Employer-Provided Disaster Relief & COVID-19

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many employers are looking for tax-advantaged ways to help their employees with additional expenses incurred as a result of the pandemic. Section 139 of the Internal Revenue Code provides the answer. On March 13, 2020, President Trump declared COVID-19 a national disaster under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency[ … ]

Industry Outlook 2019-2020: Real Estate

Demand for affordable and workforce housing in urban areas is expected to increase the average height of buildings in some western urban centers, including Phoenix. The Phoenix City Council approved a measure for downtown residential developers to receive either a tax break or an allowance to build taller structures if a percentage of apartment units[ … ]

Benefits of Investing in Opportunity Zones, TCJA

The Opportunities Zones program enacted with the Tax Cuts and Job Act of 2017 offers three tax incentives for investing in certain low-income communities through a qualified Opportunity Fund: temporary deferral, step-up in basis, and permanent exclusion of capital gains. Under this provision, gain from the sale of any type of property that produces capital[ … ]

Industry Outlook 2018: Real Estate

The 2018 CFO Spotlight Survey attracted respondents from a number of industries in Phoenix and Tucson. We will highlight the real estate segment here in terms of growth, risk factors, strengths and trends. Real estate investment and management groups primarily responded to the Survey — two-thirds based in Tucson and one-third based in Phoenix. Optimism[ … ]

Real estate investor vs. professional- Why it matters

Income and losses from investment real estate or rental property are passive by definition — unless you’re a real estate professional. Why does this matter? Passive income may be subject to the 3.8% net investment income tax (NIIT), and passive losses generally are deductible only against passive income, with the excess being carried forward. Of[ … ]

Industry Outlook: Real Estate

The 2017 CFO Spotlight Survey attracted respondents from a number of industries in Phoenix and Tucson. We will highlight the real estate segment here in terms of growth, risk factors, strengths and trends. Real estate investment and management groups responded to the CFO Survey – the majority based in Tucson. CFOs were less optimistic about[ … ]

The Fate of Vacation Rentals in Tucson with the onset of Commercial Taxation

Through the years, vacation rentals in many locations including Tucson have been popular for people who desire a private vacation experience or prefer a convenient short-term rental. However, developments in the last year brought what some considered a rather disturbing possibility to the forefront. Property Taxes During 2015, the Pima County Assessor reclassified hundreds of[ … ]

New Retail and Restaurant Remodel/Refresh Safe Harbor

The tangible property regulations have added increased complexity for many taxpayers. Although the new regulations are favorable to taxpayers in many instances, it can often be a headache to determine the correct treatment. In an effort to mitigate disputes regarding the deductibility and capitalization of remodel and refresh costs between the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)[ … ]