Category Archives: Deductions

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 […]

Taxable Complimentary Stuff

Today TaxMama® hears from Rick in the TaxQuips Forum. Let me summarize his issue. He just learned that he is getting a $9,000 1099MISC for items he receives to review. He can’t use most of those things, but he’s not allowed to sell them. Yet, he will be paying taxes on the retail value of […]

Charity by Proxy

Today TaxMama® hears from GuideForThePoor in the TaxQuips Forum, who has an interesting question. “Suppose your deductions are too low to itemize, but you still want to give money to charity. Can you give the money to a friend who does itemize – and have the friend donate it to charity and get the deduction?” […]

Assisted Living

Today TaxMama® hears from Hollie in the TaxQuips Forum, with this concern.  “My husband had to go to an assisted living facility (following hospital and skilled nursing stays) and I understand the nursing portion of his assisted living monthly fee is a tax deductible expense. When I asked the administrator of his assisted living facility (run […]

2013 & 2014 Quick Resources

Today TaxMama® hears from Pope in the TaxQuips Forum, with a request.  “Could you publish a table showing 2013 & 2014 standard tax items. Things like standard deductions; personal exemptions; mileage rates (business, medical, charity); income limits– phaseout of itemized deductions; etc.?”

Medical Home Improvements

Today TaxMama® hears from Pia in the TaxQuips Forum, with the kind of question people often ask.  “We were wondering if it is tax-deductible to deduct the installation of hardwood floors for my autistic daughter who is severely allergic to carpet. Carpet causes uncontrolled seizures.”

Prepaying Lease Costs

Today TaxMama® hears from JJ in the TaxQuips Forum, with an unusual situation. “I leased a car this fall. I paid for the entire sum up front, in a single payment. What is the correct deduction for federal taxes?”

The Mortgage Deduction

Today TaxMama® reads the Tax Prof Blog’s notes about who benefits from the mortgage deduction. According to an analysis reported in the NY Times, only 30% of Americans really benefit from this deduction. They are essentially in the “upper-middle and upper-income households.” Doesn’t that make you feel rich? What is the reality?