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The $10,000 SALT Limit and the Rental Real Estate

The $10,000 SALT Limit and the Rental Real Estate

                Under the recently enacted Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, State And Local Tax (SALT) deductions are limited to $10,000.  How does this affect the individual taxpayer?

QUESTION:  Are SALT payments made on my rental real estate subject to the $10,000 cap?

ANSWER:  Generally, under the old law, all SALT payments were deductible.  However, the new law caps deductible SALT at an aggregate of $10,000 for individual taxpayers.

OF SALT, TAXES & MORTGAGES…

OF SALT, TAXES AND MORTGAGES…

Do you pay State and Local Taxes (SALT)? If you live in any of New York, California, New Jersey, Connecticut, or any other of the so-called high-tax states, you likely pay more than the national average in SALT.  Prior to 2018, you were allowed to itemize all of your SALT payments on your federal tax returns.  However, the recently passed law, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, curbs the deductibility and otherwise affects you disproportionately, compared with the rest of the country.   The changes to the deduction of State and Local Taxes (SALT) on federal tax returns are generally as follows

AN ANALYSIS OF THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT

January 2018

 

AN ANALYSIS OF THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT

On December 22, 2017, after much, well-publicized legislative skirmishes, President Donald Trump signed into law H.R. 1, otherwise known as the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.”   Provisions affecting individuals are generally effective beginning December 31, 2017 and expire on December 31, 2025.  Most business-related provisions are permanent and are effective beginning December 31, 2017.

This new law is, by all accounts, the most significant revisions to the U.S. tax code since 1986, affecting almost all individual and business taxpayers.   Our firm’s general assessment of the new law will therefore be a two-part series: this first part covers changes to individual taxpayers, and the second part will cover changes to business taxpayers.

President Trump’s 2005 Tax Returns – What It Tells Us

President Trump’s 2005 Tax Return – What It Tells Us

Yesterday, Tuesday March 14, 2017, while most of the New England area was buried in snow, MSNBC published President Trump’s 2005 income tax return – or at least the first two pages of it.  What does the return tell us and what does it not?

The Basics – We know he had a positive income in the amount of $152,737,866 and $103,201,242 in tax write-offs.  He paid a total of $38,435,451 in taxes for the year.

Can You Defer Your 2016 Income To 2017?

The end of the year is the perfect time for taxpayers to make financial adjustments to lower their tax bill for the current year. Making adjustments to income may help reduce tax liability. Income is typically taxed in the year it is received, however, if you don’t have to pay tax today and may pay it tomorrow, why not? Deferring income is an excellent strategy to lower an annual tax bill. However, only taxpayers that expect their tax bracket to remain the same or decrease to a lower bracket should defer income.

Why You Should File Past Due Tax Returns, Now!

Taxpayers that have failed to file tax returns for some extended period of time should strongly consider doing so immediately. Even if taxpayers have filed for an extension, time is of the essence to avoid costly penalties as the IRS assesses failure to file (FTF) and failure to pay (FTP) penalties in this situation.

The failure to file penalty is assessed at a rate of 5% per month or partial month up to a maximum rate of 25%. The failure to pay penalty is assessed at a rate of 0.5% per month or partial month up to a maximum rate of 25%. If the IRS assesses both the FTF and FTP penalties, the FTF penalty is reduced by the amount of the FTP penalty.

Tax Benefits of Supporting Your Parents

Did you know you could be responsible for your parents’ unpaid bills? Ever heard of Filial Responsibility Laws?  Well, these are laws obligating you to provide financial support for your indigent parents.  Yes, obligated under law.  According to the National Center for Policy Analysis, 21 states across the country (including states like Connecticut, New Jersey and Massachusetts) allow for a civil action to obtain financial support for indigent parents.   At least 12 states may impose criminal penalties on children who refuse to support their parents.  Though rarely enforced, these laws may be dusted off by states looking to save money on Medicaid bills.

What To Do If You Haven’t Received Your Refund

Of course, none of us “prefer” to pay taxes. Once we do pay our taxes, if we expect a refund, we hardly exhibit any patience awaiting it in the mail. But the IRS is a mega-bureaucracy, which means that things get lost, overlooked, mishandled, and, well I shudder to think. Thus, delays are not altogether uncommon, and failures to process and mail returns actually occur, albeit infrequently. So what do you do if you haven’t received your tax refund?

Can You Write Off Your (Expensive) Work Clothes?

Most employers impose a dress code for the office. As a result, there are more than a few members of the American workforce who must purchase items including expensive suits, dresses, shirts, blouses, and shoes to observe an employer’s dress code. Many employees have wondered whether the cost of these clothes, often worn only for work, is deductible at tax time.

What Can Voters Really Learn From Donald Trump’s Tax Returns (if they are ever released)

What will we really learn If Donald Trump ever releases his tax returns? While no technical, legal requirement compels him to do so, it is but a time-honored tradition among presidential candidates acting in the spirit of full disclosure. Trump has acted like it’s not a big deal and that little, if anything, will be revealed by any divulgence. If it’s not such a big deal, why doesn’t he simply disclose them like other candidates? What might he be concerned that voters will really learn from the release of his tax returns?

  1. Trump pays little or nothing in taxes

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