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Gov. Christie Orders NJ Towns To Accept 2018 Property Tax Prepayments

In anticipation of the new tax law, some taxpayers are seeking ways to try to minimize their future tax burden. Due to the incoming $10,000 cap on the state and local tax deduction, this includes prepaying 2018’s property taxes for deduction on their 2017 tax return.

On December 27, 2017, NJ Governor Chris Christie issued an executive order allowing NJ homeowners to prepay property taxes for the first two quarters of 2018. While some towns were already accepting prepayments, this order instructs all municipalities to accept at least partial 2018 prepayments from residents. The prepaid property taxes must be postmarked by the end of the year to be eligible for deduction.  Read more

Using Online Agents to Rent Your Home Short Term? You May Be Surprised at the Tax Ramifications

If you are among the many taxpayers renting your first or second home using rental agents or online rental services that match property owners with prospective renters, such as Airbnb, VRBO and HomeAway, then you should know the IRS has special rules related to short-term rentals.

When property is rented for short periods, special (and sometimes complex) taxation rules come into play, which can make the rents excludable from taxation; other situations may force the rental income and expenses to be reported on Schedule C (as opposed to Schedule E). Read more

Canadian Tax FAQ – Prepaids on a Balance Sheet

Grant Gilmour

What are Prepaids on a Balance Sheet? The Prepaids category appears under Current Assets on a Balance Sheet. Prepaids represent expenses that are paid in advance for a future period.

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Personal Property Tax Issues

There is an interesting article in the San Jose Mercury News – “Silicon Valley’s stealthy, selfish war on taxes,” by Michelle Quinn (9/11/15).  She looks at some of the assessed values high tech firms have noted for their equipment, including $1.  She reports that some companies argue that the machine has no value to anyone else.  That seems odd.  But, it is a problem with a valuation tax, such as the property tax.

What is business personal property, such as equipment, worth each year?  Arguably, when purchased, it is worth what you paid for it, but it isn’t worth that much after that.  The valuation approach used does allow for adjustments down for subsequent years. The system also allows for lower values and appeals when necessary. Read more