full list of changes here.)

Between 30-40% of Americans will rely primarily on Social Security for income after age 65. But how much of that Social Security is taxable? The amount you receive will determine whether the IRS will take a chunk, but the likelihood is that you won’t have to pay state tax at all: Check out this list of 37 States That Don't Tax Social Security Benefits. [The Motley Fool]

Valentine’s Day is a good time to review the new tax brackets. Whether you’re filing single, married jointly, head of household, or married filing separately, the likelihood is that the new tax law has changed the rate you’ll pay this April. (Who says romance is dead?) [Business Insider]

Think you’ve heard the worst of the Equifax data breach? Think again. Tax ID numbers, credit card expiration dates, and even the states that issued the consumers’ driver licenses were accessed by hackers. [AP News]

ICYMI: Love is in the air in Date Night with Taxes [YouTube].