Tax Computation

Depreciation and Changes in Use of Real Property

This item discusses the distinction between residential and nonresidential property, depreciation, and the application of the change-in-use regulations if a rental property changes from residential use to nonresidential or vice versa.

2012 Automobile Depreciation Limits

The IRS issued the 2012 inflation adjustments to the depreciation limitations and lease inclusion amounts for certain automobiles under Sec. 280F (Rev. Proc. 2012-23).

100% Bonus Depreciation Guidance Issued

In Rev. Proc. 2011-26, the IRS has issued guidance on how taxpayers can deduct 100% of the cost of qualified business property placed in service in 2011 under rules enacted last year .

Sec. 168(k)(4)—Credit in Lieu of Bonus Depreciation

The election under Sec. 168(k)(4) to claim a refundable tax credit in lieu of bonus depreciation has been extended again for certain property placed in service during 2011 and 2012 as part of the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010.

Like-Kind Exchanges: Deferral Is Not Always the Best Option

Sec. 1031 gives taxpayers the opportunity to defer taxation on the gains they may have on their transactions. Anytime there is an opportunity to defer tax costs, tax practitioners and their clients automatically tend to assume that they should take advantage of the opportunity. However, in the case of like-kind exchanges, it is not always in the taxpayer’s best interest to elect to defer the recognition of gain on realty.

Sec. 168(k)(4) Credit in Lieu of Bonus Depreciation

As part of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008, Congress enacted a special tax benefit under Sec. 168(k)(4) that allows corporations to claim a refundable tax credit in lieu of 50% bonus depreciation for certain capital investments made during the period April 1–December 31, 2008

The Economic Stimulus Act of 2008

The tax benefits the Economic Stimulus Act provides affect both individuals and businesses. The legislation’s purpose is to increase consumer and business spending in an effort to stimulate the economy.

Hurricane GO Zones: An Update on Relevant Tax Provisions

The widespread devastation left in the wake of hurricanes has resulted in numerous tax provisions aimed at revitalizing and rebuilding the affected areas. Congress passed the Gulf Opportunity Zone Act of 2005, P.L. 109-135 (the GO Zone Act), in response to Hurricane Katrina and then revised it as Hurricanes Rita

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2020 tax software survey

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TAX RELIEF

Quirks spurred by COVID-19 tax relief

This article discusses some procedural and administrative quirks that have emerged with the new tax legislative, regulatory, and procedural guidance related to COVID-19.