Tag Archives: state law

Construction Sales Tax

Today TaxMama® hears from Yimmy in the TaxQuips Forum, who wants to know.  “I moved into a newly constructed home in Oct. 2012. Are the sales taxes paid on the construction materials used in building the home tax deductible? The home is in Georgia.”

Determining Your Correct Filing Status

Courtesy of the IRS It’s important to use the correct filing status when filing your income tax return. It can impact the tax benefits you receive, the amount of your standard deduction and the amount of taxes you pay. It may even impact whether you must file a federal income tax return. Are you single, […]

Stepchild in Divorce

Today TaxMama® hears from Susan in the TaxQuips Forum with a divorce question for Valentine’s Day. “What happens, taxwise, to the relationship of stepchildren when the parents divorce and the stepchild stays with the stepparent? Do they go back to just being the girlfriend’s kid again? I hear about stepparents adopting their spouse’s children. Is […]

Free Electric Cars

Last week, I got a note from a CPA asking me if I knew anything about getting an electric car for free. She said one of her clients had just ordered a free golf cart-type vehicle from www.freeelectriccar.com  . And they had asked her about it after buying it – not before. So, I went […]

NJ Executors Fee

Today TaxMama hears from Barbara in New Jersey, who says. “I am the executor of my mother’s estate in NJ. I would like to take the executor’s fee that I am entitled to. I am trying to find out if her home that was just sold is considered an estate asset (that I can include […]

Depreciation Dilemma

Today TaxMama hears from Diana who grumbles, “I tried to list a new laptop using Section 179 for my new business. The Feds were OK. But I could not list the full amount on the California return due to their lower Section 179 limits, so I left it off my taxes. How do I claim […]

Real Estate Biz

Today TaxMama hears from Mike from Florida, “I am getting into the real estate sales business in southwest Florida. What business-related expenses are normally deductible?  May I deduct the training required by state law?  Car expenses, including leasing, fuel, and maintenance for a business-only vehicle?  Office space in the home? Anything else?