The IRS, bless ‘em, gave us new rules in the summer of 2014 covering how a shareholder in an S Corporation can establish the right to take losses on his tax returns.
This involves looking at ways the shareholder can show that he has debt basis in the corporation…and at the phrase, “debt basis,” most normal citizens’ eyes will rightly glaze over.
But Tony Nitti, a terrific contributor to Forbes, does a great job of explaining what’s going on in this long piece, including a Q & A that begins, “Please remind me why I should continue to read this?”
I leave it to Mr. Nitti to explain why shareholder basis in an S Corp matters.
Oh, and just for fun, here’s a link to another Nitti column in which he surveys the “tax lessons” to be learned from watching part or all of Fox’s marathon 522-episode airing of “The Simpsons” (already showing and continuing through September 1). Undoubtedly he wrote this so he could take a business deduction for the beer and pizza he consumed during his own viewings.