Tax and Advisory Services for Families with Children

We have been preparing tax returns for thirty years, but we’re much more than tax preparers. Our advisory services encompass the BIG picture to protect our clients through all phases of life. Transitional events, like marriage, building a family, including foster and adoption, divorce, starting a business, aging and death all come with new complexities. Our role is to help our clients have the best
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Categories: SACRAMENTO PERSONAL TAXES.

“Not-for-Profit” Rentals result in Bad Tax Consequences

Many real estate investors aren’t aware of WHAT allows expenses to be tax deductible. The answer is: a business purpose and profit motive. If you lack one or both, an IRS audit on your rentals will not turn out well, because expenses you thought were deductible are disallowed. The IRS calls these “not-for-profit” activities. Your “rentals” may appear to be “not-for-profit” rentals when you: Charge
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Categories: ASSET PROTECTION and TRUSTS, ESTATES & FIDUCIARIES.

Collecting Fair Market Rent is Vital to Tax Deductions

Beware: If you don’t collect fair market rents (FMR) on your rental properties, your tax deductions may be disallowed by the IRS. The reason is that the Tax Code requires that deductible expenses have a business purpose AND that you have a profit motive in order to take tax deductions. If audited by the IRS, you may have to prove that you’re collecting FMR, which
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Categories: ASSET PROTECTION and TRUSTS, ESTATES & FIDUCIARIES.

Real Estate Sales can be Audited Back Six Years

Ordinarily, the IRS has three years to audit you after you file your tax returns, but some returns can be audited back six years. These audits often involve real estate sales when IRS believes you omitted 25% or more of your gross income. When it comes to real estate sales, IRS argues that taxpayers claimed excess basis for a property when it was sold, resulting
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Categories: ASSET PROTECTION and TRUSTS, ESTATES & FIDUCIARIES.

IRS is Auditing My Rental Losses

Many real estate investors assume that if audited their records and receipts are all they need to win the audit. However, it’s not always having the receipts that allows for the deductions, but what motivates you and your intentions at the time. Real estate investors need to understand exactly WHAT allows for a tax deduction? (It’s more than receipts). The Tax Code requires that you
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Categories: ASSET PROTECTION and TRUSTS, ESTATES & FIDUCIARIES.

IRS Wins by Reclassifying Rental to “Investment Property”

It’s not just the lack of receipts and records that cause most real estate investors to lose when audited by the IRS. Often, it’s their own testimony used against them that allows the IRS to reclassify their activity into something passive for a less favorable outcome. To illustrate a difference in the Tax Code over active v. passive participation, let’s discuss two hypothetical neighbors living
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Categories: ASSET PROTECTION and TRUSTS, ESTATES & FIDUCIARIES.

IRS Audits of Cabin Vacation Rentals

Having receipts and great records doesn’t mean that an IRS audit will go well. IRS auditors are masters of invoking provisions in the Tax Code that often make receipts and records useless. The tax rules are especially complex when renting a property for a few days at a time, such as renting-out a family cabin when you’re not using it. The following is an example
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Categories: ASSET PROTECTION and TRUSTS, ESTATES & FIDUCIARIES.

The Ugly Truth: Charitable Deductions Denied For Someone Else’s Mistake

If you were audited by the IRS, do you think they would be fair to you? Many people believe that if they have receipts and can prove their deductions, the IRS will accept it. That may have been true years ago, but today’s IRS is ruthless. This court case is proof of that. The Story David and Veronda Durden gave money to their church on
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Categories: IRS PROBLEMS and SACRAMENTO PERSONAL TAXES.

Should You Use Online Tax Preparation Software in Your Business?

Discover the pros and cons of using online tax preparation for your business. Many individuals are turning to online tax preparation software – but should your business? Tax preparation software is increasingly popular for individual use, with many people attracted to the convenience and simplicity of doing taxes in their pajamas. Even if they’re leaving money on the table, many people either don’t know or
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Categories: BUSINESS TAX STRATEGIES.