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Running A Gig Or Two? What You Need to Know!

Manasa Nadig

A Gig, I thought, always had a kind of 1950’s/ 1960’s hipster vibe. This was something you did on the side while waiting for real life to catch up! The Gig is gaining more legitimacy these days, I believe. It means a free-lance or a side job you hold down out of interest or necessity. It is also called a “Gig Economy,” or a “Shared Economy,” and sometimes people hold down more than one or two gigs.

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What Is Your Business Really Worth?

Ron Oddo

For many owners, the answer to one question determines their ability to leave their companies: “How much money will I get when I sell?” This question is indeed critical. Realistically, you can’t exit your business unless you achieve financial independence, and the primary source of that independence is likely to be the funds you receive for your business when you leave.

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Does Small Revenue Loss Justify Bad Tax Law? No

Annette Nellen

More on legislative efforts to give a tax break to winning Olympians(!) …

See my post, “Olympic Medal Taxation Craziness“, for background. This post got a lot of comments both here and on Tax Connections.

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Put Your Objectives In The Driver’s Seat

Ron Oddo

“You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you’re going, because you might not get there.” —Yogi Berra

It is not always easy to interpret Yogi. In this case, perhaps he is advising you to figure out just where you are headed in your business. As you near the time when you will leave behind the daily worries and stresses of business ownership, have you defined your successful exit? Do you know where “there” is, much less how to get there? Unless you set and prioritize your exit goals or objectives, you may have too many, or they might conflict, but in either case you may not make much headway.

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You Don’t Need To Shoot For The Top Credit Score

Barry Fowler

In last month’s blog entitled “Become and Remain Credit Worthy”, I wrote about the importance of getting and maintaining a good credit score.

With kids getting ready to go back to school, and some maybe heading off to college, this is a time of year when some people tend to overspend and do damage to their credit. Going back to school is second only to the holidays when this kind of overspending happens in families.

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USCIS Proposes New Alternative To Attract International Entrepreneurs To Stay In The US

Neeraj Bhatia

International entrepreneurs, who find it difficult to satisfy the EB5 criteria as they are unable to raise overseas investment, may soon be provided an alternative route. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is proposing a new rule which is aimed at expanding immigration options for foreign entrepreneurs who meet certain criteria for creating jobs, attracting investment and generating revenue in the U.S. This rule would allow certain international entrepreneurs to be considered for parole (temporary permission to be in the United States) so that they may start or scale their businesses here in the United States.

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Reverse Mortgages—Part Four Of Four

John Stancil

This is the fourth in a series of four articles on the mortgage interest deduction. (Read Part I, Part II, and Part III) Reverse mortgages have become increasingly popular as a vehicle for retired taxpayers to help fund their retirement. It’s hard to watch TV very long without seeing a pitch for reverse mortgages. What are the characteristics of a reverse mortgage, what are the tax implications, and what do taxpayers need to be aware of in regard to these loans? These are sometimes referred to as lifetime mortgages or home equity conversion mortgages (HECM).

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Special Mortgage Situations

J S 6.7

This is the third in a series of four articles on home mortgage interest. (Read Part I and Part II). There are several special situations relating to deductions for home mortgage interest and other costs. This is a brief overview of each. You should check with your tax professional should any of these apply to you.

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What Can Be Deducted As Home Mortgage Interest?

J S 6.7

This is the second in a four-part series on home mortgages. (Click here to read Part 1 – The Home Mortgage Interest Deduction) We will examine what can be deducted as home mortgage interest. Interest on the debt is deductible up to the statutory limits on the amounts of deductible debt ($1,000,000 for acquisition debt, $100,000 for home equity debt). Interest on excess debt is personal debt and not deductible. In addition, any amount of home equity or refinanced debt that is not used build, buy, or improve the residence is also classified as non-deductible personal debt.

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The Home Mortgage Interest Deduction

John Stancil

This is the first in a four-part series about home mortgage interest. One would think that deducting home mortgage interest on your taxes would be a simple, straightforward process. And for most taxpayers, it is. You get your 1098, enter the amount of interest shown on the form, and proceed to the next item. For others, the situation may not be quite so simple.

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Vacation Homes and Other Short-Term Rentals

John Stancil

This is the final article in a five-part series on Passive Activities. (To read the previous articles, click the following links: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.)

You own a beach cottage or a mountain cabin. As much as you would like to live there year-round, it just is not practical, so you rent it out when you are not using it. Is this taxable income? Can you deduct a loss? As with so much in taxes, the short answer is “it depends.”

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Disposition Of Passive Activity Property

John Stancil

This is part 4 of 5 in a series on Passive Activities. You can read the previous articles here: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

Nothing, it seems, lasts forever, and it is likely there will come a time when you will dispose of your passive rental activity. When this occurs, there are a number of issues that arise. What happens to those suspended losses that were previously denied? What is adjusted basis? What is depreciation recapture? Is there a profit or a loss on the sale? How much tax will I pay?

We will attempt to clarify these issues in this article.

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