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Excess Depreciation Claimed – Now What?

Justin Fundalinski of Jim Saulnier & Associates, who I met while volunteering time for the betterment of the Financial Planning Association, asked me a procedural question about a fascinating situation he encountered regarding depreciation and disposition of residential rental real estate,

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Posted in Depreciation, Rental Real Estate

Richard S. Leyh et ux. v. Commissioner – Contemporaneous Log Detailing Rental Property Activity Permissible in Defining Real Estate Professional for Income Tax Purposes

Richard S. Leyh et ux. v. Commissioner (T.C. Summ. Op. 2015-27) details a case in which a taxpayer could revise her contemporaneous log of daily rental property activity and qualify as a real estate professional for income tax reporting purposes.

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Posted in Rental Real Estate, Tax Court, Tax Deductible Expenses, Tax Guidance & Preparation

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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Posted in 1031 Exchange, Appeals & Audit Resolution, Business Expense, Business Income, Deductible Expense, Disallowed Expenses, IRS Examination, Material Participation, Passive Activity, Rental Real Estate, Self Rental, Sub-chapter S, Tax Court, Tax Guidance & Preparation

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

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

A Brief Introspection of Repair vs. Improvement: IRS Revenue Procedures 2014-16 and 2014-17

That's right Y'all this is another one of those quite game changers for owners of tangible property concerned about keeping the IRS at bay by actually adhering to the specific US Tax Code and subsequent IRS Revenue Procedures. My apologies for

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Posted in 1031 Exchange, Business Expense, Depreciation, Rental Real Estate, Sole Proprietor, Tax Abuse, Tax Guidance & Preparation, Tax Problems & Requests

Gift Tax on Transferred Real Estate

The person or entity transferring a property has a capital gain to the extent that the amount realized exceeds the adjusted basis of the property. However according to Reg § 1.1001-1(e) no loss is allowed on a transfer that is part

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Posted in Estate Tax, Family, Gift Tax, Rental Real Estate

Is Your Activity For Profit Allowing for Business Deductions – Rundlett v. Commissioner

You are allowed deductions for ordinary and necessary expenses incurred in the course of business under §162, but you must also keep adequate records to substantiate expenses which can at times seem esoteric if not convoluted. Deductible travel expenses for example under §274(d) are based

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Posted in Business Expense, Deductible Expense, Disallowed Expenses, Hobby, IRS Examination, Rental Real Estate, Tax Abuse, Tax Court, Tax Guidance & Preparation

Subdivided Lots – Understand Intent of Purchase to Characterize Gain

Under §1221(a)(1), property held by a taxpayer primarily for sale to customers in the ordinary course of a trade or business is excluded from the definition of a capital asset. Accordingly, if you by acreage to subdivide, develop and sell, the transaction would not meet

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Posted in Capital Gain, Capital Loss, Rental Real Estate

Co-ownership of Rental Real Estate Does Not Require Partnership Formation

Generally co-ownership in rental property does not require the formation of a partnership when the following conditions are met. 1. Each co-owner must hold title to the property as a tenant in common (TIC) under local law. This usually doesn't apply

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Posted in Husband/Wife, Partnership, Rental Real Estate
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