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

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Filing Season is Here – Be Safe – File an Extension Request Today

Tax day is upon us – remember to at least get you application for automatic extension request electronically filed or post marked today using IRS Form 4868 Keep in mind this extension request is for additional TIME TO FILE the income tax forms.  It

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2017 Vehicle Depreciation Limitations IRS Rev Proc 2017-29

According to IRS Rev Proc 2017-29 (assuming IRC 168(k) applies) 1st year magic numbers are: $11,160 for passenger autos $11,560 for Trucks and Vans The rev proc also details lease inclusion amounts. Be sure to understand whether additional first year depreciation deductions

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Does Your Business Need and Income Tax Filing Extension? Business Partnership and S Corp Income Tax Forms Due Next Week!

The Business and Partnership Tax deadline is coming up fast, Wednesday March 15th 2017 Don’t sweat it. File IRS Form 7004 and apply for Automatic Extension of Time to File Certain Business Income Tax forms. If you happen to be compelled

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How much can you deduct for the gently used goods donated to charity?

Without a doubt one of the best ways for us middle-class folks to reduce our income tax burden is to donate charitably with intent. Most of my clients find themselves pleasantly surprised at the tax benefits received when they go

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“Coming Soon… 16,000 new IRS Agents”

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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

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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

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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

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IRS Form 1099-misc Due Date Approaching – Facts and Misconceptions

As many of us who hang our own shingle are painfully aware, IRS Form 1099-misc is due NEXT WEEK. YIKES! I'm still shaking off the holidays. The failure to timely file this 'informational return' has gone up this year. So

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