Short-term rentals are all the rage in real estate investing. With droves of vacationers and business travelers using Airbnb and VRBO to seek out homey, comfortable spaces that hotels don’t offer, short-term rentals can be an outstanding real estate investment. Although short-term rentals can get special tax treatment from the IRS and have significant benefits, you should know the tax-related pitfalls to avoid.
If you updated your home in 2022 or 2023 to be more energy efficient, you might be eligible for one or more tax credits. Tax credits are an excellent way to reduce your tax liability.
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Charitable giving is generally a component of a comprehensive tax or estate plan. Receiving a tax benefit for charitable donations used to be a straightforward exercise for taxpayers who itemized deductions. Taxpayers simply made a contribution to a charitable organization and included their donations on Schedule A, Itemized Deductions. Things got a little complicated, however, with the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in 2017, when the standard deduction was increased and the deduction for state and local taxes was capped at $10,000. The result was a dramatic decrease in the number of taxpayers claiming itemized deductions, and a corresponding decrease in charitable donations due to the diminished tax benefit. Rest assured, there are still ways for philanthropically-minded taxpayers to squeeze tax benefits out of their charitable giving.
Student loan forgiveness is getting substantial media attention, thanks to the Biden administration’s recent announcement that more than a half million borrowers will see their student debt balances wiped out automatically. This forgiveness cancels nearly $6 billion in federal student loans for 500,000+ former students of the now defunct Corinthian Colleges. All the recent chatter about student loan forgiveness, along with the mention of several exceptions, has many student loan borrowers wondering whether loan forgiveness is taxable.
Maryland manufacturers, as well as other businesses located in certain geographic areas, may be eligible for a potentially significant tax credit, but the application window closes soon. If you anticipate hiring employees in the first half of 2022 for your business, you can take advantage of the More Jobs for Marylanders Incentive Program. However, the program will close to new applicants on June 1, 2022, so you should get your application in now.
Most people know the tax benefits of making charitable donations in the form of cash, stocks and non-cash (goodwill). But donating real estate is something you might not have considered as part of your charitable giving plan. This article describes three different ways to donate real estate, and the tax benefits and nuances associated with each.