Dec 28

It is clearly advantageous for most people who have businesses or itemize their personal deductions to pay as many deductible items as possible in the next couple of days.  (Of course, check with a tax pro and not rely on some landlord you found on the internet before acting)

This could include property taxes, general bills due in the next 60 days, and state estimated income taxes. Perhaps if you have subscription based software etc., you could get a discount by switching to annual instead of monthly payments and move that payment into 2017. Same if you are on an installment plan with insurance let’s say.

We paid as much as we could and I’m feeling a bit broke today.  Knowing so many others had to do the same, it got me to thinking.

My prediction is retail and things like autos and refrigerators are not going to sell well for at least the first quarter of 2018 as so much was spent by small business owners in the final two weeks of 2017.

If you are into the stocks and options, perhaps there is an opportunity to make some money, knowing that the economy will be depressed for a couple of months as people recover from the forced spend to move tax deductions into 2017. (But again, don’t take my advice as I am Just A Landlord)

Dec 21

This week’s tax change is large and complex.  I’m sure attorneys and accountants will be kept employed for years, determining what it means to the rental industry.   In my search for answers I found a good article that is worth sharing.

Final pass-through rules help some firms more than others

A new exclusion or deduction of 20 percent of ‘qualified business income’ will effectively reduce the tax rate on such income by 20 percent. Thus, qualified income otherwise taxed at the top rate of 37 percent will be taxed at 29.6 percent. Income otherwise taxed at 24 percent, for example, will be taxed at 19.2 percent. Self-employment or net investment income taxes, where applicable, would be in addition to these amounts.

Feb 11

A reader asks:

I would like to know if all of you fill these out for tenants? I have had several to complete and return to them. They take time and the financial benefit is for the tenant. Does anyone know if we are required to complete them?

The short answer is yes,  you are required to complete the Homestead Credit Form.

Some guidance from the State of WI Dept of Revenue

Feb 23

Call your favorite federal representative or senator and tell them to support the following:

On February 17, the House Ways and Means Committee approved H.R. 705, the Comprehensive 1099 Taxpayer Protection and Repayment of Exchange Subsidy Overpayment Act of 2011.

This bill will remove the requirements to give 1099 to suppliers of goods and to corporate service providers.  It also will remove the requirement for SMALL landlords to submit 1099’s

Also on February 17, the Senate voted to pass the FFA bill S 223 that also removes the 1099 requirements for suppliers of goods and to corporate service providers.

What are changes to  the 1099 rules and why they need to be changes?  Read my prior post here:

Much more paperwork for landlords in 2011

With or without changes the issue of having your contractors reclassified as statutory employees is a real risk:

Your handyman – cheap contractor or $60,000 mistake?

Feb 05

Accounting Today has a good article on the Senate bill to amend the 1099 filing requirements

It looks like if this is signed into law we won’t have to send 1099s to the Home Depot.

However this does not appear to repeal the new 1099 requirements under the Small Business Jobs Act for landlords

As you recall the Small Business Jobs Act expanded the1099 reporting to all landlords when they pay more than $600 to non-corporate service providers such as your local handyman.


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