Tag Archives: Tax credits

Adopting Step-Child

Today TaxMama hears from Kelly in the TaxQuips Forum who is doing something unusual. “I tried to claim the adoption credit on this year’s taxes.  It was denied because “I can not use this credit for the adoption of a step-child”.  After my divorce was final, I began adoption proceedings for my son. They were […]

Tax on Canadian Pension

Today TaxMama hears from Susan in the TaxQuips Forum, who is perplexed. “My husband started receiving a Canadian pension this year. There was $115 non-resident tax paid on the pension.  Canadian tax officials tell me that it can be claimed as a foreign tax credit.  I have no idea how to do this.  Do I […]

Residential Energy Credits

Today TaxMama hears from Seth in the TaxQuips Forum, who wants to get credit for his work. “I got an $8,000 tax credit on my 2009 taxes for being a first time home buyer.  I spent quite a bit of money insulating my house at the end of 2010.  My Dad told me that the […]

New Baby New W-4

Today TaxMama hears from Lindsay in the TaxQuips Forum, with the right question at the right time. “I need to find out how to fill out a new W-4 since I recently had a baby. I had a baby in September. I am single, with one job. Should I claim 2 on my W-4, and […]

Getting Married Now or Later

Today TaxMama hears from Robyn in the TaxQuips Forum, who needs to make a decision. Essentially, it boils down to should my boyfriend and I get married this year or not, in order to get the best tax advantage. They have a child together – and one that is just hers. Read the details here. […]

Brand New Home

Today TaxMama hears from Bruce in the TaxQuips Forum, with exciting news, “I purchased a new home in October and added some builder upgrades, including energy efficient appliances, radiant barrier roof, etc. Are these tax relief items available to me as an individual taxpayer? Even though I don’t have receipts on each item, I did […]

Qualifying Daughter

Today TaxMama hears from Laura in the TaxQuips Forum, with these two common issues.  “(1) My daughter turned 24 in December of 2009.  During the entire 12 months of 2009 she attended school full-time; did not work; earned 0 income; and will not be filing a tax return. She lived at home and we provided […]

Nursing Education Expenses

Today TaxMama hears from Hayley in Indiana who made a bold move. “I quit my job last October to go back to school.  My school is through our hospital (an Allied Health Program) but is not a part of the eligible educational institution.( is not signed up with the gov to receive fed funding.)  The […]

Adopting Two Girls

Today TaxMama hears from Charlotte in the TaxQuips forum, who tells us. “We adopted my niece’s 2 children this year. But my husband’s Social Security income wasn’t taxed. So how do I get the child income tax credit? or can I? I don’t work.”

Tax Credit Helps Pay for Higher Education Expenses

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was passed in early 2009 and created the American Opportunity Credit. This educational tax credit – which expanded the existing Hope credit – helps parents and students pay for college and college-related expenses. Here are the top nine things the Internal Revenue Service wants you to know about this […]

Mexican American Child

Today TaxMama hears from Linda in La Mesa, Calif – near the Mexican border. “If a dependent is a U.S. Citizen and a resident of Mexico, do they qualify for the child tax credit or the additional child tax credit?”

Getting Credit

Today TaxMama hears from Maxine in Florida, who has two quick questions. “Can someone living on Supplemental Security Income receive an Earned Income Credit if she has one dependent? Can someone who is retired received the existing homebuyer tax credit $6,500?”