Category Archives: Capital Assets

Helping Son Pay College Loans

Today TaxMama hears from Jack in the TaxQuips Forum who is bursting with pride over his son. “We are in more of a position to help my graduating son financially than when he started 3.5 years ago. He’s very sharp with investments. So we’re looking for ways to develop these skills while building cash to […]

Lost Down Payment

Today TaxMama hears from Somsak in the TaxQuips Forum, who is hurting, badly. “In 2005 I signed a contract to purchase 2 units in a pre-construction CondoTel in Orlando, Florida. I submitted a 20% down payment of $211,960. In 2008 the project was completed, but only 47 out of 260 investors could close the escrows. The rest couldn’t […]

Land Option

Today TaxMama hears from Jacqueline in the TaxQuips forum with this interesting question. “I own several acres of raw land. Several years ago a developer began to pay me a yearly amount for 4 years (as an option to purchase the land for a set price). I was advised not to report this income until […]

IRS Issues Final Regulations on New Basis Reporting Requirement

For Investors, Reporting Gains and Losses Gets Easier Starting in 2011 WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today issued final regulations under a law change that will require reporting of basis and other information by stock brokers and mutual fund companies for most stock purchased in 2011 and all stock purchased in 2012 and later […]

Gain on Real Estate

Today TaxMama hears from Toni in the TaxQuips Forum, who tells us.  “I’m doing my own partnership taxes and am confused about entering information. In 2009, I bought, fixed up and sold 2 properties. [and Toni adds lots of details. ] I’m confused because I’ve added the gain twice from Form 4797.  What am I […]

Insurance Co Demutualizations

Today TaxMama hears from Richard in the TaxQuips Forum who is well-informed about his issue. “I received stock when John Hancock Life was merged or purchased by Manulife Insurance Company several years ago. It went from a Mutual Insurance company  to a Stock Insurance Company. Originally the IRS said that all of the income from […]

Donated Car Increased in Value

Today TaxMama hears from Dawn in the TaxQuips Forum with a simple question. “I donated a vehicle to charity. The vehicle increased in FMV from the time I purchased it 14 years ago. I donated it for the use of the charity (not for resale). It’s a charity that uses vehicles in their daily activities. […]

Renting Bounce Castles

Today TaxMama hears from Shaunna in Washington State, who tells us. “I own a small rental business. Is the bounce castle I rent out considered an asset or inventory?”