Category Archives: Income Tax

Is it Too Good To Be True? Home-Based Business Tax Avoidance Schemes

If you use part of your home for business, you may be able to deduct expenses for the business use of your home. These expenses may include mortgage interest, insurance, utilities, repairs, and depreciation. The home office deduction is available for homeowners and renters, and applies to all types of homes, from apartments to mobile […]

Where to Pay Tax

Today TaxMama hears from Nick in Wisconsin, who tells us. “I own several rentals in Wisconsin. I have been a Wisconsin resident for years. If I relocate to Florida where there is no personal income tax, then sell my rentals, will I have to pay capital gains tax to Wisconsin? I realize that the Federal […]

TIGTA Releases Review of Earned Income Tax Credit Program

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) today publicly released its most recent review of the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) Earned Income Tax Credit Program (EITC). The report concludes that the IRS has successfully developed processes to identify erroneous EITC payments prior to their issuance to taxpayers. However, the IRS estimates that between $10 […]

Casual Gambler Can Net Wins Against Losses on a Per Visit Basis

by David & Mary Mellem, EAs We all know gambling winnings are Other Income, while gambling losses are deductible on Schedule A but only up to the amount of winnings. Some tax professionals have interpreted the regulations to require each individual bet to stand on its own. Now IRS has addressed this issue a little […]

Bartering Income

Bartering is the trading of one product or service for another. Usually there is no exchange of cash. It is the most ancient form of commerce. Any business owner or professional who has a product or service to offer can barter. While our ancestors may have exchanged eggs for corn, today you can barter computer […]

Jackpot

Today TaxMama hears from Kathy in New Mexico, a lucky lady. “I am a housewife. I have no income. My husband has a 100% disability income. I won a jackpot of $1,500.00. I have to pay taxes on this amount. Is this earned income?”

Overstated Income

Today TaxMama hears from Tom in California, with a problem. “I overstated my income. How do I correct this?”

Reporting Tip Income

Today TaxMama hears from Danni in Florida who tells us “I am a hairdresser. What percentage of my tips am I required to report?” Dear Danni 100% – ALL OF YOUR TIPS! Why should you have to report less than all your income when every other working stiff has to report 100% of theirs? Whatever […]

Deducting an Investment

Today TaxMama hears from Jerry in Utah with a bold question. “My wife and I have a profitable LLC. We want the LLC to invest in a private offering with the intent of generating income from the investment. Will the money I use for the investment still be taxable income? I’d like to ‘’defer’’ the […]

Oil and Gas

Today TaxMama hears from Dan in Texas who tells us, “My neighborhood just completed oil/gas lease with a local oil company. I am trying to find out information on the tax rate that I will facing at the end of the year on the bonus and the royalties.”