Category Archives: IRS News

The Postcard Filing – a Naïve, Misguided Fantasy

  https://waysandmeans.house.gov/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/WM_postcardprint_110117.pdf     The good news. President Trump Congress keeps telling you that taxpayers will be able to file on a postcard. The bad news? Look at lines 3, 10, 11, and 12. Your government is naïve. While this may be wish-fulfillment, it has no basis in practical reality. It should be a required […]

2018 Mileage Rates

News Flash:   IRS just released 2018 mileage rates:    54.5 cents for every mile of business travel driven, up 1 cent from the rate for 2017. 18 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes, up 1 cent from the rate for 2017. 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations. […]

Tax Roundtables 2017 and beyond

TaxMama’s Tax Roundtable is a monthly live discussion open to all TaxMama Family Members and above, and all TaxMama’s EA Exam and Solving the Tax Puzzle Students. Please mark your calendars! It meets at 8:05 am PACIFIC on the third or fourth Thursday of the month (unless there are conflicts) (and dates are subject to […]

TaxMama’s TaxQuips Highlights of Trump Tax Plan

  Today TaxMama® wants to give you an advance peek on what you can expect from a Donald Trump tax plan, coming to a Congress near you! Dear Friends and Family, Today we face a total paradigm shift in our government. Donald Trump is the President-Elect of the United States of America. So, with that […]

He Who Hesitates is Lost

Today TaxMama® hears from several people in the TaxQuips Forum with questions about expired refunds. Let me summarize.  “I faced a hardship and didn’t file tax returns for several years. Now, I learn that I cannot get my refunds for all those years. Can you help?” Dear Friends and Family, My answers to Dustin and […]

Tax Day Deadline – and Extensions

Good news! This year we get a few extra days to file our tax returns – until April 18th (19th in MA and MN). But what’s if you’re just not ready? Relax. File an extension – no excuses needed. You get an extra six months to file.

PitBull Tax Resolution Software Demo

When I started teaching the IRS Practice Series at CPE Link, I needed an easy way to prepare my pro-forma collections forms. It was especially important to have a tool that would integrate the most current National Standards, exclusions from assets, etc. PITBULL SOFTWARE provided me with the tools that I need. Not only do […]

IRS says: Married is Married – Gay or Straight!

Treasury and IRS Announce That All Legal Same-Sex Marriages Will Be Recognized For Federal Tax Purposes; Ruling Provides Certainty, Benefits and Protections Under Federal Tax Law for Same-Sex Married Couples WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) today ruled that same-sex couples, legally married in jurisdictions that recognize […]

Protect Yourself from the Dirty Dozen Tax Scams

Courtesy of the IRS The IRS’s annual ‘Dirty Dozen’ list includes common tax scams that often peak during the tax filing season. The IRS recommends that taxpayers be aware so they can protect themselves against claims that sound too good to be true. Taxpayers who buy into illegal tax scams can end up facing significant […]