Category Archives: Tax Returns

Ask TaxMama Issue 538 – Stop Taxing My Patience

  Dear Family, Much of my time this month has been spent getting ready to do the radio tour for the Office Depot – H&R Block Stop Taxing My Patience Promotion; and getting the contest set up, so you can ask your most pressing tax question – and 5 random winners will get a box […]

Do I have to File a Tax Return?

    Courtesy of IRS [TaxMama note: ALWAYS file tax return, whether you need to or not. Once you file, you start the clock ticking on the 3 year statute of limitations for audit. If you never file, IRS or the state can come back and ask for a tax return for  that year, forever.] You […]

How to Obtain a Transcript of Your Past Tax Information

Taxpayers who need their past tax return information can obtain it from the IRS. Here are nine things to know if you need copies of your federal tax return information. 1. There are two easy and convenient options for obtaining free copies of your federal tax return information — tax return transcripts and tax account […]

IRS Grants Minnesota, North Dakota Flood Victims until May 15 To File Tax Returns, Make Payments

IR-2009-32, April 2, 2009 WASHINGTON —Victims of severe flooding in Minnesota and North Dakota have an extra 30 days, until May 15, to file their 2008 individual tax returns and pay any taxes due, the Internal Revenue Service announced today. Because the flooding has occurred within close proximity to April 15 –– the nation’s tax […]

Is it Too Good To Be True? Home-Based Business Tax Avoidance Schemes

If you use part of your home for business, you may be able to deduct expenses for the business use of your home. These expenses may include mortgage interest, insurance, utilities, repairs, and depreciation. The home office deduction is available for homeowners and renters, and applies to all types of homes, from apartments to mobile […]

IRS Has $1.3 Billion for People Who Have Not Filed a 2005 Tax Return

IR-2009-16, March 3, 2009 WASHINGTON — Unclaimed refunds totaling approximately $1.3 billion are awaiting over a million people who did not file a federal income tax return for 2005, the Internal Revenue Service announced today. However, to collect the money, a return for 2005 must be filed with the IRS no later than Wednesday, April […]

Free File Alliance Kicks Off

Free File Alliance Kicks Off 7th Year of Free Tax Preparation Services for 70 Percent of Americans More than 98 Million Taxpayers Making $56,000 or Less are Eligible for Free Tax Assistance and E-Filing Through www.IRS.gov WASHINGTON, DC (January 16, 2009) – The Free File Alliance (www.freefilealliance.org), a coalition of 19 private tax software companies […]

Is Your Hobby a For-Profit Endeavor?

FS-2008-23, June 2008 The Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers to follow appropriate guidelines when determining whether an activity is engaged in for profit, such as a business or investment activity, or is engaged in as a hobby. Internal Revenue Code Section 183 (Activities Not Engaged in for Profit) limits deductions that can be claimed when […]

Deadline Extensions for Combatants and Disaster Areas

IRS spokesman Eric Smith reminds us that deadline extensions provided to disaster-area taxpayers and those serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and other combat-zone localities also give those affected more time to put money into an IRA. [note: You will find the links in the Resource Box below] Filing and payment extensions, granted by the IRS in […]