Category Archives: Depreciation

Renting Losses

Today TaxMama  hears from Alissa in the TaxQuips Forum. She wants to know, “The mortgage on my rental property is $1,500 (including tax, insurance, & a 2nd). But I only charge $1,200/month for rent because that is the going rate in the neighborhood. Do I still report the $1,200 as rental income even though it […]

Small Business Jobs Act of 2010

New Jobs Act brings tax benefits (9-23-2010) On  September 23, the House passed the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 (H.R. 5297). It is expected to be signed by the President. Among its provisions:

TaxMama’s Tax Roundtable August 2010

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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 […]