Tag Archives: Tax resistance

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 […]

Expiration of Airline Ticket Taxes – and Possible Refunds

NOTE: This opportunity has expired. See the comment after this post. Or…  Today TaxMama wants to alert you to a potential summer refund available to you.  This is important news for frequent travelers! This could be worth a lot of money to you.   

Two-Year Limit No Longer Applies to Many Innocent Spouse Requests

Courtesy of IRS WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today announced that it will extend help to more innocent spouses by eliminating the two-year time limit that now applies to certain relief requests. “In recent months, it became clear to me that we need to make significant changes involving innocent spouse relief,” said IRS Commissioner […]

Five Tax Scams to Avoid this Summer

Courtesy of IRS Hiding income offshore, identity theft and return preparer fraud topped the IRS’s list of tax scams in 2011. The Internal Revenue Service issues an annual list of the top 12 tax scams, known as the “Dirty Dozen.” These scams are illegal and can lead to significant penalties and interest and possible criminal […]

Certifying US Residence

Today TaxMama hears from Emilia in the TaxQuips Forum with an interesting situation. Emilia and her husband are US citizens working in Peru. Her husband is taking a temporary assignment in Mexico – and needs to prepare a Form 8802. They are confused about some of the rules – and IRS does not offer clear […]

Beware of Tax Scams

Courtesy of IRS The IRS wants taxpayers to be aware of tax scams. These scams are illegal and can lead to problems for taxpayers including significant penalties, interest and possible criminal prosecution. The schemes take several shapes, ranging from promises of large tax refunds to illegal ways of “untaxing” yourself. Here are three important guidelines […]

News Flash – IRS Amnesty on Offshore Accounts

Second Special Voluntary Disclosure Initiative Opens; Those Hiding Assets Offshore Face Aug. 31 deadline  Courtesy of IRS [TaxMama note: We have been anxiously awaiting this announcement. IRS had mentioned that this was coming. This will be a huge help to people who never meant to conceal their ‘offshore’ accounts. They just didn’t realize they needed […]

TaxMama’s® 10 Tips for Business Success

Running a business or a department is complex, with innumerable people and government agencies pulling on you from all directions. With the endless demand for reports, it’s amazing that anyone is actually able to get work done, produce a product or finish a project. Yet, we do, don’t we? And we do it well. In […]

Stupid Tax Tricks – Things Not to Do

None of us enjoys paying taxes. We see the very rich layer of society getting away with murder financially and naturally want the same privileges in life. Besides, getting something for free always holds appeal. As a result, tax return schemes get ever more complex. Internal Revenue Service’s databases can cross-reference Social Security numbers with […]

IRS Warnings about new Phishing Scams

How to Report and Identify Phishing, E-mail Scams and Bogus IRS Web Sites The IRS does not initiate taxpayer communications through e-mail. The IRS does not request detailed personal information through e-mail. The IRS does not send e-mail requesting your PIN numbers, passwords or similar access information for credit cards, banks or other financial accounts. […]

Not Ready to File

Today TaxMama  wants to give you a nudge to file that tax return – even if you owe money!

Last Minute E-Filing

      Today TaxMama  wants to give you a tip about efiling at the last minute.   Dear Family, Yesterday, as we were frantically trying to efile tax returns during the last few days of tax season, we got a really bizarre rejection notice. A couple, who have been married for decades, who are deeply into […]