Flat Fee Rental Agencies – Are They Worth It?

Driving to work this morning, I happened to hear a commercial for one of the new Flat Fee rental agencies popping up across the Valley. They claim to be able to rent your home to quality tenants who will pay … read more

What is a Real Estate Unit of Property?

Wondering what is this “unit of property” term you keep hearing? Well, here is your answer. The IRS issued new regulations in 2013 & 2014 trying to bring clarity to the many conflicting rules in the area of capitalization vs … read more

How to Deduct Recurring Maintenance? The Routine Maintenance Safe Harbor

The Tangible Property and Repair Regulations & guidance issued in 2013 and 2014 has many new provisions including new “safe harbors” and definitions which affect all businesses that have depreciable property or pay for supplies and repairs. One area covered … read more

Expense Your Property under the De Minimis Safe Harbor

The IRS issued regulations in 2013 & 2014 trying to bring clarity to the many conflicting rules in the area of capitalization vs expensing of business property. These new regulations are commonly called the “tangible property regulations”. The new regulations … read more

Like-Kind Exchange – Use of Qualified Intermediary

Like-kind exchanges are back! Due to the economic environment over the last five years, there was a period of inactivity, but recently there has been much more activity in this area. For those who are entering into these transactions, it … read more

Shocker! Virtual Currency is Treated as Property for U.S. Tax Purposes

I will be the first to tell you that I do not understand virtual currency – the most well-known being bitcoin. I do not know how to get bitcoins or how to spend them. But I do know that there … read more

How to Respond to a Nexus Questionnaire

In the current economic landscape, more and more states are feeling the budget crunch.  In an effort to raise revenues, states are sending out nexus questionnaires to out-of-state businesses.  A taxpayer needs to be careful how to respond to these … read more

What's the IRS' Perspective on 2010 Estate and Gift Tax?

I recently attended a breakfast during which Wesley Scott, with the Office of Chief, Estate and Gift Tax Program at the Internal Revenue Service spoke on this topic.  He began his presentation by noting that he could not comment on … read more

Step Up (or Down) in Basis

If someone sells an investment or other property, the gain or loss on the sale is determined by comparing the sales proceeds with the basis.  What is “Basis”?  The answer depends on how the seller acquired the property.  The original … read more


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