Tag Archives: National accounts

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 […]

Real Estate Sales

Today TaxMama hears from Fred in the TaxQuips Forum, with a technical question. “Page 32 of the 2010 Instructions for Form 1120S (the S Corporation tax form) explains how to determine the adjusted gain or loss to enter on line 15b of the 1120S schedule K-1 (the partners’ share of income and transactions). Then it […]

Sec 179 for 2 Cars

Today TaxMama hears from Pam in the TaxQuips Forum, with a good question. “1 purchased 1 new vehicle in 2010 that is used for both of my businesses (Sch C). How do I allocate the new vehicle Sec 179 deprecation expense to both businesses?”

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?”

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 […]

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 […]

Section 179

Today TaxMama hears from IRA in California, who tells us . “This year I will have over $80,000 in Section 179 deductions for my sole proprietorship. Is this deduction a preference item for AMT purposes?”