Tag Archives: Taxation in the United States

Care and Feeding of your PTIN Series – Session 1 – Maintaining Your RTRP

NOTE: All regulations re:RTRPs have been suspended – these rules no longer apply. The IRS established new regulations for tax professionals recently. After nearly 100 years without any form of tax preparer licensing or overview, it’s time for tax preparers to exhibit that they have a fundamental understanding of tax law, tax preparation and ethical […]

Change of Address

Today TaxMama® hears from Hamed in the TaxQuips Forum, who is quite annoyed. “I sent a change of address form to my IRS auditors with my response to the audit. They ignored the change of address and sent their response to my response to the old address. I also mentioned the change of address in […]

The Mortgage Deduction

Today TaxMama® reads the Tax Prof Blog’s notes about who benefits from the mortgage deduction. According to an analysis reported in the NY Times, only 30% of Americans really benefit from this deduction. They are essentially in the “upper-middle and upper-income households.” Doesn’t that make you feel rich? What is the reality?  

Starting a Tax Practice

Today TaxMama® hears from John with this naïve question. “I have been mulling about this idea for a long time. I want to start a tax prep and services business. I have been doing returns for friends and associates for the past 2 years and want to incorporate. What is my first step? And then […]

IRPAC Issues Annual Report for 2012

Courtesy of the Internal Revenue Service WASHINGTON — The Information Reporting Program Advisory Committee (IRPAC) today released its 2012 Report, which includes recommendations pertaining to a number of information reporting issues such as cost basis reporting for debt and options, the new Form 1099-K, the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, information return corrections and other […]

Don’t Fall for Phony IRS Websites

Courtesy of the Internal Revenue Service The Internal Revenue Service is issuing a warning about a new tax scam that uses a website that mimics the IRS e-Services online registration page. The actual IRS e-Services page offers web-based products for tax preparers, not the general public. The phony web page looks almost identical to the […]

Deducting My Labor

Today TaxMama® hears from Kevin with an idea others have had. “Recently our investment property is actually turning into a little bit of income property. If I hire out a job to be done, I usually write off the expense, including labor. If I do the work myself, is there any way that I can […]

IRS Announces 2013 Pension Plan Limitations

Courtesy of the Internal Revenue Service WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today announced cost of living adjustments affecting dollar limitations for pension plans and other retirement-related items for Tax Year 2013.  In general, many of the pension plan limitations will change for 2013 because the increase in the cost-of-living index met the statutory thresholds […]

Making up Info

Today TaxMama® hears from Tasha with a disturbing problem. “My girlfriend is thinking of filing for an education tax credit even though she is not enrolled in school at the moment. She says the person doing her taxes can issue a 1098T form if and when the IRS was to ask for proof, which will […]

Dependent Income Limits

Today TaxMama® hears from Rando with a question that has become more and more common in today’s economy. “What is the maximum income my son can earn, who lived with us all year, and still be declared as a dependent on my tax return?”