Tag Archives: Taxable income

Is This Taxable Income

Today TaxMama hears from Karen in California in the TaxQuips Forum, who tells us.  “My father died from lung cancer that was determined to be caused by job conditions. My brother and I may be receiving a one-time survivors benefit compensation check for a large amount of money. Will this be taxable income?”

Flying High

Today TaxMama hears from Kathleen in the TaxQuips Forum, who is curious. “I attended a flight school in ’09 and earned my helicopter commercial pilot certificate as well as flight instructor certificate. I now work as a commercial pilot & flight instructor. The school is not a typical college/university. But I did receive my certificates from […]

IRS News – Is this Income Taxable?

While most income you receive is generally considered taxable, there are some situations when certain types of income are partially taxed or not taxed at all. To ensure taxpayers are familiar with the difference between taxable and non-taxable income, the Internal Revenue Service offers these common examples of items that are not included in your […]

Jackpot

Today TaxMama hears from Kathy in New Mexico, a lucky lady. “I am a housewife. I have no income. My husband has a 100% disability income. I won a jackpot of $1,500.00. I have to pay taxes on this amount. Is this earned income?”

New Law Encourages Cash Donations for Midwest Disaster Relief

IR-2008-133, Nov. 25, 2008 WASHINGTON –– Taxpayers who make qualifying cash contributions for disaster relief efforts in the Midwest could benefit from a recently passed law that suspends the percentage-of-income limits that would normally apply when taxpayers deduct the contributions on their 2008 federal tax returns. Under the Heartland Disaster Tax Relief Act, an individual […]

Reporting Auction Income and the Tax Gap

FS-2007-23, Courtesy of IRS Many people don’t realize the income they earn from auctions and consignment sales may be taxable. This fact sheet, the 16th in the Tax Gap series, will help taxpayers better understand what income they are required to report and what deductions they may be entitled to take. The tax gap, or […]

What income is taxable? Nontaxable?

Courtesy of the Internal Revenue Service TT-2008-30 Generally, most income you receive is taxable. But there are some situations when certain types of income are partially taxed or not taxed at all. A comprehensive list is available in IRS Publication 525, Taxable and Nontaxable Income. Some common examples of items that are not included in […]

Choose the Simplest Federal Tax Form for Your Needs

Courtesy of the Internal Revenue Service TT-2008-05 The three forms used for filing individual federal income tax returns are Form 1040EZ, Form 1040A and Form 1040. If you are filing a federal income tax return on paper, use the simplest form you can. Using the simplest allowable form will reduce the chance of an error […]

Reporting Miscellaneous Income

FS-2007-26, November 2007 – Courtesy of the Internal Revenue Service While most people are aware they must include wages, salaries, interest, dividends, tips and commissions as income on their tax returns, many don’t realize that they must also report most other income, such as: cash earned from side jobs, barter exchanges of goods or services, […]

Charity Buys Raffle Ticket

Today TaxMama hears from Jim in Missouri who’s come up with a winner. “I am on the board of directors for a Lutheran school. We wish to enter a raffle for a prize (car, jewelry, etc.), then offer whatever what is won at our annual dinner/silent auction night. If we win one of the items […]

Generous Contribution

Today TaxMama hears from Bob in CT, who tells us. “I arranged a grant for $40,000 for a 501©(3) organization. Normally I require a finder’s fee of 20%. This time, I did not charge a fee to this organization, and essentially gave it back. Is the $8,000 I actually donated by not taking it, a […]

TaxMama’s Tax Quips and Egg Donor

Today TaxMama hears from Puzzled in San Francisco, CA who wants to know: “My financial advisor told me there is a great deal of uncertainty with regard to egg donor compensation. Many egg donor boards mention that if the compensation if considered “pain and suffering” then it’s not taxable. I would much rather keep the […]