How to Setup Your Trading Entity as a Business

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying to become a successful trader you must “treat trading like a business.” Setting up a trading entity correctly is an important step if you are a business trader whose full-time position is (currently or soon to be) trading the markets.

$7,000 of Tax-Free Income Every Year

If you are trading through a corporation or combination of legal entities that includes a corporation, you have the opportunity to obtain tax-free income by the proper utilization of a little-known tax code provision, Section 280A. This article will address the concept behind this strategy, the rules for its operation, and then conclude with several … Read more

Trader Tax Forms

Trader income tax preparation can be overwhelming for the first-time filer. Even many experienced traders prefer to entrust their federal income tax return to Traders Accounting’s tax professionals rather than battle it alone. You know trading; we know trader taxes. It’s just common sense.

Trade as a Business Entity and Reap the Benefits

The Internal Revenue Service has two tax codes: one for businesses, the other for individuals. Because businesses grow money both by paying taxes and employing other taxpayers, they are rewarded and encouraged through a benevolent tax code. Individuals, however, are treated far more harshly by routine tax hikes and diminishing deductions.

Tax Strategies for Forex Traders

Forex, the foreign currency exchange market, can be a lucrative one indeed for traders skilled in its dynamics. This worldwide network of government central banks, commercial and investment banks, hedge funds, international corporations and brokerage firms enables traders to capitalize on the rise and fall of a currency dollar volume that exceeds $1.4 trillion every … Read more

Mark-to-Market Accounting

One of the most important decisions you will make as a trader is whether to elect the mark-to-market (MTM) accounting method. Although MTM is only available to traders, not investors, and does offer some significant tax advantages, it is not right for everyone. What makes this decision so important is that once you select MTM, … Read more

Futures: What You Trade Determines How You’re Taxed

Futures trading covers a vast array of trading instruments, from stock indices and U.S. Treasury bonds to precious metals, energy sources such as oil and gas, and everyday foodstuffs including meats, grains and coffee.

Don’t Be Hung Out to Dry By Wash Sales

Jim Forrester, CPA The Internal Revenue Service loves to tax capital gains, but they are just as diligent to disallow capital losses that might offset those lucrative cash cows. Case in point: the wash rule. The wash rule prohibits traders and investors from claiming a capital loss if they buy replacement stock 30 days before … Read more