Tag Archives: Income

Gift or Income

Today TaxMama® hears from Asdfgh in the TaxQuips Forum, who tells us.  “My daughter plays piano for school choir. Doesn’t ask for money. She gets “thank you” from school PTO in form of flower bouquet and check for a few hundred dollars. Is that taxable income?”

Bookkeeping

Today TaxMama® hears from Mary in the TaxQuips Forum who remembers. “During one of the registered tax return preparer (RTRP) presentations on May 15, or 17th, the instructor mentioned getting clients familiar with bookkeeping software. Several names were mentioned. Can you give me the name of the software?”

Schedule K-1 for IRA

Today TaxMama® hears from David in the TaxQuips Forum with a quick question. “I received a Schedule K-1 from a fund included in my IRA. I did not make any withdrawals from the IRA, and it is supposed to be tax-deferred. Do I have to include the information from the Schedule K-1 in my 2011 […]

Child Chips In

Today TaxMama® hears from Susan in the TaxQuips Forum with a well-reasoned question. “This concerns a mentally disabled 20-year-old living at home. She just started receiving money from her father’s pension, instead of Social Security Disability. At what point does contributing to the household become income. I contend that as long as you are the […]

Hypothetical Questions

  Today TaxMama hears from someone in the TaxQuips Forum with another question about a barter. Rather than going into the details of her question (which you can read here), let’s talk about hypothetical questions.

Taxes for Helping a Friend

Today TaxMama hears from Gayle in the TaxQuips Forum with a common misconception. She asks, “Do I have to become a business to write off expenses on my taxes? I make a product for a friend of mine. I buy all the materials. I do this to help their family business. They pay me for […]

Airline Miles

Today TaxMama hears from Rachel in the TaxQuips Forum, who did something clever. “If I booked a ticket for a friend of mine with my airline points and I was paid the value of the ticket, is that considered taxable income? If so, which line would I put it on the 1040?”

PTA Book Sales

Today TaxMama hears from Guy in Connecticut, with this question. “Our local PTA, a 501c3, runs book fairs with a book company. We collect the receipts in full, then pay the invoice from the book company. Is the income from these activities the gross or net?”

Income From Stocks

Today TaxMama hears from Anna in Oregon, who is worried. “We received a letter from the IRS. My husband did not file for 2006 and 2007 because he did not make any money from his stock. I did file mine though. In 2008, my husband had a stroke, he is currently disabled and gets SSI. […]

Late Estimated Payments

Today TaxMama hears from Jeff in Florida who is concerned. “Don’t you have to show an income with a small business at least one year out of five? My girlfriend has a small business that has shown a NOL for the past three years.”