I own a small farm and receive income from renting the land. Currently this farm is in a revocable trust. Would I receive tax benefit in 2018 by creating an LLC owned by the trust, capitalizing on the new 20 percent tax benefit?
The 20 percent business deduction has many nuances to it. Rental is one of them. You do not need an activity to be in an entity to qualify for the 20 percent deduction in 2018, but we are awaiting clarifying regulations from Congress regarding how rentals will be treated for the 20 percent deduction.
More needs to be known about the revocable trust arrangement before insight can be given on creating an LLC owned by the trust. I encourage you to consult a professional in person with those details.
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Answered by: Kurtis L. Groff, CPA, is a partner with Simon Lever LLP in Lititz, Pa.