Tag Archives: TaxQuips

Deeded in Life or Death

Today TaxMama hears from Mary in the TaxQuips Forum, who needs clarification. “My mother-in-law put her house in my husband’s name with a quitclaim Deed, which states it would be hers until her death; and he could not sell it as long as she was alive.  Now she has passed away and the house is […]

How to Bathe the Cat: A Matter of Perspective

Creative solutions are important, both in the business world and at home. Those who can think outside the can are most apt to get hired. 1. Put both lids of the toilet up and add 1/8 cup of pet shampoo to the water in the bowl.  

Six Things to Know About the Expanded Adoption Tax Credit

Courtesy of IRS If you are adopting a child in 2011, the Internal Revenue Service encourages you to familiarize yourself with the adoption tax credit. The Affordable Care Act increased the amount of the credit and made it refundable, which means it can increase the amount of your refund.

Per Diem Wasted

Today TaxMama hears from Bob in the TaxQuips Forum, who is trying to get it right. Let me summarize.  “I live in NJ and had a temporary job in DC for 6 months in 2010 (total 196 calendar days). I used Pub 1542 [per diem rates] for DC of $258 per day ($65 M&IE and […]

Comic Relief

  Today TaxMama hears from K Syl in the TaxQuips Forum, who has a fun idea.  “I have an Internet marketing business – a blog on comic books. The blog will have links for ordering comics to generate income on the blog and Pay Per Click ads. Large portions of the site will be devoted […]

H2A Visa and SS

Today TaxMama hears from Duncan who is taking good care of a client. “My client from Mexico lives in the US from April until December every year. He is working here under an H2A agricultural visa. As I understand, since he is here for 9 months, he is a resident alien according to the substantial […]

IT Cannibals

  Five cannibals get appointed as programmers in an IT company. During the welcoming ceremony the boss says to them, “You’re all part of our team now. You can earn good money here, and you can go to the company canteen for something to eat. So don’t trouble the other employees.” The cannibals promised they […]

Read the Contract

  Today TaxMama hears from someone with an endless set of questions. “It started out as a question about a lease buyout, which turned out not to be about an equipment lease, but a landlord-tenant lease, which turned out to be about a tenant-former tenant thing, which…”  

Penalty for Late Filing

  Today TaxMama hears from Debbie in the TaxQuips Forum with this concern. “I just filed for 2009.  I am qualified for refunds from both the fed and the state.  Will I be penalized for late filing if I DO NOT owe any taxes?”  

Frequent Flyer Miles

Today TaxMama hears from Diana in the TaxQuips Forum with a question about a fun topic. “I am hearing some confusing opinions on whether or not I am supposed to claim my awarded airline miles…My husband and I have actually already received some awarded airline miles for opening credit cards this year. I would love […]

Loan Modification Tax Effect

Today TaxMama hears from Janet in the TaxQuips Forum with a quick question. “We have applied for a loan modification on our home.  Will that have any affect when we file taxes next year?  I’d ask the loan counselor, but they are impossible to reach.”