Tag Archives: Congress

Ask TaxMama Issue 504 – A Chip off the Old Block

Dear Family, This has been a very busy week handling all the registrations for the EA Exam Review class – and teaching the CSEA webinar on the topic. For those wanting the CD from that webinar, CSEA expects to have it available next week. Just call them to order Everything You Ever Wanted to Know […]

Owe my Soul To The IRS

Today TaxMama hears from Debra in Georgia with these problems. “I had almost no income in 2007 from losing my job. I had to live on withdrawals from my 401k. Due to the penalties I am still paying this debt to the IRS. My home was also foreclosed on in the same year. Could I […]

IRS Conducts Extensive Review, Decides Not to Renew Private Debt Collection Contracts

IRS Employees More Flexible, More Cost Effective IR-2009-19, March 5, 2009 WASHINGTON — After conducting an extensive review of the private debt collection program, including the cost effectiveness of the effort, the Internal Revenue Service will not renew its contracts with two private debt collection agencies, the agency announced today. The IRS determined that the […]

Tax Provisions in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

Congress has approved and the President has signed new economic stimulus legislation, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The IRS is implementing tax-related provisions of this new program as quickly as possible. Detailed information is currently available on the $400-to-$800 Making Work Pay Tax Credit and the Economic Recovery Payment, which is worth […]

News Release – Stimulus Package – Final Version Summary

CCH Special Tax Briefing Final Stimulus Plan Provides Tax Breaks For Individuals, Businesses, Environment, Government (RIVERWOODS, ILL., February 13, 2009) – Senate and House conferees have agreed on the final provisions of The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the major “economic stimulus” measure of the new Obama administration, according to CCH, a Wolters […]

1st Time Homebuyer Credit Allocation For Unrelated Co-Owners

by David & Mary Mellem, EAs Overview ­ The 1st Time Homebuyer Credit was created in 2008. Basiically it allows a refundable credit of 10% of the cost of a principal residence, up to a maximum credit of $7,500 ($3,750 for MFS). The credit is reported on the Form 1040, line 69. (The credit is […]

Tax Simplification and Compassion Recommends Taxpayers Advocate

In this year’s annual report to Congress from Nina E. Olsen, the Taxpayers Advocate, she touches upon areas that have been troubling TaxMama for quite some time. In particular, the fact that millions of taxpayers will be facing potential cancellation of debt issues, hardships paying last year’s taxes, and unregulated tax professionals. IRS Commissioner Doug […]

Mileage to Minister

Today TaxMama hears from Larry in North Carolina, with this dilemma. “I have a part-time business servicing computers. I have a separate business checking account, file Schedule C, etc. I deduct business miles on a mileage basis. On occasion I do some computer work for my minister back home. It is a 180 mile round-trip. […]

The Bailout Bill – EESA

[Note: You will find all working links in the Resource Box below, as always.] Today TaxMama sits here, scouring the news sites for tangible information about the Legislature’s voting over the weekend. What’s the final score on the $700 billion bailout? What else went down while we were caught napping? First of all, the California […]