Category Archives: *Education

Small Business Tax Breaks

Courtesy of NAEA – The National Association of Enrolled Agents Small Business Tax Breaks to Be Sent to President (Again) Congress this week approved a package of small business tax breaks and an increase in the minimum wage; both were tagged onto H.R. 2206, a bill funding the Iraq war through September 30, 2007. President […]

Second Job Deductions

Today TaxMama hears from WW in the Tax Parlor, who tells us. “I have a full time job in a corporation. I also teach Yoga part time as an employee. My full time job has nothing to do with Yoga. Can I deduct the cost of Yoga teacher training and Yoga books?” Dear WW, You […]

Education Credits

Today TaxMama hears from Mike in the Tax Parlor says, ” I was just wondering how the Hope Credit works. I am a Graduate Student and was disappointed that my refund was low (about $200 compared to previous years when it had been $500), so I was going through looking for things I missed. I […]

Year End Wedding

Today TaxMama hears from Annie in Alabama who tells us. “My daughter got married on 12/23/06. She is a full time student. Now her husband want to file with her. Can I still file with her as a dependent? Or does her husband get to file with her?” ~~~~ Dear Annie, If your daughter is […]

Scholarship Award

Today TaxMama hears from Betty who tells us. “I belong to a non profit organization that sponsors scholarships for student members. The board of this organization voted to give a “gift” (not scholarship) to two student members of the organization who have not achieved the 3.0 GPA required for scholarship awards. Can this gift be […]


Today TaxMama hears from Joan in Los Angeles, who has a quick question. “I am a high school teacher. This year I spent a considerable amount of money to become certified to teach yoga in order to teach at my high school as well as at local yoga studios. I didn’t earn any income this […]

Deducting Books

Today TaxMama hears from Granny in Georgia who asks. “I am preparing my granddaughter’s tax return. She is a married student and qualifies for the Hope credit. She received a 1098-T from the school. She has been told by others that in addition to this amount she can deduct the cost of her books and […]

Real Estate Biz

Today TaxMama hears from Mike from Florida, “I am getting into the real estate sales business in southwest Florida. What business-related expenses are normally deductible?  May I deduct the training required by state law?  Car expenses, including leasing, fuel, and maintenance for a business-only vehicle?  Office space in the home? Anything else?

Loan or Wages

Today TaxMama hears from Scott the Doc, “I’ve got a sticky question for you – nobody seems to know this one, not even my financial planner.  I am a resident physician, making a nominal salary.  I just signed a contract with a practice for next year – it contains a sign on bonus and monthly […]

College Donations

Today TaxMama answers Terry of Morristown, MN says “I am a future college student with plans to study Industrial Design. I am asking wealthy people that I know for college donations and that type of thing. I was wondering if it was a tax write-off if they donated to a student’s college fund.”

Daughter’s Security

Today Steve in Appleton, WI has a question. “My wife passed away in last year. My daughter, age 16, qualified for social security benefits of $621 a month. The check comes to me, as her father. I use it to help us make ends meet. I also save some money towards her college education. Is […]