Category Archives: Homeowners

Divorce Home Sale

Today TaxMama® hears from Greg in the TaxQuips Forum with a very common divorce issue. Let me paraphrase. “We got divorced. My wife and child stayed in our home. I made the payments. Now, when we want to sell it 7 years later, is there any way at all that I can get the personal […]

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.”

Owning a Home

Today TaxMama® hears from 4775wsk in the TaxQuips Forum, with a quick question. “What are the tax breaks of home ownership?”

No Repayment Needed

Today TaxMama® hears from Dave in the TaxQuips Forum, with an excellent question  (let me summarize).  “His friend’s daughter bought a home in 2008 subject to the First Time Homebuyer Credit repayment. During 2011, she was deployed to Iraq for 11 months. Can she file an amended return and have the entire balance of her repayment […]

Big Gain on Home – and Military Home Issues

Today TaxMama® hears from Joe in the TaxQuips Forum.  Joe has just returned from 30 years of service in the armed forces. He hasn’t lived in his home for most of that time, so it doesn’t qualify for the personal residence exclusion. Now it’s time to sell. And Joe has a few questions about the […]

Inheritance

Today TaxMama® hears from Barbara in the TaxQuips Forum, with these questions. “My mother has me as beneficiary on an annuity she had. Will that be considered income for me and taxable? Also she left her house in a trust. Are there any tax issues I need to know about?”  

Sold Family Home

Today TaxMama® hears from Madeline in the TaxQuips Forum with this situation. “My siblings and I just sold our family home in New Hampshire. I live in California. We each got $40,000.00. How will this affect my taxes next year?” 

Property Tax Surprise

Today TaxMama® hears from Tony in the TaxQuips Forum with an odd problem. (Here’s the short version – read the long version on the site.) “He just got a notice that his home is about to be sold because the property taxes haven’t been paid on it. He’s never gotten the invoices – they have […]

Homebuyer Credit Repayment

Today TaxMama® hears from Kelly in the TaxQuips Forum who cares about her friend. “A friend’s home will soon be going into foreclosure. He’s owned the home for 2.5 years and we’re trying to figure out if he’ll have to repay the $8,000 tax credit he received as a first time homebuyer. I’ve read that […]

Personal Residence Exclusion after Death

Today TaxMama® hears from Tina in the TaxQuips Forum with this convoluted question. “A person has resided in the same one-family residence in for the last ten years without any children or wife. This person was bound into an estate contract to sell his residence for $800,000 in November, 2011 when his tax basis in […]