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.

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PRACTICE MANAGEMENT

Tax software survey

Our annual survey offers a look at how CPAs judged their tax preparation software in a wide range of types of practices.

NEWS

Congress enacts tax reform

Here are many of the most important provisions in the new law that affect both individual taxpayers and businesses. All changes were effective Jan. 1, 2018, except as noted.