Tax Advantages


In Notice 2018-76 issued in October 2018, the IRS states that client and prospect business meals continue as tax deductions under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. This is very good news indeed. Under this new IRS guidance, you may deduct 50 percent of your client and prospect business meals if: 1. the expense is an ordinary and necessary expense under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 162(a) that is paid or incurred during the taxable...

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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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  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.   New...

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In December of 2017, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act further extended the benefits of investing in real estate by introducing a new “qualified business income” (QBI) deduction under IRC Section 199A that further reduces net rental real estate income by up to 20%. We have received some inquiries about the impact of the new Section 199A on real estate properties with triple-net leases. Since the inception of Section 199A, experts have...

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  You likely have heard conflicting information on the deductibility of business meals with clients and prospects. I have spent time researching this issue, and my conclusion is that tax reform eliminated tax deductions for business meals with clients and prospects.   Before the 2017 The Tax Reform Act there were two conditions to client and prospect meals:   Required you to establish that the meal was directly related to or...

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