depreciation deductions - tax reduction strategies

Can You Speed Up Your Depreciation Deductions?

If you own rental properties than you know a significant tax benefit of owning investment property is depreciation—a deduction you get without spending any additional money. But regular depreciation for real property is slow. Residential rental property is depreciated over 27.5 years and non-residential property over 39 years, providing a relatively small deduction each year....Continue reading

Shutting Down Sole Proprietorship

What Are the Tax Implications of Shutting Down a Sole Proprietorship?

As you consider shutting down your sole proprietorship or your single-member LLC treated as a sole proprietorship for tax purposes, it’s crucial to understand the tax implications of this decision. Here’s an overview of key points you need to consider. Sole Proprietorship Asset Sale Tax Implications When you sell a sole proprietorship, you sell its...Continue reading

Self-Employment Taxes

Limited Partners and Self-Employment Taxes

Self-employment taxes are substantial, and most people want to minimize them. Self-employed taxpayers often avoid self-employment taxes by operating as an S corporation. The distributions from the S corporation are not subject to self-employment tax. But Social Security and Medicare tax must be paid on the shareholders’ employee compensation (which must be reasonable based on...Continue reading

BOI Reporting

BOI Reporting Deemed Unconstitutional for Some

On January 1, 2024, the Corporate Transparency Act (CTA) went into effect. The CTA requires most smaller corporations, most limited liability companies, and some other business entities to file a beneficial ownership information (BOI) report with the U.S. Department of the Treasury Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). The BOI report identifies and provides contact information...Continue reading

Audit Your Tax Returns

How Long Does the IRS Have to Audit Your Tax Returns?

We get many clients coming in asking about a how long the IRS can go back to audit your tax return, The good news is there is a statute of limitations on IRS audits and tax assessments. This time period is called the Assessment Statute Expiration Date (ASED). However, like all things IRS, it's more...Continue reading

dirty dozen

IRS Dirty Dozen List: Triggers IRS Scrutiny

For over 20 years, the IRS has issued an annual Dirty Dozen list identifying tax scams and avoidance schemes. This year’s list includes everything from employee retention credit claims to the use of fake charities. Before you invest your hard-earned money in these or other highly promoted tax schemes, you should check the IRS Dirty...Continue reading

Report Gambling Winnings

When Do I Report Gambling Winnings to the IRS?

Now that so many types of gambling are legal in Ohio, when do you have to report your gambling winnings to the IRS? If you enjoy gambling, whether occasionally or frequently, it is crucial to understand how your winnings and losses can affect your tax liability. Basic Rules to Reporting Gambling Winnings Winnings: You report...Continue reading

Vehicle Tax Deductions for 2023

Last-Minute Purchases to Maximize 2023 Vehicle Tax Deductions

Looking to maximize your vehicle tax deductions for 2023 and wondering if there's still time? - Do you need a replacement business car, SUV, van, or pickup truck? - Do you need tax deductions this year? - Do you need a tax credit to offset what you owe to the IRS? 2023 Tax Credits /...

2023 Tax Strategies

Last-Minute: 2023 Tax Strategies for Marriage, Kids, and Family

It's not too late to consider 2023 tax strategies. Are you thinking of getting married or divorced? If so, consider December 31, 2023, in your tax planning. Here’s another planning question: Do you give money to family or friends (other than your children, who are subject to the kiddie tax)? If so, you need to consider...Continue reading

Writing Off More Than One Vehicle

Can You Write off More Than One Vehicle?

Are you hoping to write off more than one vehicle and have been told you can't? Contrary to popular belief, the IRS does not limit business owners to claiming deductions on only one business vehicle. When Should You Write Off More Than One Vehicle? You might maximize tax benefits by using multiple vehicles for business...Continue reading

Home Office Deduction as a Corporation

Will Your Home Office Deduction Pass the Muster in an IRS Audit or Raise Red Flags?

With more people working from home, one has to wonder if the home-office deductions on tax returns are out of control or warranted. Will the IRS be scrutinizing home office deductions and what do they look for. In short, will your home office deduction pass in an IRS audit or will it raise red flags?...Continue reading

Filing Form 8275

When to File Form 8275 to Avoid Penalties

Form 8275 is filed to disclose all types of tax positions.  When you're considering taking an aggressive position on your tax return that could result in a substantial tax reduction, but you're worried about having to pay a penalty, talk with Ken-Mar Tax for a free consultation. As an Enrolled Agent, Ken Weinberg is up-to-date...Continue reading

Home-Office Deductions for Orthodontist

Home-Office Deductions for Orthodontists

Q&A: Home-Office Deduction for Orthodontist Question: Bob, an orthodontist, wants to claim a home-office deduction.  His employees and contractors do the billing and accounting for his practice. Bob and his wife (who is an employee) do payroll once a month in the home office.  Bob’s primary use of the home office is preparing treatment plans...Continue reading

Airbnb Rental Income and Self-Employment Tax

Do I Need to Pay Self-Employment Tax on Airbnb Rental Income?

In Chief Counsel Advice (CCA) 202151005, the IRS opined on this issue. But before we get to what the IRS said, understand that the CCA’s conclusions cannot be cited as precedent or authority by others, such as you or your tax professional. Even so, we always consider what the CCA says as semi-useful information, so here’s some...Continue reading

regular use of home office deduction

What Qualifies as Regular Use for the Home-Office Deduction?

To deduct an office in the home, you must pass the regular-use test, so  what is regular use for the home-office deduction? (Side note: this is a re-post of content created in 2011 and references tax cases from the 70's that laid a foundation for determining how to define "regular use" for the home office...Continue reading

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