Tag Archives: free tax information

The Girl and the Carpenter

Today TaxMama hears from Gabrielle in the TaxQuips Forum, who is trying to help. “My boyfriend is a carpenter and makes about $12,000 annually.  He doesn’t have anyone working under him and really only does small jobs. Last time I did his taxes, he owed $1,700 dollars.  What forms should I be using? I feel […]

Ten Facts about IRS Volunteer Tax Assistance

Taxpayers looking for free basic income tax preparation assistance may qualify for IRS sponsored community-based, volunteer tax return preparation programs. Here are the top 10 things the IRS wants you to know about these volunteer programs.

CCH Identifies 10 Deductions That Make It Easy to Reduce Your Taxes

Courtesy of CCH – they write some of THE best material! (RIVERWOODS, ILL., February 17, 2011) – Whether you itemize or take the standard deduction, there are plenty of above-the-line deductions that can mean even greater tax savings, according to CCH, a Wolters Kluwer business and the leading global provider of tax, accounting and audit […]

Interns and Unemployment

Today TaxMama hears from John in the TaxQuips Forum, who wants to employ students.“ The business I work for is very small. It is a nonprofit educational facility, and we are swamped with work, without financial leverage to hire additional staff.  I want to recommend the hiring of interns at a fair hourly wage.  I am […]

Important Tax Law Changes for 2010

Courtesy of IRS Taxpayers should make sure they are aware of many important changes to the tax law before they complete their 2010 federal income tax return. Here are several important changes that the IRS wants you to keep in mind when you file your 2010 federal income tax return in 2011. Health Insurance Deduction […]

Eight Essential Facts about Claiming the First-Time Homebuyer Credit

Courtesy of IRS. [TaxMama Note: Read TaxMama’s MarketWatch article, due out on February 11th, about the Homebuyer Credit, tips to avoid delays, and information about how to deal with unusual situations.] If you purchased a home in 2010, you may be eligible to claim the First-Time Homebuyer Credit, whether you are a first-time homebuyer or a long-time […]

Mandatory e-pay Penalty Begins – Old Penalties Being Reconsidered

 Beginning January 1, 2011, we began enforcing the mandatory e-pay penalty. (California Taxation and Revenue Code 19011.5)   Acknowledging high year-end postal volumes, we recognize that there could be delays in our receipt of payments postmarked on or before December 31st, 2010. As a result, we are reviewing accounts where the penalty was assessed and […]

Residential Energy Credits

Today TaxMama hears from Seth in the TaxQuips Forum, who wants to get credit for his work. “I got an $8,000 tax credit on my 2009 taxes for being a first time home buyer.  I spent quite a bit of money insulating my house at the end of 2010.  My Dad told me that the […]

People Out of Work May Be Overlooking Tax Breaks

According to a CompleteTax survey, you may be overlooking tax breaks that can save you money. When it Comes to Unemployment, Knowing What’s Taxable, What’s Not Makes a Difference (RIVERWOODS, ILL., January 27, 2011) – At the end of 2010, 14.5 million people were unemployed and many more were out of work at one time […]

Medical Massages

Today TaxMama hears from Angela in the TaxQuips Forum, who wants to do this. “I’m trying to maximize my deductions and this is the first time I’m able to use medical deductions. My husband is unemployed and has high co-pays and COBRA payments. When I was reading the IRS info on what can be deducted, […]

No Tax on Dividends?

Today TaxMama hears from John in the TaxQuips Forum, who lays out his issue. (shortened) “I’m amending my 2009 Form 1040 return and have a question about the result I am getting on the Qualified Dividends and Capital Gains Tax Worksheet. Despite having qualified dividends of $45,224, I keep ending up with 0 tax. Can […]

California FTB Audits – Guaranteed Income

TaxMama note:  The Franchise Tax Board is starting these audits of people who have been relieved of debt in one manner or another. Odds are, at least 30% – 40% of the audits will turn up errors, with taxes due. I bet that 10% – 15% will turn up errors in the taxpayers favor, where […]