Tag Archives: *Education

In Business Yet?

Today TaxMama® hears from sh1207 in the TaxQuips Forum with this question. “In 2011, my wife started a home-run Montessori school in October. We spent about $2,000 in setting up the Montessori (supplies, furniture, license, etc.). We only got $600 in income from one child, who was with us for 3 hrs a day starting […]

Be Careful What You Wish For

An atheist professor was teaching a college class and he told the class that he was going to prove that there is no God. He said, “God, if you are  real, then I want you to knock me off this platform. I’ll give you 15 minutes!” Ten minutes went by. He kept taunting God, saying,”Here […]

Child Chips In

Today TaxMama® hears from Susan in the TaxQuips Forum with a well-reasoned question. “This concerns a mentally disabled 20-year-old living at home. She just started receiving money from her father’s pension, instead of Social Security Disability. At what point does contributing to the household become income. I contend that as long as you are the […]

School Daze

You may remember the story – the one about the woman who shook her son awake in the morning. “Get up and get ready for school,” she urged.  “You’re going to be late!” “Ah, Mom,” he pleaded “I don’t want to go to school. The kids don’t like me. The teachers are against me. Even […]

IRS sending letters to selected tax preparers

During the month of November the IRS is sending letters to more than 21,000 paid tax preparers who prepare a large number of Schedules A, C, and E. The letters, which are slightly threatening, are intended to remind tax preparers of the “consequences of filing incorrect returns and new tax return preparer requirements.” The IRS […]

IRS is Wrong

Today TaxMama hears from Bret in the Tax Quips Forum, with an IRS rejection letter. To make a long story short – “IRS rejected his Lifetime Learning Credit  for 2009 because the Form 1098-T showed –0- in box 1. And because his employer paid the expense – even though he paid taxes on the education […]

New College Student

Today TaxMama hears from Vera in the Tax Quips Forum with a question that affects many families. “I am a single parent claiming HOH. My son went off to college for September 1st, 2011. Until then he lived here with me, worked and also attended college here. We always filed separately with me being HOH. […]

Advanced Placement (AP) Courses

Today TaxMama hears from Kevin in the TaxQuips Forum, with an interesting problem. “Many high school students are taking Advance Placement (AP) courses through an eligible educational institution as a means to earn college credits at an economical price. I was trying to find out if the costs of these courses are deductible as Tuition and […]

Lifetime of Education

Today TaxMama hears from Susan in the TaxQuips Forum with a quick question. “I am taking Career Step online transcription training. Can I receive the Lifetime Learning Credit?

Everything You Wanted to Know About the IRS EA Exam

This time of year, everyone has lots of questions about the IRS Special Enrollment Examination.  That’s why I hold a session – and record it – to explain the most important aspects of the Exam, and what you need to know if you’re going to be studying to become an Enrolled Agent.   If you missed […]

23 Year Old student

Today TaxMama hears from Kristen in the TaxQuips Forum, who is a bit confused. “I am a 23 year old full time student. My income from 2010 is $12,247 and I live with my parents. My parent’s accountant told them last year that they would not be able to claim me once I turned 23, […]

Adult Son

Today TaxMama hears from Charmaigne in the TaxQuips Forum, with a reasonable issue. “My son turned 26 in November of 2010 and has been out of work for over a year. He lives with me and I have supported him in every way, medical bills, dental bills, auto insurance, food, clothes, etc. Is there a […]