Determining material participation – Tax Court addresses property owner’s “on-call” hours
Abstract: Real estate professionals enjoy some tax benefits that aren’t available to other taxpayers, but the professional must meet strict rules to qualify as one. For example, it’s necessary to perform more than 750 hours of real estate–related services. But does being “on-call” qualify for hours worked? This article looks at one case in which the Tax Court disallowed the claims of a couple that they met the requirement because the husband had been on-call to perform activities related to the rental properties. A sidebar explains why they additionally had to pay a penalty. James F. Moss v. Commissioner, 135 T.C. No. 18 (2010).