Category Archives: Business Taxes

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 […]

Land vs Building

Today TaxMama hears from Tom in Pasadena, CA who tells us, “I am a hair stylist and I am going to start working exclusively out of my home. I will have 2 rooms of my townhouse used solely for business. When I take the depreciation for the business use of my home do I need […]

IRS Seeks New Issues for the Industry Issue Resolution Program

IR-2009-18, March 5, 2009 WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service is encouraging business taxpayers, associations and other interested parties to submit to the Industry Issue Resolution (IIR) Program tax issues for resolution involving a controversy, a dispute or an unnecessary burden on business taxpayers. Though submissions can be made at anytime for consideration in the […]

2009 Annual SB/SE Customer Base Survey to Begin

The Small Business/Self-Employed (SB/SE) division of the IRS will begin conducting its annual telephone survey of taxpayers starting January 21, 2009 and running through mid-April, 2009. This survey is targeted to small business and self-employed taxpayers who file certain income tax forms, including: 1120, 1120A, 1120S, 1065 and 1040 with schedules C, E or F. […]