Tag Archives: Kris Hix

Deducting the Class Snake

Today TaxMama hears from Susan in the TaxQuips Forum with a fun case. “Assuming that I won’t make my son pay for it out of his allowance, for volunteering me to take care of the class snake for the summer… Can I deduct the cost of the frozen rats it eats? And what about if […]

Kicking Back Commissions

Today TaxMama hears from SB in the TaxQuips Forum with a common problem. “As a real estate professional, I had to kick back some commissions to a buyer to close a sale. But I am getting the 1099-MISC for the full commission. Can I give the buyer a 1099-MISC for the commission I paid her? […]

RMD – Minimum Distribution Problem

Today TaxMama hears from Anthony in the TaxQuips Forum with a common problem. “I have a client who stopped working at 81 because he had a stroke and had to go into a nursing home. He had a Sec. 457 plan, which allowed him to put off taking distributions until he terminated employment. But he was […]

W-2 all Messed Up

Today TaxMama hears from Linda in the TaxQuips Forum who is helping her daughter. (You can read about the whole mess here.) In short, through some amazing incompetence on the part of her daughter’s employer, her daughter is now facing tax debt she does not owe – and possibly credit problems, too. How can this […]

Ask TaxMama Issue 596 Tax Deadline Approaching

Dear Family,  This morning has been filled with last-minute work, finalizing articles for MarketWatch and the AccountingWeb.com blog, responding to students and clients – and messing with interface for the newsletter (I could scream!) And the time has rushed by.  I need to run out for appointments, so today’s issue will be brief.  We have […]

Ask TaxMama Issue 594 April Fools Day

Dear Family, Happy April Fool’s Day! This morning I read a CNN story about a family with a $54,000 tax refund. The H&R Block office was apparently so surprised that they repeatedly recomputed the tax return to see if there was a mistake. There wasn’t. And this is not an April Fool’s Prank!  It turns […]

Ask TaxMama Issue 593 – Women’s History Month

Dear Family,  What a shock! My publisher just sent me a note congratulating me. My book just won the Silver Medal in the Axiom Business Book Awards – Business Reference Category. WOW! I didn’t even know. Sheesh…you mean all those people who’ve been reading the book and using it – are right? It IS good? […]

1099 to Artist

Today TaxMama hears from Alice in the TaxQuips Forum, who tells us, “An artist lent his artwork for display in the premises. The art piece was lost or destroyed and the artist was paid as a result. Does that require a 1099 form to be issued?”

Ask TaxMama Issue 564 – Lucky 13

Dear Family, Welcome to Friday the 13th. The days dawns bright and sunny. The squirrels are still quietly asleep before their busy day of frolicking  on their trellis jungle jim and spitting out walnut seed pieces on my car. The birds are twittering quietly, still asleep. Soon, they’ll be up chattering passionately about their latest […]