The Ins and Outs of Deducting Legal Expenses Legal expenses incurred by individuals are typically not currently deductible under the federal income tax rules. Instead, they’re most often treated as either personal outlays (which are nondeductible) or as part of the cost of acquiring an asset, such as real estate. When Can You Claim a… Continue reading

If you own a home with a mortgage, you should receive an IRS form from your lender each year with information that is used to claim an itemized deduction for qualified residence interest. For 2016, that form should include additional information that could trigger unwanted attention from the IRS. Here’s what you should know about… Continue reading

Relying on Audit Techniques Guides IRS examiners usually do their homework before meeting with taxpayers and their professional representatives. This includes reviewing any relevant Audit Techniques Guides (ATGs) that typically focus on a specific industry or audit-prone business transaction. IRS Jumps into Golden Parachutes In February 2017, the IRS updated its Audit Techniques Guide (ATG)… Continue reading

Maximize Write-Offs for Business Interest Expense When you take out personal loans to buy a business, you want to maximize the tax write-offs for the resulting interest expense. The tax law in this area is tricky. But if you play your cards right, you can get the best possible outcome. Mortgage Interest On a Home… Continue reading

There’s Still Time to Set Up a SEP for 2016 Simplified Employee Pensions (SEPs) are stripped-down retirement plans intended for self-employed individuals and small businesses. If you don’t already have a tax-favored retirement plan set up for your business, consider establishing a SEP — plus, if you act quickly enough, you can claim a deduction… Continue reading