Category Archives: Employment

Firefighter-EMT Meals

Today TaxMama hears from Janice in the Tax Parlor who asks, ” I have a client who is an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician). His shifts are 24 hours at a time. Are EMT’s on 24-hour shifts eligible to deduct per diem for meals? Of course he says that his coworkers take the deduction. ” ~~~~ […]

Funding a Roth IRA

Today TaxMama hears from Dennis in Texas who tells us, “My wife and I are both self-employed, and we’re both the only employees in our companies. We would both like to start ROTH’s, because we would like to be able to withdraw contributions, without penalty, if an emergency came up. We file jointly and our […]


Today TaxMama hears from Cindy in North Hollywood, CA who says. “I am 19 years old and am looking for a job that will hire me with an ITIN. Do you know of any websites or places? I have been looking around and just don’t get anywhere. Can you help me or give me any […]

Stubborn Employer

Today TaxMama hears from Gary from the Internet has this problem, “My former employer who refuses to correct my W2 for 2005—the withholding for FICA and Medicare are not at the correct percentages. They made a change in the 403b and had to adjust the taxable wages for FICA and Medicare wages. Since I was […]

Employer Liability

Today TaxMama hears from Larry in CT, who asks. “Suppose an employer hires an undocumented worker who presents a valid ITIN (Individual Taxpayer Identification Number). The employer withholds & reports payroll taxes for that worker using this ITIN. The Social Security Administration issues a “no match” letter to the employer containing all sorts of implicit […]

Alimony vs Wages

Today TaxMama hears from Margaret on the Internet, who has this upbeat idea. “I have been divorced for three years with good relations with my ex. We continue to work together in a small family construction business. I am wondering if, in the long run, I would be better off re-categorizing the alimony to W2 […]

Tips Topped

Today TaxMama hears from Lindsey in Fort Myers, FL who says “I work for an hourly wage and tips. I keep a careful daily log of my tips. At the end of the year, if my employer doesn’t feel that I have claimed enough on tips, and they want to insure that they’ve paid enough […]

What am I?

Today TaxMama hears from Matt in Van Nuys, CA, who’s having an identity crisis. He asks, “”What am I” and when do I have to file? I’m a permanent employee at a company. In addition, I do work on the side (at home) as a Graphic Designer. I’ve registered the business name with the County […]

Can’t Outsource to India or China

The other day, we were talking about a friend’s son who had decided to forego the traditional university education to learn to repair high-end cars instead. My friend remarked, off-handedly, “Well, at least his job will never be outsourced to India. Can you just imagine the shipping costs to get your car repaired?!” And of […]

Not Flex-Time and Flex-Space

Today Steve from Waltham, MA wants to know what to do about an employee. “We have an employee who is currently living and working in MA. She is moving to Florida and would like to continue to work for our company in Florida (while still reporting to her same manager in MA). We agreed. My […]

Just the Fax

Today Dennis in St. Louis, MO is getting notices from IRS. I am the personal rep of an estate. I made a mistake when applying for an employer Identification number using the calendar date instead of the estate’s fiscal date. As a result, I was immediately declared delinquent in filing my returns. I requested that […]