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Gluten-Free Federal Tax Deduction

To be eligible to deduct the excess costs of a gluten-free diet under Internal Revenue Code Section 213, you must have a documented reason to require the observance of a gluten-free diet, along with a physician’s prescription to follow a gluten-free diet. This should provide sufficient documentation of eligibility. The excess cost of gluten-free food…

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Is THAT Gift Taxable – IRS Form 709

The IRS instructions to Form 709 Gift Tax Return spell out the general rules for allocating the unified credit to prior gifts. For 2017, the annual gift tax exclusion is $14,000.  That means you can give up to $14,000 to as many different people as you want as a gift without being subject to gift tax rules. The…

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Postings on www.IRS.gov are NOT Necessarily Legal Authority

Who can taxpayers trust anymore?  Add to the list of items our federal government employee’s posts on www.IRS.gov including answers to frequently asked questions. IRS’s Small Business/Self Employed Division (SB/SE) has issued a memorandum to its Field Examination Area Directors that provides that frequently asked questions (FAQs) and other items posted on www.IRS.gov, that have not…

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What is a Real Estate Professional For US Federal Income Tax Purposes

Everyday people misinterpret the tax code.  It does not matter if you are a bookkeeper, accountant, unlicensed tax practitioner, Enrolled Agent, CPA, tax attorney, or even a Tax Court Judge, the tax code is complicated and confusing and many of us struggle understanding it, much less applying it in practicality. Those of us that are…

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Happenings Inside the IRS Under the New Administration

Last week in Denver, Colorado the IRS quietly paraded out some of their race horses to share what is happening under the new administration. With Steven Mnuchin‘s most recent confirmation as Treasury Secretary and Commissioner Koskinen’s days numbered, a sense of being rudderless was anticipated. Knowing that a hiring freeze and location consolidation are adversely impacting…

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Business Entity Selection and the Tax Consequences of Converting

For this post Brandon Rains, founder of the Rains Laws Firm and an expert on business formation espouses his observations about business structure changes and I address the income tax reporting requirements of those changes therein. Generally speaking there are five choices when it comes to business structure and income reporting requirements: Sole Proprietorship (IRS Form…

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Should you keep a spreadsheet on the differences between the AAA and retained earnings from year to year?

U.S. Business Taxpayers reporting income using IRS Form 1120S who like to drill down into the tax forms my team prepares usually tend to get a little freaky over the Accumulated Adjustment Account (AAA) reported on Schedule M-2, specifically why the entry doesn’t tie out to what their books and records show for retained earnings. Rightfully…

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