Today TaxMama® hears from Clifford in the TaxQuips Forum, with an excellent question. “I was told in an investment class that dividend income and social security income could be “blended ” to reduce taxes. We were told that up to $70,700 dollars could be sheltered from taxes. When we asked how this could be done, […]
Today TaxMama® hears from Monica in the TaxQuips Forum, who needs to make a decision. “My tax status is single, no dependents. I plan to undergo $10,000 out-of-pocket medical procedure. Please consider these scenarios. If done in 2012 with an adjusted gross income (AGI) of approximately $50,000, $10,000 will be paid after-tax. If done in […]
Today TaxMama® hears from Robert in the TaxQuips Forum, who has this tale of woe. “My car was parked in front of the house and was hit by a hit and run driver. The car had about $10k in damage that my insurance took care of. I had a professional report done where they took […]
Courtesy of the Internal Revenue Service Renting Your Vacation Home Income that you receive for the rental of your vacation home must generally be reported on your federal income tax return. However, if you rent the property for only a short time each year, you may not be required to report the rental income.
Courtesy of the Internal Revenue Serivce [TaxMama note: For the most part, if you cannot itemize your deductions, you’ll have a hard time using these.] Summertime is the season that often leads to major life decisions, such as buying a home, moving or a job change. If you are looking for a new job that […]
Today TaxMama® hears from Lori in the TaxQuips Forum with a case of wishful thinking. “I have a couple of clients that have an average of $3,000 worth of employee expense deductions. None of them itemize on Schedule A. Can I still take the standard deduction, plus a negative amount (from form 2106) on 1040 […]
Today TaxMama® hears from Kim in the TaxQuips Forum with a sensible question. “I need to lower the taxes I will owe for 2012. In 2011, I owe $1,500 to IRS. I will probably take the standard deduction. Would it be best to have extra federal taxes taken out of my paycheck?”
Courtesy of the IRS Some employees may be able to deduct certain work-related expenses. The following facts from the IRS can help you determine which expenses are deductible as an employee business expense. You must be itemizing deductions on IRS Schedule A to qualify. Expenses that qualify for an itemized deduction generally include:
Courtesy of the IRS If you, your spouse or dependents had significant medical or dental costs in 2011, you may be able to deduct those expenses when you file your tax return. Here are eight things the IRS wants you to know about medical and dental expenses and other benefits.
Today TaxMama® hears from Alice in the TaxQuips Forum with a valid question. “On line 39a of the Form 1040, if a box is checked, resulting in a deduction for those over 65 years old, where do we put the amount? And what line is it deducted on from?
Courtesy of the IRS [TaxMama note: Read this in conjunction with today’s MarketWatch article – How to file your taxes for free WASHINGTON — Over 12,000 free tax preparation sites will be open nationwide this year as the Internal Revenue Service continues to expand its partnerships with nonprofit and community organizations providing vital tax preparation […]