Category Archives: Capital Assets

Foreign Taxes and Basis

Today TaxMama® hears from RJ in the TaxQuips Forum, who asks an intriguing question. “I understand that both reinvested dividends and reinvested capital gains distributions get added into a mutual fund’s Cost Basis. But what about Foreign Tax Paid? Does Foreign Taxes Paid also get directly added into a fund’s Cost Basis?”

Garage Sales

Today TaxMama® hears from John in the TaxQuips Forum with a sensible question. “Are garage sales reportable? I have never heard of anyone reporting garage sales. I assume everyone guesses their basis exceeds the gross proceeds and personal losses are disallowed.”

eBay Sales for Friends

Today TaxMama® hears from Judecat in the TaxQuips Forum who is helping a sick friend. Without going into detail – “Judecat is selling his personal treasures on eBay because he is too ill and doesn’t have access to the Internet. She wants to know the tax implications.”

Courts Protect Taxpayer Basis and Audit Limits

Here are a couple of tax-related court cases you might find interesting. Attorney Ronald Marini writes about a very recent Supreme Court decision that limits IRS’ audit powers in a way you’ll like. The IRS is limited to three years to audit you or your business when it comes to determining the basis of anything […]

Excess 401k Contributions

Today TaxMama® hears from Geri in the TaxQuips Forum with this interesting question. “I had two jobs this year. Job 1, I put in the maximum of $16,500 in my 401(k); then in job 2, I put in an additional $6,000. I am under 50 years of age. I now realize I put in more […]

Mobile Home Rental

Today TaxMama® hears from Klondike in the TaxQuips Forum with this question.  “In March, I purchased a new mobile home and placed it on property I own. It is skirted with wheels removed and set on cement pillars. My son lives in the home and pays rent. Is it best to depreciate the home for […]

Timing of Purchase

Today TaxMama® hears from Insha in the TaxQuips Forum with this question. “I run a daycare center in my home. I file a Schedule C on the cash basis. In February 2011, I bought an asset for my business that cost $2,000. I’m making payments of $100 per month on it. So, on my 2011 […]

Patent Fees

Today TaxMama hears from Douglas in the TaxQuips Forum with this question. “How does one deduct the attorney fees related to obtaining a patent? The patent is for a video game. The taxpayer is not in the business of creating video games. The plan is to sell the patent to a video game company once […]

Flipping Off

Today TaxMama hears from Marina in the Tax Quips Forum, with this situation. “Two separate clients have purchased houses to flip in 2010.  One is a R.E. agent the other is the owner of a construction co. (C corp).  Both have purchased a house, and after renovating them, both were able to flip their houses […]

Loss on Leasehold Interest

Today TaxMama hears from Gordon in the Tax Quips Forum, who wants fairness. “In 1996 I purchased a leasehold interest in a lot in a recreational vehicle park.  The lot is on leased land owned by someone else.  Since there was actually no real property I assumed I would not have to pay capital gains […]

Real Estate Sales

Today TaxMama hears from Fred in the TaxQuips Forum, with a technical question. “Page 32 of the 2010 Instructions for Form 1120S (the S Corporation tax form) explains how to determine the adjusted gain or loss to enter on line 15b of the 1120S schedule K-1 (the partners’ share of income and transactions). Then it […]