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Part III: Passive Activity Loss Limitation and Real Estate Professional Tax Rules

Published: June 21st, 2017

By: Stephen R. Looney

In Part III of the series, we continue to look at the passive activity loss limitation rules to clarify what constitutes a real estate professional for the purpose of rental property losses. In Part I and Part II of this series, the court found the taxpayers did not qualify as real estate professionals. However, Zarrinnegar […]

Part II: Passive Activity Loss Limitation and Real Estate Professional Tax Rules

Published: June 7th, 2017

By: Stephen R. Looney

In Part I, we discussed the passive activity and loss limitation rules and how they can affect real estate losses. In Jones vs. Comm’r, the taxpayer failed to provide logs from their insurance job, which resulted in a non-qualification as a real estate professional. This week, we look at the Makhlouf v. Comm’r case, which […]

Part I: Passive Activity Loss Limitation and Real Estate Professional Tax Rules

Published: May 18th, 2017

By: Stephen R. Looney

Taxpayers who engage in rental real estate activities will generally seek to have rental property losses from such activities characterized as non-passive. In several recent decisions, the Tax Court once again emphasized the importance of taxpayers being able to substantiate the time they claim to spend performing rental real estate services in order to qualify […]

Tax Court Holds Income was Improperly Attributed to S Corporation

Published: March 28th, 2017

By: Stephen R. Looney

In a recent case, the Tax Court addressed the issue of whether income should be reported by a Taxpayer providing services or an S corporation established by the Taxpayer. Taxpayers often seek to report income generated from services provided through an S corporation on such S corporation’s tax return, but as the case below demonstrates, […]

Widow Allowed to Expense Previously Expensed Farming Inputs

Published: January 17th, 2017

By: Brad Gould

In the case of Estate of Backemeyer v. Commissioner, 147 TC 17 (2016), the Tax Court held that the widow of a Nebraska farmer was entitled to expense farming inputs she inherited from her husband, who had expensed the same inputs during his life. Mr. Backemeyer, a corn and soybean farmer, purchased farming inputs consisting of seed, […]

Tax Court Finds Compensation Paid to Shareholder-Employees Reasonable

Published: July 28th, 2016

By: Stephen R. Looney

In Johnson, Inc.,[1] the Tax Court held that the amounts paid to the shareholder-employees of a C corporation constituted reasonable compensation deductible under Section 162 and that amounts paid by the taxpayer-corporation to an entity controlled by two of its shareholders was deductible as an ordinary and necessary business expense under Section 162. Facts of […]

Compensation to Law Firm Shareholder-Employees Disallowed by Tax Court

Published: March 17th, 2016

By: Stephen R. Looney

In Brinks,[1] the Tax Court once again applied the independent investor test to recharacterize compensation paid by a professional corporation, a law firm, to its shareholder-employees as nondeductible dividend distributions, and held the corporation liable for accuracy-related penalties for mischaracterizing the dividends as deductible compensation. This case should serve as a warning for many mid-size […]

Plan to Replant – A Future Without Citrus Greening

Published: February 22nd, 2016

By: Dana M. Apfelbaum

We previously reported on the development of genetically modified citrus trees by IFAS that show enhanced resistance to citrus greening, as well as potentially canker and black spot. While many growers have not replanted groves lost to freeze, hurricanes, citrus canker, and citrus greening due to the ever-looming threat of citrus greening, this new development […]