Category Archives: Tax-Free Income

Living Tax-Free

Today TaxMama® hears from Clifford in the TaxQuips Forum, with an excellent question. “I was told in an investment class that dividend income and social security income could be “blended ” to reduce taxes. We were told that up to $70,700 dollars could be sheltered from taxes. When we asked how this could be done, […]

Big Gain on Home – and Military Home Issues

Today TaxMama® hears from Joe in the TaxQuips Forum.  Joe has just returned from 30 years of service in the armed forces. He hasn’t lived in his home for most of that time, so it doesn’t qualify for the personal residence exclusion. Now it’s time to sell. And Joe has a few questions about the […]

Tax-Free Rental Income

Today TaxMama® doesn’t have any interesting questions in the TaxQuips Forum. So let’s close this week with something interesting. I’m going to tell you how to collect rental income without paying any taxes at all.  

Profit on Vacation Home

Today TaxMama hears from Lucylle in the TaxQuips Forum, with this question. “We want to sell our vacation home in Maine and buy another.  Will we have to pay capital gains tax on it even if we buy another of equal value?”  

Helping Son Pay College Loans

Today TaxMama hears from Jack in the TaxQuips Forum who is bursting with pride over his son. “We are in more of a position to help my graduating son financially than when he started 3.5 years ago. He’s very sharp with investments. So we’re looking for ways to develop these skills while building cash to […]

Bond Income

Today TaxMama hears from Jill in the TaxQuips Forum, with this question. “In 2010, I received a check from the Oregon Department of State Lands for money on an unclaimed bond that my grandmother bought for me years ago. The Oregon State Treasury had me fill out and send a W-9 form in order to […]