Dec 26

MID, the authors say, is the largest of the complicated deductions, credits, and loopholes that fill the U.S. federal income tax code.  According to the Internal Revenue Service IRS itemized deductions excluded $1.2 trillion in income from the 2011 tax base, 14 percent of total adjusted gross income AGI.  The MID accounted for 35 percent of these deductions.

via mortgagenewsdaily.

Dec 12

Effective January 1, 2014, the standard mileage rates for the use of a vehicle such as a car, van, SUV or pickup will be:

56 cents per mile for business miles driven

via smallbiztrends.

Jun 04

Can the Internal Revenue Service handle tax credit programs that pump out billions of dollars to homeowners and buyers? A new federal investigation on home energy tax credits suggests the answer may be: Not quite yet.

via bubbleinfo.com.

May 28

The law of unintended consequences is affecting thousands of taxpayers who took advantage of the 2008 First Time Homebuyer Tax Credit. The credit, really more of a loan, has created problems in the software used to process returns. Those that filed and are due a refund have been delayed for months from getting their money back

via therealestatebloggers.

Apr 16

Did you lose your house to foreclosure this year? Did your lender forgive some of your mortgage debt because the house sold for less than it the mortgage balance?If so, you could be facing a big tax hit.

via Yahoo! Finance.

Mar 29

In a recent court case, Thomas F. Hale v. Commissioner, TC Memo 2010-229 the IRS determined that the taxpayer was not entitled to deductions for his rental properties because of the lack of substantiation.

via  Minnesota Investment Property Blog.

Jan 17

Death and taxes, Ben Franklin wrote, are the only things that are certain in this world. Margaret Mitchell indirectly added babies to the list when she wrote in Gone With The Wind that there’s never a convenient time for death, taxes, or childbirth. But even if taxes are inconvenient and death is certain (or the other way around), there is much we can do to make them easier on our family.

via American Express OPEN Forum.

Nov 21

This bill contains two key provisions for the real estate industry: enhanced Section 179 depreciation and the return of “bonus” depreciation. Both provisions are designed as incentives targeted to small business owners, but many large business owners will benefit, too.

via Hartford Business.

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