Tag Archives: Itemized deduction

Last Minute Tax Tips for 2018

Today TaxMama®wants to give you some steps to take before the end of 2018. Dear Family, This year, it’s especially difficult to figure out how to reduce your taxes. The average couple is not likely to be itemizing any more. Folks with high employee business expenses won’t be able to use them. Individuals with mortgages […]

Deductible Day Care

Today TaxMama® hears from Mel  in the TaxQuips Forum, with this reasonable question.  “I have a client who sends their 5 year old to a private Christian school for pre-K. Can this be deductible like daycare? Is private school deductible at all in the upper grades?”

2013 & 2014 Quick Resources

Today TaxMama® hears from Pope in the TaxQuips Forum, with a request.  “Could you publish a table showing 2013 & 2014 standard tax items. Things like standard deductions; personal exemptions; mileage rates (business, medical, charity); income limits– phaseout of itemized deductions; etc.?”

Check Out College Tax Benefits for 2012 and Years Ahead

Courtesy of the IRS WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today reminded parents and students that now is a good time to see if they qualify for either of two college education tax credits or any of several other education-related tax benefits. In general, the American opportunity tax credit, lifetime learning credit and tuition and […]

Construction Sales Tax

Today TaxMama® hears from Yimmy in the TaxQuips Forum, who wants to know.  “I moved into a newly constructed home in Oct. 2012. Are the sales taxes paid on the construction materials used in building the home tax deductible? The home is in Georgia.”

Fiscal Cliff Legislation – The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012

Today TaxMama® hears from Spidell Publishing Inc. at www.caltax.com  with the latest news on the fiscal cliff legislation.

Business on eBay

Today TaxMama® hears from Tax455 in the TaxQuips Forum with this question. “If I earned $50k through eBay buying and selling phones, and $12k was profit, should I get a business license or incorporate for tax purposes? I did not hit the 200 transactions so I’m not sure if eBay will send me a tax […]

The Dreaded IRS Audit Notice

While we’re waiting for the TaxQuips Forum to go back up, today TaxMama® wants to discuss what to do when you get an IRS audit notice.

The Mortgage Deduction

Today TaxMama® reads the Tax Prof Blog’s notes about who benefits from the mortgage deduction. According to an analysis reported in the NY Times, only 30% of Americans really benefit from this deduction. They are essentially in the “upper-middle and upper-income households.” Doesn’t that make you feel rich? What is the reality?  

Last Minute Tips from the IRS

Courtesy of the Internal Revenue Service WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today urged taxpayers whose tax-filing extension runs out on Oct. 15 to double check their returns for often-overlooked tax benefits and then file their returns electronically using IRS e-file or the Free File system. Many of the more than 11 million taxpayers who […]