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  1. I saw a different article about this subject several weeks ago.
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    QBI Scenario

    Why do you think wages or depreciable assets do not apply to your scenario ?
  3. The proposed regs have knocked out all of my rental clients except one whose qualification is questionable since he is always juggling multiple business issues and the probability of him maintaining a contemporaneous activity log is pretty low. For those of you with clients who might qualify, here is a step by step in depth analysis : https://www.forbes.com/sites/anthonynitti/2019/01/19/irs-publishes-final-guidance-on-the-20-pass-through-deduction-putting-it-all-together/?ss=taxes#55344e92d9f0
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    As a famous person once said about opinions, "Everyone has one"
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    You have an interesting attitude ? After all they are people too, no different than you and me.
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    Trump Sets Final Rules for QBI

    Here is a link to the actual notice: https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/n-19-07.pdf One section says that residential and commercial rentals cannot be commingled in the same entity and qualify. If true, this will knock out one my larger clients out because while I am reasonably confident that they could meet the 250 hours for all rentals combined, its doubtful that they will be able to meet 250 hours if commercial and residential rentals have to segregated.
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    QBI from Sch E

    Supposedly, it was released 2 hours ago. If you want to sign up www.360law.com has a copy available. I will wait a few more hours until it's publicly available.
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    QBI from Sch E

    I remember watching the press conference at the capitol several weeks before Christmas 2017, listening to the congressional representatives talking about tax simplification, saying that most people would be able to file on a postcard, which they were waving around in front of the TV cameras. What you see is not always what you get. Situation Normal !
  9. "The IRS issued Notice 2019-11 on Wednesday, providing a waiver of the addition to tax under section 6654 of the tax code for the underpayment of estimated income tax for certain individuals who would otherwise be required to make tax year 2018 estimated income tax payments on or before Jan. 15, 2019. The waiver, though, is limited to individuals whose total withholding and estimated tax payments equal or exceed 85 percent of the tax shown on the return for the 2018 taxable year."
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    It turns out only 809 of the recalled employees will be paid, those whose duties are being funded by user fees.
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    "Under an updated contingency plan covering the upcoming filing season, the IRS will recall 57% of its workforce to handle tax season duties, the agency reported Tuesday. Temporary funding for the IRS for fiscal year 2019 expired at midnight on Dec. 21. Since then, the IRS has been operating under a contingency plan that furloughed 88% of its workforce, and only 9,946 were considered “excepted/exempt” and allowed to continue working. Under the new plan, 46,052 IRS employees will be considered “excepted/exempt” and will return to work. The new plan will allow the IRS to process paper and electronic returns and issue refunds to taxpayers. The IRS had previously announced that tax season will start on Jan. 28 and that it would be issuing refunds during the government shutdown. The IRS will also be opening its call sites and responding to taxpayer questions. All IRS audit and examination functions and nonautomated collections will continue to be put on hold during the shutdown."
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    QBI from Sch E

    I see no dividing line here between owning 2 rentals or owning 20 rentals. The owner of two rentals can make a clear argument that they are involved continuously and regularly and that their primary purpose for engaging in the activity is income or profit. Where it starts getting murky is when a property manager takes care of everything. Even then the argument can be made that the property manager was acting as the owner's agent.
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    QBI from Sch E

    You use the phrases "continuous and regular activity" and "number of properties" ? Can you provide a cite for that because I am not aware that these are requirements in order to qualify. If they were, how do investments in REITs and PTPs qualify ?
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    Using BSO for client

    That is exactly what I have always done for my clients for many years now . -:)
  15. Here is a post by on a blog called "The Farm CPA" that sheds more light on the issue: The Farm CPA By: Paul Neiffer Paul is now part of the fourth generation in America that is involved in farming and hopes the next generation will be involved also. Through his blog he provides analysis and insight to farmer tax questions. Rentals - Is it QBI or Not? Nov 14, 2018 I would say that most of the emails and calls that I am getting right now on Section 199A is whether rents will be Qualified Business Income (QBI) or not. This blog post will provide my QBI conclusion on various types of rentals that farmers and farm landlords will typically have. However, I would like to start out with some of the case history directly related to farming and rents and see why this is so hard to know for sure based on the current proposed regulations. First, let's review the history of CRP rents. CRP contracts call for payments from the government in return for the landlord taking the ground out of production typically for 10 years. In return, the landlord will usually plant native grasses and other plants and "maintain" the property for the term of the contract. The maintenance in most cases is minimal. For several years, the IRS viewed these payments as not being trade or business payments subject to self-employment (SE) tax. However, starting about 15 years ago, the IRS started to assert these payments were related to a trade or business and subject to SE tax. Finally, in the Morehouse case, the Tax Court ruled that CRP landlords were in the trade or business of being an environmental friendly farm business and thus, subject to SE tax. Finally, this case was overturned by the Circuit Court and ruled that the CRP is in fact rents and not a trade or business. The IRS still views these payments as being trade or business income (even though they lost in court). Second, we have a long case history starting with the Mizell case dealing with whether rents received from related parties are in fact trade or business income subject to SE tax or are in fact rents not subject to SE tax. In one of the latest cases, the Martin ruling indicated that as long as the rents are at FMV and call for no involvement by the landlord, then the rents are not subject to SE tax. It is the active involvement by the landlord that causes "rents" to rise to the level of a trade or business, not simply any sharing of income or expenses. The bottom line of all of this case history is that landlords have to have some level of involvement in the "farm activities" to rise to a trade or business. Simply collecting cash or even a share of crops without any involvement likely does not rise to the level of a trade or business. And finally, even if we have that involvement, it is likely that the IRS will assert that the landlord at that point owes SE tax on the rents and will likely fully offset any tax advantage of the 199A deduction for lower income taxpayers. Here is my current verdicts on whether rents are QBI: Rents received by landlords that are part of a common group - QBI Rents received by landlords who may be related parties, but do not meet the requirement to be a common group. For example, Son is the farmer and Sister is the landlord. We don't know if Son and Sister are related parties even if mom and dad are alive and even if they are alive, are they required to have ownership in the farm operation and the land entity. - May Be QBI Cash rents received by landlords individually who may be owners in the farm operation, but do not meet the common group definition and have no involvement in farm operations as landlords (i.e. no SE tax on rents) - Not QBI Same as previous example, but landlord has active involvement in decisions, etc. and is paying SE tax on the rents - QBI Cash rents received by landlords renting ground to unrelated third parties and have no involvement - Not QBI Cash rents received by landlords renting ground to unrelated third parties, having involvement and likely paying SE tax - QBI Crop share landlords simply receiving a share of crop and only paying real estate taxes, crop insurance and interest and no involvement - Not QBI Crop share landlords paying share of chemicals, fertilizer and have some involvement, but not rising to the level of SE tax - Likely QBI All of these current conclusions are based on the current propose regulations. The final regulations will likely provide additional clarity on all of these types of rents and there may be material changes to all or some of these conclusions. We will keep you posted.