casualty loss

IRS FAQ on Casualty Tree Loss

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We’ve had a number of clients ask us questions since the wildfires on tree loss and what that means in terms of determining a casualty loss on property. Below is an FAQ from the IRS which should hopefully provide some good information. If you have any questions, feel free to ask your Linkenheimer CPA.

Q: How does a taxpayer determine a casualty loss from damaged trees and other landscaping on personal-use residential property when that loss is attributable to a disaster?

A: In determining the amount of a casualty loss from damage to personal-use residential property, trees and other landscaping are considered part of the entire residential property, and are not valued separately or assigned a separate basis, even if purchased separately.

To compute your casualty loss:

Determine your adjusted basis in the entire residential property before the casualty. Your basis is generally the cost of the property, adjusted for improvements and certain other events. For more information on determining your adjusted basis, see Publication 530, Tax information for First-Time Homeowners, and Publication 551, Basis of Assets

Determine the decrease in fair market value of the entire residential property as a result of the casualty.

From the smaller of these […]

By |December 7th, 2017|casualty loss, Community, irs|0 Comments

Loss of Income Due to Business Interruption

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The North Bay fires have caused unprecedented losses and hardship for so many fellow Sonoma County residents and business owners. While the first priority is to access physical damages and rebuild, there is an element of the overall loses that can be overlooked: Loss of Income due to business interruption. This is defined as “A type of insurance that covers the loss of income that a business suffers after a disaster. The income loss covered may be due to disaster-related closing of the business facility or due to the rebuilding process after a disaster.

At Linkenheimer LLP, we have many years experience in assessing circumstances that have resulted in a Loss of Income. Our expertise in this area encompass: research, analysis, report writing, and when needed, testimony to support the positions taken.

If you or anyone you know who has been affected by the fires, and have experienced a Loss of Income, please contact Linkenheimer and we will be glad to meet to discuss the situation.

Written by Steve Miksis, CPA.

By |December 1st, 2017|casualty loss, disaster, income tax|0 Comments

Casualty Loss Deductions for Natural Disasters

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As a California resident, most of us probably know someone who has suffered some kind of property loss courtesy of an earthquake. The recent Napa earthquake that shook the North Bay is a good reminder that many might be eligible to claim a casualty deduction for your property loss if you suffer property damage during the tax year as a result of a sudden, unexpected or unusual event (such as a flood, hurricane, tornado, fire, earthquake or even volcanic eruption. A casualty does not include normal wear and tear or progressive deterioration.). The casualty deduction is also available if you are the victim of vandalism.

Generally, you may deduct casualty and theft losses relating to your home, household items and vehicles on your federal income tax return. You may not deduct casualty and theft losses covered by insurance unless you file a timely claim for reimbursement, and you reduce the loss by the amount of any reimbursement or expected reimbursement.

If your property is personal-use property or is not completely destroyed, the amount of your casualty loss is the lesser of:

  • The adjusted basis of your property, or
  • The decrease in fair market value of […]
By |October 21st, 2014|casualty loss, deduction, earthquake|0 Comments