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…

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

claim of right deduction

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…

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…

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…

Tax Deductions Associated With “Other Income”

Tax Deductions Associated With “other Income”

The IRS was recently given a significant increase in its budget. Its request for more money was premised on the need to hire more IRS revenue agents to audit more non-compliant tax returns. While the IRS has in fact reduced its headcount significantly, it has also benefitted from recent tax law changes. Some of these…

Tax Planning for Start-Up Costs

Tax Planning For Start-up Costs

New business ventures will typically incur losses in the first year or years. These losses can sometimes be used to offset the business owner’s other income. In a way, this tax loss offset and the tax savings is akin to an interest-free loan from the Federal government. Congress has imposed some limitations on this type…

Unpacking the Moving Expense Deduction

Unpacking The Moving Expense Deduction

There are several issues that the IRS frequently challenges on audit. For individual taxpayers, this includes moving expenses. Taxpayers are entitled to deduct moving expenses. Our tax laws impose several limitations on what expenses can be deducted and when. The recent Doyle v. Commissioner, Docket No. 6532-20S (2021) case provides an opportunity to consider these…

Meal & Entertainment: The IRS Auditors “Bread & Butter”

Meal & Entertainment: The Irs Auditors “bread & Butter”

I once worked with an IRS agent who would only make two types of adjustments. He would make UNICAP/inventory adjustments and meal and entertainment adjustments. If either of these items could be adjusted for a tax return, he would adjust them. It didn’t matter what else was listed on the tax return. It did not…

Travel Expenses Allowed for Repetitive Pattern of Travel

Travel Expenses Allowed For Repetitive Pattern Of Travel

The IRS frequently challenges travel expenses.  These expenses have a higher substantiation requirement, which the IRS uses to disallow every expense no matter how reasonable or how certain it is that the expense was incurred.  But what if it was exceedingly certain that the expense was incurred and there is a method for computing the…

M&A Finders Fee Not Deductible for Acquirer

Irs Summons & Information Gathering

If a company acquires another company and pays a finders fee to the party who connected the two for the sale, is the finders fee deductible by the acquirer? This question touches on whether an expense is deductible if the real benefit is to another company. The court addresses this in Plano Holding LLC v.…