Real Estate

Home Equity Loan Interest can still be Deducted (in certain instances)

The IRS clarified in its News Release on February 21, 2018 that taxpayers can continue to deduct the interest on home equity loans, if the home equity loans are used to buy, build or substantially improve the taxpayer’s home that secures the loan.

Under prior tax law (pre-2018), the interest on a home equity loan secured by the taxpayer’s qualified residence was deductible (on a loan balance of up to $100,000) even if the loan was used to pay personal living expenses, i.e., paying off credit card debts, student loans or buying a car.

Starting in 2018, the new tax law does not allow taxpayers to deduct the interest on a home equity loan if the loan was used for personal living expenses.

In order for home equity loan interest to be deductible, […]

By |February 25th, 2018|Categories: Individual Tax, IRS, Real Estate|Comments Off on Home Equity Loan Interest can still be Deducted (in certain instances)

2018 Tax Reform-Business Tax Changes

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. I; the Act) provides for major changes to business tax law.  Most of the changes are effective January 1, 2018.  The majority of the business provisions do not expire.

The following are a few changes that may save you significant tax dollars this year and in future years:

  • C-corporations: Are now subject to a flat tax of 21% and the special tax rate for personal service corporations is eliminated.
  • Small business deduction: Probably the most revolutionary addition to the tax law is the new deduction for qualified business income from “pass-through entities,” which also applies to sole proprietorships and rental properties. This provision can provide a deduction of up to 20% of your net “qualified business income”. This new law is too complicated to […]
By |February 8th, 2018|Categories: Announcements, Business Operations, Business Tax, IRS, Real Estate|Comments Off on 2018 Tax Reform-Business Tax Changes

2016 Tax Planning Guide

 

Our 2016/2017 Tax Planning Guide is now available. The election of a new President in addition to Republicans retaining control of Congress could result in significant changes in tax laws in the upcoming year.  Our online Tax Planning Guide will give you access to updated tax and financial planning information throughout the year as legislative changes are made. Feel free to forward it to friends and family who you think might find it interesting or helpful. We hope this guide will prove to be a convenient resource for you throughout the year.  Just a few of the topics covered in the guide are:

  • Changes to some business and individual tax filing deadlines effective in 2017
  • Tax planning for investments and net investment income tax
  • How […]

2015 Tax Planning Guide

New Year 2015 And Clock

 

Our 2015 Tax Planning Guide is now available. This online guide will give you access to updated tax and financial planning information throughout the year. Feel free to forward it to friends and family who you think might find it interesting or helpful. We hope this guide will prove to be a convenient resource for you throughout the year. Just a few of the topics covered in the guide are:

 

  • Roth IRA conversions
  • Bunching income and expenses as a year-end planning strategy
  • Planning for restricted stock and stock options
  • Planning for real estate investments
  • Succession and retirement planning for business owners
  • Charitable giving strategies

 

If you have any questions after reviewing the information presented, please do not hesitate to […]

FTB Updates Publication 1016 (Real Estate Withholding Guidelines)

California Revenue and Taxation Code Section 18662 and the related regulations require withholding of a 3 1/3% tax at the source from the sale or exchange of California real estate.  The California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) has revised FTB Publication 1016, Real Estate Withholding Guidelines. The revised publication, the purpose of which is to provide guidance on the withholding requirements for sales of California real property, covers the following topics:

  • General Information (e.g., definitions, a list or real estate withholding forms, what is the real estate withholding requirement, who is subject to it, when is real estate withholding not required);

 

  • Information for Sellers (e.g., exemptions for sellers, how to calculate withholding, seller’s filing requirements, electing out of withholding on installment payments);

 

  • Information for Buyers (e.g., […]