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The Tax Aspects of Disasters like Hurricane Harvey

07/09/17 2:35 pm | Comments (0) | Posted By:

Between Hurricane Harvey, the fast-approaching Hurricane Irma and the various wildfires ravaging the west, unfortunately natural disasters have been all too common this summer. The last thing on anyone’s mind living in those areas is taxes, but nonetheless, there are various tax aspects of a disaster that people should be aware of. Fortunatel...

Are you selling your home? There may be an income tax impact.

31/08/16 4:53 pm | Comments (0) | Posted By:

Selling your home sale could impact your income taxes. You may or may not have to pay income taxes on the gain from the sale of your home. The gain from the sale of your home may be excluded, either all or in part, from your income tax if you meet the eligibility test. The eligibility test consists of ownership and the use of the home rules. ...

Crowd-Funding Tax Implications

20/02/16 12:59 pm | Comments (0) | Posted By:

Fundraising has gone digital. Millions of individuals are now utilizing social media sites such as kickstarter.com and gofundme.com to attract contributors or donations to support their cause. Few, though, are thinking about the income tax ramifications that are created by the crowdfunding environment. Congress and the IRS have not yet ad...

Most tax “extenders” made permanent

28/01/16 12:32 pm | Comments (0) | Posted By:

  In December of 2015, I wrote about many tax provisions benefiting taxpayers for 2015 and beyond that had expired. Most CPAs were anticipating these to be retroactively approved by Congress. After much anticipation, Congress ended up extending and in many cases making the provisions permanent. Below is a summary of the main legislation:

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IRS Increases the “De Minimis Safe-Harbor Election” to $2,500 per Invoice

14/01/16 4:03 pm | Comments (0) | Posted By:

Two years ago the Treasury Department implemented new Tangible Property Regulations through the passing of TD 9636. The new regulations contained a “Safe Harbor” election to expense any piece of tangible property purchased under $500. Many felt this was too low and increased the administrative burden on small businesses along with the IRS. Af...

Did you buy a new home this summer? – Basis tracking and accounting can save you thousands in the future.

02/09/15 11:17 am | Comments (0) | Posted By:

  The housing market is beginning to turn around in Nevada over the last couple years. Data provided by Trulia.com indicates that twice as many home sales occurred in 2015 when compared to the bottom of the market in 2009. Many home owners who either lost, or liquidated, their homes over the past several years are finally in a stable financia...

Tax Extenders – Which Ones? And When?

18/11/14 1:20 pm | Comments (0) | Posted By:

  There are 55 tax provisions, also know as “extenders” that expired at the end of 2013. In a letter from the Internal Revenue Commissioner sent to the United States Congress, members of the tax writing committees stated that if Congress waits until 2015 to enact tax law changes affecting the tax year 2014, there may be a delay in the opening...

A Quick Overview on Publicly Traded Partnerships

17/10/14 4:59 pm | Comments (0) | Posted By:

  In today’s low yield environment, where a five year CD yields 1.5%, publicly traded partnerships (PTPs) have been proliferating. These are companies, usually associated with oil and gas, that are required to distribute their “distributable cash flow” and avoid the double taxation that is inherent to corporations. They usually have yields in...

ARE YOU READY? IT’S TAX SEASON!

16/01/14 11:32 am | Comments (0) | Posted By:

  Yes, it is that time of year. Now that the holidays are over, it’s time to start thinking about income tax. Were there any life event changes such as getting married, having a baby, adopting a child, death of a spouse, purchasing a home or any other events that would affect your income tax return? Start accumulating your documents to pre...

Should You Contribute to a Regular IRA or a Roth?

08/08/13 8:00 am | Comments (0) | Posted By:

  There are two types of IRAs that individuals can create themselves, with extremely different characteristics. One is a regular IRA, for which the contributions are deductible. A regular IRA will put you ahead if you’re in a high tax bracket when you make the contributions and expect to be in a lower bracket when you retire and take the d...

National Taxpayer Advocate Report to Congress

23/01/13 1:18 pm | Comments (0) | Posted By:

  The IRS reported that National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson recently issued her annual report to Congress. In it she stated that tax reform was the overriding priority in tax administration. “The existing tax code makes compliance difficult, requiring taxpayers to devote excessive time to preparing and filing their returns”, Olson stated...

Equipment Purchases Should be Made Soon

25/10/12 9:46 am | Comments (0) | Posted By:

  Businesses constantly need to purchase equipment for their business to expand or replace aging equipment. Usually, they want to write the expense off as quickly as possible for their taxes to see immediate tax savings. With the initial tax cuts in 2003 and the extensions and additional cuts made throughout the past four years to combat the ...

Maximizing your tax benefits on charitable contributions

04/10/12 8:22 pm | Comments (0) | Posted By:

  With the year-end quickly approaching, it’s a good time to start planning your charitable donations. Donating not only allows you the opportunity to help others in need, it can also provide you with tax benefits. The following are guidelines to help you maximize your tax benefits:

  1. Charitable contributions are only deductible if you i...

Now is the Time to Start your Year-End Tax Planning

30/08/12 7:14 pm | Comments (0) | Posted By:

Next year, unless Congress acts before the end of 2012, year-end tax planning will be challenging. Since 2013 tax rates are set to go up, the conventional wisdom of deferring income into subsequent years should be reconsidered. Thus certain high-income taxpayers may want to actually accelerate income into 2012 rather than deferring income into 2...

Spring Fever is the right time for College Tax Planning

24/05/12 11:47 pm | Comments (0) | Posted By:

It’s spring time in the Truckee Meadows. The river is running high, the trees are green, and students of all ages are getting spring fever. With graduation on the horizon, it’s hard not to think about what is coming next. Whether your student is finishing kindergarten, graduating high school, or currently in college, it’s always a wise idea t...

A Look inside the President’s Finances

17/05/12 7:46 pm | Comments (0) | Posted By:

  It’s always interesting to get a look into somebody’s finances, and who better to snoop at than President Obama. He released his 2011 tax return, which can be viewed at: http://s3.documentcloud.org/documents/336093/bidens-and-obamas-release-2011-income-tax-returns.pdf. It’s a very simple return: Wages from being the President of $394,821...