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tax-benefit rule

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A quick definition of tax-benefit rule:

The tax-benefit rule is a principle that says if you got money back for something you lost or spent in a previous year, you have to include that money in your income for the current year. This is because you already got a tax deduction for that loss or expense in the previous year, so you can't get a tax break twice for the same thing. It's like if you borrowed a toy from a friend and then gave it back, you can't keep it and borrow it again. The tax-benefit rule is also called the tax-benefit doctrine.

A more thorough explanation:

Tax-Benefit Rule

The tax-benefit rule is a principle that states if a taxpayer recovers a loss or expense that was deducted in a previous year, the recovery must be included in the current year's gross income to the extent that it was previously deducted. This is also known as the tax-benefit doctrine.

Let's say you own a rental property and in 2019, you had to pay $5,000 for repairs. You deducted this expense on your 2019 tax return. In 2020, you received an insurance reimbursement of $3,000 for the same repairs. According to the tax-benefit rule, you must include the $3,000 reimbursement as income on your 2020 tax return because you previously deducted the $5,000 expense in 2019.

Another example is if you claimed a deduction for a charitable donation in a previous year and then received a refund for that donation in the current year, you would need to include the refund as income on your current year's tax return.

The tax-benefit rule ensures that taxpayers do not receive a double tax benefit for the same expense or loss. If a taxpayer deducts an expense or loss in one year and then recovers that expense or loss in a subsequent year, the recovery must be included in the taxpayer's income to prevent them from receiving a tax benefit twice. The examples illustrate how the tax-benefit rule works in practice and how it affects a taxpayer's income in the year of recovery.

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darthaifos33
14:36
and UPenn for that matter! Would be greatly appreciated
yay pookie! congrats!
14:39
omg this guy on the deposition is screamingggg
darthaifos33
14:39
And congrats!!!!!!<3
14:49
like it's crazy
i've heard great things about UVA! I visited upenn and hated it so much / felt so uncomfy there and the starbucks by campus got robbed while i was there waiting for my tour to start lol
darthaifos33
14:59
@OptimisticOutlier That sounds terrible, I'm sorry you had to experience that lol. Can I ask what made you feel uncomfortable? Like the sketchy vibes of the city or like the camp\us itself etc.?
darthaifos33
14:59
campus
penn is in a nice area
right next to drexel
it was campus itself, honestly i can't explain what it actually is. I felt the same way when I was touring schools for undergrad, pretty much pulled up to upenn and told my mom i knew i didn't like it and didn't need to take the tour lol
would argue with the nice area piece lol i think all of philly is kinda scary, someone pulled a gun on my team while we were down for a football game at upenn and walking around at night
but that said, i'm pretty happy i moved to pa after school and i know lots of people love upenn!
dear god is that sketchy
definetly safer than how its being described
people are absolutely crwzy
yeah yeah will 10000% agree i've had like bad outlier experiences lol
u are the optimistic outlier after all
true!
how do i tell my boss im quitting and need to take off on monday (visiting ND on monday to meet with dean and check the vibes, was gonna put in my 2 weeks regardless
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NEED
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i luv being an art hoe snob
amlaw
16:38
believe it or not i didn’t miss any calls
OvertReconditeSpider
18:03
Lol all of philly is a dumpster fire
OvertReconditeSpider
18:03
Yet i am moving there for law school in 14 days lol
manifestmoreadmissions
18:56
@OptimisticOutlier: congratulations!!!
21:14
I live in that area. It isn't bad at all
[] ararara
23:33
Optimistic whaaaaaat?! Now we’ve gotta have some fun! Did we disco? Take your lil victory lap I know that’s right! Make sure to leave some wisdom behind on your profile for the future users!
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