Category Archives: *Tax Quips

Tax Deadline Looming

  Today TaxMama® wants to talk about deadlines, extensions, payments and dealing with it all on a tight budget. What do you do first?!    

Not Filing Prior Years – Wasting Refunds

Today TaxMama® hears from C in the TaxQuips forum. She has an all-too common problem. “I have a tax return that I completed but did not mail off from 2013, I know you have to process your taxes within 3 years, is there any way to mail off this 2013 tax return and get my […]

Everything You Want to Know About the EA Exam 2018-2019

The REPLAY of the April  2018-2019 webinar is HERE! Becoming a knowledgeable tax professional isn’t easy. It takes a lot of dedication, math skills, and the flexibility to keep up with the myriad of tax law changes that take place each year.  But it can be done. It’s fun! And oh so lucrative. And TaxMama’s EA […]

Switching from Employee Status to Independent Contractor

Today TaxMama® wants to give you something to think about before switching from employee status to independent contractor.  

Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 – Tax Extenders Passed Today

Last week, I promised you that the Legislature would pass an extender bill by spring. Well, good news! They didn’t wait that long. They included most of the provisions of  S. 2256 in today’s budget bill. Alas, Congress only extended them for the short-term. All the extenders are retroactive to January 1, 2017. But the […]

Introduction to the Trump Tax Plan

Today TaxMama® wishes you a Happy New Year, and brings you some basics about how the Trump Tax Plan will affect this filing season.

The Postcard Filing – a Naïve, Misguided Fantasy

  https://waysandmeans.house.gov/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/WM_postcardprint_110117.pdf     The good news. President Trump Congress keeps telling you that taxpayers will be able to file on a postcard. The bad news? Look at lines 3, 10, 11, and 12. Your government is naïve. While this may be wish-fulfillment, it has no basis in practical reality. It should be a required […]

2018 Mileage Rates

News Flash:   IRS just released 2018 mileage rates:    54.5 cents for every mile of business travel driven, up 1 cent from the rate for 2017. 18 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes, up 1 cent from the rate for 2017. 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations. […]

Storage Costs

Today TaxMama® hears from Bob with this question. “In order to rent my residence (house) as “unfurnished”, I had to move my furniture and other belongings to a storage facility (like Public Storage). Can I deduct the expense of this storage against my rental income?”