Richard S. Leyh et ux. v. Commissioner – Contemporaneous Log Detailing Rental Property Activity Permissible in Defining Real Estate Professional for Income Tax Purposes

Richard S. Leyh et ux. v. Commissioner (T.C. Summ. Op. 2015-27) details a case in which a taxpayer could revise her contemporaneous log of daily rental property activity and qualify as a real estate professional for income tax reporting purposes. When the IRS audited the taxpayer’s 2010 return, the log totaled 632.5 hours spent in…

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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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Defining Passive Activity Between Spouses – Beyond the Bedroom: What Is Material Participation?

One would imagine this is the script to a low budget B-rated film by the title, it is not. But if it got you reading all the better because you may want to know about my friends, a professionally successful and happily married couple who jointly own rental real estate that generated losses for tax…

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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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Is Your Activity For Profit Allowing for Business Deductions – Rundlett v. Commissioner

You are allowed deductions for ordinary and necessary expenses incurred in the course of business under §162, but you must also keep adequate records to substantiate expenses which can at times seem esoteric if not convoluted. Deductible travel expenses for example under §274(d) are based on whether or not the travel relates to a business activity or is for pleasure, while §162(a)(2)…

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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 the definition of a capital asset under §1221(a)(1) since his purpose was to sell the subdivided lots. In…

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Co-ownership of Rental Real Estate Does Not Require Partnership Formation

Generally co-ownership in rental property does not require the formation of a partnership when the following conditions are met. 1. Each co-owner must hold title to the property as a tenant in common (TIC) under local law. This usually doesn’t apply community property. Although the title to the property can’t be held by an entity, an individual tenant-in-common…

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