Tag Archives: Congress

A Billion

The next time you hear a politician use the word ‘billion’ in a casual manner, think about whether you want the ‘politicians’ spending YOUR tax money. A billion is a difficult number to comprehend, but one advertising agency did a good job of putting that figure into some perspective in one of its releases. A. […]

House Bill Provides Low-Income Tax Benefit, Amt Fix

Courtesy of The National Women’s Law Center www.nwlc.org Bill Closes Private Equity Tax Loophole to Pay for Changes (Washington, D.C.) The U.S. House is expected to vote Friday on a bill that promotes tax fairness and fiscal responsibility by expanding eligibility for the refundable child tax credit, temporarily fixing the alternative minimum tax, and closing […]

National Taxpayer Advocate Report to Congress

National Taxpayer Advocate Releases Report to Congress; Identifies Priority Challenges and Issues for Upcoming Year WASHINGTON — National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson today delivered a report to Congress that identifies the priority issues the Office of the Taxpayer Advocate will address in the coming fiscal year. Among the key areas of focus will be […]

Centsible Observations

1) When I die, I want to die like my grandfather—who died peacefully in his sleep. Not screaming like all the passengers in his car.” —Author Unknown 2) Advice for the day: If you have a lot of tension and you get a headache, do what it says on the aspirin bottle: “Take two aspirin” […]

Capital Loss Limits

Today TaxMama hears from Sal in New York, who has a gripe. “How many years has the maximum capital loss deduction been set at $3,000? To me it seems like forever. Don’t you think $3,000 is stingy, unfair and unrealistic in today’s investment world? How was that amount arrived at? Why is no one speaking […]

Ask Taxmama Issue 414 – Summer is Here

Dear Family, Ah, what a very busy week. Time flies when you’ve got so much to fill it. It’s my mother’s birthday this weekend and we’re taking her out. Naturally, she no longer counts the years and doesn’t want a celebration. But… She’s finally, essentially retired and has little to do to fill her days. […]

Small Business Tax Breaks

Courtesy of NAEA – The National Association of Enrolled Agents Small Business Tax Breaks to Be Sent to President (Again) Congress this week approved a package of small business tax breaks and an increase in the minimum wage; both were tagged onto H.R. 2206, a bill funding the Iraq war through September 30, 2007. President […]

SS Disability

Today TaxMama hears from Brad in the Tax Forum, who tells us , “I was awarded social security disability after three years. I received substantial back pay, around $33,000. This settlement will be added to my spouse’s income. Is this taxable? Will I have to report the FULL amount paid to me in 06? Or […]

Personal Service Shock

Today TaxMama hears from Mitchell in the Tax Parlor who just made a disturbing discovery. “I’m in the investigation process of setting up a corporation, S or LLC, for my one-man engineering business. Then I come across this category for Personal Service Corporation (PSC), whose definition includes engineering, but appears to be different than an […]

AMT- Well Over-Taxed

Yesterday we talked about the tax-free life. Today TaxMama hears from Mary in CT, who feels overtaxed. She says, “Can you explain the AMT. How does one qualify for it? My husband and I have a decent combined income (we work long days and my husband works two jobs) but we also pay a bundle […]

Not Your Meals

Today TaxMama hears from Megan who is appalled, “I heard that when deducting expenses for a business lunch (say, you and a client went out for lunch to talk shop), you are only allowed to deduct 50% of the price of the meal. That is, only their portion of the bill as a legitimate tax […]