Tag Archives: Political economy

Why no SS Withholding?

Today TaxMama® hears from Inteph in the TaxQuips Forum, who made a new discovery.  “A young lady made about $15,000 in 2012. The employer (a city in California) withheld income tax and Medicare tax but not SS tax. Boxes are 3 and 4 are blank.  What do I tell her and how do I prepare her […]

Just Plane Rental

Today TaxMama® hears from NCTaxLady in the TaxQuips Forum, with an interesting situation. (Let me summarize) “My client bought an airplane in June. He used it 11 times and rented it out 5 times. How do I handle the reporting of this? And should he put the plane into an LLC?”

Double Taxation

Today TaxMama® hears from NutShell in the TaxQuips Forum, with this brilliant observation. (let me summarize) “I just figured out that if I have capital gains income, I am taxed by both the IRS and the state. If I live in an income tax-free state or overseas, should I sell my stocks before moving into a […]

Qualified Dividends

Today TaxMama® hears from Rogers in the TaxQuips Forum, with this question. “My 1099 DIV form shows that I received $2,345.60 in dividends from a typical domestic stock index fund. But what is unclear is, should the dividend be taxed at capitals gains rates, if it’s a qualified dividend? Or should it be taxed at regular […]

State Reciprocity

Today TaxMama® hears from Crazy4Cats in the TaxQuips Forum, with this a very long question. Let me summarize. “Her husband works in Illinois and they live in Wisconsin. When they started out, they went to a storefront preparer who told them there is reciprocity between the states, and apparently only prepared a WI tax return. She […]

Renting to LLC

Today TaxMama® hears from RJ in the TaxQuips Forum, with a travel question. “I am a single member LLC. I have a long-term (3 year) out-of-state contract, which requires me to be physically onsite at the client’s location 75% of the time (3 weeks per month). I am currently renting an apartment and deducting the […]

Recipient Gift Tax

Today TaxMama® hears from RJ in the TaxQuips Forum, with this question.  “I just came across TaxMama’s 2012-09-04 TaxQuip to “Ivan” entitled “Late Gift Tax Return” (at TaxMamas TaxQuips : TaxMama’s Free Daily Tax Podcasts or Late Gift Tax Return | taxmama | taxquips), which says (in part): … 2) Did you know that if a gift tax […]

Living Tax-Free

Today TaxMama® hears from Clifford in the TaxQuips Forum, with an excellent question. “I was told in an investment class that dividend income and social security income could be “blended ” to reduce taxes. We were told that up to $70,700 dollars could be sheltered from taxes. When we asked how this could be done, […]

Value of Exemption

Today TaxMama® hears from BBall in the TaxQuips Forum, with a common issue. He is trying to understand whether he should claim zero or 1 on his W-4 – and what affect that will have on his paycheck.

Partnership Split

Today TaxMama® hears from Ben in the TaxQuips Forum, with a question that raises another common issue. Let me summarize the issue. “Quite often when two people become partners, one of them ends up doing more work for the business than the other. How can you split the partnership income so each person still gets […]

Protect Yourself from the Dirty Dozen Tax Scams

Courtesy of the IRS The IRS’s annual ‘Dirty Dozen’ list includes common tax scams that often peak during the tax filing season. The IRS recommends that taxpayers be aware so they can protect themselves against claims that sound too good to be true. Taxpayers who buy into illegal tax scams can end up facing significant […]