Tag Archives: Tax Court

Tracking Mileage

Today TaxMama® hears from Straffan in the TaxQuips Forum, with this quick question. “Do you have to keep a separate log with start and stop odometer readings for each business trip? Or can you just add mileage notes to a daily planning diary? Would you still have to include odometer readings in the diary to […]

Employee or Contractor

Today TaxMama® hears from Roger in the TaxQuips Forum who is frustrated with the concept. “I guess my question would be, what is different about what I’m doing and, say, a general contractor ICing a plumber regularly to plumb houses he is building? Or a magazine that subs out to a freelance writer? These guys […]

Medical Marijuana

Today TaxMama® hears from John in the TaxQuips Forum, with this quick question.  “Can a new marijuana business in CO and WA declare business deductions on a federal tax return?”

Hobby v Business

Today TaxMama® hears from Susan in the TaxQuips Forum, with an interesting twist.  “I am an analyst with a high-tech firm and I teach one course a year at the University Extension in our area. While the course topic is related to my field, I don’t consider myself to be “in the business” of teaching. […]

Penny Wise Pound Foolish

Today TaxMama® hears from Kyong in the TaxQuips Forum with a sad question. “Nov 15, 2011 was the last day to file a tax court petition. The Tax Court petition was filed using Fedex Saver, which is not one of the designated private delivery services listed under IRC sec. 7502. I have a proof of […]

Ask TaxMama Issue 651 – Another Buggy Whip

Dear Family, Next week is the anniversary of the Paperback book, which was first introduced by Penguin. There was a brand of paperback books called PocketBooks. As you may have realized, I am an avid reader. Have been since I could see.

Follow Instructions

Today TaxMama® hears from Michele in the TaxQuips Forum who makes extra work for herself. “I had to jump over high hurdles on a single bound, tall buildings with a single leap, etc. but still unable to find/get the “Crazy Cat Lady” case referred in the Tuesday, June 6, 2012 email, when you answered a […]

Horsing Around

Today TaxMama® hears from Paul in the TaxQuips Forum who wants to be generous. “I am considering allowing the use of my horse barn to a non-profit horse rescue organization. This group has several rescued horses that need care and would like to board the horses on my property. Can I take advantage of this […]

Courts Protect Taxpayer Basis and Audit Limits

Here are a couple of tax-related court cases you might find interesting. Attorney Ronald Marini writes about a very recent Supreme Court decision that limits IRS’ audit powers in a way you’ll like. The IRS is limited to three years to audit you or your business when it comes to determining the basis of anything […]

Overcome Closed or Signed-Off Audits

Today TaxMama® hears from someone in the TaxQuips Forum who was overwhelmed. Let summarize. “After a grueling audit, and a lot of personal tragedies, the IRS agent went back and reviewed the medical mileage. Despite having detailed evidence to prove the mileage, the reason it was medical mileage, and the reason the treatment needed to […]

Ask TaxMama Issue 629 – Happy Valentines Weekend

 Dear Family,  It’s a beautiful, sunny day here in Southern California. Lots to do. And oh yes, don’t forget. Valentine’s Day is next week. If you’re going to get something…order it now (like these lovely hearts…).  Hopefully, you’re making progress getting your tax returns ready for filing. Please remember, don’t file too early. There are […]