Meal Expense – Navigating Between Internal Revenue Code Sections 162, 274, 132; IRS Technical Advice Memorandum 200030001; and, Churchill Downs v. Commissioner

As per usual I’m swimming in areas where the tax code is seemingly at odds. The latest matter across my desk regards meals and entertainment (M&E) expense. These are the two questions at hand: Specifically at what point does a meeting expense incurred under IRC section 162 to present a sales pitch to groups of prospective investors…

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Final Tangible Property Regulations Necessitate that Many Businesses Apply for Change Of Accounting Method: IRS Form 3115; Rev Procs 2015-13 & 2015-14

Back in June 2014 I blogged about the new IRS Regulations governing tangible personal property. These regulations prompted a vigorous debate over the last 7 months between the most astute students of the US Tax Code as to what constitutes the need to file IRS Form 3115 – Change in Accounting Method for our business…

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Can You Establish a SEP Plan if you are a Sole Proprietor? What if that Sole Proprietorship Had Historically Passive Income?

Regardless of their nature or topic matter, off beat questions are one of the spices of life. When it comes to the realm of taxation generally speaking the answers frequently distill down to – it depends. These two questions were asked of me on my last trip to New York City and I couldn’t restrain…

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Schumann v. IRS: Reg. 1.469-2(f)(6) – The Nuanced Relationship Between Passive Losses & Self Rental Gains

Back to my friends that I previously wrote about who misunderstood passive activity and material participation. They are a married couple filing jointly and own a very successful business together structured as an S-corporation as well as a portfolio of rental real estate properties.  They actually consider themselves privileged to have their their tax woes shared…

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Tax Considerations When Supporting Parents

As I have been helping my Mom transition into life as a widow many interesting facts have begun to resonate. Particularly intriguing for me today under Regs. §1.2-2(b)(4) parent(s) can be claimed as a dependent if you meet the usual support, citizenship, gross income, and joint return tests. Interestingly enough if you are single you can file…

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IRS Regulations on Deduction and Capitalization of Tangible Assets

The IRS has issued final regulations affecting all taxpayers that acquire, produce, or improve tangible property. The final regulations define materials, supplies, de minimus, safe harbor and related repairs as well as the election to capitalize certain materials and supplies among other items. Particularly relevant to my friends in Colorado suffering devastating losses from the recent…

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Tax Treatment of Liabilities Assumed by a Corporation IRC 357 – What is Boot?

According to IRC 357(a) if property transferred to a corporation in an IRC 351 nonrecognition transaction is subject to a liability, the assumption of that liability by the corporation generally is not treated as taxable “boot” for purposes of determining the amount of any taxable gain on the transaction. For example if you transfer computer programs and…

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The New Home Office Deduction Safe Harbor – IRS Rev. Proc. 2013-13

The Internal Revenue Service announced a simplified option that many owners of home-based businesses and some home-based workers may use to figure their deductions for the business use of their homes. The new simplified option is available starting with the 2013 return most taxpayers file early in 2014. Further details on the new option can…

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Are You A Trader or an Investor? Van Der Lee v. Commissioner TC Memo 2011-234

While many individual taxpayers claim to be traders in securities as compared to investors, in Henricus C. van der Lee, et ux. v. Commissioner TC Memo 2011-234 we learn in my humble opinion that the facts and circumstances of each and every specific taxpayer’s operation must be reviewed to make a proper determination in these regards. The bottom line…

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