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Homeowners Can Deduct Interest on Mortgage Loans Up To $1.1m

The IRS today ruled that indebtedness in excess of $1 million incurred to acquire, construct, or substantially improve a qualified residence may constitute home equity indebtedness within the meaning of § 163(h)(3)(C). Rev. Rul. 2010-25, 2010-44 I.R.B. ___ (Nov. 1, 2010). In the ruling, a taxpayer who purchased a $1.5 million home with $300,000 cash and a $1.2 million…


Self Employed Health Insurance Deduction

For tax year 2010, a self-employed taxpayer will be eligible to claim a self-employed health insurance deduction on Line 29 of Form 1040. Additionally taxpayers also receive a corresponding deduction when calculating self-employment taxes. When calculating self-employment tax, taxpayers can claim a self-employed health insurance deduction, but only for tax years beginning in 2010 [§162(l)(4)].…


IRS Provides Relief for Homeowners with Corrosive Drywall

The Internal Revenue Service today issued guidance providing relief to homeowners who have suffered property losses due to the effects of certain imported drywall installed in homes between 2001 and 2009. Revenue Procedure 2010-36 enables affected taxpayers to treat damages from corrosive drywall as a casualty loss and provides a ”safe harbor” formula for determining…


Guidelines for “Political Activities” by Churches and Pastors

Lobbying activities may expose churches in some states to election law register and reporting requirements as a political committee. Many of these statutes are unconstitutional because they expose churches to intrusive regulations for a very small amount of lobbying.  The most important message I think is that Pastors need to make sure that they differentiate…


IRS Form W-12, IRS Paid Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN)

All people making money preparing taxes must be registered with the IRS. If your paid tax return preparer is not registered with the IRS he/she is perpetrating fraud which will cause you future headaches. Don’t mess around with this. The IRS has released a new Form W-12, IRS Paid Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN) Application…


Education Expenses – Are They Tax Deductible?

According to IRS Publication 970, Tax Benefits for Education, questions exist to help determine if education expenses are tax deductible. These questions include: Is the expense associated with the education ‘work related’? It must be to be deductible. Is the education in question required by your employer or the law to keep your present salary,…