Tag Archives: Congress

A Ridiculous Situation

Today TaxMama hears from MR in the TaxQuips Forum with a stupid problem.  “In the course of a personal audit, IRS made a routine request for an employer letter to verify that his education is not a minimum requirement of the job. MR’s boss at TSA is afraid to write the letter – and is […]

The IRS Loosens up and Asks for Feedback

The IRS has been busy this week, providing more time for financial professionals who had signature authority over clients’ overseas accounts through 2008 (before 2009) to catch up on reporting requirements to comply with FBAR disclosures. They now have until November 1, 2011.   As a result of all the disasters in Missouri earlier this year, […]

Proposed Congressional Reform Act of 2011

TaxMama Note: This proposal is making it’s way across the Web via email. There’s a lot of wisdom in this, it you really look at the original intent of the Founding Fathers. They envisioned Congress being a citizen’s duty. Go to the Capitol for a while, serve as the spokesperson for the needs of your state […]

275,000 Organizations No Longer Tax Exempt

Courtesy of IRS: IRS Identifies Organizations that Have Lost Tax-Exempt Status; Announces Special Steps to Help Revoked Organizations WASHINGTON –– The Internal Revenue Service today announced that approximately 275,000 organizations under the law have automatically lost their tax-exempt status because they did not file legally required annual reports for three consecutive years. The IRS believes […]

IRS Commissioner Shulman to Review Innocent Spouse Rules

Courtesy of NAEA IRS Commissioner Shulman sent two identical letters to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) and Congressman Pete Stark (D-CA) in response to the April 18 Senate and House letters sent to the commissioner expressing concern on the two-year limit on the innocent spouse rules. In the April 18 letters to IRS, […]

Six Facts the IRS Wants You to Know about the Alternative Minimum Tax

Courtesy of IRS The Alternative Minimum Tax attempts to ensure that anyone who benefits from certain tax advantages pays at least a minimum amount of tax. The AMT provides an alternative set of rules for calculating your income tax. In general, these rules should determine the minimum amount of tax that someone with your income […]

Property Tax For NonItemizers

Today TaxMama hears from Sethu in the TaxQuips Forum, who is angry. “For the 2009 tax year the non-itemizers (those who used standard deduction) could add up to $1,000 to their regular standard deduction if they paid real estate taxes greater than $1,000. I do not see that provision for the tax year 2010. When […]

Getting Married Now or Later

Today TaxMama hears from Robyn in the TaxQuips Forum, who needs to make a decision. Essentially, it boils down to should my boyfriend and I get married this year or not, in order to get the best tax advantage. They have a child together – and one that is just hers. Read the details here. […]

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. […]