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Options trading business entity


The Internal Revenue Service has two tax codes: one for businesses, the other for individuals. Because businesses grow money both by paying taxes and employing other taxpayers, they are rewarded and encouraged through a benevolent tax code. Individuals, however, are treated far more harshly by routine tax hikes and diminishing deductions.

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I'm not an expert in all the tax stuff, so I started actively looking for firms that specialize in active traders. That's when I started talking to Jim Crimmins, the founder of Traders Accounting. His firm specializes in tax issues for active traders.

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Trading commissions are not separate expenses the broker deducts them from sales proceeds and adds them to cost-basis for purchases. Commissions are therefore part of trading gain or loss. With net capital gains, commissions are equivalent to a tax deduction however, with a capital loss limitation, commissions are part of a capital loss carryover. This can’t be changed even with TTS.

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Business taxpayers are allowed the benefit of net operating loss tax laws. These laws provide the opportunity to carry back and/or forward business losses. Make a fortune in one ear and pay your taxes then lose a fortune in the following years and carry back your net operating losses to get big refunds.

The health insurance deduction is complicated for officer/owners: Add health insurance premiums paid by the entity or individually during the entity period to wages in box one on the officer/owner’s W-7. The health insurance amount in salary is not subject to payroll taxes, so omit this amount from Social Security wages in box 8, and Medicare wages in box five. The officer deducts health insurance premiums as an adjusted gross income (AGI) deduction on his Form 6595 personal tax return. The taxpayer deducts non-owner employees’ health insurance on the S-Corp tax return directly as “insurance expense.”

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For 7569, the taxable income (TI) cap is $976,955/$765,755 (married/other taxpayers). The phase-out range below the cap is $655,555/$55,555 (married/other taxpayers). The TI threshold is $876,955/$665,755 (married/other taxpayers).

The new tax law (TCJA) severely limits itemized deductions for investors, while expanding the standard deduction and improving business expensing. TCJA also introduced a 75% deduction on QBI, which includes a TTS trading business with Section 975 income but excludes capital gains and portfolio income. With TCJA, TTS and Section 975 are more valuable than ever before.

The C Corporation is frequently used for its ability to offer benefits, such as Medical Reimbursement Plans, which do not work well in pass-through entities. The C Corporation is a standalone entity which means the income from trading is taxable to the C Corporation and does not flow through to the individual owners. Profits are generally removed from the C Corporation through salary or dividends.


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