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Music to My Ears

Today TaxMama hears from Larry in the TaxQuips Forum, who wants clarification.  “Though I derive the majority of my guitar teaching income from teaching at a local music store, can I still write off home/office deductions for the smaller part of my home lessons? If so what percentage, and how is that addressed on the […]

Five Tips for Taxpayers With Change of Address

The IRS offers five tips for taxpayers who have moved or are about to move.  If you’ve changed your home or business address, make sure you update that information with the IRS to ensure you receive any refunds or correspondence from the IRS.

Four Steps to Follow If You Are Missing a W-2

Courtesy of IRS Getting ready to file your tax return?  Make sure you have all your documents before you start. You should receive a Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement from each of your employers.  Employers have until February 1, 2010 to send you a 2009 Form W-2 earnings statement. If you haven’t received your […]

IRS News – Is this Income Taxable?

While most income you receive is generally considered taxable, there are some situations when certain types of income are partially taxed or not taxed at all. To ensure taxpayers are familiar with the difference between taxable and non-taxable income, the Internal Revenue Service offers these common examples of items that are not included in your […]

IRS News – Seven Tax Tips for Disabled Taxpayers

Taxpayers with disabilities may qualify for a number of IRS tax credits and benefits. Parents of children with disabilities may also qualify. Listed below are seven tax credits and other benefits that are available if you or someone else listed on your federal tax return is disabled. Standard Deduction Taxpayers who are legally blind may […]

Tips on Tips

Today TaxMama hears from David in Arizona who got an unpleasant surprise. “I work for a restaurant that has not collected tip income info from our wait staff, and has not done any subsequent withholding. I am the lucky one who inherited payroll responsibility mid-year. I just learned of this oversight when prepping W2’s for […]

How to Obtain a Transcript of Your Past Tax Information

Taxpayers who need their past tax return information can obtain it from the IRS. Here are nine things to know if you need copies of your federal tax return information. 1. There are two easy and convenient options for obtaining free copies of your federal tax return information — tax return transcripts and tax account […]

Employee vs. Independent Contractor – Ten Tips for Business Owners

If you are a small business owner, whether you hire people as independent contractors or as employees will impact how much taxes you pay and the amount of taxes you withhold from their paychecks. Additionally, it will affect how much additional cost your business must bear, what documents and information they must provide to you, […]

Top Ten Tips for Taxpayers Deducting Casualty and Theft Losses

Courtesy of the IRS Taxpayers who find themselves the victim of a natural disaster or theft this summer should know the rules for deducting their casualty losses next year when they file their federal tax return. Generally, you may deduct losses to your home, household items and vehicles on your federal income tax return. Here […]

Offset Education Costs

IRS TAX TIP 2009-30 Education tax credits can help offset the costs of higher education for yourself or a dependent. The Hope Credit and the Lifetime Learning Credit are two education credits available which may benefit you. Because they are credits rather than deductions, you may be able to subtract them in full, dollar for […]

Tips for Taxpayers Making a Move

If you changed your home or business address, you’ll want to remember these six tips to ensure you receive any refunds or correspondence from the IRS. 1. You can change your address on file with the IRS in several ways: Correct the address legibly on the mailing label that comes with you tax package Write […]