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    sale of vacant land

    acctjo
    Level 3

    Client sold vacant land parcel. Wants to defer paying taxes for 2 years and deduct landscaping expenses when sale is reported. How is this done if even possible?

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    IRonMaN
    Level 15

    I don't think your client is going to get what he wants if he wants to defer paying tax on the gain


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    dkh
    Level 15

    Is there a land contract for this sale?   

    acctjo
    Level 3

    Thank you! I didn't think so either but client is difficult so checked just to be sure!

    IRonMaN
    Level 15

    Tax season can be challenging ---------------------- even more so when you have to deal with difficult clients.


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    Camp1040
    Level 10

    I have noticed a new type of client who comes to their tax appointment with their own set of rules and regs. Some say I made a mistake since according to their sources unemployment benefits are not taxable!!!

    I might have to reduce the invoice amount I charge since the client is helping!😜

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    Level 15
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    IRonMaN
    Level 15

    I'm getting too old and grumpy to deal with those kind of people.  I would refer them somewhere else ----------------- to themselves.


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    TaxGuyBill
    Level 15

    Is there any chance this vacant land is adjacent to his main home, and he is planning to sell that main home within 2 years?  Perhaps that is where this idea is coming from.

    If so, he would still pay tax on the gain now, but it may be possible to amend when the main home is sold because the vacant land could fall under the Principal Residence exclusion.

    IRonMaN
    Level 15

    I'm guessing someone at the barbershop mentioned the option of deferring the tax on retirement withdrawals.  


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    rbynaker
    Level 13

    I might have to reduce the invoice amount I charge since the client is helping!😜

    That brings up a funny story from last week.  I was on skype helping one of my clients file her W-2 on SSA BSO.  She said (jokingly) that since she was doing all the work that I should be paying her for this!  I said, "sure, no problem, I can just bill you out as a subcontractor when I do your bill."

    acctjo
    Level 3

    no, Its vacant property they owned for years

    acctjo
    Level 3

    No this is not sale of a home, only a vacant lot, 

    They are aware of the tax consequences just trying to get out of them 

    acctjo
    Level 3

    Too funny!

    TAXOH
    Level 11

    😂

    acctjo
    Level 3

    Me too! That might have to happen!!

    TaxGuyBill
    Level 15

    @Camp1040 wrote:

    I might have to reduce the invoice amount I charge since the client is helping!😜


     

    I had a friend that hired somebody to repair his furnace.  My friend asked how much was it going to cost.  The repair man told him the price, and said it will be 10% more if you want to watch me, and 30% more if you want to help.

     

    abctax55
    Level 15

    @Camp1040 

    Ummm... WRONG.  You are going the wrong way on that there invoicing situation.  Reminds me of the mechanic's labor rate sign: 

    If you watch us                   $ 155

    If you give us advice           $ 195

    If you help/assist us            $  225

    If you worked on it before   $  300

    "Tax software is no substitute for a professional tax preparer"
    dkh
    Level 15

    I meant did they sell this land on land contract?   That could've spread the income over several years.  

    qbteachmt
    Level 15

    What does this part mean: "and deduct landscaping expenses"

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    acctjo
    Level 3

    no it was a cash sale

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