Real Estate

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.

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.

Taxpayer Is Not a Real Estate Professional

The Tax Court held that a married taxpayer who filed a separate return did not qualify as a real estate professional through attribution of her husband's activities, and therefore she could not deduct her rental real estate losses.

Short Sales of Investment Real Property

This item addresses a situation that often arises in today’s economic climate: a short sale of real property held for investment, not for rental, secured by a recourse note.

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.