Real Estate

IRS Clarifies Rules Regarding When Rental Property Activity Should be Reported as a Schedule Business

According to the IRS, not all rental property activity should be reported on Schedule E.   If the property owner provides “substantial services” to short-term renters, the IRS says that the rental activity should be reported on Schedule C, and that the property owner must pay self-employment taxes on the income.   If there is a loss, it can be fully deducted without regard for the passive loss limitation rules.   Substantial services are defined by the IRS as:   regular cleaning, changing linens, or maid services…furnishing of utilities or cleaning of public areas do not count as substantial services.  For example, if you rent out a room in your house on Airbnb to short-term renters, the “substantial service” requirement can be satisfied if you are cleaning and changing linens after each short-term […]

By |September 15th, 2018|Categories: Business Tax, Individual Tax, IRS, Real Estate|Comments Off on IRS Clarifies Rules Regarding When Rental Property Activity Should be Reported as a Schedule Business

California Supreme Court Ruling Significantly Limits Independent Contractor Classification

The California Supreme Court has established new criteria for classifying workers as Independent contractors.   In Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court, the Court rejected the previous multi-factor test and instead issued a rigid 3-factor test, called the “ABC” test.

Under the ABC test, each of the following three factors must be met in order to classify a worker as an independent contractor:

  1. The worker must be free from the control and direction of the hiring company in performing the work.
  2. The work must take place outside the usual course of the business of the hiring company’s business.
  3. The worker is customarily engaged in an independent established trade, occupation or business.

This ruling will no doubt have a significant impact on gig companies in the Bay Area (Uber, Lyft, and DoorDash, etc.), […]

By |June 6th, 2018|Categories: Accounting & Bookkeeping, Announcements, Business Operations, Business Tax, Individual Tax, IRS, Real Estate, Retirement Planning|Comments Off on California Supreme Court Ruling Significantly Limits Independent Contractor Classification

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 […]