Tag Archives: Generally Accepted Accounting Principles

1099 to Artist

Today TaxMama hears from Alice in the TaxQuips Forum, who tells us, “An artist lent his artwork for display in the premises. The art piece was lost or destroyed and the artist was paid as a result. Does that require a 1099 form to be issued?”

Expensing Accounts Payable

Today TaxMama hears from Cinda in the TaxQuips Forum with a quickie question. “I bought a company and with it came  $72,310 worth of outstanding debt.  How should I initially set this up and how would I track the payments I make towards these payables?  The payments are an expense correct?”

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?”

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?”

Closed Business

Today TaxMama hears from Mary in Oregon, who tells us. “I have run a day care business in my home for many years and have taken business use of home and depreciation. I am now shutting down the business; but I am not selling my house or any of the depreciated assets. When do I […]

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 […]

PTA Book Sales

Today TaxMama hears from Guy in Connecticut, with this question. “Our local PTA, a 501c3, runs book fairs with a book company. We collect the receipts in full, then pay the invoice from the book company. Is the income from these activities the gross or net?”

What kind of records should I keep?

Courtesy of the IRS [TaxMama note: This is one of the top questions businesses should be asking, but rarely do!] You may choose any recordkeeping system suited to your business that clearly shows your income and expenses. Except in a few cases, the law does not require any special kind of records. However, the business […]

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 […]

Logos and Websites

Today TaxMama hears from Floyd in Northridge, CA. He tells us “I need to know how you handle logo design and website design expenses for a new company.”