Don’t Get Burned Claiming Real Estate Professional Status (REPS) You Don’t Deserve

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By Dr. James M. Dahle, WCI Founder

Lots of high-income professionals involved in direct real estate investing get really excited when they learn about qualifying themselves or their spouse as a real estate professional. The general presumption by the IRS is that real estate rental activities are passive, and passive losses cannot be used against active income, i.e. the income from your W-2 job. However, if you (or your spouse if you file jointly) qualify for…

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