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Taxpayers who own shares in an S corporation are allowed pass-through losses to the extent of their basis (also commonly referred to as investment) under §1366(d) in their entity. Shareholders can obtain basis in a variety of ways such as direct investment, loaning the corporation money, contributing...

The Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 is amazingly complex legislation. Some pundits estimate that the provisions offering tax relief will actually 'cost' up to $12 billion. These tax cutting measures were I believe intended to offer incentive to businesses to make investments in plant, property, more...

According to a report filed by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration there has been a 19 % increase of enforcement personnel serving in the Collection and Examination function of the IRS since Fiscal Year 2006. Whereas on average overall IRS staffing increased 4 percent during...

In reviewing James F. Moss, et ux. v. Commissioner 135 TC No. 18 to be a real estate professional, a taxpayer must meet two requirements: (1) More than one-half of the taxpayer’s personal services must be performed in real property trades or businesses in which he materially participates; and (2) The taxpayer must perform...

The IRS developed 14 criteria to evaluate applications for church foundation status. If a church does not meet these criteria, it will not receive tax exempt status. The criteria are weighted with the four most important of these being: • A complete organization of ordained ministers ministering to their congregations. • The...

Back from vacation! Nashville, TN! Awesome town! In reviewing Paul T. Banach v. Commissioner - TC Memo 2010-33 - I learned that payments may be claimed as alimony under §215 if all four requirements of §71(b)(12) are met. Payment in cash will be considered alimony only if the: (1) payment...

Here are my notes on reviewing Wendy W. Bozick v. Commissioner TC Memo 2010-61 regarding innocent spouse relief. The issues of disagreement are whether Wendy: • Knew her husband would not pay the tax liability. • Will suffer economic hardship if she is not relieved of the joint tax liability. • Benefited from the...

Basically the simple answer is file your tax forms with both the US Federal government and applicable state governments.  Start by filing the previous 3 years of income tax returns ASAP. It is possible the IRS may have already filed returns for you. Under Section 6020(b)...

To be taxed as an S corporation, a C corporation must elect S status by filing IRS Form 2553. Electing S status is fairly simple for a new or existing corporation, but meeting the requirements for S status can be more complex when the C corporation is not owned...