Category Archives: Insurance

Prepaid Medical Insurance

Today TaxMama hears from Elaine in the TaxQuips forum, who tells us. “I have a client that is retiring now at age 55. He will receive $185,000 in deferred compensation. The company will withhold $111,000 for lifetime medical insurance for him. Can the whole $111,000 be deducted in the year paid?”

Ask TaxMama Issue 539 – Super Bowl Weekend

  Dear Family, Did you enjoy the Stop Taxing My Patience Contest – from Office Depot and H&R Block? The questions were so interesting. I love good questions – especially if they are short and challenging. The forum and all the questions will stay up for your benefit. But you can no longer post to […]

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 […]

Ask TaxMama Issue 538 – Stop Taxing My Patience

  Dear Family, Much of my time this month has been spent getting ready to do the radio tour for the Office Depot – H&R Block Stop Taxing My Patience Promotion; and getting the contest set up, so you can ask your most pressing tax question – and 5 random winners will get a box […]

Earthquake Insurance

Today TaxMama reads an article from Al Tompkins at Poynter.org who ponders “Is earthquake insurance worth the cost?”

Home Warranty

Today TaxMama hears from James in Florida with this question. “I’m a licensed Realtor ® in Florida. If I purchased a home warranty plan for a buyer as a gift at closing, could I deduct the cost from my taxes at years end?”

Proof of Nothing

Today TaxMama hears from Maure in California with this dilemma. “I haven’t worked since 2006, and have been exempt from paying taxes. So I have no tax returns. However, for a Hospital’s Medical Assistance Program for my bill, I need to show recent 1040, and/or proof of no/low income. How do I get such documentation […]

COBRA Assistance Repayment

Today TaxMama hears from Dan in Massachusetts with this question. “The new COBRA premium assistance is phased out if the employee’s AGI is greater then $145K. It must be paid back when the employee files their taxes. How does the employee know what the premium assistance was?”

Alert for COBRA subsidy recipients

Courtesy of the IRS COBRA subsidy recipients who later become eligible for insurance coverage should notify their former employer to avoid a penalty Individuals who have qualified and received the 65 percent subsidy for COBRA health insurance, due to involuntary termination from a prior job, should notify their former employer if they become eligible for […]

Married Son’s Insurance

Today TaxMama hears from Mike in New Jersey with this question. “Can I deduct my son’s health Insurance premium of $900 a month that his wife and he can no longer afford to pay, on my tax return?”