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MTM and the QBID

Mark-to-Market and the Qualified Business Income Deduction

If you are here then you have read a little about the Mark-to-Market election and its various advantages and disadvantages.

Another advantage - created by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in 2017 - was the possibility of using the newly created Qualified Business Income Deduction when reporting your MTM trades on your tax return.

Simply put, the QBID is possibly worth a 20% deduction on your Form 1040 reflected as an addition to your Itemized or Standard Deduction.  The 20% is the amount of your net gain multiplied by 20%.

This deduction is available for all entities trading as MTM Traders with the exception of C Corporations - so basically all flow-through entities, including those traders trading as a sole proprietor.

Lets see why and how this works ...

Statutory Creation

Qualified Business Income was created and described in Sec 199A of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act ("TCJA") as:

Income from a domestic business operated as a sole proprietorship or through a partnership, S corporation, trust or estate.

There are statutorily-defined threshold amounts that may limit a taxpayer's deduction based upon:

  • the type of trade or business engaged in

  • the amount of W-2 wages paid with respect to the trad or business and/or

  • the unadjusted basis immediately after acquisition of qualified property held for use in the trade or business.

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