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The new 20% pass-through deduction in the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is one of the major benefits of the new tax plan, and it has big benefits for real estate companies. If 250 hours of services are performed in a taxable year, rental real estate treated as a trade or business entitled to the deduction. Owners will be able to structure leases and operations to best take advantage of the new deduction. This news, however, comes from a proposed revenue procedure, rather than from the IRS.

“The IRS declined to adopt a position that all rental real estate activity is deemed to be a trade or business for purposes of the 20% deduction,” Phil Jelsma, a partner and chair of the tax practice team at Crosbie Gliner Schiffman Southard & Swanson, tells GlobeSt.com. “However, under a proposed safe harbor in Notice 2019-07, which is a proposed Revenue Procedure, rental real estate is now treated as a trade or business entitled to the deduction if at least 250 hours of services are performed each taxable year with respect to the real estate enterprise. This includes services performed by employees, owners and independent contractors as well as time spent on maintenance, repairs, collection of rent, payment of expenses, provision of services to tenants and efforts to rent the property.”

Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Borland is a freelance writer and editor living whose work has appeared in such publications as Travel + Leisure, Angeleno and Riviera Orange County.

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