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December 7, 2022

When Your Firm’s Partners Borrow to Buy Ownership Interests

It’s not uncommon for an incoming partner in a professional firm to take out a personal loan to finance all or part of the cost of acquiring an ownership interest. If some of your firm’s partners have done this, they need to know the proper federal income tax treatment of the resulting interest expense. Such partner-level interest expense is sometimes called “outside interest” because it comes from a personal loan that is outside of the partnership. IRS guidelines say outside… Read more ›

December 5, 2022

Rx for Itemizing Medical Expenses

Medical expenses can be costly — and they’re not always covered by insurance. But there may be a silver lining: You may be able to claim an itemized deduction for the amounts you pay for medical, dental and vision care, if you incur enough costs to exceed the applicable threshold for the tax year. Here are the details about this deduction. Raising the Bar on Medical Expense Deductions You can claim an itemized deduction for medical, dental, and vision care… Read more ›

November 14, 2022

Why Your Dealership Needs Good LIFO Records

  Recordkeeping is often essential to business operations and automobile dealerships are no exception. Many auto dealerships use the Last-In, First-Out (LIFO) method of inventory accounting. Although the LIFO method can provide significant tax benefits, you must be careful to meet certain tax law requirements. One such requirement that is often overlooked is the need to maintain comprehensive records. There are different LIFO methods for new and used vehicle inventories. For new vehicle inventories, dealerships electing to use the alternative… Read more ›

September 15, 2022

Avoid Tax-Related Identity Theft with the IRS’s New Identity Protection Program

Taxpayers will soon have access to a resource to protect against tax-related identity theft and the potentially serious outcomes that come with it. Before the next tax filing, the IRS will roll out to each tax filer a six-digit PIN number, as part of its new Identity Protection (IP) PIN opt-in program individuals can use. Participation in the program is voluntary and includes the following features: ●     The IP PIN should be entered onto an electronic tax return when prompted… Read more ›

August 25, 2022

Tax Consequences of Barter Agreements

“I’ll do your family’s dental work for free if you build a deck onto my house.” If you’re in the construction industry, you’ve probably received an offer like this or made a similar offer to someone else in a different line of business. It’s a modern variation of the age-old practice of barter. What makes it especially intriguing in this day and age is the idea that you can exchange services or products with someone without exchanging money. Keep in… Read more ›

August 19, 2022

Tax Planning for Payments to Buy Out an Exiting Partner

Sooner or later, your firm will encounter the issue of buying out a partner. This may be due to the partner’s retirement, death or other reasons. The federal income tax rules for partnership payments to buy out an exiting partner’s interest are tricky, but they also open up tax planning opportunities. The Basic Tax Rules Payments made by a partnership to liquidate (or buy out) an exiting partner’s entire interest are covered by Section 736 of the Internal Revenue Code…. Read more ›

August 18, 2022

Entities that Don’t Qualify for 501(c)(3) Status

Organizations that are created to provide goods or services exclusively (or primarily) to Section 501(c)(3) organizations (or governmental entities) may think that this purpose is sufficient to also qualify them under tax law. However, providing commercial-type services exclusively to exempt organizations is not by itself an exempt purpose. Much more is required for qualification under the rules of Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3) than just having a mission to assist charitable organizations. Basic Requirements An exemption under tax code Section… Read more ›

May 31, 2022

Medical Costs: Can I Really Get a Tax Break for That?

It’s difficult for many people to write off medical expenses because of the limits imposed under the tax laws. But you may qualify by including every expense allowed. Some of the qualified procedures may surprise you. For example, most insurance plans won’t cover laser eye surgery, such as radial keratotomy or “Lasik,” because they consider it a cosmetic procedure. But it generally qualifies for a medical deduction and as an expense in a flexible spending account. (The IRS used to… Read more ›

May 10, 2022

After Tax Day: Take These Action Steps

The April tax filing deadline has passed, but that doesn’t mean you should push your taxes out of your mind until next year. Here are three tax-related actions that you should consider taking in the near term (if you filed on time and didn’t file for an extension). Retain the requisite records (2022 taxes) Depending on the specific issue, the IRS has years to audit your tax return so it’s critical to maintain the records you may need to defend… Read more ›

May 3, 2022

Hobby-Related Loss Deductions are Disallowed, but Don’t Give Up

  Let’s say you have an unincorporated sideline activity that you think of as a business, including an activity involving horses. If you have a net loss (deductible expenses exceed revenue) on that activity and you think you can deduct that loss on your personal federal income tax return, think again! In IRS audits and in court cases involving money-losing sidelines, the tax agency frequently argues the activities are hobbies, rather than businesses. Be aware that the federal income tax… Read more ›