Tag Archives: Adjusted Gross Income

IRS Announces Pension Plan Limitations for 2012

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today announced cost of living adjustments affecting dollar limitations for pension plans and other retirement-related items for Tax Year 2012. In general, many of the pension plan limitations will change for 2012 because the increase in the cost-of-living index met the statutory thresholds that trigger their adjustment. However, other […]

Won $100,000

 Today TaxMama hears from Anthony in the Tax Quips Forum with this question. “I won $100,000.00 at Bally’s casino in Atlantic City on January 15, 2011 However, by now I have gambled all my winnings away. I don’t own a house or car or anything, nor do I have any money left in the bank. […]

Coaching Expenses

Today TaxMama hears from Mimi in the TaxQuips Forum who tells us. “My husband coaches my son’s Little League and travel basketball team.  Occasionally, he buys equipment for the team’s use and hosts an after-season party, complete with pizza, cake and beverage.  Some of these expenses are not reimbursed by the league.  Are these deductible?  How about […]

2010 IRA to Roth Rollover

Today TaxMama hears from Billie in the TaxQuips Forum who’s getting conflicting information. “In 2010 there was this nice ‘deferment’ one could take advantage of when converting a traditional IRA to a ROTH. By doing that in 2010, you could postpone half of the taxes due to 2011 and the other half to 2012. My […]

Legal Fee Deduction

Today TaxMama hears from Julian in the TaxQuips Forum with an easy question. “I wonder if I can deduct immigration lawyer costs from my tax return? The fees were to get me the work permit for my current job in the US.”

Self Employment Surprise

Today TaxMama hears from Alyssa in the TaxQuips Forum, who is surprised. “I am a small business owner, a personal chef. But I also work for a catering company. Even though I made less this year on my adjusted gross income then last year, I owe $1,300; while I paid $200 last year! Could it […]

Employee Business Expenses

Courtesy of IRS If you itemize deductions and are an employee, you may be able to deduct certain work-related expenses. The IRS has put together the following facts to help you determine which expenses may be deducted as an employee business expense. Expenses that qualify for an itemized deduction include:

CCH Identifies 10 Deductions That Make It Easy to Reduce Your Taxes

Courtesy of CCH – they write some of THE best material! (RIVERWOODS, ILL., February 17, 2011) – Whether you itemize or take the standard deduction, there are plenty of above-the-line deductions that can mean even greater tax savings, according to CCH, a Wolters Kluwer business and the leading global provider of tax, accounting and audit […]

10 year-end tax planning tips

CHICAGO, Nov. 4, 2010 – Grant Thornton LLP wants to remind America that it’s the perfect time to consider some holiday season tax planning strategies as 2010 winds down.  “People need to be paying special attention to their year-end tax planning in 2010,” said Justin Ransome, a partner in Grant Thornton’s Washington National Tax Office. […]

IRS Announces Pension Plan Limitations for 2011

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today announced cost of living adjustments affecting dollar limitations for pension plans and other retirement-related items for tax year 2011. In general, these limits will either remain unchanged, or the inflation adjustments for 2011 will be small. Highlights include: