Q: In a recent item in your newsletter, you said that sole proprietors, partners and LLC members can use the per-diem method for reimbursing meals and incidental expenses on business travel. (See 11/3/03 issue.) Shouldn't that list also include S corporation shareholder/employees? P.D., CPA, Englewood, Colo.
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Q: My elderly father lives in Spain and plans to give large financial gifts to our family this year. Are there any special IRS requirements we must meet? T.D., Vero Beach, Fla.
Q: We own a vacation home in Vermont that we are leaving to our adult son in our wills. The home cost $95,000 and is now worth around $300,000. We've made about $15,000 in improvements over the years. Will our son owe any income tax if he inherits the home in the next few years? M.M., Stamford, Conn.
Q: My brother borrowed $20,000 from me back in 2000. We set up a payment plan with 7 percent interest payments. But he only paid back $2,700 before he died last year without any real assets. Can I deduct the unpaid balance on my 2003 return? K.R., Newburgh, N.Y.
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Q: My elderly father has a significant amount of credit card debt. I am his only living heir. Will I be responsible for those debts when he dies? J.W., Paramus, N.J.