Tag Archives: U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

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?”

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 […]

Death Taxes Intrigue

Today TaxMama® wants to have a little fun while I am waiting for all my emails to download.  During our Thanksgiving vacation, I had time to do some reading. Let me introduce you to Diane Kelly, a CPA and writer – and her very interesting protagonist, Tara Holloway, a rather feisty IRS Special Agent.

Ask TaxMama Issue 642 – Hot and Busy

Dear Family, We are running very late today because I started the day by writing articles. The first one was completed on time – TaxMama’s 10 Tips for Success. But the second took quite a bit longer. I got absorbed researching in this week’s MarketWatch article. It’s essentially exploring whether or not delayed tax benefits […]

Courts Protect Taxpayer Basis and Audit Limits

Here are a couple of tax-related court cases you might find interesting. Attorney Ronald Marini writes about a very recent Supreme Court decision that limits IRS’ audit powers in a way you’ll like. The IRS is limited to three years to audit you or your business when it comes to determining the basis of anything […]

Mobile Home Rental

Today TaxMama® hears from Klondike in the TaxQuips Forum with this question.  “In March, I purchased a new mobile home and placed it on property I own. It is skirted with wheels removed and set on cement pillars. My son lives in the home and pays rent. Is it best to depreciate the home for […]

Real Estate Sales

Today TaxMama hears from Fred in the TaxQuips Forum, with a technical question. “Page 32 of the 2010 Instructions for Form 1120S (the S Corporation tax form) explains how to determine the adjusted gain or loss to enter on line 15b of the 1120S schedule K-1 (the partners’ share of income and transactions). Then it […]

Bonus Depreciation

   Today TaxMama hears from Scott in the TaxQuips Forum with this question.  “How long would you have to keep a business vehicle to take advantage of bonus depreciation deductions? What if I sold a new business use vehicle after three years, are there penalties?

RMD – Minimum Distribution Problem

Today TaxMama hears from Anthony in the TaxQuips Forum with a common problem. “I have a client who stopped working at 81 because he had a stroke and had to go into a nursing home. He had a Sec. 457 plan, which allowed him to put off taking distributions until he terminated employment. But he was […]

Ask TaxMama Issue 594 April Fools Day

Dear Family, Happy April Fool’s Day! This morning I read a CNN story about a family with a $54,000 tax refund. The H&R Block office was apparently so surprised that they repeatedly recomputed the tax return to see if there was a mistake. There wasn’t. And this is not an April Fool’s Prank!  It turns […]