Avoiding Penalties: Choosing a Reliable Tax Return Preparer

With the tax season around the corner, a significant number of taxpayers are seeking the services of tax return preparers. This often involves choosing a preparer who has been recommended by friends and family members. Tax return preparers may be referred based not on their qualifications, but on their reputation for generating large refunds for……

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Amount of 179D Tax Deduction for Building Designer

Congress often creates tax incentives, but it is up to the IRS and courts to determine their implementation and interpretation. The Sec. 179D tax deduction is an example of this. The statute provides broad concepts but lacks substance, leading to the courts playing a crucial role in determining its implementation and interpretation. The details matter……

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About the Monetized Installment Sale

The monetized installment sale is a tax strategy that allows a party to sell an appreciated asset while deferring capital gains tax for an extended period of time and receiving a significant portion of the sale proceeds in cash. The strategy involves the use of an installment sale and a monetization loan, which allows the……

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Tax on Employer-Provided Lodging

Did you know that as an employee, you may be able to exclude the value of lodging provided by your employer from your income taxes? According to Sec. 119 of the Internal Revenue Code, there are certain conditions that must be met in order for an employee to exclude employer-provided housing costs from their income.……

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The Premium Tax Credit Trap

In an effort to reform health insurance, the government implemented a system where it would make payments directly to insurance companies on behalf of taxpayers through the use of premium tax credits. These credits were a part of the Affordable Care Act and intended to make health insurance more affordable for those who might not……

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The Qualified Nonpersonal Use Vehicle

What Congress provides with one provision, it often takes away with another. This can result in legal challenges whereby the court creates exceptions. The exceptions can be modified and qualified by later legislation. This creates a labyrinth that one has to navigate to determine how an item is treated for federal income tax purposes. The……

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