Gains & Losses

Statute of Limitation for Tax Carryovers

It is not unusual for a taxpayer to make an error on a return that results in a misstatement of a net operating loss or a credit that is then carried forward. These mistakes might not be noticed until after the statute of limitation is closed.

IRS Finalizes Rules on Relief From Failure to File GRAs

The IRS finalized proposed regulations to update the rules that apply to U.S. taxpayers that fail to file gain recognition agreements when they transfer certain property to foreign corporations in nonrecognition transactions.

Like-Kind Exchange Rules: Continued Evolution

For many years, taxpayers have been able to defer recognition of gain on the disposition of assets by engaging in Sec. 1031 like-kind exchanges. Consequently, many questions and issues surrounding these transactions have been addressed, but many cases and rulings continue to arise each year. This article analyzes these cases and rulings and identifies questions that still need to be answered.

Caution: Sec. 1234A May Apply to an Abandonment Loss

Change the character of a loss from ordinary to capital, and a taxpayer runs the risk of deferring or even failing to realize a tax benefit. While the general rules regarding characterization of gains or losses are well-known, more obscure statutory provisions can change an otherwise ordinary gain or loss into a capital gain or loss.

NOL Carrybacks Limited by Excess Distributions

While practitioners typically think of the application of the CERT rules in cases of debt-financed distributions or stock acquisitions, the rules could apply even if the underlying transaction is not debt-financed.

Underwater Property and Like-Kind Exchanges

 Qualifying for like-kind exchange treatment becomes more complicated if the property exchanged is “underwater”—that is, the debt on the property exceeds its fair market value.

Newsletter Articles

50th ANNIVERSARY

50 years of The Tax Adviser

The January 2020 issue marks the 50th anniversary of The Tax Adviser, which was first published in January 1970. Over the coming year, we will be looking back at early issues of the magazine, highlighting interesting tidbits.

PRACTICE MANAGEMENT

2019 tax software survey

This annual survey shows how CPAs rate the tax preparation software they used during last tax season and how it handled the recent tax law changes.