Tag Archives: Law/Crime

Hurricane Victims

New Guidance for 2005 Gulf Hurricane Victims (See Resource Box for live links) Information has been added to IRS.gov for Hurricane Katrina, Rita and Wilma victims who claimed casualty and theft losses on their individual income tax returns and are now handling reimbursements received in tax years after the loss occurred. Town hall meetings are […]

Secret Gift

Today TaxMama hears from Karen in California who tells us, “I am custodian of an UTMA account for my 4-year-old niece. I received a 1099 this year listing approximately $500 in capital gains and dividends. I’m not in contact with my niece’s parents, nor are they aware of this gift. Due to the small amount, […]

Test your e-mails!

“Before you send an email to a potential employer, recruiter, or networking contact, send the message to yourself. Check for errors (everything has to be perfect!) and open any and all attachments to make sure they’re properly formatted. When you’re ready to send the message to your contact, be sure that you have a copy […]

Trustee Fees

Today TaxMama hears from Phil in South Carolina who tells us. “I manage my parents’ Trust and hold the Power Of Attorney for their estate. The Trust states that I am to be compensated for these services. Is there a general rule of thumb for compensation for these services?”

Corporate Commuting Car

Today TaxMama hears from George in Brooklyn, NY who asks. “If a corporation gives an individual a car to use for commuting purposes, what amount gets reported on the individual tax return and how does the corporation report it on their side? Is the income subject to Social Security taxes for the employee?” ~~~~ Dear […]

Divorce Payments

Today TaxMama hears from Gary in Missouri, who tells us “I am a retired military man and the judge gave my ex-wife one half of my retirement check…actually, I lose 55%, including child support. Is any of that deductible from my taxes?”

Multi-State Tax

Today TaxMama hears from Len overlooking the beach in California, who asks, “I am not a tax professional, but: Are you SURE the answer you gave the slightly lost Missouri lady with the partial interest in the California building is correct? She is, after all, not even a part-time California resident. Your answer implies that […]

Employer Liability

Today TaxMama hears from Larry in CT, who asks. “Suppose an employer hires an undocumented worker who presents a valid ITIN (Individual Taxpayer Identification Number). The employer withholds & reports payroll taxes for that worker using this ITIN. The Social Security Administration issues a “no match” letter to the employer containing all sorts of implicit […]

Employer Deductions

Today TaxMama hears from Myra in South Carolina, who asks, “Can an employer deduct 11% from employees’ wages and tell them that it is to cover the cost of processing credit cards? My son works in a restaurant where tips are added to credit cards and then the employees are charged this 11% by deducting […]

Parents Die

Today TaxMama hears from Sara in Kirkland, WA who asks, “My parents have a debt to the IRS for back income taxes. They have tried an Offer in Compromise twice and been rejected. The incident is now about 20 years old, and they have given up hope of ever paying it off. I think they […]