Category Archives: Interest Expense

VCSP – Employer Amnesty for Mis-Classifying Employees

Intro paragraph: Employers – PLEASE PAY ATTENTION NOW! You can no longer get away with treating employees as freelancers. Aside from several recent court decisions, there are too many ways for your employees to turn you in to the IRS and state authorities. After all, if the employees don’t want to pay YOUR half of the […]

Vacation Home Mortgage

Today TaxMama® hears from LFloom in the TaxQuips Forum with a very good question. We want to buy a vacation home that will eventually be a retirement home. It is difficult and more expensive to get a loan on this place. So, I want to get a mortgage on my primary home to buy the […]

Mortgage Unpaid

Today TaxMama® hears from GADS in the TaxQuips Forum, with this issue that I probably should not make public: “A 2 family house has been rented for the last 5 years. Both units are rented. The owner stopped paying the mortgage 18 months ago. He still is collecting rents and reporting them on Schedule E. […]

Qualified Dividends

Today TaxMama® hears from Rogers in the TaxQuips Forum, with this question. “My 1099 DIV form shows that I received $2,345.60 in dividends from a typical domestic stock index fund. But what is unclear is, should the dividend be taxed at capitals gains rates, if it’s a qualified dividend? Or should it be taxed at regular […]

Extra IRS Taxes Plus

Today TaxMama® hears from Wayne  in the TaxQuips Forum, with this question.  “I received a notice from the IRS that my 2011 tax return did not include a withdrawal from my 401k. So I had to pay roughly $3,500 in taxes and penalties for this omission by my tax preparer. Is this $3,500 payment deductible […]

Owning a Home

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

Amend it Now

Today TaxMama® hears from Jennie in the TaxQuips Forum, with a good question. “I took out a mortgage from a private party 4 years ago. They have never sent me a mortgage interest statement. Therefore, I have never included it on my taxes. I realized that is a HUGE mistake as I would most likely […]

House-Related Deductions

Today TaxMama® hears from bhusler28 in the TaxQuips Forum with a good question. “I recently got divorced. Right now the deed is in my name, but the loan is in both my ex-husband’s name and my name. When we file our taxes, we are unsure as to who gets to claim the taxes from the […]

Reverse Mortgages

Today TaxMama® hears from Dave in the TaxQuips Forum, with this question.  “How do we deduct interest on a reverse mortgage?” 

The Mortgage Deduction

Today TaxMama® reads the Tax Prof Blog’s notes about who benefits from the mortgage deduction. According to an analysis reported in the NY Times, only 30% of Americans really benefit from this deduction. They are essentially in the “upper-middle and upper-income households.” Doesn’t that make you feel rich? What is the reality?  

Bought a House

Today TaxMama® hears from Atomicar in the TaxQuips Forum with this question. “We bought a house in December 2011 and moved in first day of 2012. What expenses can we deduct? (I know we can’t deduct house hunting or moving expenses.).”