2015 Depreciation Deduction Limitations for Passenger Vehicles

Understanding depreciation schedules including method and life expectancy is one of many areas of the Internal Revenue Code that separate the wide ranging ranks of the tax practitioner community. It never ceases to amaze me how many bush league practitioners and DIY-ers get this wrong. WHY? Because systematically there seems to be an over reliance on…

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2015 Listed Property Limits for Autos, Trucks & Vans

Tax practitioners often times tend to judge each other by the quality of our client’s respective asset lists and depreciation schedules. Truth is MANY practitioners get listed property limits WRONG because they simply do not understand the limits. Hence this post to help us all be on the same page! First things first however, as…

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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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2014 Depreciation Limits on Luxury Autos: IRS Rev Proc 2014-21

According to 26 U.S. Code § 280F – Limitation on depreciation for luxury automobiles the first year’s depreciation expense for a newly procured vehicle should be prorated over the tax year based on the in service date not to exceed the limitations spelled out in IRS Rev Proc 2014-21 For passenger automobiles the 2014 Tax Year…

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How to Calculate Basis of a Primary Residence Converted to Rental Property [Reg. §1.168(i)-4(b)] [Reg. §1.165-9(b)(2)]

Many people have built impressive residential real estate portfolios one property at a time, living in the property while fixing it up thus declaring it their primary residence for income tax purposes and then moving onto a new house to fix up and subsequently rent out, and repeat. Several of my friends in Colorado, Minnesota…

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A Brief Introspection of Repair vs. Improvement: IRS Revenue Procedures 2014-16 and 2014-17

That’s right Y’all this is another one of those quite game changers for owners of tangible property concerned about keeping the IRS at bay by actually adhering to the specific US Tax Code and subsequent IRS Revenue Procedures. My apologies for being so brazen but I more than most appreciate the fact the the IRS compliance…

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Tangible Assets Used In Converting Corn To Fuel Grade Ethanol Are Properly Included In Asset Class 49.5

A certain important person in my reality – my wife – is becoming increasingly interested in the business end of biomass refineries. You go girl. Funny but this interest also happens to correlate with a new file I am developing involving a farmer who owns an ethanol plant so hopefully we will be taking another…

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2014 Tax Fears & Advice

With my family snugly content midst a long holiday season I felt compelled to pen some thoughts regarding the ubiquitous US Tax Code and all its myriad of seemingly scary changes looming around the proverbial corner. This post lists 10 tax matters to be aware of in the new year that have come up in…

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