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Basis and At-Risk Amounts for S-Corporations

Often, tax practitioners ignore or are unaware of limitations that exist for deducting losses on taxpayers’ returns. Some of the more overlooked areas in this regard are those of basis and at-risk limitations. "is article will shed some light on what may be confusing issues for practitioners dealing with these topics. S Corporation Basis Basis for an S corporation should in theory be easy to determine. An S corporation's sharehol... David Woods, EA

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Educating America Growth of a Movement

As with most great ideas, the idea to promote the enrolled agent (EA) license to students and administrators at two and four-year colleges did not begin with one person. When several NAEA leaders independently recognized the high demand for licensed tax professionals, they also recognized that this required additional education for current college accounting majors to ensure that they could fill this demand. This created the perfect opportuni... Andrew “Andy” Stadler, EA

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Filing Requirements of Americans Abroad

Ownership of passive foreign investment company (PFIC) shares can easily be missed because their ownership is often hidden in security portfolio statements. A company is a PFIC by fulfilling one of two requirements; having at least 75 percent of its income be passive or having at least 50 percent of its assets be investments held for the production of passive income. Passive income includes, but is not limited to, interest, dividends, rents, ... Rainer Fiege-Kollmann, EA

Capitol Corner

Last Call: EA License Renewals

You’ve had an amazing year and your business is growing. Everything is going grEAt for you in 2018. You’ve just finished up the first part of the filing season, you’ve taken care of a swarm of your last-minute filers, you’ve attended the NAEA Fly-in in May to advocate on behalf of the EA profession in Washington, and you’re making the ultimate summer plans for June. EA License Renewals Due January 31 Where will y... Justin Edwards

Tax Court

May Tax Whistleblowers Always File Their Claims Anonymously So As to Be Protected from Retaliation?

Whistleblower 14377-16W, Petitioner v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue, Respondent 148 T.C. No. 25 Filed June 28, 2017 The IRS Whistleblower Office pays money to persons who blow the whistle on taxpayers w... Steven R. Diamond, CPA

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Superchange Your Career in Tax: Become an EA

If you are considering a career in tax, there is no time like the present to obtain your enrolled agent (EA) license. EAs are America’s tax experts, and they are the only federally licensed tax preparers who also have unlimited rights to represent taxpayers before the IRS. Unlike some professional certifications, you can become an EA before you complete your degree, and there are many advantages in doing so. Start Now To become ...