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Tax Consequences Of Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding websites such as Kickstarter, GoFundMe, Indiegogo, and Lending Club have become increasingly popular for both individual fundraising and small business owners looking for start-up capital or funding for creative ventures. The upside is that it’s often possible to raise the cash you need but the downside is that the IRS considers that money taxable income. Here’s what you need to know.

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Introduction to International Tax Webinar – Tomorrow, May 3rd

Hale Stewart

It has never been easier for a U.S. company to sell products or services internationally. But once a company earns international income, it also must content with internal tax consequences. This is made more complicated because of the myriad number of tax statutes implicated by international sales. An Introduction to U.S. International Taxation offers the CPA introduction to the basic rules and structures used in international transactions. The program is broken down into the following sections:

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Webinar – Intro To International Tax – May 3

Hale Stewart

It has never been easier for a U.S. company to sell products or services internationally. But once a company earns international income, it also must content with internal tax consequences. This is made more complicated because of the myriad number of tax statutes implicated by international sales. An Introduction to U.S. International Taxation offers the CPA introduction to the basic rules and structures used in international transactions. The program is broken down into the following sections:

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Business Entity Selection And Tax Consequences Of Converting

John Dundon

For this post, Brandon Rains, founder of the Rains Laws Firm and an expert on business formation, espouses his observations about business structure changes and I address the income tax reporting requirements of those changes therein.

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Gifting Money or Property Can Have Serious Tax Consequences

Gift and inheritance taxes were created long ago to prevent an individual’s assets from being passed on to future generations free of tax. Congress has frequently tinkered with these taxes, and currently the gift and inheritance taxes are unified with a top tax rate of 40%. However, the law does provide the following two exclusions from the tax:

Lifetime exclusion – For 2015, $5.43 million per person is excluded from gift and inheritance tax. This amount is annually adjusted for inflation and applies separately to each spouse of a married couple. Where one of the couple dies and does not use the entire exclusion amount, the unused portion of the exclusion can be passed on to the surviving spouse by filing an estate tax return for the decedent, even if one is otherwise not required. Read more

Expatriation: Divorcing The Government Has Tax Consequences

As someone who moved around a lot with my parents in my childhood, any kind of displacement conjures up vivid images of huge wooden crates, packers and sad goodbyes. But life is no longer as simple as crates, packers and going-away gifts, many US citizens who had relocated and moved abroad are deciding to renounce their US citizenship. 2013 was a record-breaking year that saw an alarming increase (221%-according to the Treasury Department of US) of Americans renouncing their citizenship. Why such a drastic move? A big reason is the global tax reporting requirement and FATCA.

I read this somewhere, that “expatriation is like divorcing a government”. As heart-wrenching and final as that may sound, it is made even more complex by the tax provisions under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) sections 877 and 877A. So if you decide Read more

The Ins And Outs of Foreclosure (Part 6)

Documentation –

As with all things dealing with income taxes documentation is a must. Since you are dealing with personal, business, and investment use property it is imperative that you have good documentation for all figures you use in your calculations. The exclusion of CODI and the lack of claiming a taxable gain on the proper forms is one of the “high risk” audit items at the IRS.

When dealing with your business and investment items you need the same type of documentation that you would use to determine basis for disposition. If the item has been in service and has been depreciated, a copy of the current depreciation worksheets are a great Read more

The Ins And Outs of Foreclosure (Part 5)

More about John and Reporting Foreclosures –

There is also a good possibility of John having income related to the Cancellation of Debt (CODI). This is a separate transaction and calculation from the gain or loss on the deemed sale of the property. See the worksheet below for a quick example of how the two transactions are separate, yet, related to each other. John purchased the car for $25,000. The FMV when seized was $10,000 and the outstanding loan balance was $22,000.

Worksheet for Foreclosures and Repossessions

Part 1. Figure income from cancellation of debt. (Note: If not personally liable for the debt, there is no income from cancellation of debt. Skip Part 1 and go to Part 2. Read more

The Ins And Outs of Foreclosure (Part 4)

Tax Consequences of Foreclosures –

When a foreclosure or repossession is made there are tax consequences in addition to the legal and monetary issues. When a piece of collateral is seized in place of a debt, it is deemed a sale of the property and must be reported like any other sale.

For recourse loans, the amount of the realized gain is:

the lesser of the debt immediately before the seizure reduced by any amount of the loan the debtor remains liable for after the seizure

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