Website Development Tax Deductions & the Start-Up Rules

There are several tax laws that have to be considered to determine when and how costs to develop websites are deductible. These expenses are almost always deductible. These tax laws raise timing questions. It’s a matter of when the expenses are deductible. For those who are developing website businesses as side-hustles, the issue takes on…

IRS Substantiation for Charitable Contributions & Gifts

Our tax laws allow a deduction for contributions and gifts made to charities. The idea is that the charity is relieving the government of some service or function that the government would have to otherwise have provided. The amount of the charitable contribution deduction can be significant. This benefit has been part of tax planning…

California Taxes Out-of-State Trusts for Out-of-State Asset

A record number of taxpayers have moved from California to other states, such as Texas. With advance tax planning, this type of move can produce significant tax savings. The savings can be had year after year. This type of move can also help avoid the audit and appeals process in California. This alone is worth…

Choice of Entity: Tax Plans for Pharmacies

Our laws have long said that taxpayers are free to structure their legal affairs to minimize their taxes. Congress has even provided very specific provisions to accomplish this. Section 1202 stock is an example. This provision is intended to encourage start-ups to take business risks by rewarding those who are successful by allowing them to…

Restructured Business Fails Passive Activity Loss Rules

Successful businesses change over time. We often see this when a business gets ready for the founder or owner to exit the business. The business is often reorganized and maybe even divided up. Various tax strategies come into play to help facilitate the transfer, like the F Reorganization for S corporations. Other plans to minimize…

Double Tax on Inter-Company Transfers

There are those who make things happen. They are usually the ones doing what it takes even when doing so is difficult, tiring, and draining. They are the ones that often make personal sacrifices and take risks to succeed. They are the ones that had the luck or grit to stick with something to see…

Is Military Pension Taxable (Answered)

There are a number of tax breaks afforded to those in the military. This includes collection holds on unpaid taxes owed by members of the military to laws that exempt certain income from tax altogether. The exemption from paying tax on military pay for injuries is an example. The recent Valentine v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo.…

Retired Pilot Taxed on Flights Employer Provided to Relatives

A fringe benefit is a perk provided to an employee. These benefits can make many forms. It may include a company car, company meals, or even insurance. These benefits may or may not be taxable for the employee. The Mihalik v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2022-36, case provides an opportunity to consider these rules. The Mihalik…

No Unlimited Time Limit for IRS Withholding Tax

There are jobs that are difficult to find employees to perform. This is particularly true for lower-paid jobs that require physical labor. This includes construction and maintenance jobs, such as painters, law care jobs, etc. It also includes some entry-level jobs in restaurants. Businesses in these industries often have to supplement their workforce with illegal…