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

Published: June 21st, 2017

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

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

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

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, […]

Reverse Like-Kind Exchange Qualifies For Section 1031 Non-Recognition Treatment

Published: November 16th, 2016

Stephen R. Looney

In Bartell v. Comm’r,[1] the Tax Court held that a reverse like-kind exchange made by a drug store chain which did not qualify for the safe harbor under Rev. Proc. 2000-37,[2] still qualified for non-recognition treatment under Section 1031. The Revenue Procedure was inapplicable because the replacement property was purchased before the publication of the […]

Steve Looney Speaks at 60th Annual William & Mary Tax Conference

Published: November 12th, 2014

Stephen R. Looney

Steve Looney, shareholder and chair of Dean Mead’s Tax Department spoke at the 60th Annual William & Mary Tax Conference in Williamsburg, VA, on November 7, 2014. He presented on “Reclassification Risks For Compensation Paid by S and C Corporations to Shareholder-Employees“. In addition to covering unreasonably high compensation in the “C” corporation context and unreasonably […]

Can a Partner of a Partnership or a Member of a LLC Be treated as an Employee?

Published: August 21st, 2014

Stephen R. Looney

  On 6/13/2014, Curtis Wilson, IRS Associate Chief Counsel (Passthroughs and Special Industries) stated that he is concerned about the rumored use of a disregarded entity to enable a partner to be treated as an employee for withholding purposes.[1]  Under the purported structure, a partnership creates a wholly-owned entity that is disregarded for federal income […]