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September 11, 2017 11:41 pm

If you rely on the 100% safe harbor (basing your 2017 estimates on 100% of your 2016 tax liability), you do not have to make adjustments during the year for any changes in income. However, as a practi...

September 11, 2017 11:40 pm

Currently the basis of inherited property is stepped up to the value on the date of the owner’s death (“stepped-up basis rule”). What the owner paid for it or any depreciation that may have been...

September 11, 2017 11:31 pm

The IRA owner cannot put his/her IRA into a trust; only an individual can own an IRA. However, the IRA owner can name a trust as beneficiary of the IRA so that funds pass into the trust when the IRA o...

September 11, 2017 11:25 pm

When the grantor of a grantor (living) trust dies, the trust becomes irrevocable. This means that any income earned by the trust after the date of death is reported by the trust on Form 1041. Likely t...

September 11, 2017 11:22 pm

When property is transferred from a living (revocable) trust to a beneficiary on the death of the grantor, the beneficiary receives a stepped-up basis. Any appreciation after the grantor’s death is ...

August 28, 2017 10:58 pm

No. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is excludable from gross income. However, for purposes of claiming a dependency exemption, you have to take government benefits into account in determining suppo...

August 28, 2017 10:56 pm

Workers’ compensation premiums are deductible by a self-employed individual. There is no dollar limit or other restriction on this write-off....

August 28, 2017 10:55 pm

Only a surviving spouse who rolls over an inherited Roth IRA can treat the account as his/her own and make contributions to it. A non-spouse beneficiary who wants to contribute to a Roth IRA must set ...

May 5, 2017 8:56 am

While the interest is not subject to income tax, it must be reported on your federal income tax return. If you collect Social Security benefits, the interest is taken into account in determining wheth...

May 5, 2017 8:51 am

Because you are married, you cannot be treated as single. You can file a joint return, or you can opt to file as "married filing separately." However, if spouses live apart and meet certain tests, one...

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Mortgage insurance paid in 2013 can be deductible as mortgage interest (the deduction is scheduled to expire at the end of this year). However, income limits apply to limit or prevent a deduction....

No, unless your disability is blindness. This is the only condition for which an additional personal exemption can be claimed on a federal income tax return. However, if your income is very modest and...

It’s not clear. The IRS has not issued any official guidance on this very common question as yet. The law says that the policy must be established, or considered to be established, under her busines...

In 2013, the AGI floor for someone under age 65 is 10% of AGI. The 7.5% floor applies to those 65 or older. Since it is you, and not your mom, who is taking the deduction, you must use the 10%-of-AGI ...

If you sell before or after you marry and the sales take place in the year of your wedding, on a joint return you can each use the $250,000 home exclusion. However, if either excludes less than $250,0...

No. An inheritance, regardless of amount, is tax free to the heir. It does not matter whether the person who died was a U.S. citizen or a foreign national....

The inheritance is fully tax free, regardless of amount. You do not have to report the inheritance on an income tax return or any other form....

Contributions to an HSA are deductible from gross income (page 1 of Form 1040) even if you don’t itemize other deductions. You must file Form 8889 with your return if you had any activity in the acc...

While life insurance proceeds received on the death of the insured are tax free, you may owe taxes when you cash in the policy early. What’s taxable: the excess of the cash surrender value over the ...

Leasehold improvements made by either the lessor or lessee pursuant to a lease qualify for special tax treatment if placed in service (i.e., the work is completed) before the end of this year and cert...

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Mortgage insurance paid in 2013 can be deductible as mortgage interest (the deduction is scheduled to expire at the end of this year). However, income limits apply to limit or prevent a deduction....

No, unless your disability is blindness. This is the only condition for which an additional personal exemption can be claimed on a federal income tax return. However, if your income is very modest and...

It’s not clear. The IRS has not issued any official guidance on this very common question as yet. The law says that the policy must be established, or considered to be established, under her busines...

In 2013, the AGI floor for someone under age 65 is 10% of AGI. The 7.5% floor applies to those 65 or older. Since it is you, and not your mom, who is taking the deduction, you must use the 10%-of-AGI ...

You can take distributions from your IRA to satisfy required minimum distributions (RMDs) in cash or in kind, meaning in stock. The option you use depends on what’s in your account and what you want...

No. An inheritance, regardless of amount, is tax free to the heir. It does not matter whether the person who died was a U.S. citizen or a foreign national....

The inheritance is fully tax free, regardless of amount. You do not have to report the inheritance on an income tax return or any other form....

Yes, if the credit card borrowing is for consumer purchases. There is no exemption from cancellation of debt (COD) income for personal borrowing other than a home mortgage if forgiveness is completed ...

Contributions to an HSA are deductible from gross income (page 1 of Form 1040) even if you don’t itemize other deductions. You must file Form 8889 with your return if you had any activity in the acc...

While life insurance proceeds received on the death of the insured are tax free, you may owe taxes when you cash in the policy early. What’s taxable: the excess of the cash surrender value over the ...

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No. An inheritance, regardless of amount, is tax free to the heir. It does not matter whether the person who died was a U.S. citizen or a foreign national....

The inheritance is fully tax free, regardless of amount. You do not have to report the inheritance on an income tax return or any other form....

Yes, if the credit card borrowing is for consumer purchases. There is no exemption from cancellation of debt (COD) income for personal borrowing other than a home mortgage if forgiveness is completed ...

Contributions to an HSA are deductible from gross income (page 1 of Form 1040) even if you don’t itemize other deductions. You must file Form 8889 with your return if you had any activity in the acc...

No. CDD fees are imposed by a developer to finance the cost of amenities within a community. HOA fees are imposed by the association. These fees are not treated as taxes even though they relate to you...

Because you are not at least 65 years old by the end of the year, you apply the 10% threshold to all of your itemized medical costs (which include costs related to your mother). If she claimed them on...

While interest on municipal bonds is tax free for federal income tax purposes, gain or loss on the sale of the bonds must be reported. The loss is treated as a capital loss, which is deductible within...

Because you receive a stepped-up basis for the home (equal to its value on the date of your mother’s death), you may have no gain from the sale if it occurs soon. If you sell it for less than this b...

It depends. If you qualify for the home sale exclusion, then gain up to $250,000 ($500,000 on a joint return) is tax free; there is no capital gain. If your gain excludes your applicable exclusion amo...

Roth IRAs are designed for retirement savings. While contributions are not tax deductible, withdrawals of earnings after age 591/2 are tax free as long as the account has been open for at least 5 year...

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