Tax reform made a lot of good changes in the tax law for the small-business owner. But the changes to the net operating loss (NOL) deduction rules are not in the good-changes category. They are designed to hurt you and put money in the IRS’s pocket. Now, if you have a bad year in your business, the new NOL rules are designed to stop you from using your business loss to find some immediate cash. The new (let’s call them bad-for-you)...

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Last week, someone approached me with this situation, “I closed my S corporation with the state in 2017. However, during 2018 I’ve had unexpected expenses from the defunct S corporation. I paid those expenses from personal funds. Where can I deduct those expenses? You should have seen his face when I told him that he was out of luck. Neither he nor the S corporation can deduct those expenses. No Deduction for the S Corporation...

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  This short article was inspired after talking to one of my clients. This person seemed overwhelmed by, as he described them, “life demands”. He mentioned that at times between the demands from his business and home that he felt that life was hectic. I know that many of us has felt this feeling at one point of our lives, mainly due to the fast pace of our modern society which seems to overtake our time, money, and many times...

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  The recent tax reform, known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), added some good benefits to your real estate rentals, both commercial and residential. Notably, your qualified business income from your real estate rentals creates a possible 20 percent tax deduction with no effort on your part. And if you want less taxable income, the TCJA gives you enhanced bonus depreciation and new avenues for Section 179 expensing.  ...

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The first good news is that you can be both real estate investor and real estate dealer with respect to your real estate portfolio. The next good news is that you are in control, and by knowing just a few rules about dealer and investor classifications, you can do much to increase your net worth. Let’s take a quick look at how big a difference you can make in the tax bite. Say you have a $90,000 profit on the sale of a property. •...

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