Tag Archives: Interest

Time to Refinance

Today TaxMama hears from Al  Tompkins at Poynter.org . Al says, “I generally don’t get too excited about little movements in interest or mortgage rates, but they are moving into record-low territory. It could truly be worth considering refinancing if you are going to stay in your home awhile.”

Student Loan Payments

Today TaxMama hears from Heidi in California, with a common misunderstanding. “I know I can report student loan interest paid, but I’m wondering if I qualify for the tuition and fees deduction if I officially ended school in 2008, graduated in Jan. of 2009, and made payments for all of 2009.”

Calculate Interest and Penalties

Today TaxMama hears from Joe in the TaxQuips Forum with this question. “How do you calculate the penalty and interest when amending a tax return? I was told by a local chain that does taxes, that only the IRS can calculate these.” http://taxmama.wpengine.com/forum/taxquips/penalties-and-interest/  

Investment Advice

Today TaxMama hears from Anne in Minnesota with this question. “With a $10,000 CD maturing, am I better off paying down the $40,000 mortgage on my condo; or to reinvest in some other vehicle? I am almost 70 years old and do not have much more than an additional few thousand dollars saved for whenever […]

Interest and Penalties

Today TaxMama hears from Gary in Arizona with this question. “I am making payments to the IRS, and they charge interest and a penalty. Can I deduct these two from my income tax?”

1099 Instead of K-1

Today TaxMama hears from Rob in Florida. He tells, “I sold my majority interest in an LLC (filing as a partnership with pass-through income) to another partner for $10.00 on August 11, 2008. The partnership’s CPA sent me a 1099-MISC with an amount entered into nonemployee compensation. I was expecting a K-1. Is the 1099 […]

Where to Invest

Today TaxMama hears from Mabel in Georgia with this tale of woe. “After 25 years of marriage I will receive $80,000 from my ex’s retirement account via a QDRO. With the economy like it is, I need to know the safest place to put this money. Also, is there an alternative that would make any […]

Overseas Loan

Today TaxMama hears from Camilla in Georgia who is concerned. “My sister is wiring money to me from oversea as a loan, so I can buy a house. Do I need to report it? And more importantly to pay tax on it?”

Negative Amortization

Today TaxMama hears from Ray in the Tax Parlor, who tells us. “Two friends and I own some rental homes. One of us says he can deduct not only the total interest paid on one of the properties, but also what he calls the “deferred interest.” In other words, the unpaid interest by which the […]

Large Loss

Today TaxMama hears from Clay in California, who tells us. “I invested in a company that failed. Where is that handled on the 1040 form? I have had other failures and I was only allowed to deduct $3,000 per year. I have a substantial capital gain this year on a sale of properties.” Hi Clay […]