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1

Under what accounting basis are individual tax returns prepared?

Cash Basis. Note: This basis is NOT allowed for Corporations, Partnerships with a C-Corp partner, or for inventories.

2

Which items can be carried over to future years on an individual tax return?

Investment interest expense in excess of investment income
Charitable contributions
Excess Section 179
Capital losses
AMT Paid
Passive Activity Losses

3

Characterize the following carryover: Passive Activity Loss

No carryback

Can carry forward indefinitely

4

How is excess 179 expense carried forward?

Carry forward to next year.

Use in any year is limited to taxable income.

5

How long can investment interest expense in excess of investment income be carried forward?

Indefinitely.

6

How long is the carry forward for charitable contributions?

Can be carried forward 5 years.

7

How long is AMT paid carried forward, and how is it applied?

It can be carried forward indefinitely.

It may be applied against future *regular* income tax, but not against future AMT tax liability.

8

How are capital losses applied in individual taxes?

$3,000 net capital loss can be taken in each year, the rest is carried forward indefinitely.

The loss retains its character (STCL or LTCL).

9

How does an individual capital loss carryover differ from a corporate capital loss carryover?

Corporate capital loss carryovers may be carried back 3 years and forward 5 years. Individual capital losses are carried forward indefinitely.

Individual capital loss carryovers retain their character (STCL or LTCL). Corporate loss carryovers are carried forward as STCL only.

10

On an individual return, regular mortgage interest on what loan amount is deductible?

$750,000

11

What business gift amounts are deductible on Schedule C of form 1040? What amount for service awards?

$25 per person for gifts

Service awards up to $400

12

What income can business losses offset on a 1040?

They may only offset active business income.

Note: W2 wages are considered active business income.

13

What income can passive losses offset on a 1040?

Only passive income such as rental income or limited partnership income.

Note: Wages are ACTIVE (cannot be offset by passive) and Interest/Dividends are PORTFOLIO (cannot be offset by passive)

14

Are interest and dividends active or passive income?

Neither. They are portfolio income.

15

What is (are) the depreciation convention(s) for personal property?

Mid-year/Mid-quarter

16

When is the mid-quarter convention used?

For depreciation when 40% or more of all purchases occur in 4th quarter.

17

What depreciation convention is used for real property?

Mid-month

18

What depreciation life and convention are used for leasehold improvements?

15 year straight line (S/L)

19

What amount of business start-up costs can be deducted? How is it expensed?

Up to $5,000

Amortized over 180 months

Reduced dollar-for-dollar by amount over $50,000

20

How are medical expenses deducted on a 1040?

On Schedule A:

Amounts in excess of 10% of AGI may be deducted

21

Which personal insurance premiums are not deductible as medical expenses on Schedule A?

Accident or disability insurance premiums are not deductible.

22

Under what circumstances can medical expenses paid on behalf of another be deducted on someone's Schedule A?

Must be a citizen of North America

Must live with you, or if they do not, must be mother/father or a relative closer than a cousin.

Benefactor must provide more than 50% support to the beneficiary.

23

Which foreign taxes are deductible?

Foreign INCOME and REAL ESTATE taxes are deductible.

Foreign personal property taxes are NOT deductible.

Foreign tax assessments are not deductible- they are added to the basis.

24

What investment interest is never deductible?

Investment interest expense on tax-free securities is not deductible.

25

When are mortgage points deductible and how are they deducted?

They are deductible if they represent prepaid interest on purchase of a new home or improving a home.

Refinance points are amortized over the life of the mortgage.

26

How are charitable contributions of LTCG property and property related to a charity's function deducted?

Deducted at fair market value (FMV), up to 30% of AGI

27

How are charitable donations for STCG property and property not related to the charity's function deducted on Schedule A?

Deduction is taken for adjusted basis in the property, up to 50% of AGI.

28

Does a casualty loss affect the basis of property?

No. It decreases the fair market value (FMV) of the property.

29

How is the deductible portion of a casualty loss calculated?

Take the lower of either A) Decrease in FMV or B) Basis in property (call this number GROSS LOSS)

GROSS LOSS - insurance proceeds received - $100 - 10% of AGI = Deductible casualty loss

30

Define qualifying child for most individual tax factors.

Must be resident of North America

Under age 19, or under age 24 if a student