Category Archives: Contributions

2016 Mileage

TaxMama® and Ken Jeffries interview: LISTEN TO PODCAST: Ken: It’s TaxQuips Time from TaxMama.com . Today TaxMama covers deductible mileage. What kinds of mileage are deductible by individuals and businesses? TaxMama: Actually, there are four ways to take advantage of vehicle-related deductions: Medical mileage Moving Mileage Job or business mileage Charitable mileage Ken: What are […]

Deductible Day Care

Today TaxMama® hears from Mel  in the TaxQuips Forum, with this reasonable question.  “I have a client who sends their 5 year old to a private Christian school for pre-K. Can this be deductible like daycare? Is private school deductible at all in the upper grades?”

Employer Leave-Based Donation Programs to Aid Victims of Hurricane Sandy

[TaxMama Summary: As long as the employer and employees follow the IRS guidelines, employees will be allowed to donate their sick pay, vacation pay or personal leave payments to the organizations helping victims of Hurricane Sandy. Effect on Employees: The amount donated will not be added to employees’ wages – so they will not have […]

Helping Someone in Need

Today TaxMama® hears from MJ in the TaxQuips Forum who tells us, “We have a friend whose child has been injured, and would like to raise funds for her to help pay for the bills. We cannot afford to file for a non-profit (KY); and don’t know if that’s even necessary for a case like […]

The Magic Number

Today TaxMama hears from Bill in the TaxQuips Forum, who is carrying a heavy load. “My wife and I pay almost $150k per year in Federal taxes and another almost $50k in state income taxes with most of it coming from W2 earnings.  I’m really tired of paying this much money to those in government […]

Comic Relief

  Today TaxMama hears from K Syl in the TaxQuips Forum, who has a fun idea.  “I have an Internet marketing business – a blog on comic books. The blog will have links for ordering comics to generate income on the blog and Pay Per Click ads. Large portions of the site will be devoted […]

275,000 Organizations No Longer Tax Exempt

Courtesy of IRS: IRS Identifies Organizations that Have Lost Tax-Exempt Status; Announces Special Steps to Help Revoked Organizations WASHINGTON –– The Internal Revenue Service today announced that approximately 275,000 organizations under the law have automatically lost their tax-exempt status because they did not file legally required annual reports for three consecutive years. The IRS believes […]

Crazy Cat Lady Takes On IRS

By David Stone, EA [TaxMama Note: This is the where I first read about the Tax Court case referenced in today’s TaxQuip.  Thanks David! ] Every town has a crazy cat lady, with way too many cats littering her property. Neighborhood kids walk past the house and wonder if it’s haunted. Adults drive past and […]

Deducting the Class Snake

Today TaxMama hears from Susan in the TaxQuips Forum with a fun case. “Assuming that I won’t make my son pay for it out of his allowance, for volunteering me to take care of the class snake for the summer… Can I deduct the cost of the frozen rats it eats? And what about if […]

Donating Real Estate

Today TaxMama hears from Peggi in the TaxQuips Forum, with this problem. “I have a rental house that is in a distressed area.  I cannot get it rented, it keeps getting broken into.  I can donate the house to the LRA for a tax credit.  Would this be more beneficial than trying to sell it […]

10 year-end tax planning tips

CHICAGO, Nov. 4, 2010 – Grant Thornton LLP wants to remind America that it’s the perfect time to consider some holiday season tax planning strategies as 2010 winds down.  “People need to be paying special attention to their year-end tax planning in 2010,” said Justin Ransome, a partner in Grant Thornton’s Washington National Tax Office. […]