Q: We own a triplex that was purchased over 25 years ago and is located in Cupertino. Rather than sell the property and pay a large capital gains tax, we would like to exchange it for a local rental property. What are the rules for tax-free exchanges? A: Gains from exchanges of property are generally recognized for tax purposes, as are gains from sales of property.
Q. My husband and I are considering moving into our vacation rental for two years with the plan to sell it after two years to take advantage of the $500,000 capital gain exclusion for principal residences. Can you please explain the rules? A. To pay for the $15.1 billion of housing tax incentives in the Housing Assistance Tax Act of 2008 (the Housing Act), Congress passed several offsetting revenue raisers, including tightening the home sale exclusion rules.
Now is the time of year when most of us have the IRS on our minds and thieves know it. I have no doubt that many of my readers share the daily frustration of thieves trying every way possible to obtain our Social Security numbers, credit card numbers, financial information and so forth. The following are three fairly recent attempts to acquire personal identity information from unwitting people like you and me by way of telephone, email (“phishing”) and text messaging (“smishing”).
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".