Tag Archives: bank accounts

The Taxpayers Advocate Speaks

National Taxpayer Advocate Submits Mid-Year Report to Congress; Identifies Priority Challenges and Issues for Upcoming Year IR-2010-83, July 7, 2010 WASHINGTON — National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson today released a report to Congress that identifies the priority issues the Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) will address during the coming fiscal year.  The report expresses concern […]

Tips on Tips

Today TaxMama hears from David in Arizona who got an unpleasant surprise. “I work for a restaurant that has not collected tip income info from our wait staff, and has not done any subsequent withholding. I am the lucky one who inherited payroll responsibility mid-year. I just learned of this oversight when prepping W2’s 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. […]

Credit and Debit Card Fees Related to Tax Payment are Deductible

IR-2009-37, April 7, 2009 WASHINGTON — Credit or debit card convenience fees charged for paying federal individual income taxes electronically are deductible for some taxpayers who itemize, the Internal Revenue Service announced today. Federal law bars the IRS from paying any fees associated with these credit or debit transactions. Card processors normally charge taxpayers for […]

Reporting Mexican Income

Today TaxMama hears from B in Washington State, with this question. “If I have passive rental income of $100,000 from a business in Mexico that goes into a trust in Belize, am I required to report that on my 1040 in the US? I am a US citizen and live in the US 100% of […]

PASSIONATE PLEA – TAKE RESPONSIBILITY!

A few minutes ago, I got this note from a divorced woman who is facing a mountain of tax debt generated by her ex – and whose expensive tax attorney couldn’t win a legitimate innocent spouse case: Unfortunately when I was married, my husband of 27 years prepared our return and would rush me to […]

IRS Partners Host Free Tax Help for Low-Income, Elderly Taxpayers

Courtesy of the Internal Revenue Service IR-2008-012 WASHINGTON — Nearly 12,000 free tax preparation sites will be open nationwide this year as the Internal Revenue Service continues to expand its partnerships with nonprofit and community organizations performing vital tax preparation services for low-income and elderly taxpayers. The IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program offers […]

New Social Security Mismatch Rule

Shades of 1984 and McCarthyism! This new rule is going further than simply holding employers responsible for ensuring that the workers they hire are all legal. That is as it should be. Everyone should take responsibility for their own actions and choices. However, it includes a snitch-factor – encouraging employees to turn others in – […]