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Passive Activity

In 1997, the IRS issued proposed regulations governing when the distributive share of partnership income for Limited Liability Company (LLC) members was to be included in self-employment income. It basically advised that an LLC member would be treated as a limited partner — and thus...

Regardless of their nature or topic matter, off beat questions are one of the spices of life. When it comes to the realm of taxation generally speaking the answers frequently distill down to - it depends. These two questions were asked of me on my last...

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...

Defining Passive Activity Between Spouses - Beyond the Bedroom: What Is Material Participation? Ha! 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...

How to Calculate Basis of a Primary Residence Converted to Rental Property [Reg. §1.168(i)-4(b)] [Reg. §1.165-9(b)(2)] can be a nuanced and complicated question to answer as it depends on a handful of specific facts and circumstances.  Many people have built impressive residential real estate portfolios...

Tax Implication of Publicly Traded Partnerships: Why Purveyors or the US Tax Code Snarl at Investment Brokers. My friend Roger Botterbusch recently put together a most excellent presentation on the tax implications of owning Publicly Traded Partnerships (PTPs), also commonly referred to as Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs)....

IRS Form 1040 Schedule C: Profit or Loss from Business can be a tough form to work through.  Tread lightly and seek guidance. The sole proprietorship or single member Limited Liability Corporation (LLC) is in my opinion the easiest type of business entity to set up...

A foreclosure on rental property technically involves the sale of the property back to the lender. Form 1099-A Acquisition or Abandonment of Secured Property reports that the lender has repossessed or foreclosed on the property. Box 2 is the amount of the outstanding mortgage debt, and box 4 is the fair...

Also commonly referred to as 197 Intangibles, the following costs must be amortized (deducted as an expense) over 15 years (180 months) starting with the later of (a) the month the intangibles were acquired or (b) the month the trade or business or activity engaged...

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