National Taxpayer Advocate Delivers Annual Report to Congress; Focuses on Tax Reform, IRS Funding and Identity Theft IR-2013-3, Jan. 9, 2013 WASHINGTON — National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson today released her 2012 annual report to Congress, identifying the need for tax reform as the overriding priority in tax administration. The Advocate also expressed concern […]
Today TaxMama® hears from Sue in the Tax Quips Forum with this issue. “My parents are both unemployed and lived with me all year. My dad did receive unemployment, but it was about $3,300 for the entire year – my mom did not receive any unemployment. My younger sisters also lived with me – they […]
IMPORTANT TRUTHS ABOUT LIFE That Little Children Have Learned: [TaxMama Note: Lately, we’ve been hearing from Baby Boomers. It’s time to give the children a children a chance to be heard. ] 1) No matter how hard you try, you can’t baptize cats.
In honor of the Easter Dinner and Passover Seder, we present… A minister was asked to Easter dinner by one of his parishioners who he knew as being an unkempt housekeeper. When he sat down at the table, he noticed that the dishes were the dirtiest that he had ever seen in his life.
Today TaxMama® hears from Tim in the TaxQuips Forum with this question. “A relative was sent by his company to work far away from home in different places for weeks at a time. He was given a nonaccountable per diem that was included in Box 1 of his W-2. He did not save the hotel […]
WASHINGTON — National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson today released her annual report to Congress, identifying the combination of the IRS’s expanding workload and declining resources as the most serious problem facing taxpayers. The result, the report says, is inadequate taxpayer service, erosion of taxpayer rights, and reduced tax compliance. The Advocate expressed her continuing […]
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 […]
Today TaxMama hears from Tiffany in the TaxQuips Forum who is upset with H&R Block. She tell us “My boyfriend and I own a home. Both of our names are on the deed and on the 2 mortgages we have on the house. We each file our own tax return… Since both of our names […]
Today TaxMama hears from Shaun in the TaxQuips Forum who wants to write off his vacation. “My son and I are traveling to Florida. I have a property in Jacksonville, FL that I need to check on. Can I fly in and out of Jacksonville to take care of business? Then drive to Orlando for […]
By David Stone, EA [TaxMama Note: This is the where I first read about the Tax Court case referenced in today’s TaxQuip. Thanks David! ] Every town has a crazy cat lady, with way too many cats littering her property. Neighborhood kids walk past the house and wonder if it’s haunted. Adults drive past and […]
Today TaxMama hears from Susan in the TaxQuips Forum with a fun case. “Assuming that I won’t make my son pay for it out of his allowance, for volunteering me to take care of the class snake for the summer… Can I deduct the cost of the frozen rats it eats? And what about if […]
Dear Family, Happy Mothers Day weekend. Rather than going to crowded, noisy, over-priced places with bad service on Sunday, consider having everyone go to Mom’s and bring the food and dishes. She won’t have to cook or clean up – and you’ll all have a better time. Good news for taxpayers like you, and all […]