Tag Archives: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

COBRA Subsidy Eligibility Period Extended to May 31

WASHINGTON — Workers who lose their jobs during April and May may qualify for a 65-percent subsidy on their COBRA health insurance premiums, according to the Internal Revenue Service. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act established this subsidy to help workers who lost their jobs as a result of the recession maintain their employer sponsored […]

H&R Block Radio Show – Tax Tips for Individuals

Listen here  –  Tax Tips for Individuals                         Read the script of the show below: PROGRAM 1: Tax Tips for Individuals Originally aired:   Thursday, March 25    10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. EDT Introduction – Tax Mama Welcome and Introductions o        Thanks for joining §                    Introduce hosts: §                    Chris Wilson, Master Tax Advisor o        Wilson has been […]

Five Important Facts About Your Unemployment Benefits

Courtesy of IRS  Taxpayers who received unemployment benefits in 2009 are entitled to a special tax break when they file their 2009 federal tax returns. This tax break is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Here are five important facts the Internal Revenue Service wants you to know about your unemployment […]

Tax Credit Helps Pay for Higher Education Expenses

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was passed in early 2009 and created the American Opportunity Credit. This educational tax credit – which expanded the existing Hope credit – helps parents and students pay for college and college-related expenses. Here are the top nine things the Internal Revenue Service wants you to know about this […]

TIGTA Audits IRS’s Administration of First-Time Homebuyer Credit

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) may have allowed thousands of taxpayers to claim millions of dollars in First-Time Homebuyer Credits (the Credit) to which they were not entitled, according to a new report publicly released today by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA). TIGTA found that some taxpayers claimed the Credit for homes […]

Oct. 17 is Last Day for Businesses to Request Tax Credit Certification for Some New Hires

[TaxMama note: For any business needing employees who cannot afford them, this is a good alternative. The government subsidizes your hires for the first year or two. You hire and train someone who would otherwise have a hard time getting a job. You end up with either a devoted and grateful employee – or, realistically, […]

Six Facts About the American Opportunity Tax Credit

Courtesy of the IRS Many parents and college students will be able to offset the cost of college over the next two years under the new American Opportunity Tax Credit. This tax credit is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Here are six important facts the IRS wants you to know […]

Back-to-School Tax Breaks

WASHINGTON — In support of the Administration’s efforts to promote access to and the affordability of college education, the Internal Revenue Service today launched a new Web section highlighting various tax breaks and 529 plan changes designed to help parents and students pay for college. The new Tax Benefits for Education section on IRS.gov includes […]

Alert for COBRA subsidy recipients

Courtesy of the IRS COBRA subsidy recipients who later become eligible for insurance coverage should notify their former employer to avoid a penalty Individuals who have qualified and received the 65 percent subsidy for COBRA health insurance, due to involuntary termination from a prior job, should notify their former employer if they become eligible for […]

Ask TaxMama Issue 516 – How Sewing Machines Changed the World

Dear Family, I want to thank the National Association of Enrolled Agents for honoring TaxMama® (or Eva Rosenberg) their 2009 Excellence in Public Awareness Award – for letter the world know about Enrolled Agents and what we do. Let’s face it, EAs are the best friend of the average taxpayer – especially the small businessowner. […]