Tag Archives: Taxation

2013 & 2014 Quick Resources

Today TaxMama® hears from Pope in the TaxQuips Forum, with a request.  “Could you publish a table showing 2013 & 2014 standard tax items. Things like standard deductions; personal exemptions; mileage rates (business, medical, charity); income limits– phaseout of itemized deductions; etc.?”

Unexpected Loss

Today TaxMama® hears from Chan  in the TaxQuips Forum, with this question “If my business had an unexpected loss of $102k at end of year last year but I made my quarterly payments anyway – will I have a large refund or credit if so? Where did my tax dollars go? Why has my accountant […]

Partnership Split

Today TaxMama® hears from Ben in the TaxQuips Forum, with a question that raises another common issue. Let me summarize the issue. “Quite often when two people become partners, one of them ends up doing more work for the business than the other. How can you split the partnership income so each person still gets […]

Mom Provides Child Care

  Today TaxMama hears from Scott in the TaxQuips Forum who needs guidance. “My mother in law babysits for me, and I pay her a flat amount every month to do so. Her only job is working for us right now. She needs 3 more years of income to earn enough credits to be fully […]

Daughter and 1098T

Today TaxMama® hears from Sheba in the TaxQuips Forum, who needs guidance. “My daughter is a first year college student out of state. She has a partial loan, partial scholarship and grants. I don’t know what to do with the information from the 1098-T. I still claim her as a dependent and I pay part […]

Health Insurance Zinger

Today TaxMama® hears from Larry in the TaxQuips Forum with a quick question. “If an employee pays for his family’s health insurance through payroll withholding, is the amount he pays free from taxes? My clients paid $6,000 in 2012 through payroll withholding and his W-2 gross income in block 1 (and blocks 3 & 5) […]

Life Insurance

Today TaxMama® hears from Hernandez in the TaxQuips Forum with good question. “I am one of two partners in a architecture service partnership. We are considering using life insurance, specifically whole life, as a way to save excess cash and lower our taxes. Are payments for insurance considered business expenses for a partnership? What is […]

Cost or FMV?

Today TaxMama® hears from CotoPop in the TaxQuips Forum with a good question. “A client purchases a high end car in January, 2010 ($52,000). It is only used for personal purposes in 2010 and 2011. In January 2012 client starts a new business and uses the car 80% for business. Client is going to use […]

Care and Feeding of your PTIN Series – Session 2 – The RTRP Exam

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 standards. Now there is a new exam that ALL otherwise uncredentialed tax preparers […]