In a case of first impression, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the Tax Court’s earlier ruling and concluded that the limits for mortgage interest apply on an individual (per-taxpayer) basis when homes are co-owned by unmarried individuals. As a result, an unmarried couple that owned homes together could write off the interest on a combined total of $2.2 million of mortgage debt.
Gear up for the Cadillac tax … There’s a new due date for FBARs … It’s getting tougher to qualify as an independent contractor.
Do you own a boat or a car you might donate to charity? Before you pull the trigger, consider another option.
Are you paying interest on a personal loan or credit card charges? Generally, you can’t derive any tax benefits from the interest on these loans. It’s considered a personal expense and is therefore nondeductible. Strategy: When appropriate, consolidate debts under a home equity loan.
If you recently acquired or started a new business, or if it took several years for your company to become profitable, you may be ready to put more money into employee benefit plans like a qualified retirement plan. Strategy: Get your retirement plan going before the end of the business tax year. This will entitle your business to a tax credit—a dollar-for-dollar reduction of the company’s tax bill—for plan startup costs.
Suppose that your child in college plans to move off-campus next semester. At the same time, you’re looking to buy real estate to shelter income from tax. This could be an opportunity to kill two birds with one stone.
Suppose your employees regularly incur business expenses that aren’t reimbursed by your company. For example, they might personally pay for business travel or tools. In that case, there’s a way to save income tax for employees while cutting payroll taxes for your company.
There’s a way to simplify recordkeeping for business travel expenses. Use IRS-approved per diem rates. Your company can rely on this shortcut for lodging and meals and incidental expenses of employees on business travel.
Now that autumn has arrived, it’s time to begin “harvesting” capital gains or losses from selling securities held in taxable brokerage firm accounts.
The maximum Section 179 deduction allowed under the tax law is currently only $25,000 for tax years beginning in 2015. Beware of a special tax trap for property placed in service in the last quarter of the year.