Employees and small business owners often have questions about what to do with an employee’s home when they move to a new job location. Here are some answers.
How to Maximize the Tax Benefits of Rental Property
Rent to Win: Understanding the Income and Tax Benefits of Rental Property
Have you thought about purchasing a rental property? Great! You have the opportunity to generate additional income, save for retirement, and improve your tax posture. To unlock the full income and tax benefits of rental property, it’s critical that you do the following 5 things first:
Defer Capital Gains With Section 1031 Exchanges
If you’re a savvy investor, you probably know that you must generally report any mutual fund distributions as income, whether you reinvest them or exchange shares in one fund for shares in another. In other words, you must report and pay any capital gains tax owed.
But if real estate’s your game, did you know that it’s possible to defer capital gains by taking advantage of a tax break that allows you to swap investment property on a tax-deferred basis?
POA Authorization Approval Requests Available Online
Estate Planning and the Power of Attorney
An important part of estate planning is designating a power of attorney; however, the IRS will not discuss your taxes or identity with anyone without your authorization. Recently, the IRS has made it easier for taxpayers to quickly review, approve and sign power of attorney and tax information authorization requests through their IRS Online Account.
Small Business: Rent Expenses May Be Tax-deductible
If you’re a small business owner just starting out, you may not realize that some rent expenses may be deductible on your tax return. Here are some things small business owners should keep in mind when it comes to deducting rental expenses:
Good News: Most Rentals Qualify as Section 199A Businesses
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) tax reform added new tax code Section 199A, which created a 20 percent tax deduction possibility for you if your rental property (a) has profits and (b) can qualify as a trade or business.
IRS “Safe Harbor” for Section 199A Rental Properties
Safe harbor! It sounds wonderful.
Obviously, you are going to be comfortable in a safe harbor. And if you said you don’t want comfort, you might be thought of as a little loony.
You may sense that we are not jumping with joy about this new safe harbor for Section 199A rental property. It’s true; our joy quotient is a little low on this safe harbor because of the work involved.
Our feeling is that you did this work, so your property is a trade or business with no safe harbor needed. Of course, the safe harbor gives you comfort, so we need to examine what’s involved.
With the new safe harbor, the IRS thinks it is your new friend when it comes to claiming the Section 199A 20 percent tax deduction on your rental real estate profits.
Renewable Energy Tax Credits Now Available
Qualifying commercial and rental property owners who are interested in renewable energy projects—take note! You may qualify for significant tax credits or deductions through the new Inflation Reduction Act. Although the rules and details are quite complex, the benefits may be very worthwhile. Be sure to call our office for all of the qualifying information and details, but in the meantime, check out the opportunities below to see if any could be a fit for you.
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Homeowner Records: What to Keep and How Long
Keeping full and accurate homeowner records is not only vital for claiming deductions on your tax return, but also for determining the basis or adjusted basis of your home. These records include your purchase contract and settlement papers if you bought the property, or other objective evidence if you acquired it by gift, inheritance, or similar means. You should also keep any receipts, canceled checks, and similar evidence for improvements or other additions to the basis.