Tag Archives: Income taxes

Repaying Social Security

Today TaxMama hears from Barb in San Diego who asks. “If I return my Social Security payments that I have previously paid income tax on, can I get a refund of those taxes on returns filed more than 3 years ago i.e. prior to 2005 tax year?”

Reporting Auction Income and the Tax Gap

FS-2007-23, Courtesy of IRS Many people don’t realize the income they earn from auctions and consignment sales may be taxable. This fact sheet, the 16th in the Tax Gap series, will help taxpayers better understand what income they are required to report and what deductions they may be entitled to take. The tax gap, or […]

Capital Gains

Today TaxMama hears from Shirley in Florida who asks. “At what rate are capital gains taxed? Suppose your adjusted gross income before the capital gain is $8,000 and the capital gain is $150,000. Is the rate for CG tax based on AGI before the gain or after the gain?”

Teen Withholding

Today TaxMama hears from Tia in Michigan who tells us. “I’m 17 years old with a job at Burger King. How much money is taken out of my check due to taxes?”

Tax Rates for a Child’s Investment Income

Courtesy of the Internal Revenue Service TT-2008-38 Part or all of a child’s investment income may be taxed at the parent’s rate rather than the child’s rate. Because a parent’s taxable income is usually higher than a child’s income, the parent’s top tax rate will often be higher as well. This special method of figuring […]

MarketWatch’s Tax Resource

We’re about to get that Stimulus package – and Andrea Coombes is right on the ball with an excellent overview of what’s coming your way – and when. Jennifer Openshaw suggest five ways to spend your rebate so you have some permanent benefit from the money. Marshall Loeb reminds us that IRS is holding millions […]

Adoption Subsidy

Today TaxMama hears from Ben in Ohio who tells us, “In 2006 my son adopted a Downs Syndrome child. He receives a state subsidy from Ohio each month for those who adopt special needs kids. We don’t know if this is taxable income. “

S Corporation and Health Insurance for Shareholders

IRS Notice 08-01, recently released, discusses the treatments of various arrangements of health insurance in connection with an S Corporation and its 2% shareholder/employees. This Notice clarifies an issue from two years ago. First ­ a review of law involving the health insurance deductions. Section 162(l) permits a self-employed person, a partner, and an S […]