Tag Archives: Law/Crime

Unclaimed Mileage

Today TaxMama hears from Kim in South Carolina, who has been remiss. “I am a bookkeeper and did not claim mileage as unreimbursed employee expenses last year. Can I claim the 2008 mileage and 2009 on my 2009 taxes? Or did I just lose that mileage? I don’t want to amend the 2008 return if […]

Equitable Owner

Today TaxMama hears from Sean in North Carolina. “As I understand it you must be an owner and be liable to claim the home mortgage interest and property tax as deductions on schedule A. Now I hear you can be an equitable owner whose name is not on the mortgage and also whose name is […]

Tax Pro Subpoena

Today TaxMama hears from Andy in Michigan, who asks. “If a tax preparer is handed a subpoena to have a lawyer review a clients tax returns and other material, what are the privilege and confidentiality rules in this situation?”

Beware – $181 Million Payroll Tax Fraud

Don’t let this happen to you! Outsourcing payroll duties to third-party service providers can streamline business operations but remember, you are ultimately responsible for paying federal tax liabilities. Beware – $181 Million Payroll Tax Fraud Orlando, Florida – United States Attorney A. Brian Albritton announces that U.S. District Judge John Antoon, II, today sentenced Frank […]

Special Tax Break Available for New Car Purchases This Year

IR-2009-30, March 30, 2009 WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service announced today that taxpayers who buy a new passenger vehicle this year may be entitled to deduct state and local sales and excise taxes paid on the purchase on their 2009 tax returns next year. “For those thinking about buying a new car this year, […]

Deposit on House

Today TaxMama hears from Sheila in Pennsylvania with this question. “My daughter gave a personal friend $8,000.00 & signed a sale of agreement to purchase a house owned by the friend. After getting the money, the person changed her mind & said she would put the house in the hands of a real estate agent. […]

Emotional Distress

Today TaxMama hears from Keri in Massachusetts, who tells us. “I just received an offer for a $50,000 settlement for emotional distress due to a sexual harassment lawsuit I have against a company. They want to 1099 me at the end of the year for the settlement. So I need to know before I agree […]

Garnishment Scam

Today TaxMama hears from Phyllis in Florida with this problem. “Is it legal to garnish wages for 1997 state taxes? I didn’t know anything about them until recently, when I received a collection letter from an agency. I thought for sure it was a scam because so much time had lapsed.”

Rebate Quandry

Today TaxMama hears from Sharon in Indiana who is perplexed. “A friend and his girlfriend have been living together since 2005. In 2006, they had a child. The mother claimed the child on her 2007 return and received a stimulus payment for $600. He filed as single and received a $300 stimulus payment. The mother […]

U.S. Supreme Court rules against taxpayers in municipal bond case

Courtesy of Spidell Publishing Inc. Spidell’s Flash E-mail #2008-11 The U.S. Supreme Court has issued a ruling permitting states to exempt interest on their own bonds from taxation, while taxing residents for interest on bonds issued by other states. (Dept. of Revenue of Kentucky v. Davis (May 19, 2008) _ US _, Case No. 06-666) […]

Child Care

Today TaxMama hears from Jon in Texas, who tells us. “I work and my wife stays at home. We have our daughter enrolled in a religious affiliated mother’s day out/ pre-k program twice a week. Can the tuition for this be deducted as a childcare expense or such?”