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Do You Qualify as a Tax Law–Defined Professional Gambler?

When it comes to taxes, the tax code treats professional gamblers better than recreational gamblers. Unlike recreational gamblers, professionals get to deduct all their gambling expenses (including travel, lodging, and meal expenses) up to their annual winnings, without itemizing. This is a big advantage. If you gamble a lot, you could benefit by qualifying as …

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IRAs for Young Adults

IRAs for Young Adults As we navigate the complexities of financial planning, one opportunity stands out for young adults: individual retirement accounts (IRAs). Now is the perfect time to consider how you can leverage an IRA. Traditional and Roth IRAs: A Brief Overview Both traditional and Roth IRAs offer unique benefits, so the choice between …

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Grouping Activities for Depreciation

Did you know that you can group activities for real estate depreciation? Let’s expound on this… Common Situation Issue with Common Situation Solution: Grouping of Activities: Reg §1.469 Qualifications for Grouping One Activity is Insubstantial in Relation to the Other Insubstantial is not clearly defined, but there are some guidelines: Grouping Activities Together Results in …

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BOI Reporting Deemed Unconstitutional for Some

On January 1, 2024, the Corporate Transparency Act (CTA) went into effect. The CTA requires most smaller corporations, most limited liability companies, and some other business entities to file a beneficial ownership information (BOI) report with the U.S. Department of the Treasury Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). The BOI report identifies and provides contact information …

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Turn Your Vacation—Even a Luxurious One—into Tax-Deductible Business Travel

Here’s an idea: how about transforming your next vacation into business travel? With careful planning, your transportation to any destination could be fully deductible. This includes airfare—even first-class—luxury hotel stays, and cruise expenses. If you can tie your travel to business purposes, you can enjoy substantial tax savings, depending on your tax bracket. Two Main …

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Estimated Tax Penalties

Estimated Tax Penalties The United States has a “pay as you go” tax system in which payments for income tax (and, where applicable, Social Security and Medicare taxes) must be made to the IRS throughout the year as income is earned, whether through withholding, by making estimated tax payments, or both. You suffer an estimated …

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Tax Implications of Selling Qualified Improvement Property (QIP)

You need to think about the sale of your rental property when you claim depreciation on your qualified improvement property (QIP). Gains may be subject to higher-than-expected tax rates due to Section 1245 and Section 1250 ordinary income recapture and other factors. Planning your depreciation methods can significantly impact your current tax liabilities and long-term …

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