Tag Archives: free tax information

IRS Gives One-Week Filing Extension to Taxpayers

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today announced it is granting taxpayers whose preparers were affected by Hurricane Irene until Sept. 22 to file returns normally due Sept. 15. The taxpayer’s preparer must be located in an area that was under an evacuation order or a severe weather warning because of Hurricane Irene, even if […]

As We Rely More and More on Computers

News agencies and businesses are using computers to edit their copy. Here are some of results from the last decade or so.   A bit more than ten years ago, the Fresno California Bee, part of a respected media group, installed a new production/editing computer which even included features for automatically editing “political correctness” into […]

Ask TaxMama Issue 591 Daylight Savings Time

Dear Family,  On Friday’s, I try to devote the morning to writing and compiling Ask TaxMama. But the phones keep ringing today – generally with people I love to hear from. So, the conversations do take much longer than they should.  This weekend we change the clocks, right after midnight Saturday night (or in the […]

IRS Investigative Equipment Vulnerable to Waste and Loss

WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) should strengthen its controls over its investigative equipment to prevent waste and loss, according to a report publicly released today by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA). The IRS’s Criminal Investigation (CI) Division has nearly 44,000 pieces of investigative equipment ranging from cars and badges to […]

New IRS Oversight of Tax Preparers Will Take Several Years to Become Fully Operational

Courtesy of TIGTA: WASHINGTON -­ New Federal oversight of paid tax preparers will not be fully operational until 2014, according to a report publicly released today by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA). While the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is requiring an estimated one million paid tax preparers to register and receive Preparer […]

More Taxpayers Are Filing From Home in 2011 – Early Filing Season Statistics

Courtesy of IRS WASHINGTON — Almost 19 million tax returns have been filed with the IRS from home computers so far this year, an increase of almost 6 percent compared to the number of returns from the same time last year. IRS reminds taxpayers that everyone can use Free File to prepare and e-file their […]

Six Facts the IRS Wants You to Know about the Alternative Minimum Tax

Courtesy of IRS The Alternative Minimum Tax attempts to ensure that anyone who benefits from certain tax advantages pays at least a minimum amount of tax. The AMT provides an alternative set of rules for calculating your income tax. In general, these rules should determine the minimum amount of tax that someone with your income […]

Ask TaxMama Issue 590 – About Women

Dear Family,  This morning started with Kat and Gina on the Moms Making a Million radio show. Their goal is to help a million moms make a million dollars. Don’t you love that goal? They offer clever money saving tips and have charming guests, like Paul Petillo who talked about investments you should not ignore. 

Taxable Relocation Benefits

Today TaxMama hears from Sarah in the TaxQuips Forum, who recently moved. “In June I started a new job. The company paid for the relocation and provided an allowance for getting started. I received information from the relocation company, which broke down the payments as non-taxable and taxable. I have about $2,500 in Taxable Grossed-Up […]

Home Office or Rent

Today TaxMama hears from Leslie in the TaxQuips Forum, who is quite clever. “I am helping a friend out with her business.  She currently takes a deduction for having a home office for the company that she runs out of her home. Would it benefit her more to charge the company rent?  I know she […]