Is Your Travel Day Personal or a Tax-Deductible Business Day?

When you travel to a business location where you spend the night, you are in travel status. But will the tax rules make this a business or personal night?   Tax Law The rules also affect your costs during the day. When you have an overnight business travel day,...

2 Ways to Fix Tax Return Mistakes Before the IRS Discovers Them

If you made an error on your tax return, don’t worry—there are two easy ways to fix it: 1. A superseding return2. A qualified amended return A superseding return is an amended or corrected return filed on or before the original or extended due date. The IRS considers...

Find the Winning Tax Law for Your IRS Audit

If you are suffering or about to suffer an IRS audit, you should know how your tax positions stack up against the IRS examiners’ positions. In most cases, you are discussing the facts, not the law, and you prove your facts with receipts, canceled checks, and logbooks....

Garage Space as a Home Office

Do you claim a tax deduction for a home office? Should you include or exclude your garage space in your calculations of business-use percentage?   The Culp’s Case Ronald Culp earned an office deduction for 78 percent of his home. That’s a nice percentage,...

Don’t Make a Big Mistake by Filing Your Tax Return Late

Three bad things happen when you file your tax return late. What’s Late? You can extend your tax return and file during the period of extension; that’s not a late-filed return. The late-filed return is filed after the last extension expired. That’s what causes the...

The Principal Residence Gain Exclusion Break

The $250,000 ($500,000, if married) home sale gain exclusion break is one of the great tax-saving opportunities. Unmarried homeowners can potentially exclude gains up to $250,000, and married homeowners can potentially exclude up to $500,000. You as the seller need...