Category Archives: Employee Benefits

Health Insurance Zinger

Today TaxMama® hears from Larry in the TaxQuips Forum with a quick question. “If an employee pays for his family’s health insurance through payroll withholding, is the amount he pays free from taxes? My clients paid $6,000 in 2012 through payroll withholding and his W-2 gross income in block 1 (and blocks 3 & 5) […]

Expanded Adoption Tax Credit Still Available for Extension Filers

Courtesy of the Internal Revenue Service If you adopted a child last year and requested an extension of time to file your 2011 taxes, you may be able to claim the expanded adoption credit on your federal tax return. The Affordable Care Act temporarily increased the amount of the credit and made it refundable, which […]

Hiring Your Children

Today TaxMama hears from Ann in the Tax Quips Forum, with a reasonable question. “A woman pays her 13 & 15 year-old children to do office copying, collating, help distribute flyers, and help put on story plays for their author parent. If she were to hire an outside service, she would pay considerably more money […]

Employee Stock Purchase Plan

Today TaxMama hears from Rick in the Tax Quips Forum with set of questions. “I have a tax question about my company stock purchase plan. I elected to contribute ($5,000) to the plan last year and it runs from Oct 1, 2010 till Oct 1, 2011. The benefit of the plan is that I receive […]

Six Things to Know About the Expanded Adoption Tax Credit

Courtesy of IRS If you are adopting a child in 2011, the Internal Revenue Service encourages you to familiarize yourself with the adoption tax credit. The Affordable Care Act increased the amount of the credit and made it refundable, which means it can increase the amount of your refund.

Double Reimbursement

Today TaxMama hears from Doug in the TaxQuips Forum who is arguing with his work buddies. “We are a group of field technicians that work entirely out of our home and have no local office to report to. We drive directly from our home to a customer site, and the visit usually is completed that […]

Commuting Reimbursement

Today TaxMama hears from John in the TaxQuips Forum, who just got a promotion. “ I get a monthly salary as well as a $400 travel allowance.  I live across the border in another state and have a 60 mile round trip as well as tolls.  My employer thought it would be good to write me […]