Can Spouses Help each Other Lower Their Self Employment Tax?

Can an accountant who loses money and his wife, a realtor who makes money, combine their businesses in order to lower their self-employment tax? No. A recent case in the Tax Court involved such an issue. Donald Fitch, a self-employed … read more

Survey Suggests Taxpayers are Overconfident in Their Tax Prep Skills

Even as the tax code becomes increasingly complex, more and more Americans are preparing their own tax returns. A recent survey conducted by BMO Harris Financial Advisors found that nearly 48% of Americans prepare their own tax returns. Eighty-three percent … read more

Mamma Mia! Who Can Deduct That?

I couldn’t help click on a headline the other day “Abba Wore Flashy Clothing as a Tax Deduction”. The article discussed the Swedish pop group Abba’s on stage outfits. In a new book published to mark the 40th anniversary of … read more

IRS Releases the “Dirty Dozen” Tax Scams for 2014

We have commented on scams in the past.  Unfortunately, these scams keep getting more creative, as well as more prevalent.  The Internal Revenue Service recently issued its annual “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams, reminding taxpayers to use caution during … read more

Renting Your Vacation Home

A vacation home can be a house, apartment, condominium, mobile home or boat. If you own a vacation home that you rent to others, you generally must report the rental income on your federal income tax return. But you may … read more

Use or Lose it! The Sad Case of Not Claiming an S Corporation Loss

We often see cases where taxpayers for one reason or another have not deducted a pass-through loss on their tax return.  Sometimes the taxpayer doesn’t want to wait for that elusive late K-1 before filing their individual return. Sometimes they … read more

Parent Purchases Home for Child

Recently, a client called to discuss the procedures he needed to undertake to allow his child to claim a deduction for home mortgage interest and related real estate taxes on a residence occupied by his child. Since the child did … read more

Business Owner Purchases Vehicle from Business

Occasionally, a business owner would like to purchase a vehicle owned by his business. The tax rules are clear as to how this type of transactions needs to be handled. The general rule is a business cannot deduct a loss … read more

Donating Your Used Vehicle

You just bought a new car, but how are you going to get rid of your old one? Many individuals find the trade-in allowance offered by dealers to be well below the car’s true value. The alternative of selling the … read more

Corrosive Drywall, Can I Deduct That?

Over the past few years, there has been a lot of talk regarding corrosive drywall that was imported from China in the mid-2000′s. Much of this drywall was installed in homes between 2005 and 2006 during the building boom. As … read more


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