net operating loss (NOL)

IRS Declines To Extend Time To Make Late Success-Based Fee Elections

Recently, the IRS Office of Chief Counsel held, in a private letter ruling, that it could not grant a taxpayer’s request for an extension of time to file a safe harbor election under Rev. Proc. 2011-29. This election is related to the treatment of success-based fees incurred in the process of pursuing certain transactions. Under the safe harbor election described in Rev. Proc. 2011-29, the election must be made on an original tax return. The election applies to covered transactions under Treas. Reg. Sec. 1.263(a)-5(e)(3).

The (Trump’s) Net Operating Loss (NOL), Explained

At the beginning of October, the New York Times released pages from Donald Trump’s Connecticut, New Jersey and New York 1995 tax returns, apparently reflecting that the Donald declared “other income” of negative $916 million and was prepared to forego any federal income tax liability for up to 18 years by carrying forward this “net operating loss” (NOL). So what is a net operating loss?

Real Estate Loss Deduction for Individuals

In the last ten years, too many taxpayers have sold real estate at a loss. How does this type of loss ultimately affect the amount of taxes owed to the IRS? First, to accurately determine the amount of a loss from disposition, compare the property’s sale price to its tax basis. The tax basis is generally the original purchase price, plus the cost of improvements (but not expenses deducted as repairs and maintenance) less depreciation.

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