Tag Archives: Politics

A Day In Tax Court

People, hearing the word tax, sometimes turn around and walk away from me. Just the idea of taxes frightens them so! It is a daunting subject. Especially when you are having problems with the tax system, yourself. (In fact, at my very first television interview on Good Day L.A., the host, Mario Machado, did exactly […]

Repeal of 3% Withholding Provision is Unanimous! Why?

HR 674 was passed by the House this week and sent to President Obama for signature. The AICPA is happy with this law. In a press release, Edward Karl, vice president of taxation for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants said, “The AICPA commends Congress for recognizing that it makes sense to repeal the […]

10 Tips to Ease Tax Time for Military

Courtesy of IRS Military personnel have some unique duties, expenses and transitions. Some special tax benefits may apply when moving to a new base, traveling to a duty station, returning from active duty and more. These tips may put military members a bit “at ease” when it comes to their taxes. Moving Expenses If you […]

Proposed Congressional Reform Act of 2011

TaxMama Note: This proposal is making it’s way across the Web via email. There’s a lot of wisdom in this, it you really look at the original intent of the Founding Fathers. They envisioned Congress being a citizen’s duty. Go to the Capitol for a while, serve as the spokesperson for the needs of your state […]

Individuals Received Millions In Erroneous Tax Credits For Plug-in Electric and Alternative-Fueled Vehicles

WASHINGTON ­ Approximately $33 million in credits for plug-in electric and alternative-fueled vehicles credits were erroneously claimed by at least 12,920 taxpayers through July 24, 2010, according to a report publicly released today by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA). That means about 20 percent of the $163.9 million in credits claimed by […]

IRS Issues Regulations on 10-Percent Tax on Tanning Services Effective July 1

Video: Tanning Services Excise Tax: English | ASL IR-2010-73, June 11, 2010 WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today issued regulations outlining the administration of a 10-percent excise tax on indoor tanning services that goes into effect on July 1. The regulations were published today in the Federal Register.

Spouse as Dependent

Today TaxMama hears from Jerry in Colorado, with a surprisingly common question. “What allows a spouse to claim the other as a dependent and how is the ‘dependent spouse’s Social Security income accounted for? What would be the filing status of the ‘supporting spouse’ [married, married filing separate, other]?”

Military spouse’s income might be tax-exempt

Courtesy of Spidell (paraphrased a bit for national coverage) As a result of the Military Spouses Residency Relief Act (PL 111-97), beginning with the 2009 taxable year, states may not tax wage and personal service income of a military spouse if the spouse has the same domicile or residence as the servicemember and: · The […]

Double Taxed Pension

Today TaxMama hears from Marilyn in California, who tells us. “ I have a client who is a resident of Maine and receives retirement income from CA (PERS or STRS). Does he have to pay state tax on that in CA and in Maine?”

White House Releases New Tax Proposal Regarding Estate and Gift Taxes

Courtesy of NAEA’s E@lert www.naea.org The plan would require “consistent valuation [of property] for transfer and income tax purposes.” According to the White House, the estate and gift tax provisions would raise $24.2 billion over ten years. Taxpayers would be obligated to report the same cost basis for inherited property for the purposes of both […]

Tax Jokes and Groaners

Psychiatrists say a man shouldn’t keep too much to himself. So does the IRS. (Beckie Shiles) I just finished my income tax forms. Who says you can’t get wounded by a blank? (Henny Youngman) Visiting Washington D.C., Dana wanted to see the White House for the first time. At the gate Dana asked the guard, […]

Obama and Biden file 2008 Tax Returns

Courtesy of NAEA – National Association of Enrolled Agents President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, on Wednesday released their MFJ tax return. The first couple reported about $2.7 million in income for 2008, mainly from book sales. President and Mrs. Obama paid about $855,000 in federal income taxes. In a release, the first family […]