If you’re fortunate enough to have a vacation or second home, you should consider some basic tax laws that will allow you to make the best tax use of your vacation home. You may consider taking advantage of tax free rental income, rental income deductions or a tax free sale of the home. For more information on these tax advantages and the rules that apply, read this C.P.A. Insight.
Inevitably, you may incur a financial loss in your business or personal life. If this loss is due to a loan that cannot be repaid, it may be considered bad debt. From a tax standpoint, how you handle the bad debt is a complicated situation. For more information on determining if you have a bad debt and how it may offset your income, read this C.P.A. Insight.
If you take tax deductions for any activity that is not your full-time job, you need to meet certain criteria to ensure the IRS does not consider your activity a hobby rather than a for-profit business. The IRS has nine factors they consider when determining if your activity is a hobby or a viable business. For more information on these factors, read this week’s C.P.A. Insight.
As a taxpayer, you are obligated to keep records to substantiate your deductions and tax basis.