Tag Archives: Congress

More Questions Than Answers for 2013 Tax Picture

Courtesy of CCH, a Wolters-Kluwers company New CCH Tax Briefing Examines Key End-of-Year Issues  (RIVERWOODS, ILL., May 4, 2012) – Will this be the last year of the Bush-era tax cuts? For now, uncertainty remains over whether Congress will extend all or some of the tax cuts and incentives set to expire at the end […]

Zero Tax on Capital Gain

Today TaxMama® hears from Mazyar in the TaxQuips Forum with a good question. “I am planning for 2012 tax and am trying to find out what would be the maximum long-term capital gain I can have in order to still have it taxed at 0%. I use the Schedule D Tax Worksheet and enter the […]

Ask TaxMama Issue 638 – Happy Friday the 13th

Dear Family, Happy Passover. Still a couple of days left. Are you craving bread yet? Getting ready for the traditional pizza frenzy after the holiday is over. Soon. Soon. Meanwhile, get your tax questions answered – live. Call us this morning – TaxMama and Bob McCormick on his Money 101 show  on KFWB Los Angeles. […]

Bought a House

Today TaxMama® hears from Atomicar in the TaxQuips Forum with this question. “We bought a house in December 2011 and moved in first day of 2012. What expenses can we deduct? (I know we can’t deduct house hunting or moving expenses.).”

Ask TaxMama Issue 629 – Happy Valentines Weekend

 Dear Family,  It’s a beautiful, sunny day here in Southern California. Lots to do. And oh yes, don’t forget. Valentine’s Day is next week. If you’re going to get something…order it now (like these lovely hearts…).  Hopefully, you’re making progress getting your tax returns ready for filing. Please remember, don’t file too early. There are […]

The Paychex Top 12 in ’12: Potential Regulatory Changes Every Small Business Needs to Know About in the New Year

Paychex, Inc., one of the nation’s leading providers of payroll, human resource, and employee benefits solutions for small and medium-sized businesses, today released its top 12 in ’12 list, containing the top 12 potential regulatory changes that America’s small businesses need to know about in 2012. Paychex works closely with the IRS and other government […]

Taxpayers Advocate – 2011 Annual Report to Congress

WASHINGTON — National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson today released her annual report to Congress, identifying the combination of the IRS’s expanding workload and declining resources as the most serious problem facing taxpayers. The result, the report says, is inadequate taxpayer service, erosion of taxpayer rights, and reduced tax compliance. The Advocate expressed her continuing […]

Nursing Home Costs

 Today TaxMama hears from Susan in the TaxQuips Forum with an ever more common  situation. “My dad (age 88) is in a nursing home because my mom can no longer care for him. I wanted to know which nursing home expenses are considered medical expenses.”  

Repeal of 3% Withholding Provision is Unanimous! Why?

HR 674 was passed by the House this week and sent to President Obama for signature. The AICPA is happy with this law. In a press release, Edward Karl, vice president of taxation for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants said, “The AICPA commends Congress for recognizing that it makes sense to repeal the […]

Putting the US Budget into Perspective

Let’s see how the U.S. Budget stacks up to a household budget, shall we? In order to compare apples to apples, we are using the numbers based on the same fiscal year – 2009, since that is the most current set of numbers available from the IRS. We will show you how the U.S. budget […]

Ask TaxMama Issue 613 President Obama Speaks

   Dear Family,  During our class last night, a couple of major things went on in the world. A big chunk of Southern California and San Diego lost electricity. The nuclear power plant at San Onofre was shut down (safely). Meanwhile a student in Texas tells me she just managed to get back into her […]