Expenses & Deductions

Casual Lender Not Allowed Bad Debt Deduction

A taxpayer who made high-interest loans to friends was not entitled to any bad debt deduction for a loan that went belly up because he did not prove that it was a business loan.

Directions in Individual Taxation

This article covers recent developments in the area of individual taxation, including the treatment of support payments and IRA and qualified plan distributions, the Sec. 469 material participation rules, and the taxability of state economic development credits.

Long-Haul Truck Driver Has No Tax Home

A long-haul truck driver who spent most of the time on the road did not have a tax home that would allow him to deduct his unreimbursed travel expenses because he was not away from home, the Tax Court held.

2015 Standard Mileage Rates Are Issued

Optional standard mileage rates for use of a vehicle have changed little for 2015, with the business use rate going up and the medical and moving rate going down.

TIGTA Finds $2.3 Billion Alimony Tax Gap

The discrepancies between alimony income reported by taxpayers and alimony deductions claimed resulted in $2.3 billion in excess deductions in 2010, TIGTA reported.

Newsletter Articles

SPONSORED REPORT

States look to unclaimed property for revenue

State audits of abandoned and unclaimed property (AUP) have exploded in recent years. This report outlines the escheat process, common types of AUP, how different states are handling it and how companies can plan for potential audits and liabilities.

DEDUCTIONS

Understanding the new Sec. 199A business income deduction

The new deduction allows certain business owners to keep pace with the significant corporate tax cut provided by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.