A loss from a legitimate business activity is fully deductible against other income. If the loss exceeds income, it can be carried forward to offset business income in future years. If an activity is deemed a hobby by the IRS, a loss cannot be deducted. The IRS has many criteria for determining whether an activity is a hobby or a business [See the author’s article on hobby losses for details].
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Here are a list of developments that occurred earlier in the year and the tax implications that follow them.
Unless Congress passes legislation to extend them, the following provisions are set to expire on December 31:
The amount for single and marred filing separate is $6,300 ($7,850 if 65 and over or blind), surviving spouse and married filing joint $12,600 plus $1,500 for each spouse 65 and over, or blind, heads of household $9,300 plus $1,250 if 65 and over or blind. For taxpayers claimed as a dependent on another return, it is the greater of (a) $1,050 or (b) $350 plus earned income. The amount can’t exceed the basic standard deduction.
This article will discuss the requirements to claim a relative as a dependent, items considered as support and items not considered as support. It also discusses multiple support agreements.
Requirements for claiming an exemption. ALL of the following must be met or the exemption will be disallowed by the IRS.
This article will discuss the requirements to claim a child as a dependent and the requirements for a non-custodial parent to claim an exemption. It also discusses the ”tie breaker” rule, voluntary release of the exemption by the custodial parent to the non-custodial parent, and a recent Tax Court decision that dealt with this issue.
The IRS Practice and Procedure group is confronting the latest scheme to target taxpayers. The IRS and its Security Summit partners warned Thursday that scammers have sent fake emails purportedly containing CP2000 notices, which are used in the IRS’s Automated Underreporter Program.
This article discusses debt securities issued by the federal government—treasury securities and savings bonds and non-taxable bonds issued by states and municipalities.
U.S. Treasury Bonds and Notes
Non-inflation adjusted securities. Read more
This article will discuss the meaning of bond quotation prices on the exchange, determining initial basis, amortization of premium and discount, determining the adjusted basis, and the gain or loss on the sale before maturity. It will also discuss convertible, callable, and zero coupon bonds.
This is the final part of a three part series which examines sales of gifts, non-business bad debts, and securities. In the first part, we discussed the general aspects of capital gains and losses, the brokers reporting to investors, how and where they are reported on Form 1040 and supporting schedules. The previous part discussed the tax implications for wash sales stock rights, small business stock, and inheritances.
This article will discuss the tax implications for wash sales stock rights, gifts, small business stock, non-business bad debts, and inheritances. This is a the second article in a series of three focusing on gains and losses. (Read Part I here)