Vacation home rentals and the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

Vacation home rentals and the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

The law known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), P.L. 115-97, may have unforeseen indirect consequences for taxpayers with dwellings used for both short-term rental and personal purposes, often referred to as mixed-use vacation homes. The TCJA’s increase in the standard deduction and limitations on itemized deductions for state and local taxes (SALT) and home mortgage interest may affect the vacation home rental expense allocation under Sec. 280A(c)(5)(B) between personal and rental use, particularly for a dwelling that is unused for significant periods.

Phone scams and phishing featured in 2018’s Dirty Dozen tax scams

Phone scams and phishing featured in 2018’s Dirty Dozen tax scams

The IRS released its updated 2018 list of the top 12, or “Dirty Dozen,” tax scams on Tuesday. Like last year’s list, the biggest story this tax season was phishing attempts, with all types of taxpayers, businesses, and tax preparers being targeted. Another one of the Dirty Dozen that has been in the news frequently…

Federal spending bill includes tax provisions

Federal spending bill includes tax provisions

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018, H.R. 1625, which is the $1.3 trillion spending bill that Congress passed on Friday, contains a few tax-related provisions, including funding for the IRS and technical corrections to various recent pieces of tax legislation. It also amends the centralized partnership audit regime and changes the Sec. 199A deduction for farmers who…

Congress Enacts Tax Reform

Congress Enacts Tax Reform

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, P.L. 115-97, which President Donald Trump signed into law on Dec. 22, enacted a large overhaul of many parts of the Internal Revenue Code. Here are many of the most important provisions in the new law that affect both individual taxpayers and businesses.

(Text and featured image courtesy of Journal of Accounting)