Are Stock Dividends Taxed as Ordinary Income?

For many taxpayers, there is a substantial difference in the tax rate they pay for long-term capital gains versus the rate they pay for ordinary income. The tax rates on ordinary income range from 10 percent to 37 percent. In comparison, the rate applied to long-term capital gains income is between 0 and 20 percent. The income taxed at the “ordinary” rate includes salary and wage income, commission, bonuses, rents, royalties, short-term capital gains, interest, and unqualified dividends.

Jan 28, 2023

What is a Financial Power of Attorney?

Power of attorney is a legal instrument that allows another person to act on behalf of the individual who granted the power to them. While each state has specific rules governing the designation, in most cases, you can confer it on your selected agent by completing a legal, notarized form. While the documents must be notarized, usually, an attorney is not a necessary part of the process.  

Jan 28, 2023

Can a Relative Be a 1031 Qualified Intermediary?

The successful execution of a 1031 exchange can allow an investor to defer payment of capital gains taxes. This tactic can help you leverage your investment capital, but to obtain approval from the IRS, you must carefully follow the rules governing the 1031 exchange transaction. If you make a mistake, the IRS may disqualify the exchange, resulting in you having to pay the capital gains taxes immediately.

Jan 27, 2023

What Can Be Deducted from Capital Gains?

Capital gains happen after the fact. They are the result of deductions that have already been made. Reducing capital gains must start before arriving at a capital gains figure. In this article, we’ll see how to reduce capital gains, which will, in turn, reduce taxable income.

Jan 27, 2023

How Does Depreciation Work When You Sell a Rental Property?

There are many costs involved when selling a rental property. One of those is related to depreciation. Where depreciation giveth, it also taketh away. The IRS will claw back some of the depreciation expense taken during the holding period. This isn’t just a simple number. Some calculations are involved in determining the amount of depreciation that investors must pay back at the time of sale.

Jan 26, 2023

Can 1031 Timelines Be Shortened?

The total time frame for a 1031 exchange is 180 days. The clock starts once the relinquished property closes. However, there are cases when the timeframe is compressed and doesn't allow for the full 180 days. Investors who are looking to do a 1031 exchange need to be aware of when they may not have the full exchange period available to them.

Jan 26, 2023

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