Is a cattle ranch with no cattle a hobby or a business?

Generally, a taxpayer can deduct all ordinary and necessary expenses paid or incurred to carry on a valid trade or business, even if this would create an overall loss on the income tax return. However, if the taxpayer’s activity is considered a hobby, rather than a business, deductions are limited to the gross income earned …

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How does selling my house impact my taxes?

Congratulations! You sold your house! And in this market, no doubt made a mint. So now you’re probably wondering how does selling my house impact my taxes? A gain on the sale of a home is the result of when the home sells for more than what was paid for it. When it comes to …

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Accountable plans save you taxes and benefit employees

When the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) was put into place at the end of 2017, one of the biggest disadvantages to taxpayers was the removal of miscellaneous itemized deductions for employee expenses. Employees used to receive a deduction on their schedule A for unreimbursed expenses incurred as an employee, but that is no …

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Who can I claim as a dependent

If you have children in their teenage years, you may have found yourself wondering how long they can be claimed as a dependent on your tax return. While the benefit for claiming dependents on your tax return pales in comparison to the cost of supporting a child, most parents will gladly take the help when …

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Don’t forget the expanded child and dependent care credit

The Child and Dependent Care credit might not be getting as much attention as the monthly child tax credit payments that recently started hitting parent’s back accounts, but its’ expansion could greatly impact millions of Americans and their 2021 tax returns. The enhancement of the Child and Dependent Care credit, included as a provision of …

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Your 2020 tax return and the Recovery Rebate Credit

The 2020 Recovery Rebate Credit (RRC) was implemented during the 2020 tax year on form 1040 as part of the CARES Act which became law in March of that year. The first and second round of stimulus checks were advance payments of the 2020 Recovery Rebate Credit. The RRC ensures that everyone who should have received …

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IRS releases draft instructions for forms K-2 and K-3

On June 29, 2021, the IRS released draft instructions of forms K-2 and K-3, after receiving feedback on the initial instructions that were released in July 2020. These new draft instructions may be found here https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-dft/i1065s23–dft.pdf. The new forms will be effective for the 2021 tax year. Don’t miss: What are duty free zones? Forms …

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IRS allowing electronic signatures on some non-e-filed forms

In pre-COVID world, clients often came to our office to sign important paper tax filings. After signing, we mailed the forms certified mail/return receipt, so the taxpayer had proof of timely filing. After the pandemic started, clients struggled with getting forms signed and safely mailed. Last August, the IRS began allowing electronic signatures on certain paper …

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Is increased cryptocurrency regulation on the horizon?

The last few years have brought cryptocurrencies far more into the mainstream, thanks in large part to the meteoric rise in asset value for many of the coins. Such mainstream attention has already brought additional cryptocurrency regulation and IRS scrutiny – in 2014 the IRS began asking taxpayers directly on their Form 1040 whether or …

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Opting out of the advance child tax credit payments

If you haven’t heard the big news, Congress has increased the amount of the 2021 Child Tax Credits. Also, one half of the credit you’re potentially entitled to will come in the form of advance payments, starting July 15th. The advance child tax credit payments will come in equal installments once a month for six …

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