Courtesy of the Internal Revenue Service The Internal Revenue Service today issued a consumer alert about possible scams taking place in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Following major disasters, it’s common for scam artists to impersonate charities to get money or private information from well-intentioned taxpayers. Such fraudulent schemes may involve contact by telephone, social […]
Employers planning to claim an expanded tax credit for hiring certain veterans should act soon, according to the IRS. Many businesses may qualify to receive thousands of dollars through the Work Opportunity Tax Credit, but only if the veteran begins work before the new year. Here are six key facts about the WOTC as expanded […]
Today TaxMama® hears from Monica in the TaxQuips Forum, who needs to make a decision. “My tax status is single, no dependents. I plan to undergo $10,000 out-of-pocket medical procedure. Please consider these scenarios. If done in 2012 with an adjusted gross income (AGI) of approximately $50,000, $10,000 will be paid after-tax. If done in […]
Courtesy of the Internal Revenue Service WASHINGTON — For tax year 2013, the Internal Revenue Service announced today annual inflation adjustments for more than two dozen tax provisions.
Today TaxMama® hears from Ivan in the TaxQuips Forum who seems to be concerned. “I have found lots of info on filing gift tax returns – penalties – life time exclusions. But what I cannot find is, what if someone makes a gift(s) to a child, or anyone else, in an amount well over the […]
Courtesy of the Internal Revenue Service Contributing money and property are ways that you can support a charitable cause, but in order for your donation to be tax-deductible, certain conditions must be met. Read on for six things the IRS wants taxpayers to know about deductibility of donations.
In a Chief Counsel Memorandum (CCM) dated May 1, 2012, released July 13, 2012, IRS addressed the issue of Medicare premiums and the self-employment health insurance deduction. For years IRS has stated in its publications that Medicare premiums do not qualify for the self-employed health insurance deduction. In early 2011 IRS stated in its […]
Courtesy of the Internal Revenue Service [TaxMama note – also read about Wedding-Related Tax Benefits, here.] If you’ve recently updated your status from single to married, you’re not alone – late spring and summertime is a popular period for weddings. Marriage also brings about some changes with your taxes. Here are several tips for newlyweds […]
Today TaxMama® hears from Ming in the TaxQuips Forum who wants to be creative. Let me summarize. Both his and his wife’s employers offer health care coverage. However, if they add a spouse, they have to pay. Here’s what he’d like to do: “Is it possible to have one of us enroll in one company’s […]
Today TaxMama® hears from Debra in the TaxQuips Forum with this common issue. “I work part-time as a bookkeeper for various clients after my full-time job. I report this income on Schedule C. My husband is retired and pays for his own individual medical plan, himself. We file as married jointly. Do his insurance premiums […]
Today TaxMama® hears from Cheryl in the TaxQuips Forum who triggers a line of thought. Her client has under-reported income for many years. And it reminded me of other tax pros, including myself, who were asked by family members to help them under-report their income. The usual argument is “If you love me, you’ll file […]