Gains & Losses

Land Sales: Is the Taxpayer Considered a Dealer or Investor?

Recent court decisions are reminders that land may not always be a capital asset that gives rise to a capital gain when sold. Land may also be held for sale to customers in the ordinary course of business, in which case gain on the sale of the land will be ordinary income.

Capital Gains Treatment for Patent Royalties Denied

The Tax Court held that a taxpayer had not transferred all substantial rights in patents to an unrelated corporation because he was in control of the corporation; therefore, he was not entitled to capital gain treatment under Sec. 1235 for royalties on the patents that the corporation paid to him.

Qualified Dividends and Capital Gains Flowchart

The capital gain tax computation seemingly should be easy, but often it is not. The flowchart in this article is designed to quickly determine the tax on capital gains and dividends, based on the taxpayer's taxable income.

Real Estate Professionals: Avoiding the Passive Activity Loss Rules

Qualifying as real estate professionals allows taxpayers to avoid having their rental real estate activities treated as per se passive. This article discusses the requirements for qualifying as a real estate professional and how the requirements have been interpreted by the IRS and the courts.

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.

Current Developments for Straddle Transactions

This item provides a brief background and summary of IRS regulations clarifying whether an obligor’s debt could be part of a straddle and the treatment of prestraddle gain or loss related to a position that is part of a “mixed straddle”.

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.