Taxes From A To Z (2013): U Is For Unrealized Gains and Losses

U is for Unrealized Gains and Losses. We’re in the process of selling our house. It is not worth as much this year as it was a few years ago (this, according to Trulia and other valuation sites) although it’s worth more than when we bought it. For tax purposes, we will actually have a … Read more

All You Need To Know About IPOs, Going Public & Stock Options

Admit it. For weeks now, you’ve been dropping the terms “IPO” and “going public” and “stock options” in water cooler conversation and at cocktail parties and you don’t really know what they mean. Or how they make people rich. Or why it matters to you. And it’s totally Facebook’s fault. As you know, Facebook is … Read more

IRS Delays Basis Reporting for Decedent’s Estates

The IRS has announced that federal form 8939, Allocation of Increase in Basis for Property Acquired from a Decedent, is not due on April 18, 2011 and should not be filed with the final federal form 1040 of persons who died in 2010. Of course, if you’ve tried to file a federal form 8939, you … Read more

What the Heck is Basis, Anyway?

Last week, I committed a terrible tax blogging sin: I used jargon. I try not to use jargon on my blog. I find it annoying, for one, because who wants to actually sound like a tax attorney (no offense to my esteemed colleagues). But more importantly, what’s the point of reading a blog that you … Read more