My friends, this is great news. These are excellent appointments. Sure, they know how to handle audits and collections – work with the “Small Business” taxpayer. But better than that – they also understand the taxpayer’s problems and issues and would prefer to help them prosper – or return to prosperity – than to shut […]
TaxMama’s Tax Roundtable is a monthly live discussion open to all TaxMama Family Members and above, and all TaxMama’s EA Exam and Solving the Tax Puzzle Students. This is open mic time – ask anything you want and we’ll all do our best to help you. Please mark your calendars! It meets at 8:05 am […]
TaxMama® learns something from a question about the required minimum distributions. Got to tell you about this! Dear Family, One of our readers asked about how to take a required minimum distribution from his IRA account, when the only asset in the account was one one-kilo gold bar. In order for you to […]
Tax questions can pop up any time of the year. When people need answers, they should start with Interactive Tax Assistant on IRS.gov. It’s a tool that provides answers to a many tax law questions. The taxpayer enters answers to a series of questions and the tool gives them a response based on those answers. Here are […]
TaxMama® wants to bring some pending and potential tax legislation to your attention, today. Dear Family, On June 14th, I told you about the Taxpayer First Act that was waiting to be signed by the President. He signed that bill into law on July 1st. But there is still a lot that needs to be […]
As you all know, we have been waiting for two pieces of tax legislation from Congress this year:
a) An extender act to reinstate some of the tax provisions that expired at the end of 2017 (mortgage insurance deduction, tuition and fees deduction, etc.)
b) A law giving the IRS specific authority to require paid tax preparers to actually know something about the tax laws and procedures. (Did you know that 46 states and the District of Columbia have absolutely no licensing or knowledge requirements for paid tax preparers?)
Well, this Bill provides neither of those eagerly-awaited bits of legislation. So what does the Taxpayer First Act do for you?
The IRS just released a draft of the Form W-4 that they a proposing to use for 2020. They came up with this after meeting with a national trade group of payroll tax processors – the folks who prepare the vast majority of payrolls and payroll tax returns in the country. Please open this file […]
Lately, TaxMama® has been getting questions from tax professionals about clients who have moved out of the U.S. and have not filed tax returns. Those folks are now in deep trouble. Dear Family, If you have American family, friends or associates living or working outside the United States, please check with them immediately. Make sure […]
Photo by jaingolfsland Last week, TaxMama® visited the IRS, at our Practitioner Stakeholder Liaison meeting. Here is a brief summary of our six-hour session. Dear Family, Believe it or not, one of my favorite activities is spending time with the IRS. Over the years, the terrifying auditors and collections officers become real people I […]
TaxMama® welcomes you to Small Business Week! The IRS has been sending out all kinds of helpful information. (You know – I’m from the IRS and I’m here to help you!) Dear Family, It is, indeed, Small Business Week. And since many of you own your business, or run a business or profitable hobby […]
TaxMama® is hearing from readers or friends about things they left off their tax returns, or errors they made in the course of filing…perhaps a little too soon. Dear Family, TaxMama® is a big proponent of the “slow-down” philosophy. Use the extension. Take the time to review the tax return and the information in it […]
While working on a client’s tax return last month, I noticed that he was over 65. Still an active executive of a Fortune 100 company, his human resources department had informed him that he doesn’t need to file for Medicare, since he has full insurance coverage. Opps! That’s bad advice.