Tag Archives: FISCAL FOLLIES taxmama

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. […]

2 Heads of Households

Today TaxMama hears from Nora in the Tax Quips Forum with a common situation. “Two single taxpayers decide to share a home (let’s say a rental) and each has qualifying children.  Each maintains their own family expenses and share equally the cost of household expenses.  Can each claim HOH status? If so, would claiming two […]

IRS Offers Filing and Penalty Relief for 2010 Estates

Courtesy of the IRS [TaxMama Note: As you will see, the form you need, Form 8939, is still in draft form. We still cannot use it. Perhaps that’s why IRS is offering this additional time?  And no, they still don’t say when the form will be available. Basis Form Now Due Jan. 17; Extension to […]

IRS Issues Guidance on Employer Provided Cell Phones

By David & Mary Mellem, EAs Included in the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 was a provision that removed cell phones from the definition of “listed property”.  As such the tedious recordkeeping requirements necessary for listed property NO LONGER apply to cell phones effective January 1, 2010.  This change did not address how to […]

Retirement Planning – Economizing on Nursing Homes

With the average cost for a Nursing Home per day reaching $192.00, there is a better way when we get old and feeble. I have ascertained that I can get a nice room at the Holiday Inn for around $80.00. That leaves $112.00 a day for beer, food (room service), laundry, gratuities and special TV […]

Another Deadline

Today TaxMama wants to talk to you about filing deadlines and the consequences of ignoring them.  Dear Friends, Today is another of those tiresome deadlines. I’ve just come to realize that not everyone who is affected, understands the implications. So… If you opened up an LLC, partnership, corporation, etc. in 2010 and have not finalized […]