Tag Archives: Expenses

Home Office Expense Carryover

Today TaxMama hears from Mark in Illinois, with this problem. “Taxpayer has claimed the home office deduction for a couple of years. There is a build up of carryover expenses. During 2008 taxpayer quit doing business from his home. Taxpayer continued in the same line of business for the remainder of the year from a […]

Med Student Expenses

Today TaxMama hears from Quincy in New York who wants to know “Can a medical student deduct the expenses of traveling, lodging and meals when looking for internships and residencies? If so, what are the rates? Also, can I deduct the expenses of the board tests ($1,500), and books for school?”

Moving Back Into Rental

Today TaxMama hears from Ron in Reno, who wants to know, “My wife and I have a rental house that we lived in from 1971 to 1979. We have rented it out ever since then. Can we rent out our present house and then move back into the rental for 2 yrs to convert it […]

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. […]

IRS Notice 2007-47 – Deductibility of Lodging Expenses

[TaxMama note: This looks like a really important announcement. Especially if it means what I think it means! OK, I am sitting here trying to get my head around this phrase “not incurred in traveling away from home”. And I think I have it finally figured out – but have a call in to IRS […]

Lottery Win

Today TaxMama hears from Brain, in the Tax Parlor, who tells us. “Recently I won $4,000 in a state lottery. I spent about $500 for the purchase of a batch of lottery tickets all at once. I was wondering if I could subtract the cost from the proceeds I won?” Dear Brain, I’ll bet that’s […]

Firefighter-EMT Meals

Today TaxMama hears from Janice in the Tax Parlor who asks, ” I have a client who is an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician). His shifts are 24 hours at a time. Are EMT’s on 24-hour shifts eligible to deduct per diem for meals? Of course he says that his coworkers take the deduction. ” ~~~~ […]

Divorced from Assets

Today TaxMama hears from John in Vermont, who wants to know “I am presently in the midst of a fairly messy divorce with the main fighting being over income producing assets. Are the legal expenses associated with these assets deductible?”

Now We Are Cooking

Today TaxMama hears from Carol in Hudson, Florida, who tells us. “I am starting a website with cooking recipes and tips, plus drops-hipping kitchen items. My questions are: 1. When testing recipes, can the cost of ingredients be written off on taxes? 2. I will be writing reviews about kitchen utensils that I will be […]

Doggone It!

Today TaxMama hears from Alice in Montana who asks. “I am a writer, operating as a sole proprietor of a freelance writing and research business. I am nationally published, and have a 20 year tax history doing this. I am writing a children’s book about the dog I adopted and how he was transformed from […]