Qualified Trade or Business

Hi all -
Someone has asked me about the 20% deduction for qualified business income with respect to income from rental of real estate.
My understanding is that to qualify for the deduction, it has to be for a
"trade or business." But rental activity, when income is passive, does not qualify as a "trade or business."
Am I off base here? Am I missing something?
Thanks!
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On 7/5/18 5:34 PM, Stuart Bronstein wrote:

You are off base. Read the following for landlords:
https://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/how-the-republican-tax-plan-affects-landlords.html
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On Thursday, July 5, 2018 at 5:38:22 PM UTC-7, Stuart Bronstein wrote:

The new law doesn't define "trade or business." It simply says:
---begin quote---
(d) Qualified trade or business For purposes of this section—
(1) In general The term "qualified trade or business" means any trade or business other than—
(A) a specified service trade or business, or
(B) the trade or business of performing services as an employee.
---end quote---
So without additional clarification, we still don't know what constitutes a "trade or business" in the first place. [I can't wait...this is gonna be good!]
But in any event, I disagree with your suggestion that a passive activity is automatically NOT a trade or business.
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Thanks. That's exactly what I wanted to know.
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