Virtual Currency Tax Implications – IRS Notice 2014-21

The question of the moment is whether virtual currency is here to stay or simply a passing fad, the 8-track player of modern day finance.  IMHO the answer is probably a little of both. For sure private money is here

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Posted in Business Income, Capital Gain, Capital Loss, Self Employ, Virtual Currency

Questions To Ask NOW Regarding the Affordable Care Act

As an astute navigator of the Internal Revenue Code over the last decade or so I've been asked by media heads for my opinions on the Affordable Care Act.  Even though I have many to offer the fact of the

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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

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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

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Posted in Material Participation, Passive Activity, Rental Real Estate, Sub-chapter S, Tax Guidance & Preparation, Tax Preparer

Why is Halloween So Scary – 2015 Tax Planning Will Be Hugely Complicated and Profoundly Significant for most ALL Taxpayers

Once again another year is almost behind us and right after the new year income taxes are coming. The forthcoming tax environment is extraordinarily unusual and can subsequently be very scary. Basically what you need to know is that ALL Americans

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What is the best Business Structure to form If Any?

What I love most about Colorado, more than the 300+ days of sun every year and the glorious rocky mountains, are the people.  For the most Coloradans are risk taking job creators, starting new businesses from scratch out of their

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Odujinrin v. IRS Commissioner Reinforces the Significance of Engaging a Reputable Enrolled Agent

In Wole Odujinrin v. IRS Commissioner the petitioner, a hematology oncologist who represented himself, did not have adequate substantiation to support his petition and was not entitled to claim a net operating loss. He was also liable for an accuracy-related penalty

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Posted in Back Taxes Owed, Business Expense, Disallowed Expenses, Employee Business Expense, IRS Appeal, IRS Audit, IRS Collections, IRS Enforcement, IRS Penalties, IRS Penalty and Interest Abatement, Tax Abuse, Tax Court, Tax Guidance & Preparation, Tax Preparer

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

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Posted in 1031 Exchange, Basis, Capital Gain, Capital Loss, Depreciation, Passive Activity, Rental Real Estate, Tax Guidance & Preparation
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