Category Archives: Depreciation

The Gig Economy

Today TaxMama® says that estimated tax payments are due – and that’s timely information for the “Gig” economy.  

Mortgage Unpaid

Today TaxMama® hears from GADS in the TaxQuips Forum, with this issue that I probably should not make public: “A 2 family house has been rented for the last 5 years. Both units are rented. The owner stopped paying the mortgage 18 months ago. He still is collecting rents and reporting them on Schedule E. […]

2013 & 2014 Quick Resources

Today TaxMama® hears from Pope in the TaxQuips Forum, with a request.  “Could you publish a table showing 2013 & 2014 standard tax items. Things like standard deductions; personal exemptions; mileage rates (business, medical, charity); income limits– phaseout of itemized deductions; etc.?”

After-Market Parts

Today TaxMama® hears from George in the TaxQuips Forum, with this question. “I just bought a new truck to use for business use and I have a few questions: 1. I want to add a few after-market parts – running boards, heated seats, and heated steering wheel. Will I be able to deduct the cost […]

Cost or FMV?

Today TaxMama® hears from CotoPop in the TaxQuips Forum with a good question. “A client purchases a high end car in January, 2010 ($52,000). It is only used for personal purposes in 2010 and 2011. In January 2012 client starts a new business and uses the car 80% for business. Client is going to use […]

Rental Under Water

Today TaxMama® hears from Chris in the TaxQuips Forum with a good question. “In the near future I plan to purchase a 2nd home in a different city, and move my primary residence to that property. I will rent my current home. The mortgage for my current property is underwater. The rent I can charge […]

Mileage Method

Today TaxMama® hears from Walter in the TaxQuips Forum with a most astute question. “Is there a limit to how many miles of standard mileage auto/truck expense a self-employed taxpayer can take on their Schedule C for a given year? The portion of the business standard mileage rate treated as depreciation is on average about […]

Converting to Rental

Today TaxMama® hears from Connie in the TaxQuips Forum with this question “What is the cost basis that should be used for property that had a HUD cost of $63,000 back in 1997 when the current owner acquired it? It was recently (2011) converted to a rental property. The 2011 value of the property is […]

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 […]