Tag Archives: tax answers

Disasters and Other Pleasant Experiences

Today TaxMama® wants to talk about sudden, unexpected events – and some tips on how to prepare for them.  

Tax Season PotPourri

  Today TaxMama® wants to address several issues that are confusing people this year – or important for you to know.

Reasonable Care and RMD

Today TaxMama® hears from Sonia in the TaxQuips Forum, who has this quickie question. “I contacted the custodian of my IRA AT 3 PM on 12/31 to request a required minimum distribution (RMD). The transaction ended up being dated 1/1. Will the 50% penalty apply? If so, how can I apply for relief?”

Family Caregiver

Today TaxMama® hears from KP in the TaxQuips Forum, with this question.  “My sister-in-law received a 1099-Misc with an amount in box 6 for medical health care payments for providing care for her husband, a veteran receiving VA benefits. I know the amount is taxable to the federal government, but is it subject to social security […]

Tax Day 2014 Tips

Today TaxMama® wants to help you with last minute issues on Tax Day 2014

Carrying a Mortgage

Today TaxMama® hears from a couple of people in the TaxQuips Forum, with this problem this week.  They have sold real estate on an installment sale. They have been the mortgage-holder. And after a while, the buyer defaulted and they had to repossess the property. Let’s look at the problems arising when carrying a mortgage.

Assisted Living

Today TaxMama® hears from Hollie in the TaxQuips Forum, with this concern.  “My husband had to go to an assisted living facility (following hospital and skilled nursing stays) and I understand the nursing portion of his assisted living monthly fee is a tax deductible expense. When I asked the administrator of his assisted living facility (run […]

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 […]

Gift or Income

Today TaxMama® hears from Asdfgh in the TaxQuips Forum, who tells us.  “My daughter plays piano for school choir. Doesn’t ask for money. She gets “thank you” from school PTO in form of flower bouquet and check for a few hundred dollars. Is that taxable income?”