Tag Archives: Schedule A

US Virgin Islands Taxes

Today TaxMama® hears from Pat in the TaxQuips Forum with a quickie question. “Are income taxes paid to the Virgin Islands deductible as state taxes? VI taxes are governed by the Internal Revenue Code so it doesn’t seem logical they’d be deductible, as federal taxes generally aren’t. In addition, the U.S. Virgin Islands aren’t a […]

Missing Hotel Receipts

Today TaxMama® hears from Tim in the TaxQuips Forum with this question. “A relative was sent by his company to work far away from home in different places for weeks at a time. He was given a nonaccountable per diem that was included in Box 1 of his W-2. He did not save the hotel […]

Commuting or Mileage

Today TaxMama hears from Guy in the TaxQuips Forum with an interesting situation. “My wife took a part time job at the local community college campus about two miles from our house in 2010. Once every week or two she would travel to the campus at another town about 40 miles away. For this travel […]

Netting Gambling Losses

  Today TaxMama hears from Linda in the TaxQuips Forum who wants to know. “How do I prove to the IRS that we can now net gambling losses against gambling winnings, per day, per gambling establishment, instead of deducting these losses on Sch A?

Deducting Wedding Expenses

Today TaxMama hears from Rick in the TaxQuips Forum, with two questions. “1) I got married in 2010 and had over $25,000 in wedding expenses. Is any of this tax deductible? 2) I purchased a used car in 2010 and paid $500 in taxes. Is any of this deductible?”

HUD 1

Today TaxMama hears from Craig in the TaxQuips Forum, who asks. “Are items on a HUD-1 (seller’s side), Lines 510-519, deductible by the seller as taxes paid on Schedule A or are they adjustments to the basis?”

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 […]

Hobby or Business…or Personal?

Today TaxMama hears from Lisa in California who tells us. “I am a Creative Memories Consultant, which is an independent consultant home sales business. This past year I barely sold anything, and ran my ‘’business’’ as more of a hobby than a business. Do I still need to claim it on my taxes? I haven’t […]

Closing Costs

Today TaxMama hears from Manny from the Tax Parlor has a question, “On the 1040, Schedule A, where do I put my closing costs?” ~~~~ Hi Manny Uh….nowhere. You can’t deduct your closing costs. However, some of the costs on the HUD statement that you may deduct include property taxes that were paid in escrow […]