Category Archives: Gifts

Ready for End-of-year Tax Planning?

CCH Suggests Steps to Consider Before Time Runs Out (RIVERWOODS, ILL., November 2, 2011) ­ As the clock winds down on the 2011 tax year, now is the time for taxpayers to look at their financial situations, consult tax and accounting experts and determine if they can be better positioned for filing income tax returns […]

Giving Away the Farm

Today TaxMama hears from Richard in the TaxQuips Forum who is generous to his son. “My Son retired from the Army and moved into a house that is on a small farm I inherited. He wanted to make improvements to the house and didn’t want to wait until we passed on to the happy “hunting ground” […]

Deeded in Life or Death

Today TaxMama hears from Mary in the TaxQuips Forum, who needs clarification. “My mother-in-law put her house in my husband’s name with a quitclaim Deed, which states it would be hers until her death; and he could not sell it as long as she was alive.  Now she has passed away and the house is […]

He Bought the Farm

Today TaxMama hears from Barb in the TaxQuips Forum with a simple question.  “The farmer is selling his farm, and everything on it, to his son for $1.  The basis of the farm and the machinery is approx $100,000 and FMV approx $510,000. How do I file their Form 4797?

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. […]

Won Lottery

Today TaxMama hears from Mike from Chicago, Il who is excited. “I won the lottery and paid taxes on the winnings. I want to give my mother $1 million out of my after tax winnings. Will she have to pay taxes on the $1 million again? Or just on any interest it accumulates?”

Happy Thanks for All the Gifts Week

Is there someone you forgot to thank? Is that Thank You card burning a hole in your pocket? Is Mom pestering you about calling your aunt? How long have you meant to thank him for that locket?   Well, for all you procrastinators, you ‘I meant to do it’ divas, you folks with good hearts […]

Same Sex Yo-Yo

Today TaxMama wants to discuss a tax issue that will affect tax preparers, certain taxpayers – and perhaps your friends and relatives around the country. Same-Sex marriage. Please don’t turn away because the  topic is odious to you. You probably know someone affected – and may be able to help them.

Inheriting vs Gifting

Today TaxMama hears from Terri in the TaxQuips Forum, with an delightful problem to have.  “What is the best way to reduce the tax consequences of inheriting land? The person inheriting the land is not related to the owner.  He could possibly marry her if that would help matters. The land was inherited and has very low […]

IRS News – Is this Income Taxable?

While most income you receive is generally considered taxable, there are some situations when certain types of income are partially taxed or not taxed at all. To ensure taxpayers are familiar with the difference between taxable and non-taxable income, the Internal Revenue Service offers these common examples of items that are not included in your […]

Refundable Gift

Today TaxMama hears from Karen in Arizona with this sad question. “A parent distributes an annual gift of $13,000 to a child for 4 years depleting all assets. If the parent requires full time nursing care before the end of the 5th year and has only Social Security income available, is the child required to […]