Tag Archives: Internal Revenue Code

Exempt Organization Updates

Today TaxMama wants to give you some updates on exempt organizations that may affect you.

IRA on Rental Income

Today TaxMama hears from Bill in the TaxQuips Forum with a common misconception. “I have a W-2 through my employer and contribute to their 401k plan. I also have $30,000 net rental income from Schedule E as a sole proprietorship. Can I contribute to a SEP or any other type of retirement plan to shelter […]

Solo 401k Contribution

Today TaxMama hears from Dabeler in the TaxQuips Forum, with this question. “2009 is my first year as a sole proprietor.  I set up a solo 401K in Dec 2009.  I made $185,000 on my 1099.  Can I put in the full $54,500 for 2009?  I am over 50.”

IRA for Home

Today TaxMama hears from Matthew in California who begs leave…  “I withdrew money from my IRA for a first time home purchase.  The amount was over $10,000, the lifetime maximum. Can any of the portion over the $10k mark be attached to my wife’s name?  In effect, could we get a $20K early withdrawal penalty exemption […]

Cashing Out Retirement

Today TaxMama hears from Jessie in California, who’s broke. “ I am 22 years old and unemployed. I recently hit a financial snag and am really considering cashing out my 401(k) plans. In total it would amount to $4,995.85. Because of state and federal taxes as well as the fee for cashing out early, how […]

Roth Basis of Worthless Stock

Today TaxMama hears from Gary in Oregon who wants to know. “I have asked 2-3 tax professionals the same question with different answers. So mama help me! I have 2 IRA’s. In one IRA I bought a stock 4 years ago that is now worthless. I do believe that some day this could become a […]

IRS Issues Guidance on 2009 Required Minimum Distribution Waiver

WASHINGTON ― The Internal Revenue Service today provided guidance for retirement plan administrators, plan participants and retirees regarding recent legislation affecting required minimum distributions. The Worker, Retiree, and Employer Recovery Act of 2008 waives required minimum distributions for 2009 from certain retirement plans. Generally, a required minimum distribution is the smallest annual amount that must […]

Dogs in Kennels

Today TaxMama hears from Yvonne in Texas, who wants to know. “ A client that has a business has to go out of state to do a job. She has to kennel her dogs while she is away on business. Is this expense of kenneling her dog a legal expense for tax purposes?”

Unemployed and Drew 401K

[TaxMama note to employers: Times are tough and you may have no choice but to lay off employees. Before you do, see what you can do to help them avoid problems like these. It might mean keeping them on payroll for a little while longer while they seek a new loan. It might even mean […]

Owe my Soul To The IRS

Today TaxMama hears from Debra in Georgia with these problems. “I had almost no income in 2007 from losing my job. I had to live on withdrawals from my 401k. Due to the penalties I am still paying this debt to the IRS. My home was also foreclosed on in the same year. Could I […]