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Filing Your Own Return

by Moskowitz LLP on

In our last post, we reviewed the main advantages and disadvantages of joint tax returns for married couples. This post will focus on when a married couple should consider filing separately, and special considerations if they...more

Update on Transaction Costs - 'Origin of the Claim' Analysis Will Decide Tax Allocations - Tax Update Volume 2017, Issue 3

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

While the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has continued to issue guidance addressing the ability to deduct transaction costs, the doctrine of "Origin of the Claim" (OOC) developed over 50-plus years of case law is still the...more

Commercial Division Rejects Third-Party Claim as Derivative in Trusts’ Suit Concerning Upper West Side Beaux-Arts Building

Asserting a claim on behalf of a trust in the Commercial Division can be risky, as the party asserting the claim must establish that the claimed injury is independent of any injury to the trust, and that they are therefore...more

IRS Extends Deadline to File Forms 8886 for Participants in Conservation Easement Transactions

by Taylor English Duma LLP on

Individuals investing in Conservation Easement Transactions have many questions. Why is the IRS attacking Conservation Easements? Why do I have to file these extra forms? When do I file the forms and what are the risks if...more

Employee Business Expenses must be Ordinary and Necessary

by Foodman CPAs & Advisors on

Employees may be able to deduct their work related expenses as an itemized deduction. These expenses must be unreimbursed expenses that are ordinary and necessary to their work as an employee. According to IRS, an ordinary...more

The IRS and the Controlled Substance Act

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Two recent District Court cases, High Desert Relief, Inc. v. United States of America and Alpenglow Botanicals, LLC et. al. v. United States of America have raised a novel issue in the IRS’s audits of cannabis businesses....more

Tax Preparation is NOT a Commodity

by Foodman CPAs & Advisors on

As we approach this year’s tax filing deadline of April 18th, do you think that you have your Tax Return under control? Before you answer yes, take the time to examine and evaluate who is preparing your taxes. Do they have...more

IRS Notice: Conservation Easements for Charitable Giving

by Bryan Cave on

In Notice 2017-10, the Internal Revenue Service recently issued guidance on syndicated conservation easement transactions presumed to be used as tax shelters. This addition to the “listed transactions” under Section...more

Are you paying your children too much to work in the family business? The IRS might think so.

by Murtha Cullina on

A United States Tax Court recently issued a decision after trial that should serve as a reminder to management and controlling shareholders of family-owned businesses that salaries or other compensation paid to family-member...more

Charitable Contributions: Acknowledgements, Appraisals and the IRS's Strict Rules: Tax Update, Volume 2017, Issue 2

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Tax season has begun, and it is crucial for any taxpayer claiming a charitable contribution deduction to be aware of the acknowledgment rules. Before the taxpayer files a tax return claiming a charitable deduction of $250 or...more

Receiver Put in the Same Shoes as Underlying Taxpayer under Claim of Right Claim

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

At times, a taxpayer may receive and report income, and then in a later year have to return the income item. Depending on the circumstances, this could give rise to a deduction in the later year under Code §§162 or 165 under...more

House Republican Health Care Bill: Good News for Health Insurance Executives

An Affordable Care Act (ACA) provision that is often-overlooked by the media, but has impacted the ability of insurers and their non-insurance related entities, in their role as employers, to take tax deductions for certain...more

Strict Charitable Contribution Substantiation Requirements Trip Up Another Taxpayer

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

Taxpayers making contributions to charities that seek a charitable deduction have a myriad of reporting and receipt requirements to comply with. Code §170(f)(12) imposes additional requirements as to contributions of motor...more

IRS Updates Golden Parachute Audit Guide

This is our first of many alerts during 2017 as the new administration signals the rollback of many regulations (e.g., fiduciary rules and pay ratio). We will keep you posted. In January 2017, the Internal Revenue...more

Section 162(m) Compliance Reminder

Compensation paid by a publicly-traded corporation to its Chief Executive Officer and three other highest compensated officers (other than the Principal Financial Officer) is generally not tax deductible to the extent the...more

You Lost Your Case to the IRS: Are Accountant and Lawyer Fees Deductible?

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Section 212(3) of the Internal Revenue Code [Code] provides in pertinent part: “In case of an individual, there shall be allowed as a deduction all the ordinary and necessary expenses paid or incurred during the taxable year...more

Change is Coming: A Look at Trump and Republican Tax Proposals

by Barley Snyder on

Tax reform is coming, and you better be ready. Regardless of how you voted in November, the United States will have a new president Friday and the Republican Party will be in control of both houses of Congress....more

Loans Between Related Entities

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

What Was Intended? Over the last thirty years, I have reviewed the income tax returns of many closely held corporations and partnerships. Quite often, on Schedule L (the balance sheet), I will see an entry for “other...more

2017 Standard Mileage Rates

by Ruder Ware on

The Internal Revenue Service has announced the optional standard mileage rates for computing the deductible cost of operating an automobile for business, medical, and moving expenses for 2017, and the reduced rates reflect...more

Tax Truths: Volume 1, No. 2 – December 2016

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

AN ANALYSIS OF TAX LAW PROPOSALS OF THE PRESIDENT-ELECT AND THE HOUSE - President-elect Trump made tax reform a highlight of his campaign, calling for fewer tax brackets, lower individual rates, and reduced corporate tax...more

Taxes and Divorce

Divorce is tough. Even amicable divorces are financially and emotionally draining. The last thing you need is to have tax problems pop up as a result of divorce proceedings. To avoid such problems here’s a list of some top...more

The IRS and Courts Weigh in on the Deductibility of Fines and Penalties - Tax Update, Volume 2016, Issue 3

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Taxpayers who make payments in conjunction with a forfeiture action should attempt to understand the characterization of a payment to see if the specific payment can avoid being treated as a fine or penalty. Originally...more

Claiming Vehicle Expenses… Keep a Record!

by Foodman CPAs & Advisors on

Recently, a CPA lost his own business automobile deduction case in the U.S. Tax Court. The CPA had deducted business automobile expenses based on calculations from an after the fact MapQuest and not a contemporaneous diary...more

What Kind of Tax Changes Can We Expect From Trump's Presidency?

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

The tears have not yet dried for some, and the celebrating is not yet over for others, but let's turn our attention to taxes. With a Republican Congress and a Republican president, some measure of tax relief is a given. What...more

Substantiation of Charitable Donations

by Dickinson Wright on

As we enter the giving season and begin making charitable contributions it is important to remember that some gifts require more than just the act of giving to qualify for a charitable tax deduction. For monetary...more

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