The Rules for PALs Are Not Friendly - Maximize tax benefits for passive activities

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.

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Five Big Tax Penalties to Avoid - Cut your tax bill down to size

Paying income tax is bad enough, but insult is added to injury if you are assessed any tax penalties. There are numerous no-nos for individuals and small-business owners to avoid, but here are five of the major offenses in the tax code.

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How to Stretch Out Estate-Tax Payments- Estate may qualify for installments

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.

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IRS Issues Standard Mileage Rates

The IRS has announced the standard mileage rates that may be used in 2016 instead of deducting actual expenses.

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Five Ways to Avoid 100% Penalty - Corporate Officers May Be Personally Liable

Frequently, someone in your company—it may be the president, vice president, treasurer or some other officer—will have assumed the duty of collecting and depositing federal payroll taxes. That person could be in for a rude awakening one day.
According to an onerous provision in the federal tax law, any person who willfully fails to deposit the required income tax withholding or employment taxes can be held personally liable for any unpaid taxes. This is one time when the corporate shield cannot protect an individual.

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