Category Archives: Business

Sales Tax Expense

Today TaxMama hears from Sirian in the TaxQuips Forum with a concern. He says, “I am an Internet marketer & web developer.  I have always collected state sales tax for my clients in my state (Texas).  When filing my Federal taxes I usually include the full income (including all state sales tax collected) in the reported […]

Trust Fund Penalty

Today TaxMama hears from Steve in the TaxQuips Forum with a big problem. He says, “The IRS wants me to sign a trust fund recovery form accepting personal responsibility for corporate 941 back taxes. They are making this a requirement as part of a full pay installment agreement. They are telling me that they will […]

Taxes for Helping a Friend

Today TaxMama hears from Gayle in the TaxQuips Forum with a common misconception. She asks, “Do I have to become a business to write off expenses on my taxes? I make a product for a friend of mine. I buy all the materials. I do this to help their family business. They pay me for […]

Vacant Rental Property

Today TaxMama hears from Ed in the TaxQuips Forum who wants to know. “Can I still deduct my expenses on a rental house which sat vacant for 2010 on Schedule E?” 

Legal Fee Deduction

Today TaxMama hears from Julian in the TaxQuips Forum with an easy question. “I wonder if I can deduct immigration lawyer costs from my tax return? The fees were to get me the work permit for my current job in the US.”

Deducting Free Services

Today TaxMama hears from Jenna in the TaxQuips Forum, who needs help. “I work as a cosmetologist.  I am considered self-employed and rent a chair in a local salon.  I give free haircuts throughout the year during my normal business hours.  Could these haircuts be tax deductible?  If so, would they be considered advertisement or […]

Self Employment Surprise

Today TaxMama hears from Alyssa in the TaxQuips Forum, who is surprised. “I am a small business owner, a personal chef. But I also work for a catering company. Even though I made less this year on my adjusted gross income then last year, I owe $1,300; while I paid $200 last year! Could it […]

TaxMama’s Tax Roundtable – March 2011 Session

March 17, 2011 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. REPLAY today’s session below – you can listen and SEE the session and forms.

Eligible Education

Today TaxMama hears from Dil in the TaxQuips Forum, who needs clarification. “The issue is related to the definition of  ‘qualified educational institution.’  The institution is a regionally accredited one, but the full definition of ‘qualified educational institution’ requires that it be a Title IV institution – one whose students may receive federal financial aid. The […]

Business Patio

Today TaxMama hears from Sarah in the TaxQuips Forum, with a good question. “My husband is a personal trainer and uses our back patio exclusively to train clients (we do not use this space for anything else).  Is this deductible and if so, how?  Do we have to include the square footage of our whole […]

Husband andWife LLC

Today TaxMama hears from Rachel in the TaxQuips Forum, who needs clarification. “My husband and I are the only owners of our LLC. From my understanding, in our state (Arizona) we can file a schedule C with our 1040. When I try to do this with TurboTax it prompts me to divide all the expenses […]