Category Archives: *Tax Quips

Crowdfunding for Medical Costs

Today TaxMama® hears from Josh in the TaxQuips Forum with this interesting question, let me re-phrase. “I want to raise money for a family member who is ill, using crowd-funding. What’s the best way to do this with the least tax impact?”

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.

W-4 Time

Today TaxMama® hears from Bingo1 in the TaxQuips Forum, with this disturbing question. “On the w4 form I believe the amount for line 5 is 2 because my husband is the only one working and I don’t work. I have two kids. Is that correct? My CPA told me I should use 1 on line […]

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. […]

Accidentally Late

Today TaxMama® hears from JNaveen in the TaxQuips Forum, with this disturbing problem. “I regularly file my tax through TaxAct. This year I filed on time both federal and state. With lot of issues at home, I forgot to monitor whether they actually submitted or not. Looks like they didn’t submit state tax for whatever […]

Non-Dependent Medical Costs

Today TaxMama® hears from Robert in the TaxQuips Forum, who has this interesting question. “A self-employed father has found himself having to cover thousands of dollars of uninsured medical expenses for his 21-year old daughter. He does not claim her as a dependent. The father has paid these expenses directly to the providers – and […]

When a Client Doesn’t Pay the Tax Pro

Dear Folks, No offense intended. But when you engage the services of a tax professional, the concept that the IRS has in mind is that you are working with a “paid professional.” If you don’t pay that tax pro, then their signature on your tax returns and/or other documents is not valid – because they […]

Not A Temporary Job

  Today TaxMama® hears from Dustin in the TaxQuips Forum, who has a very reasonable question. (Let me paraphrase.) “I live in Idaho and just got a construction job in Nevada that will last two years. My wife wants to stay in Idaho near her doctor during her pregnancy. What’s the best way to handle […]

Charity by Proxy

Today TaxMama® hears from GuideForThePoor in the TaxQuips Forum, who has an interesting question. “Suppose your deductions are too low to itemize, but you still want to give money to charity. Can you give the money to a friend who does itemize – and have the friend donate it to charity and get the deduction?” […]