Category Archives: *Tax Quips

TaxMama’s® TaxQuips – Your Tax Money at Work

It’s TaxQuips time from® . Today TaxMama® wants to talk to you about how the IRS is spending some of the money they got from the Inflation Reduction Act         Dear Family, When Congress granted the IRS about $80 billion dollars as part of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), I heard […]

TaxMama’s® TaxQuips Is Your Business a Hobby?

Let me explain why this is important from a tax reporting perspective.

A business can deduct all its legitimate operating expenses from the business’ sales and income – either on a Schedule C, or a business entity return (partnership, corporaton, etc.) and deduct losses, as appropriate.
However, with a hobby, you must report all your income (on Schedule 1) – but you may not deduct your opertating expenses at all. Nowhere. Not on any form. The only thing you may deduct are your cost of goods sold. In other words, hobbyists that lose money don’t get to deduct expenses OR losses.

TaxMama’s® TaxQuips Should you Consult a Tax Pro

  It’s TaxQuips time from® . Today TaxMama® wants to talk to you about some questions people have asked TaxMama® after making major financial moves and ending up with extra taxes – or none of the tax breaks they were counting on.     Dear Family, Well, we’ve survived the April 18th deadline! Many […]

TaxMama’s® TaxQuips Your Tax Dollars at Work

  It’s TaxQuips time from® .   Today TaxMama® wants to talk to you about the new IRS Strategic Plan for using the $80 billon budget effectively – based on feedback they have received .             Dear Family, Last week the IRS released their 150 page strategic plan on […]

TaxMama’s® TaxQuips Common Errors This Season

  It’s TaxQuips time from® . Today TaxMama® wants to talk to you about errors people have been making in their tax returns this year.             Dear Family, My goodness, it’s already Spring! The first day, here in Southern California is mostly gray, threatening to rain…but not quite making […]

TaxMama’s® TaxQuips Ask First Act Later

    It’s TaxQuips time from® . Today TaxMama® wants to suggest that you get advice FIRST before making major financial moves.             Dear Family, Let’s start with the big thing this weekend – changing the clocks to Daylight Savings Time. Remember the old adage “Fall back; spring forward.” […]

TaxMama’s® TaxQuips What is the IRS Doing For You Lately?

Be my Valentine

Listen to the podcast here It’s TaxQuips time from® . Today TaxMama® wants to let you know what kind of support you can expect from the IRS this year – if any.                   Dear Family, As you understand so well, since COVID19, it’s gotten harder than […]

TaxMama’s® TaxQuips Important Considerations for Your 2022 Tax Return

  It’s TaxQuips time from® .  Today TaxMama® wants to alert you to issues that will affect your tax return filing, and perhaps tax planning, during 2023                Dear Family, Where does the time go?! Sorry to be posting so late – but the days just seem to flash […]

Everything You Want to Know About the EA Exam 2023-2024

  We are starting another EA Exam testing year on May 1, 2023. With all the IRS office closures, unopened mail and with IRS phone lines having super long waits, the skills of an Enrolled Agent are more valuable than EVER!  This is a great time to improve your tax and representation skills and become an […]

TaxMama’s® TaxQuips December 2023 Roundup

    It’s TaxQuips time from® . Today TaxMama® wants to alert you to some major tax news taking place before the year ends.         Dear Family, As we come to the end of an incredibly busy year, there is still so much going on. Congress worked through the night to […]

Bankruptcy & Freedom

Reprint of article from July 2003 – as we come to the end of a tough set of COVID years: And speaking of Independence Day …. I just got off the phone with a friend. She’s decided to file bankruptcy. This was a very long road for her. Like other friends, she’s a very moral […]