Category Archives: Business Taxes

Missing Checks

Today TaxMama hears from Susan in Florida, with this issue. “If the owner of a business is able to provide bank statement, but no copies of checks, can the owner provide a written statement defining the percentage that was spent in each category? For example. 5% spent on Utilities, 30% spent on advertising, etc.”

Who Gets 1099s

Today TaxMama hears from Linda in Pennsylvania, who tells us “I’m in charge of the mailing of 1099 MISCs for 2009. Who gets a 1099? Who doesn’t get one? Are there corporations that get 1099s? I think attorneys and accountants receive them.”

Upgraded Automobile

Today TaxMama hears from Tiffany in Virginia, who’s trying… “ I am starting an LLC which is an online store selling automotive upgrades. I will be buying a car ($10,000) and upgrading it with mostly my own inventory ($20,000). My website address will be printed on the car and it will be taken to car […]

Professional Athletes

Today TaxMama hears from Kandi in Iowa, who asks, “Would a professional bodybuilder be allowed to deduct expenses associated with training/contest preparation? I was told they can deduct traveling expense and contest entry fees directly related to competition. What about supplements, training, posing suits, tanning and other miscellaneous expenses incurred to prepare for competition?”

Team Sponsorship

Today TaxMama hears from Stacy in California with this situation. “My husband runs a travel softball team and we allowed the players to get sponsors. The rule was that the first 25% of the sponsorship went to the team; and the other amount went to their individual accounts. We have a player who did this, […]

Paid for Medical Studies

Today TaxMama hears from Charles in Arizona with this situation. “It seems that no one has an answer to my question. Last year, I participated in a medical study and earned approximately. $4,300. Now I am trying to determine how to approach the 1099-MISC the clinic sent me. The income is in the Other income […]

Clients in Other States

Today TaxMama hears from Fred in Illinois who wants to know. “I’m thinking about opening a mortgage adjusting business. My clients might be from another state. What do I do about a local business license?”

Late Estimated Payments

Today TaxMama hears from Jeff in Florida who is concerned. “Don’t you have to show an income with a small business at least one year out of five? My girlfriend has a small business that has shown a NOL for the past three years.”

Home Provided by Employer

Today TaxMama hears from Joe in Maryland with an interesting problem. “I have been offered a great job but I am a little concerned about having to move from my home to the home that is owned by the company that wants to hire me. I will be required to reside in the company home […]

Amending Very Old Returns

Today TaxMama hears from Mark in West Virginia with this problem. “The IRS thinks I owe them money from 1999. I have proof to the contrary, but they say I can’t file a 1040x after 3 years. Even the Tax Advocates told me that. My father acting as my power of attorney filed it through […]

Do Motor Scooters Qualify for the New Sales and Excise tax Deduction?

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 provides a deduction for state and local sales and excise taxes paid on the purchase of qualified vehicles from February 17th, 2009 through the end of the year. The deduction does not require a taxpayer to itemize and is means tested (phases out for single filers with […]

Is it Too Good To Be True? Home-Based Business Tax Avoidance Schemes

If you use part of your home for business, you may be able to deduct expenses for the business use of your home. These expenses may include mortgage interest, insurance, utilities, repairs, and depreciation. The home office deduction is available for homeowners and renters, and applies to all types of homes, from apartments to mobile […]