Business Allocation Percentage (From Schedule NJ-NR-A) Enter below the line number and amount of each item of business income reported in column A that is required to be allocated and multiply by allocation percentage to determine amount of income from New Jersey sources. 2019-11, issued Friday, the IRS addressed how the long-standing tax benefit rule interacts with the new $10,000 limit on deductions of state and local taxes to determine the portion of any state or local tax refund that must be included on the taxpayer's federal income tax return. This breakdown is extremely important because the allocation of county sales and use tax on the refund and county breakdown will impact the county collections and the Sales and Use Tax Distribution for the county in which the sale has occurred.
Nonresident and part-year resident income tax returns
- IT-203, Nonresident and Part-Year Resident Income Tax Return, and instructions (including instructions for IT-195, IT-203-ATT, and IT-203-B)
- IT-203-X, Amended Nonresident and Part-Year Resident Income Tax Return and instructions
Other forms you may need to complete and submit with your return
- IT-203-ATT, Other Tax Credits and Taxes(Attachment to Form IT-203)
- IT-203-B, Nonresident and Part-Year Resident Income Allocation and College Tuition Itemized Deduction Worksheet
- IT-203-C, Nonresident or Part-Year Resident Spouse's Certification
- IT-196, New York Resident, Nonresident, and Part-Year Resident Itemized Deductions
- IT-201-V, Payment Voucher for Income Tax Returns
- IT-225, New York State Modifications, and instructions
- IT-2, Summary of W-2 Statements
- IT-1099-R, Summary of Federal Form 1099-R Statements
- IT-195, Allocation of Refund, (Attachment to Form IT-201 or IT-203)
- IT-227, New York State Voluntary Contributions
- IT-558, New York State Adjustments due to Decoupling from the IRC, and instructions
Common credit forms
- IT-215, Claim for Earned Income Credit, and instructions
- IT-216, Claim for Child and Dependent Care Credit, and instructions
See our Income tax credits page for general information on the common credits listed above.
See our Income tax forms page for other personal income tax forms you may need.
Asset allocation is the next step in the investment process.Your asset allocation involves two steps:
- Decide which index funds to include in yourportfolio.
- Choose how much of your portfolio to place ineach one.
After you decide which investments to include in your portfolio,you need decide how you want to combine them. Your asset allocation has a much greater impact on your investment performancethan the individual investments you pick.
The asset allocation process is as much about managing risk as it is about investment performance. With this process you can deliberately manage your risk.
If you haven’t already read the article on index investing, do that first. In this article I’ll explain the asset allocation process as well as WHY it makes sense to follow an asset allocation strategy.
After you read both articles, you’ll understand why investingdoesn’t have to be an emotional guessing game.
What is AssetAllocation?
Your asset allocation is your investment mix. We tend to thinkof asset allocation in terms of percentage weights in a portfolio.
We can start with a simple example of a balance betweenstocks and bonds. Let’s say you have a $500,000 portfolio. If $350,000 is instocks and $150,000 is in bonds, that is 70% stock and 30% bonds.
This basic division between stocks and bonds is incrediblyimportant. At this level, you can already start to think about how you are balancingrisk and return.
The ability to systematicallybalance your risk and return is the main advantage of an asset allocationstrategy. You get to choose the combination of risk and return that is best suitedfor you.
Let’s see how this works by comparing two different assetallocations.
Consider that 70/30 portfolio. From 1926 to 2015 a 70/30portfolio had an average annual return of 9.96%.
Now, reverse the portfolio weights. A portfolio made up of30% stock and 70% bonds had an average annual return of 7.31% over that sameperiod.
Clearly, the 70/30 portfolio outperformed the 30/70 portfolioover that period. You can see that in the charts below. Each chart shows thevalue of $1 invested in 1926.
What about Risk?
In order to get a higher return, you must be willing to accept more risk. In the context of portfolio management, this means greater fluctuation in your portfolio from year to year. If you accept some risk in your portfolio, you increase the chance that you will capture gains due to the market risk premium.
An easy way to see the difference in the two portfolios isto look at the maximum gain and loss of each during the period.
But what about the other years returns? The chart below plots the annual return of each portfolio. Notice the variability. The 70/30 portfolio fluctuates much more than the 30/70 portfolio.
Not only is the maximum gain and loss substantially different for each portfolio, but the annual fluctuations are substantially different as well.
You can also measure risk as the standard deviation of the returns. If you aren’t familiar with standard deviation, don’t worry. It isn’t really that complicated. Standard deviation is the averagedifference between the annual return, and the average annual return. It tells you how much the portfolio value fluctuated.
I know this isn’t statistics class, so I’ll forego the calculation and give you an example. You don’t need to remember the math below for this to be useful to you either. As long as you can grasp the concept behind it, you can use it. I’ll summarize after the example.
The 70/30 portfolio had an average annual return of 9.96% and a standard deviation of 14.05%. This means that the annual return, on average, fluctuated between -4.08% and 24.01%.
(9.96% – 14.05% = -4.08%) and (9.96% + 14.05% = 24.01% )
Compare that with the 30/70 portfolio’s average return of 7.31% and standard deviation of 7.08%. This portfolio’s return, on average, fluctuated between .23% and 14.39%.
(7.31% – 7.08% = .23%) and (7.31% + 7.08% = 14.39% )
Notice the difference in the ranges. When you round to the nearestwhole percentage, the 70/30 portfolio had a 28% range (-4% to 24%). The 30/70portfolio had a 14% range (0% to 14%).
This means that the 70/30 portfolio was twice as risky as the 30/70portfolio. You can also see that in the standard deviation itself: 14% vs 7%.
The essential concept is: To get a higher investment return, you have to be willing to accept more risk which means greater fluctuation in your portfolio.
Combining Return and Risk
Before we start looking at this in a little more detail, I want to point out that what we have just done is frame the investment decision. When you look at investing through the lens of asset allocation and index funds, you choose portfolios based on their combination of risk and return.
What About Other Asset Classes?
Now that we have the basic idea of asset allocation, lets talk about whichasset classes to include. The two assets mentioned above are:
I intentionally kept it basic. If I threw it all at you at once you would feel like you were drinking from a fire-hose.
However, there is more to asset allocation than stocks and bonds. You need to think about which stocks and bonds you want to include.
The stocks and bonds I used in the examples above are:
- Large US Stocks
- Intermediate-Term Government Bonds
There are many other asset classes you can, and should, include in yourportfolio. Once you think about your basic split between stocks and bonds, youcan further divide your portfolio between these other asset classes.
Examples of other asset classes are: Small Stocks, Large International Stocks, Emerging Market Stocks, Long-term corporate bonds, and T-bills.
Again, you can easily invest in each of these asset classes with a low-cost index fund.
Why Include Different AssetClasses?
When you include other asset classes in your portfolio, you get evenmore diversification. Index investing gives you diversification WITHIN an asset class. Choosing multipleasset classes give you diversification ACROSSasset classes.
You can also increase your average return. For example, from 1926-2015small US stocks had an average return of 16.47% and a standard deviation of32%.
Which Asset Allocation Do I Choose?
Before we decide which portfolio to choose, its important that youunderstand HOW to choose. First, let’slook at our options.
In the chart below I’ve plotted asset allocations from the same data as in the first example. From left to right you see the following allocations: 10/90, 20/80, 30/70, 40/60, 50/50, 60/40, 70/30, 80/20, and 90/10.
Notice the relationship between risk – standard deviation, and return.As the average return increases, so does the risk. Your asset allocation choice is based on this tradeoff.
So, which one do you choose? You choose the portfolio that gives you the ideal balance between risk and return. Could I be more vague?
I’ll provide more guidance in a moment.
Modern Portfolio Theory
This analysis was developed by Harry Markowitz in his 1952 paper Portfolio Selection. It was the result of his doctoral dissertation that he completed under Milton Friedman. In his research, Markowitz describes what he calls the “efficient frontier”.
The efficient frontier represents all the possible efficientasset allocation options that are available. An efficient portfolio is one that:
- Provides the highest expected return for a given level of risk.
- Minimizes risk for a given level of return.
ANY portfolio that lies on the efficient frontier can be a “correct” choice for you.
The chart above is essentially the efficient frontier of our two-asset-class portfolio. Although it was developed in 1952, his process is known as Modern Portfolio Theory.
Choosing the Asset Allocation For Your Retirement
Determining which portfolio is best for you is much more about YOU than it is the portfolio. You may also find that you want to change your asset allocation over time*. Don’t think of this as a one-time decision but as an evaluative process.
Some of the main factors you need to consider are:
What is your appetite for risk? When you see your portfolio value fall 20% in a year do you panic and sell? If so, you should choose a portfolio with less risk. There are a lot of factors that affect your risk tolerance.
To some extent, educating yourself on the investment process can affect it.
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How long will you be invested before you need to take withdrawals?The longer your time horizon, the more risk you can take in your portfolio. Overa longer period, the potential for a higher average return should make up for thefluctuations in your portfolio. Remember the example above.
What rate of return do you need or want? If you want ahigher return, you’ll need to choose a portfolio further to the right on theefficient frontier. Remember, this comes with increased risk.
With just these few factors, you can see that the decision requiresbalancing competing aims.
*Be careful not to change your allocation based on the market. Notice that at no time have I mentioned choosing an allocation based on what the market is expected to do. Your asset allocation is based on factors specific to YOU. One of the main benefits of an asset allocation strategy is it takes a lot of the emotion and guesswork out of investing.
What About Investing for RetirementIncome?
Index fund allocations provide a good means of investing. This is especiallytrue before you retire, and your main concern is building up your nest egg.
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Once you start to transition into retirement index fund allocations are still good, but you do need to think specifically about how your retirement withdrawal strategy affects your investment strategy.
The risks you face before retirement are not the same as the risks you face in retirement. Before retirement you are contributing to a portfolio. During retirement, you take withdrawals from the portfolio. Even this simple reversal changes your risk.
Depending on your withdrawal strategy you may need to adjust your portfolio. For example, if you use an income floor strategy.
However, index fund allocations can still provide the basis of yourportfolio.
Which Asset Allocation Should I Choose?
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