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.
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Q: My wife and I are getting divorced. I own mutual fund shares worth about $150,000, which are all in a taxable brokerage account in my name. If I transfer some of the shares to her as part of the divorce, do I have to pay tax on the gain over basis? A.R., Monsey, N.Y.
Q: I was interested in your special report on business education. (7/11/05 issue) Both of my kids work for me as employees and also attend college. I found a course on family business dynamics at a different college that I'd like my kids to take. If I pay for the course, can I deduct the cost? A.C.
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.
New legislation proposed by Sen. Connie Mack (R-Fla.) would allow children of any age to own a Roth IRA.
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.
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.
The IRS plans to give you even more time to complete your 2005 individual Form 1040 next year.