Q: I bought a second home computer recently because my new job requires communication at all times, and my kids are always on our other computer. I use the new machine to interact with clients from home. Since my employer is all for it, can I deduct the computer's cost? M.L.P., New York
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Q: You've explained the wash-sale rule in the past. But I bought a stock that I had sold at a loss less than 30 days earlier. I did so because it suddenly rebounded and I couldn't wait any longer. If I sell the stock again, but this time at a gain, is my basis adjusted for the prior loss? N.W., Deal, N.J.
Q: I have a carried-over capital loss of $6,500 from last year. Can I use this loss to offset some of my income from a required IRA distribution? S.B., Toms River, N.J.
By disclaiming an inherited IRA, you can pass the account along to someone else, free of gift tax.
If you shut down a business, you can't just lock the doors and turn out the lights. You must provide employees with W-2s by the due date of your final Form 941.
The proliferation of S corporations has not gone unnoticed by the IRS. S corporations are now the most common corporate entity, accounting for nearly 60 percent of all corporate returns filed.
New legislation proposed by Sen. Connie Mack (R-Fla.) would allow children of any age to own a Roth IRA.
The IRS plans to give you even more time to complete your 2005 individual Form 1040 next year.
The push to audit S corporations (described above) is part of a larger IRS initiative to examine more returns, particularly of small business owners. Don't think you're immune just because you've been able to fly under the radar so far.
Do you need extra cash to pay for your child's (or your own) college tuition? When you've exhausted other conventional sources, you can turn to your IRA in a pinch, even if you're younger than the age generally required for penalty-free distributions.