Tag Archives: Credit

Missed the Deadline?

Today TaxMama hears from Jesus in the TaxQuips Forum, who is on the cusp. “I made my offer for my home on 04/29/10 but I closed escrow on 06/14/10. My HUD-1 statement says STAEMENT DATE : JUNE 14, 2010, basically the day I closed escrow. Do I still qualify? The binding contract is confusing. What […]

Lost Down Payment

Today TaxMama hears from Somsak in the TaxQuips Forum, who is hurting, badly. “In 2005 I signed a contract to purchase 2 units in a pre-construction CondoTel in Orlando, Florida. I submitted a 20% down payment of $211,960. In 2008 the project was completed, but only 47 out of 260 investors could close the escrows. The rest couldn’t […]

A Twist On Using Credit Cards

Lots of people come to me, swearing they will never touch a credit card again, because they are so frustrated with the trouble they’re in. But credit cards don’t really need to be a problem. They can be quite an asset if used cleverly. With the holidays coming up, that’s a really dangerous time for […]

Holiday Credit Cards

Today TaxMama hears from Riki in New York with this concern. “I’m looking for specific advice on how to take control of a large post-holiday credit card balance.”

Raise Your Credit Score

Today TaxMama wants to speak to you about your credit score and how fix it and raise it.

$10,000 from IRA

Today TaxMama hears from PA in the TaxQuips Forum with a quick question. “I recently completed my home construction. I used a loan from my credit card to consolidate other credit card purchases for material. I have a paper trail documenting the transactions. Can I use a withdrawal of $10,000 from my IRA, penalty free […]

IRA for Home

Today TaxMama hears from Matthew in California who begs leave…  “I withdrew money from my IRA for a first time home purchase.  The amount was over $10,000, the lifetime maximum. Can any of the portion over the $10k mark be attached to my wife’s name?  In effect, could we get a $20K early withdrawal penalty exemption […]

Cancellation of Debt

Today TaxMama hears from Anna in Virginia who is upset. “I just received a letter from the IRS for my 2007 tax return saying I owe $1600 because of a cancellation of debt that I didn’t claim. I didn’t know that I was supposed to. I don’t have $1600. What am I supposed to do?”

Expiring Homeowners Credit

Today TaxMama hears from Penny in Kansas who is confused. “Have you heard anything about the new home tax credit having to be used by Monday, June 29, 2009? A couple of realtors have told clients that the money’s running out. If we are going to get the credit, they must get it by Monday.”

Decedent 1099-C

Today TaxMama hears from Thomas in Maryland who tells us. “I was legally separated from my spouse 3 years ago. My spouse passed away 2 years ago. I just received a 1099-C tax statement addressed to her estate. Since I was legally separated, am I obligated to report the 1099-c amount on my taxes?”

Garnishment Scam

Today TaxMama hears from Phyllis in Florida with this problem. “Is it legal to garnish wages for 1997 state taxes? I didn’t know anything about them until recently, when I received a collection letter from an agency. I thought for sure it was a scam because so much time had lapsed.”