Tag Archives: Taxes

A Twist On Using Credit Cards

Lots of people come to me, swearing they will never touch a credit card again, because they are so frustrated with the trouble they’re in. But credit cards don’t really need to be a problem. They can be quite an asset if used cleverly. With the holidays coming up, that’s a really dangerous time for […]

Airline Miles

Today TaxMama hears from Rachel in the TaxQuips Forum, who did something clever. “If I booked a ticket for a friend of mine with my airline points and I was paid the value of the ticket, is that considered taxable income? If so, which line would I put it on the 1040?”

Ask TaxMama Issue 588 – Presidents Weekend

Dear Family, Before we get started, take a quick look at the clock. If the time is anywhere between 9 am and 11 am Pacific, you may just be able to call me and ask me questions. At that time I will be in the CBS studios, at KFWB 980 on Money 101 with Bob […]

CCH Identifies 10 Deductions That Make It Easy to Reduce Your Taxes

Courtesy of CCH – they write some of THE best material! (RIVERWOODS, ILL., February 17, 2011) – Whether you itemize or take the standard deduction, there are plenty of above-the-line deductions that can mean even greater tax savings, according to CCH, a Wolters Kluwer business and the leading global provider of tax, accounting and audit […]

Important Tax Law Changes for 2010

Courtesy of IRS Taxpayers should make sure they are aware of many important changes to the tax law before they complete their 2010 federal income tax return. Here are several important changes that the IRS wants you to keep in mind when you file your 2010 federal income tax return in 2011. Health Insurance Deduction […]

Business Loan 1099

Today TaxMama hears from Lucy in the TaxQuips Forum, who needs to know. “ I purchased a business in 2010 by giving the original business owner a down payment and then monthly payments thereafter.  She is a limited liability company, but has dissolved the company in March 2010.  Do I send her a 1099-MISC for the […]

Reporting Use Tax

Today TaxMama hears from TaxDaughter in the TaxQuips Forum, who just received some unpleasant news. “My new accountant asked me to give him a summary of all my Internet purchases. He says California will assess taxes on the Internet sales since they have been escaping tax before. 1. Is this a newly enforced California Law? […]

Eight Essential Facts about Claiming the First-Time Homebuyer Credit

Courtesy of IRS. [TaxMama Note: Read TaxMama’s MarketWatch article, due out on February 11th, about the Homebuyer Credit, tips to avoid delays, and information about how to deal with unusual situations.] If you purchased a home in 2010, you may be eligible to claim the First-Time Homebuyer Credit, whether you are a first-time homebuyer or a long-time […]

Ask TaxMama Issue 585 – Our Own Image

Dear Family, Our Money Funny today will inspire you, actually. We never really know how other people see us. We usually look at ourselves in the harshest, most critical light. Years ago, I dated a fellow who was good friends with one of the Charley’s Angels. Naturally, all those women are gorgeous and talented. He […]

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 […]

Living in the UK

Today TaxMama hears from Catherine in the United Kingdom. “I am a US citizen, employed by a UK employer and living and working in the UK where I pay taxes. I own an apartment in NY which I rent out. I report the rental income on my US tax return. Must I report my UK […]

Penalties are not Taxes

Today TaxMama hears from Mike in North Carolina who just won – nothing. “ I recently got the penalties for a 1999 tax return abated. The IRS claims that any penalties over two years old are not refundable and referred to IRS publication 556. I contend penalties are not overpaid taxes and therefore are refundable. […]