Category Archives: Depreciation

Step Up Basis Adjustment

Today TaxMama hears from Rob in the TaxQuips Forum, who couldn’t get IRS to answer him.  “I am adjusting a 2006 return using the 3115 Form per your guidance.  The Real estate is 1974 property where we used ACRS, 125% and 20 years.   For the step-up do I have to use MACRS lives and methods?”

Tax Advice From Friends

Today TaxMama hears from Tim in the TaxQuips Forum. He tells us. “I’m a career military guy and bought a house in 1994. In 1996 we were transferred and turned the property into a rental house. Over the first few years of this period I depreciated the home; but stopped in 2002 on the advice […]

Just one Room

Today TaxMama hears from Charles in the TaxQuips Forum. He tells us “I am going to rent my second home to some people starting in June.  It will have some furnishings that we will allow them to use.  Our personal property that we don’t want them to use will be in a locked bedroom, maybe […]

4 Unit Apartment

Today TaxMama hears from Tom in the TaxQuips Forum who wants to know.  “Does anyone know if there are any tax breaks if the owner lives in one of the units of a 4-unit apartment building? The owner moved into the unit after 5 years of owning the building.”

Boat Office

Today TaxMama hears from Keith in the TaxQuips Forum, with an interesting question. “There’s no office space near me, so I want to buy a boat as the office for my C Corp. I could easily maintain a log for any recreational use to facilitate separating business and personal use.” http://taxmama.wpengine.com/forum/taxquips/boat-office/

No Depreciation Schedules

Today TaxMama hears from Enrolled Agent Alison Jacks in  San Francisco who brings up an important issue. “What do you think of the fact that many (dare I say most?) tax professionals do not seem to provide depreciation schedules with the taxpayer’s copy of the tax return? I pretty much blew a fuse yesterday and […]

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?”

Franchise Costs

Today TaxMama hears from Bill in North Carolina, with this question. “What is the tax treatment of equipment that is included in the payment of franchise fee? Is it all considered amortizable start-up cost? Or is the equipment depreciated separately starting with the day it opens for business? I am concerned about local business property […]

Depreciation Catch Up

Today TaxMama hears from Betty in Arizona, with this question. “ I realized that I didn’t deduct depreciation at all in my past 8 years tax returns. So I will use Form 3115 to capture all the depreciation. But this will create a big loss on Schedule E. Is this loss limited by Form 8582 […]

Leasehold Improvements

Today TaxMama hears from David in New York with this sensible question. “I have leasehold improvements in a warehouse I rent. The lease is five years. May I depreciate the leasehold improvements over the life of the lease, or five years? Next year, may I depreciate the improvements over the remaining life, or four years?”

Land vs Building

Today TaxMama hears from Tom in Pasadena, CA who tells us, “I am a hair stylist and I am going to start working exclusively out of my home. I will have 2 rooms of my townhouse used solely for business. When I take the depreciation for the business use of my home do I need […]