Reporting Illegal Income to the IRS (It’s All About Choices)

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Assume you commit a crime and receive a financial windfall. Then you get caught and have to repay the windfall in the form of restitution. Further assume that you have three options when it comes to reporting and paying tax on the illegal income: (1) you file tax returns to report the income and you…

Divorce Planning for Those With IRS Back Taxes

The IRS often audits tax years where there is some change. This includes mergers, significant asset transfers, deaths or even divorces. The reason why it does this is that these transitions create opportunities for savvy taxpayers or pitfalls for the unwary. These transitions also create motives and introduce new parties to income or assets that…

IRS Documentation for Travel Expenses

Business travel expenses are deductible. These are expenses for business trips and work trips, such as car and truck expenses, airfare and hotels and lodging. It can also include travel meals. Those looking to deduct business trip expenses are running a risk as the IRS frequently disallows these expenses on audit. It does so even…

Do Vacation Rentals Trigger Self-Employment Tax?

Short-term rental or vacation rental properties have increased in popularity. They are also popular investments. This includes real estate rented on Airbnb and its competitors, such as Vrbo, Booking.com, Tripadvisor, Agoda, Expedia, TUI Villas, TravelStaytion, HomeToGo, Plum Guide, and Google. Taxes are one reason for the increase in popularity. Short-term rentals can provide a number…

Can a Self-Directed IRA Hold Gold Coins?

Precious metals IRAs are popular. This includes silver IRAs, gold Roth IRAs, and even gold-backed IRAs. These accounts allow investors to invest in these alternative assets. This in turn allows the investors to diversify their exposure to stocks and bonds. For those with special interests and knowledge to make these investments, they can also allow…

Charter Boat Expenses are Miscellaneous Itemized Deductions

Charter Boat Expenses Are Miscellaneous Itemized Deductions

We live in a complex society. Even common activities can be exceedingly complex. Take a charter boat operation, for example. One has to consider the various laws for registering the boat; laws that dictate where and when the boat can operate; the laws governing the crew and its activities; and financing and loan and insurance…

Rental Tax Losses for Those With Irregular Hours

Rental Tax Losses For Those With Irregular Hours

Tax cases are interesting in that they apply a fairly well-developed set of rules to varying fact patterns. These varying fact patterns can result in surprising, and often unintended, consequences. The more complex the tax law in question, the more likely it is that the outcome will be something other than what Congress may have…

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Qualifying for Section 1244 Stock Losses

Qualifying For Section 1244 Stock Losses

The Tax Cuts & Jobs Act of 2017 changed the choice of entity decision quite a bit. It affords corporate taxpayers the benefit of the lower flat 21 percent tax rate. It provides non-corporate businesses a 20% qualified business income deduction. There were other changes too. This is in addition to the existing tax rules…