Undoubtedly, the national elections will have an impact on personal taxes for years to come. But it is unlikely that a lame-duck Congress will enact changes that will significantly affect tax planning for 2016. Accordingly, here are seven tax moves for individuals to consider at the end of this year.
Do you own investment real estate—say, an apartment building—that you rent out to tenants? Real estate can be a valuable and reliable source of income. Of course, the rental income is subject to tax, but the resulting tax liability may be offset by deductible expenses. In some cases, you might even qualify for a loss.
However, there is another wrinkle in the tax law. The loss may be disallowed under the passive activity loss (PAL) rules.
Although you may have spent years building up a successful enterprise, your family may be forced to sell it soon after your death to pay the federal estate-tax bill. The full amount of estate tax is due nine months after an individual’s death. Fortunately, there is some tax relief for a family that inherits a small business.
In this day and age, it is not unusual for a spouse, children and grandchildren from a second or even third marriage to form a so-called blended family. But these additions to the clan can complicate estate planning. Keeping that in mind, the following tools may be useful for blended families:
Now that the holidays are over, another event that is looming on the horizon may not be a cause for celebration: filing your tax return. Nevertheless, you can relieve some of the stress by having your return professionally prepared. There still is a little “work” required on your part, but it should not take much time or effort. Here are seven steps to guide you along the way.