Q: Anticipating a stock market correction, I recently sold my mutual fund portfolio. The funds were purchased many years ago and all my dividends were reinvested. How do I calculate my tax basis and capital gains? A: Mutual funds have become one of the more popular vehicles for stock market investments. Mutual funds generally purchase an inventory of different stocks and are controlled by experienced investment managers.
Q: I recently won a $5,000 church raffle and have been told by many that I will owe tax on my prize. Do I really have to pay taxes on my winnings? A: Generally, prizes you win from sweepstakes, raffles and contests are taxable as ordinary income. Prizes other than cash (car, cruise, etc.) are valued at their fair market value. The total cash and fair market value of other-than-cash prizes are reported to the Internal Revenue Service via Form 1099-MISC.
Q: During 2016, we rented a property at a substantial loss. To our surprise and disappointment, we were told by our tax preparer that none of our rental loss was deductible in 2016. What are the rules for deducting rental losses? A: Generally, rental real estate is considered a passive activity. Passive losses are only deductible to the extent you have passive income. In other words, you can offset your passive income with passive losses.
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 Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
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, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
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".