Recently the IRS released additional guidance on a large number of issues related to the Qualified Business Income (QBI) Deduction (Section 199A). This deduction allows certain taxpayers who have flow thru businesses (S Corporations, partnerships, sole proprietorships) to take a 20% deduction on the related income. To qualify, the activity has to rise to the level of a trade or business. Question: is rental activity a trade or business?
A long, long time ago (well, 2015), a Republican Congress enacted and President Obama signed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015. One feature of that legislation was the enactment of new IRS audit rules for partnerships. The effective date was set as January 1, 2018. Now, with preparation of the 2018 tax returns, the time has come to talk again about the impact of these rules.