A proposed revenue procedure would permit gamblers engaging in electronically tracked slot machine play an optional safe harbor method to determine a wagering gain or loss from their slot machine play based on day-long play sessions.
Gains & Losses
Net Investment Income Tax Surprise: Significant Participation Rule Trumping Material Participation Tests
The significant participation rule threatens to swallow broader material participation tests under Sec. 469 for taxpayers applying passive loss rules.
The Eleventh Circuit held that a taxpayer's assignment of his rights in an ongoing lawsuit over a land sales contract was the sale of a right to purchase the land subject to the contract, not the sale of the land, and resulted in long-term capital gains to the taxpayer.
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.
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.
The IRS issued final regulationsaddressing the time for recognizing gain or loss accruing up to the date a taxpayer enters into an identified mixed straddle for such positions identified after Aug. 18, 2014.
The interaction of Secs. 469 and 1411 present special challenges for real estate professionals and their advisers.
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.
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.
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.
The Eleventh Circuit upheld a deficiency notice of more than $5 million against a taxpayer who reported adjusted gross income of $22,921 and taxable income of $13,221 on his late-filed 2006 return.
This article offers guidance on helping clients take advantage selling personal goodwill as a tax strategy.
This is the second of a two-part article covering recent developments affecting taxation of individuals, including regulations, cases, and IRS guidance.
This article is Part I of a two-part article covering recent developments affecting taxation of individuals, including regulations, cases, and IRS guidance.
This article examines income tax issues that commonly arise in connection with the conveyance of pipeline easements and surface sites and identifies planning opportunities.
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”.
The IRS issued final and proposed regulations giving guidance on the application and computation of the 3.8% net investment income tax imposed by Sec. 1411.
The IRS issued final regulations on the tax treatment of debt instruments with bond premium carryforward in the holder’s final accrual period.
The IRS issued guidance on the correct tax treatment of payments taxpayers receive under the National Mortgage Settlement when their house is foreclosed on.
Under Sec. 631(b), gains or losses from the sale of standing timber are considered gains and/or losses from the sale of business use property.