Category Archives: Income Tax

Big Loan from IRA

Today TaxMama hears from Kandi in the TaxQuips Forum with a personal opportunity. (Let me paraphrase the question.) “A friend wants to loan me money from his IRA, but is afraid of having to pay all the taxes when he draws the money out. Is there a way to do this and avoid the taxes?”

Paying Past Due Taxes

Today TaxMama hears from Steve in the TaxQuips Forum with a reminder. He says, “After finding a true tax professional through one of the associations you suggested on this site, we feel much more confident, moving forward. We are now making voluntary payments with no installment agreement but designating the payments specifically to the Trust […]

Self Employment Surprise

Today TaxMama hears from Alyssa in the TaxQuips Forum, who is surprised. “I am a small business owner, a personal chef. But I also work for a catering company. Even though I made less this year on my adjusted gross income then last year, I owe $1,300; while I paid $200 last year! Could it […]

Living in the UK

Today TaxMama hears from Catherine in the United Kingdom. “I am a US citizen, employed by a UK employer and living and working in the UK where I pay taxes. I own an apartment in NY which I rent out. I report the rental income on my US tax return. Must I report my UK […]

529 Contributions

Today TaxMama hears from Rick in New Jersey with this stroke of genius. “I am a salaried employee for ABC company and will be doing a separate consulting engagement for another company in my spare time. I’d like to take the entire $55,000 I will earn and put it directly into a 529 college plan […]

IPO profits

Today TaxMama hears from Sam in New Jersey with this question. “My company did an IPO this year and I will quadruple my income based on my sale of stocks. These were options I exercised years ago, before the IPO. The exercise price was 1/20th of the sales price. How do I minimize my taxes […]

New Taxpayer

Today TaxMama hears from Jerad in California who wants to know. “What would you advise someone who is a 23 year-old student who never had a job until late 2008, but didn’t pay taxes until today? I would like to get things straight and have it done.”

PTA Book Sales

Today TaxMama hears from Guy in Connecticut, with this question. “Our local PTA, a 501c3, runs book fairs with a book company. We collect the receipts in full, then pay the invoice from the book company. Is the income from these activities the gross or net?”

Income From Stocks

Today TaxMama hears from Anna in Oregon, who is worried. “We received a letter from the IRS. My husband did not file for 2006 and 2007 because he did not make any money from his stock. I did file mine though. In 2008, my husband had a stroke, he is currently disabled and gets SSI. […]