Tag Archives: Taxation in the United States

Mutual Fund Fees

Today TaxMama® hears from Farmer in the TaxQuips Forum, with a reasonable question.  “Can you take a deduction of Mutual Fund operating expenses (12b fees?) on Schedule A, subject to the two-percent floor?”

Check Out College Tax Benefits for 2012 and Years Ahead

Courtesy of the IRS WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today reminded parents and students that now is a good time to see if they qualify for either of two college education tax credits or any of several other education-related tax benefits. In general, the American opportunity tax credit, lifetime learning credit and tuition and […]

Medical Mileage

Today TaxMama® hears from Scarulli in the TaxQuips Forum, with a good question.  “My husband was critically ill and hospitalized for a month in 2012. I visited him daily (sometimes more often) as that was the only way I could get information from his doctors relating to his condition. Can I deduct the mileage back […]

Construction Sales Tax

Today TaxMama® hears from Yimmy in the TaxQuips Forum, who wants to know.  “I moved into a newly constructed home in Oct. 2012. Are the sales taxes paid on the construction materials used in building the home tax deductible? The home is in Georgia.”

Ask TaxMama Issue 674 – Happy Prez Weekend

Dear Family, Odd-funny things keep happening around here. Like scraping ice off my windshield – in California! Like going to our breakfast meeting and the restaurant is closed. Like the IRS press release that that help and information is available in Spanish – but the press release was in English. Like my friend sending me […]

Determining Your Correct Filing Status

Courtesy of the IRS It’s important to use the correct filing status when filing your income tax return. It can impact the tax benefits you receive, the amount of your standard deduction and the amount of taxes you pay. It may even impact whether you must file a federal income tax return. Are you single, […]

Do I Still Owe?

Today TaxMama® hears from TacoBrielle in the TaxQuips Forum, with a common misconception.  “I can’t seem to get a definitive answer about this, so I’m asking here. I filed my federal return with a refund amount of $1,132. This refund went to the IRS for previous tax debt that was still owed to them. However, […]

Missing Your W-2? Here’s What to Do

Courtesy of the IRS [TaxMama note: Don’t be in a hurry to file. Wait until you’re sure you have ALL the W-2s, 1099s, etc., including the corrected 1099s your brokerage sends out in March.] It’s a good idea to have all your tax documents together before preparing your 2012 tax return. You will need your […]

IRS Intensifies National Crackdown on Identity Theft

Courtesy of the Internal Revenue Service [TaxMama note: Did THIS ever happen to you? If you were the victim of tax identity last year, make SURE you get your special Identity Protection PIN (IP PIN) from the IRS so no one can steal your refund by pretending to be you.] WASHINGTON — Continuing a year-long enforcement […]

Who Reports the 1099-C?

Today TaxMama® hears from Goran in the TaxQuips Forum, with this issue.  “My client and his mom were on the mortgage together. That property went through foreclosure. Naturally, they file separate tax returns. Which one will report the 1099-C?”