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Consider a Turnaround Strategy for COVID-19 Problems
Thomas Kosinski

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected many people and businesses across the country. After a year has passed, many thriving businesses are now barely breaking even while struggling businesses have been closed permanently. This can leave both property owners and landlords in financial trouble, because a loss of tenants and rent may cause buildings to fall […]


Finalized Rehabilitation Credit Regulations and COVID-19 Extensions
Sarah M. Zambrano

The Rehabilitation Tax Credit (Internal Revenue Code’s Section 47) is a tax incentive for investors to renovate and restore old and historic buildings within cities and towns. The purpose of the credit is to promote historic structures’ rehabilitation; therefore, related building reconstruction costs, including new construction, are applicable under the credit. Under the Tax Cuts […]


Can You Deduct Travel Costs to Monitor Real Estate Investment Properties? U.S. Tax Court Says Yes, Within Limits
Michael Kovacs

The Internal Revenue Code allows the deduction of “ordinary and necessary” business expenses, including travel expenses while away from home overnight for business. A recent ruling by the U.S. Tax Court in Maki v. Comm’r, T.C. Summary 2019-34 (Tax Ct. 2019), is a good reminder that the deduction is subject to some restrictions. Taxpayer harvests […]


The Extended COVID-19 Qualified Opportunity Zone Relief Deadlines are Coming Due
Jeffrey Newman

The COVID-19 pandemic led the IRS to loosen a range of tax laws and regulations, including many deadlines. In June, the IRS issued guidance that provided relief from some qualified opportunity zone (QOZ) requirements — good news for investors with capital gains. With the end of the year approaching, many of those extended deadlines are […]


How to Make Your Property as Profitable as Possible
Tamara Partridge

2020 has been unlike any other year. Commercial real estate investors have struggled with decreased market values — or the threat of declining values. In these uncertain times, ask yourself three questions to help maintain profits and preserve market value. Can You Trim Expenses? The value of commercial real estate is usually a function of net […]


The Tax Importance of Having a Profit Motive
Thomas Kosinski

Individuals with real estate businesses often expect to deduct business-related expenses for tax purposes. But those tax deductions might not be a guarantee. One married taxpayer recently learned the hard way when the IRS disputed business deductions that led them to the U.S. Tax Court. Sarkin v. Commissioner provides a helpful overview of how the […]


Reintroducing Accessory Dwelling Units in Chicago
Sarah M. Zambrano

Accessory dwelling units (ADUs) have become popular rental alternatives in urban areas across the U.S. over recent years. Many cities, including Portland, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., have already embraced the concept of offering these unconventional homes to offset the rising costs of housing within city limits. Now, more cities are evaluating current […]


What You Need to Know About the CARES Act and Qualified Improvement Property
Justin L. Sylvan

Earlier this year, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act corrected a drafting error related to real estate qualified improvement property (QIP). This retroactive correction, which accelerates the tax depreciation deduction for certain improvements to real estate, is of particular benefit to: Landlords and tenants who make improvements to leased space; restaurant, hotel […]


Is Adaptive Reuse Right for You?

Adaptive reuse is more than refreshing a dated mall or finding new tenants for an office building. It involves adapting an existing building for an entirely different purpose than for which it was originally intended. For example, think of converting an industrial building to mixed use, an office building to a hotel, a meatpacking facility […]


Did You Repair Your Real Estate Property or Improve it?
Michael Kovacs

Repairs to tangible property, such as buildings, machinery, equipment or vehicles, can provide businesses a valuable current tax deduction — as long as the so-called repairs were not actually “improvements.” The costs of incidental repairs and maintenance can be immediately expensed and deducted on the current year’s income tax return. But costs incurred to improve […]

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