The abandoned spouse IRS tax provision enables a married taxpayer, with a dependent child ,whose spouse did not live in the taxpayer’s home during the last six months of the tax year to file as a head of household. This is the alternative rather than filing as married filing separately.
Acquisition indebtedness is debt incurred in acquiring, building, or substantially improving a qualified residence that the taxpayer owns.It defines what most people call home mortgage debt, on which the interest is deductible because the interest on such loans is deductible as qualified residence interest. Remember the limits because interest on such debt is deductible only on… Read More »
Adjusted basis is the cost or other basis of property reduced by depreciation. Basically, the net cost of an asset in the hands of a taxpayer after adjusting for various tax-related items. This would include allowed or allowable depreciation and increased by capital improvements.
Adjusted gross income is a key tax concept and represents gross income less deductions (the standard deduction or itemized deductions) and personal and dependent exemptions are deducted to arrive at the amount of taxable income that will actually be taxed. In the business context, it is gross income minus business expenses. AGI will be used for… Read More »
Alimony and separate maintenance payments are includible in the gross income of the recipient and are deductible by the payor. Qualifying payments (alimony) to an ex-spouse that can be deducted as adjustments to income. This is true even if a taxpayer does not itemize. The recipient must include the payments in his or her taxable… Read More »
The AMT is a special set of tax laws aimed at preventing the wealthy from not paying any taxes. The alternative minimum tax is imposed only to the extent it exceeds the regular income tax. The AMT calculates tax benefits allowed by the regular rules differently and applies special rates — 26% and 28% — to… Read More »
There is a certain test that taxpayers must use to determine if they are blind for tax purposes. If you are blind for on the last day of the tax year and you do not itemize deductions, you are entitled to a higher standard deduction. You qualify for this benefit if you are totally or partly… Read More »
These are expenses that are ordinary and necessary to carry on a business.
When a taxpayer has cancelled debt, it is treated specially for tax purposes When a debt is generally cancelled or forgiven by someone, the borrower who benefits from this debt cancellation is considered to have received taxable income equal to the amount of the cancelled debt. There are certain exceptions to this broad general rule that… Read More »
Generally, all assets are capital except those specifically excluded by the Code. Major categories of noncapital assets include property held for resale in the normal course of business (inventory), trade accounts and notes receivable, and depreciable property and real estate used in a trade or business. Determining whether something is a capital asset is important… Read More »