Subdivided Lots – Understand Intent of Purchase to Characterize Gain

Under §1221(a)(1), property held by a taxpayer primarily for sale to customers in the ordinary course of a trade or business is excluded from the definition of a capital asset. Accordingly, if you by acreage to subdivide, develop and sell, the transaction would not meet

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IRS Offer-in-Compromise (OIC) Terms Now More Flexible

The IRS recognizes that many taxpayers are still struggling to pay their bills so the agency has been working to put in place common-sense changes to the Offer-in-Compromise (OIC) program to more closely reflect real-world situations. Generally an OIC is an

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First Time Home Buyer Credit Repayment Tool

The First Time Home Buyer Credit (FTHBC) Account Look-up tool is now up and running on the IRS website. This tool provides information that helps taxpayers accurately report their FTHBC repayment obligations on their federal tax return. To access this

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IRS Master File Codes 6209-8A

The first thing that I always do when investigating a tax dispute is pull the transcripts from the IRS for review. They can be really hard to read if you don't understand the Transaction Codes referenced. Transaction Codes are defined

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Employee Tool and Equipment Plans

Tool and Equipment Plans generally require employees to provide their own tools. Some plans purport to receive tax-favored treatment as “accountable plans” under the definition of adjusted gross income in Internal Revenue Code § 62(c). If you are expected to use

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Calculating Adjusted Basis in an S-Corporation

It seems to me that a relatively significant problem for most Sub chapter S Corporations is accounting for the capital accounts of each and every single shareholder. The company must maintain reasonably detailed records of each shareholder's equity investments of

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Medical and Dental Expenses – IRS Publications 502 + 969

This post is a quick overview of IRS Publication 502, Medical and Dental Expenses and IRS Publication 969 Health Savings Accounts and Other Tax-Favored Health Plans. You can deduct expenses primarily paid for the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment or prevention of disease, or

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IRS Rules for Providing K-1’s Electronically: Rev. Proc. 2012-17

Certain entities, such as partnerships, are required annually to file K-1s with the IRS and provide a copy to their partners. The IRS estimates that partnerships filed almost 26 million K-1s during 2011. Revenue Procedure 2012-17 provides new rules describing when partnerships may

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Understanding IRS Notices and Letters

Look on the IRS notice or letter you received in the upper right hand corner for an alpha numeric sequence.  The corresponding IRS explanations below to their Notices and letters are sub categorized as follows: 1. Redesigned Notices 2. Other

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Unemployment Benefits and the IRS

Unemployment compensation generally includes, among other forms, state unemployment compensation benefits, but the tax implications depend on the type of program paying the benefits. You must report unemployment compensation on line 19 of Form 1040, line 13 of Form 1040A,

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