Category Archives: Capital Gains Tax

Last Minute Tax Tips for 2018

Today TaxMama®wants to give you some steps to take before the end of 2018. Dear Family, This year, it’s especially difficult to figure out how to reduce your taxes. The average couple is not likely to be itemizing any more. Folks with high employee business expenses won’t be able to use them. Individuals with mortgages […]

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 […]

Divorce Home Sale

Today TaxMama® hears from Greg in the TaxQuips Forum with a very common divorce issue. Let me paraphrase. “We got divorced. My wife and child stayed in our home. I made the payments. Now, when we want to sell it 7 years later, is there any way at all that I can get the personal […]

Asking After the Fact

 Today TaxMama® hears from several people in the TaxQuips Forum, with questions asked too late. Here are some questions that should have been asked before you entered into your financial transactions – not when you file your tax returns.

Cannot Prove Residence

Today TaxMama® hears from Johnathan in the TaxQuips Forum, with a good question.  Let me summarize. “Although I have lived in my home for more than two years, I don’t have proof of that. My voter registration, driver’s license and banking all show a friend’s address. What kind of penalties will I face if the […]

Short Sale

Today TaxMama® hears from YbSick in the TaxQuips Forum, with a common question.  “In a short sale where they abandoned the property and they receive a cancellation of debt, is it non-taxable since it was on their personal residence? Is there a time limit on how long after they move out of the property it […]

Zero Tax on Capital Gain

Today TaxMama® hears from Mazyar in the TaxQuips Forum with a good question. “I am planning for 2012 tax and am trying to find out what would be the maximum long-term capital gain I can have in order to still have it taxed at 0%. I use the Schedule D Tax Worksheet and enter the […]

Courts Protect Taxpayer Basis and Audit Limits

Here are a couple of tax-related court cases you might find interesting. Attorney Ronald Marini writes about a very recent Supreme Court decision that limits IRS’ audit powers in a way you’ll like. The IRS is limited to three years to audit you or your business when it comes to determining the basis of anything […]

Excess 401k Contributions

Today TaxMama® hears from Geri in the TaxQuips Forum with this interesting question. “I had two jobs this year. Job 1, I put in the maximum of $16,500 in my 401(k); then in job 2, I put in an additional $6,000. I am under 50 years of age. I now realize I put in more […]

Personal Residence Exclusion after Death

Today TaxMama® hears from Tina in the TaxQuips Forum with this convoluted question. “A person has resided in the same one-family residence in for the last ten years without any children or wife. This person was bound into an estate contract to sell his residence for $800,000 in November, 2011 when his tax basis in […]

Utility Offers to Buy Home

Today TaxMama® hears from Dean in the TaxQuips Forum with this odd question. “The local power company wants to purchase my home, payoff my mortgage, allow me to live rent free for 12 months; then allow me to purchase the house back for the market value to avoid capitol gains tax. Is this legit? They […]