Tax News

January 4, 2019 1:14 am

While the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act repealed the individual mandate penalty as of January 1, 2019, the requirement for individuals and their dependents to have minimum essential health coverage unless exe...

January 4, 2019 1:12 am

The IRS has announced the standard mileage rates for certain types of driving in 2019 (Notice 2019-02). Beginning on January 1, 2019, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car, van, pickup or pa...

January 4, 2019 1:10 am

Unless a taxpayer can demonstrate a profit motive, an activity is treated as a hobby. This means all income must be reported, but for 2018 through 2025, no deductions can be taken. The bar to deductio...

January 4, 2019 1:08 am

Life’s ups and downs can disrupt things for taxpayers, but the Tax Court has made it clear that it’s no excuse for not filing tax returns. Take the following case where a taxpayer who worked in th...

January 4, 2019 1:06 am

The interest rates on overpayments and underpayments are increased slightly for the first quarter of 2019, as compared with the rates for the prior quarter (Rev Rul. 2018-32). The rates are:Nonco...

November 8, 2018 2:04 am

Following the widespread losses of investments with Bernard Madoff, the IRS issued a safe harbor (Rev. Proc. 2009-20) to enable investors to take losses even though some recovery was possible. One cou...

November 8, 2018 2:03 am

If you use your vehicle for business driving, you have a choice in how to handle your expenses. You can deduct your actual costs, including an allowance for depreciation (up to certain dollar limits) ...

November 8, 2018 2:00 am

If you conduct an activity without a profit motive you can prove, then the hobby loss rule applies. Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, you have to report all of your income (nothing has been changed her...

November 8, 2018 1:58 am

More than 62 million Social Security beneficiaries will receive a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) of 2.8% starting with the December 2018 benefits, which are payable in January 2019. This COLA adjust...

September 26, 2018 10:09 pm

A couple got divorced in Nevada in 2011. Their agreement provided for tax-free transfers of property as well as spousal support. One spouse made payments on the other’s Sallie Mae student loans and ...

September 26, 2018 10:07 pm

The IRS may adjust interest rates for various purposes at various times. For example, the rates for overpayments and underpayments of income tax are adjusted quarterly.Interest rates for Q4 in 201...

September 26, 2018 10:06 pm

Anyone who’s dealt with the IRS knows it can be a hassle. For some, however, it can be downright problematic. One couple claimed that the IRS’s continued collection activities following their fili...

September 2, 2018 10:21 pm

After the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 put a $10,000 cap on the itemized deduction (starting in 2018) for state and local taxes ($5,000 for married persons filing separately), some states created or ...

September 2, 2018 10:19 pm

The IRS announced that it was using a new format for tax return transcripts to better protect taxpayer’s personal information (IR-2018-171, 8/22/18). Starting September 23, 2018, Get Transcript Onli...

September 2, 2018 10:15 pm

In 2014, the IRS created the Annual Filing Season Program for voluntary education and testing of unenrolled tax return preparers (Rev. Proc. 2014-42). Those completing the program gain a limited right...

September 2, 2018 10:12 pm

A taxpayer can claim the premium tax credit for assistance in paying for health coverage purchased through a government Marketplace. To be eligible, household income must be no more than 400% of the f...

September 2, 2018 10:03 pm

Ordinarily, yearly contributions to ABLE accounts are capped at the annual gift tax exclusion ($15,000 in 2018). The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act temporarily increased the contribution limit. For 2018 throug...

September 2, 2018 10:00 pm

In 2016, the U.S. Treasury created the Hardest Hit Fund (HHF) program to provide certain homeowners with assistance designed to help them keep their homes. States set up and administer the program, wh...

August 1, 2018 11:03 pm

If you buy an electric drive car, you may qualify for a tax credit of up to $7,500. However, the credit is reduced once the manufacturer has sold more than 200,000 cars in the U.S. Tesla reported that...

August 1, 2018 11:02 pm

To claim a home office deduction, space must be used regularly and exclusively for business. There are two exceptions to exclusive use: day care businesses and storage of inventory or product samples ...

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Tax Glossary

Section 179 deduction (or First-year expensing)

A deduction allowed for investments in depreciable business equipment in the year the property is placed in service.

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