Gains & Losses

Opportunities beckon in new qualified opportunity zones

With their prospects for deferral or even exclusion of gains from certain investments in them, the newly created qualified opportunity zones offer an intriguing tax planning option for investors and a potential boon for distressed communities.

New limitation on excess business losses

The TCJA amended Sec. 461 to include a subsection (l), which disallows excess business losses of noncorporate taxpayers if the amount of the loss is in excess of $250,000 ($500,000 in the case of a joint return).

Involuntary conversion of a principal residence

Every year, many taxpayers’ principal residences are destroyed or taken through condemnation by the government. This article discusses the application of Secs. 121 and 1033 when a taxpayer suffers an involuntary conversion of a principal residence.

Opportunities beckon in new qualified opportunity zones

With their prospects for deferral or even exclusion of gains from certain investments in them, the newly created qualified opportunity zones offer an intriguing tax planning option for investors and a potential boon for distressed communities.

Individual tax report

This semiannual update on current developments in the area of individual taxation includes a number of cases on material participation, hobby losses, charitable contributions, the Sec. 199A regulations, and several other important areas.

Recent developments in individual taxation

This semiannual review covers changes made by the TCJA, cases and guidance involving hobby losses, qualifying as a real estate professional, innocent spouse relief, and other key topics affecting individuals.

Personal casualty losses from natural disasters

This article discusses calculating and reporting the deduction for losses related to residential property and other nonbusiness property from natural disasters for federal tax purposes.

Basis issues in cryptocurrency

For investors, cryptocurrency will be regarded as a capital asset, so a key component of correctly determining the tax treatment of a cryptocurrency investment will be establishing its basis.

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.