Medicare can be a bit complicated for Our non English speaking Seniors.

                                          An Important Note

to Medicare qualifying Individuals

It is evident that some Seniors in the Latino community still find some complication in the subject of Medicare .

 Annual Open Enrollment Period from October 15 to December 7th is an event when seniors can change their plan,

United Health Care Producers and Mifra Properties and Insurance Services in their affiliation, feel there is a need for more Spanish Speaking Community Meetings in the San Fernando Valley to help improve awareness of the benefits available for Seniors as well as for disabled persons of all ages, like keeping their own doctor, clinic, hospitals, and at $0. cost in most plans.

Medicare pays only 80% of medical cost, the other 20%t is paid by the patient

Our goal is to Inform on the basics of Medicare:

  • Medicare, how it works alone

  • Medicare with a private insurance plan

  • Medicare, Medical and a Private plan

  • Medicare and Medical

  • RX/ Prescription Drugs

Mifra Properties and Insurance Services.

204 S Brand Blvd  San Fernando Ca 91340

818 361 8600    mifrafinancial1950@gmail.com

Traveling for Charity

Tips to Keep in Mind for Taxpayers Traveling for Charity

During the summer, some taxpayers may travel because of their involvement with a qualified charity. These traveling taxpayers may be able to lower their taxes.

Here are some tax tips for taxpayers to use when deducting charity-related travel expenses:

  • Qualified Charities.  For a taxpayer to deduct costs, they must volunteer for a qualified charity. Most groups must apply to the IRS to become qualified. Churches and governments are generally qualified, and do not need to apply to the IRS. A taxpayer should ask the group about its status before they donate. Taxpayers can also use the Select Check tool on IRS.gov to check a group’s status.
  • Out-of-Pocket Expenses.  A taxpayer may be able to deduct some of their costs including travel. These out-of-pocket expenses must be necessary while the taxpayer is away from home. All costs must be:
    • Unreimbursed,
    • Directly connected with the services,
    • Expenses the taxpayer had only because of the services the taxpayer gave, and
    • Not personal, living or family expenses.
  • Genuine and Substantial Duty.  The charity work the taxpayer is involved with has to be real and substantial throughout the trip. The taxpayer can’t deduct expenses if they only have nominal duties or do not have any duties for significant parts of the trip.
  • Value of Time or Service.  A taxpayer can’t deduct the value of their time or services that they give to charity. This includes income lost while the taxpayer serves as an unpaid volunteer for a qualified charity.
  • Travel Expenses a Taxpayer Can Deduct.  The types of expenses a taxpayer may be able to deduct include:
    • Air, rail and bus transportation,
    • Car expenses,
    • Lodging costs,
    • Cost of meals, and
    • Taxi or other transportation costs between the airport or station and their hotel.
  • Travel Expenses a Taxpayer Can’t Deduct. Some types of travel do not qualify for a tax deduction. For example, a taxpayer can’t deduct their costs if a significant part of the trip involves recreation or vacation.

For more on these rules, see Publication 526, Charitable Contributions. Get it on IRS.gov/forms at any time.

Avoid scams. The IRS will never initiate contact using social media or text message. First contact generally comes in the mail. Those wondering if they owe money to the IRS can view their tax account information on IRS.gov to find out.

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