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Cost Basis

According to Internal Revenue Code Section 1014 the basis of property acquired from a decedent is the fair market value of the property at the date of the decedent’s death.  In an environment of inflating asset prices this usually means that the beneficiary experiences stepped up basis...

The Business and Partnership Tax deadline is coming up fast! Don’t sweat it! File IRS Form 7004 to apply for Automatic Extension of Time to File Certain Business Income Tax. If you happen to be compelled, feel welcome to check out the instructions for IRS Form 7004. If you...

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...

The IRS has issued final regulations affecting all taxpayers that acquire, produce, or improve tangible property. The final regulations define materials, supplies, de minimus, safe harbor and related repairs as well as the election to capitalize certain materials and supplies among other items. Particularly relevant to my...

How to calculate stock and loan basis in an S Corp for tax purposes?  Or as my hippie friends call it, "The secret of the Golden Flower."  Seemingly elusive and yet oh so real. If you are a shareholder of an S corporation you are responsible for keeping...

Trader or an Investor in Securities? Van Der Lee v. Commissioner TC Memo 2011-234 helps clarify matters. While many individual taxpayers claim to be traders in securities as compared to investors, in Henricus C. van der Lee, et ux. v. Commissioner TC Memo 2011-234 we learn in my...

Please refer to IRC 170 as well as Publication 526, Charitable Contributions (PDF), Publication 561, Determining the Value of Donated Property (PDF), and Publication 1771, Charitable Contributions Substantiation and Disclosure Requirements (PDF) for detailed information on charitable contributions. This is what I've learned about issues involving charitable contributions of artwork that tax examiners...

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