Category Archives: Investing

Asking After the Fact

 Today TaxMama® hears from several people in the TaxQuips Forum, with questions asked too late. Here are some questions that should have been asked before you entered into your financial transactions – not when you file your tax returns.

Mutual Fund Fees

Today TaxMama® hears from Farmer in the TaxQuips Forum, with a reasonable question.  “Can you take a deduction of Mutual Fund operating expenses (12b fees?) on Schedule A, subject to the two-percent floor?”

Pay Off or Refi?

  Today TaxMama hears from Tom in the TaxQuips Forum with an interesting problem. “I have a $270,000 mortgage on my primary home.  It is a 30-year loan at 5 3/8% fixed. My home is worth substantially more.  Should I refinance at today’s rates? I could pay off the loan, but that would drain our […]

Lost Down Payment

Today TaxMama hears from Somsak in the TaxQuips Forum, who is hurting, badly. “In 2005 I signed a contract to purchase 2 units in a pre-construction CondoTel in Orlando, Florida. I submitted a 20% down payment of $211,960. In 2008 the project was completed, but only 47 out of 260 investors could close the escrows. The rest couldn’t […]

Investing Through A Friend

Today TaxMama hears from Brent in the TaxQuips Forum, with an exciting opportunity. “I have been approached by a friend I trust (personally, not on the fine points of tax law) about investing in a pre-IPO stock of a foreign company that will be listed on a US exchange.  Two problems. First, I would invest […]

Real Estate Dealer

Today TaxMama hears from David in the TaxQuips Forum, who defines a dealer in real estate as someone who sells a single property for profit, as long as  the intent to act as a dealer to real estate is present.”

Investment Tools and Tips

Today TaxMama wants to speak to you about how to gain a better understanding of your investments, and money – and perhaps their relationship to your taxes.  

Ten Tips for Taxpayers Contributing to an Individual Retirement Plan

If you haven’t made all the contributions to your traditional Individual Retirement Arrangement that you want to make – don’t worry, you may still have time.  Here are the top 10 things the Internal Revenue Service wants you to know about setting aside retirement money in an IRA. 1. You may be able to deduct some […]

TaxMama’s® Tax Optimization Secrets

[This Special Report is only for TaxMama Family Members and Prime Members. It is a transcript of a special session just for members of Alex Mandossian’s courses.] By Eva Rosenberg, MBA, EA  WHY is tax optimization so important to help you achieve greater success?  You are here at Alex Mandossian’s TeleSeminar Secrets course because you […]

Transferring an IRA Triggered 10% Penalty

Courtesy of David & Mary Mellem, EAs We’re not talking about a normal transfer of an IRA here. We are talking about a taxpayer who transfers an IRA from which the taxpayer was taking substantial equal periodic payments. First an overview: A taxpayer is generally subject to income tax on distributions from an IRA account […]