Basis? I Am So Confused? What is Basis? Why Is Basis Important?

December 2, 2021
Hosted by Marcelino Dodge, EA

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Episode Description

To correctly calculated their gains or losses for tax purposes, taxpayers must know their basis in stocks, gifts received, inheritances, and so much more. For shareholders in an S-Corporation, LLC members, and partners in a partnership, knowing and tracking their basis in the business entity is absolutely essential, especially in years when the entity has a pass through loss. How do taxpayers keep track of their basis? For those who are shareholders, members, or partner in an entity, who is responsible to track the individual’s basis? I will provide a broad overview about basis for tax purposes. Taxpayers need to have accurate basis calculations for the proper capital gains or capital loss calculations or to determine if they can take a pass through loss from a business entity. Having this documentation clear and understandable will be absolutely essential should the IRS come knocking.

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Marcelino Dodge, EA

Marcelino Dodge, EA

Marcelino Dodge, an Enrolled Agent since March 2006, is an experienced tax professional who has over 21 years of experience. An enrolled agent is a federally licensed tax professional who is authorized to represent taxpayers before the IRS. Mr. Dodge owns and operates Cash Tracks Financial Inc., a tax, accounting, life insurance and investment advisory business.

Mr. Dodge has been life insurance licensed since 1995 and investment licensed since 1996. He is uniquely qualified with a background consisting of more than just accounting and tax preparation. He is knowledgeable in many types of employee benefits programs including retirement plans and health insurance programs. Marcelino is uniquely qualified to speak authoritatively on how tax, insurance and investments all work together.

Marcelino has become an Intelligent Solutions Management Advisor (ISMA). As an ISMA, Marcelino now works together with clients year-round to take advantage of tax law changes and to implement proactive tax saving strategies. Plus, by working together year-round he helps individuals and businesses increase they cash flow. He has prepared tax returns for individuals, sole-proprietors, corporations, LLC’s and partnerships. He has been a member of the National Association of Tax Professionals since 2011, and was voted the Lamar (Colorado) Ledger’s People’s Choice Tax Preparer for 2016 and 2017. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Colorado State University in Pueblo.

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