Category Archives: Deductions

HUD 1

Today TaxMama hears from Craig in the TaxQuips Forum, who asks. “Are items on a HUD-1 (seller’s side), Lines 510-519, deductible by the seller as taxes paid on Schedule A or are they adjustments to the basis?”

Mortgage Insurance Deduction

Today TaxMama hears from Christy in the TaxQuips Forum,with this question. “Just wondering if mortgage insurance would be deductible if not included on form 1098 from the lender?  The client purchased the home in 2007 and has a loan balance for 09 of $215,000.00.  It is their only home. He and his family reside in […]

TaxMama’s In Depth Tax Web Workshop for Writers, Journalists and Bloggers

When:             August 13, 2010                         10:00 am – Noon PT Where:            Online in TaxMama’s Conference Room Cost:               $50.00                        Discounts:             $20 discount to members of writers groups –   Check with your association for discount code  CPE Credits:            2 hours for Enrolled Agents   How to Register  –   Include the name of your writers […]

NSF Charges

Today TaxMama hears from Toni in the TaxQuips Forum. She just wants to confirm. “NSF charges are allowable, aren’t they?  Years ago, as an auditor, I used to disallow them. At some point I was told by either review or appeals that they are allowable.  I still don’t think they should be & a client who […]

Substance Abuse

Today TaxMama hears from Chris in the TaxQuips Forum, with a common problem. “It was mentioned by TaxMama on a news website today that money spent on substance abuse treatment is deductible as medical expenses. My 24 year old son has been in different forms of treatment over the last 4 years. While he was a dependant […]

H&R Block Radio Show – Tax Tips for Individuals

Listen here  –  Tax Tips for Individuals                         Read the script of the show below: PROGRAM 1: Tax Tips for Individuals Originally aired:   Thursday, March 25    10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. EDT Introduction – Tax Mama Welcome and Introductions o        Thanks for joining §                    Introduce hosts: §                    Chris Wilson, Master Tax Advisor o        Wilson has been […]

IRS News – Seven Tax Tips for Disabled Taxpayers

Taxpayers with disabilities may qualify for a number of IRS tax credits and benefits. Parents of children with disabilities may also qualify. Listed below are seven tax credits and other benefits that are available if you or someone else listed on your federal tax return is disabled. Standard Deduction Taxpayers who are legally blind may […]

Ask TaxMama Issue 538 – Stop Taxing My Patience

  Dear Family, Much of my time this month has been spent getting ready to do the radio tour for the Office Depot – H&R Block Stop Taxing My Patience Promotion; and getting the contest set up, so you can ask your most pressing tax question – and 5 random winners will get a box […]

Ten Facts About Claiming Donations Made to Haiti

If you are donating to charities providing earthquake relief in Haiti, you may be able to claim those donations on your 2009 tax return. Here are 10 important facts the Internal Revenue Service wants you to know about this special provision. A new law allows you to claim donations for Haitian relief on your 2009 […]