Category Archives: Credits

TaxMama’s® TaxQuips IRS Improvements Summer of 2021

Listen to the podcast here Or watch it on YouTube tomorrow It’s TaxQuips time from TaxMama.com® – today TaxMama® wants to tell you about resources that are opening up for you on the IRS website.               Dear Family, The IRS was busy last week, issuing announcements people have been […]

TaxMama’s® TaxQuips To Extend or Not – and When?

    It’s TaxQuips time from TaxMama.com® – today TaxMama® wants to talk to you about the upcoming April 15th deadline – sort of…     [Note: You can listen to the audio podcast here]             Dear Family, Well, we are one week away from the traditional filing deadline of […]

Last Minute New Tax Laws and Changes

    Today TaxMama® wants to give you some very big news about tax law changes. On December 20th President Trump signed into law the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act. Those 715 pages included two major tax bills – the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act (SECURE Act) and the Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster […]

TaxMama’s TaxQuips Filing the IRS Postcard 2018

Today TaxMama® wants to update you on the Postcard Tax Form .

Deductible Day Care

Today TaxMama® hears from Mel  in the TaxQuips Forum, with this reasonable question.  “I have a client who sends their 5 year old to a private Christian school for pre-K. Can this be deductible like daycare? Is private school deductible at all in the upper grades?”

TaxMama s TaxQuips Health Care Mystery

Today TaxMama® hears from SwampWiz in the TaxQuips Forum, who is frustrated (can you blame him? Please read his detailed rant. Following is simply a summary.)  “I had read an official IRS notice that stated that if the individual’s income were to be “higher” than the one that had been proposed for the subsidy, the […]

Homebuyer Credit is Broken – Again

Today TaxMama® hears from MelissaMarie in the TaxQuips Forum, with a new problem. Let me summarize. She sold her home at a loss last year. She had bought it in 2008 using the Homebuyers Credit – which was required to be repaid – unless she sold the home at a loss. This year, the IRS […]

Overseas Education

Today TaxMama® hears from Chell in the TaxQuips Forum, with an interesting question.  “Can someone take an educational credit for books and Fees while they are taking a class in a foreign country? Plus without a proper address to fit into the tax software, the tax return will not be able to be efiled. It […]

Check Out College Tax Benefits for 2012 and Years Ahead

Courtesy of the IRS WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today reminded parents and students that now is a good time to see if they qualify for either of two college education tax credits or any of several other education-related tax benefits. In general, the American opportunity tax credit, lifetime learning credit and tuition and […]

Extra Tuition 1098-T

Today TaxMama® hears from tbachrodt in the TaxQuips Forum, with this question.  “I recently filed my taxes. I am already receiving the American Opportunity Credit and Lifetime Credit. I just received an additional 1098T in the mail that I forgot was coming. Do I need to file an amended return, even though I am already […]

Tax Returns with Education Credit on Hold

Courtesy of the IRS [See TaxMama note below] The IRS announced on Monday that taxpayers filing Form 8863, to claim the American Opportunity Tax Credit or the Lifetime Learning Credit can begin filing by the middle of February after the IRS updates its processing systems. The delayed start will have no impact on taxpayers claiming […]