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Divorce Home Sale

2016-05-24 by Eva Rosenberg

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Today TaxMama® hears from Greg in the TaxQuips Forum with a very common divorce issue. Let me paraphrase. “We got divorced. My wife and child stayed in our home. I made the payments. Now, when we want to sell it 7 years later, is there any way at all that I can get the personal residence exclusion?”

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Hi Greg

Well, I have good news for you.

1) Yes, you are entitled to claim the $250,000 personal residence exclusion
on your share of the profit when the house is sold.

There’s only one glitch here – the exclusion works if there is a divorce or separation agreement allowing this arrangement. Your agreement limited the arrangement to 5 years – not “5 years or until our son leaves home.” If you are audited, that could cause you a problem.

2) Personally, I would not have claimed those additional payments as alimony expenses. I would have used them to deduct the mortgage interest and property tax. But you survived audit…and you have proof of two successful audits, so the IRS may not audit this same issue again – IF you had a “no change” determination.

I hope you two can work this out amicably and reasonably.

CPE LinkFor more great tips on how to save taxes during a divorce, please view our special resource – Tax Checklist for Knotty Divorces . This two hour course can help couples resolve issues fairly – and save thousands of dollars – in taxes and legal fees.

 

And remember, you can find answers to all kinds of questions about divorce and other tax and business issues, free. Where? Where else? At www.TaxMama.com.

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Tax Day Deadline - and Extensions

2016-04-18 by Eva Rosenberg

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Good news! This year we get a few extra days to file our tax returns – until April 18th (19th in MA and MN).

But what’s if you’re just not ready?

Relax. File an extension – no excuses needed.
You get an extra six months to file.
Use From 4868 for personal extensions

Check with your state for their forms and filing requirements. William Perez at About.com has a good list of the state info. When you expect to owe money, some states, like CA, OK, DE and some others, will only give you an extension if you pay some or most of the balance due.

Don’t worry, going on extension won’t increase your chances of audit.

Oh, you heard it’s an extension to file, not an extension to pay?
That’s true. But they will grant you the extension even if you don’t pay the whole balance due.
By filing the extension, you avoid the non-filing penalty of 5% per month up to 25%.
AND if you really have a hardship when it comes to paying, there’s a special form to give you more time to pay – Form 1127.

For business, like partnerships, estates and gift taxes, use Form 7004 to get the extension – and the corresponding state form.

Whatever your tax problem – TaxMama has an answer – free – at www.taxmama.com click on Ask a Question.

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Wasted Refunds

2016-04-04 by Eva Rosenberg


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Today TaxMama® wants to bring wasted refunds to your attention. The IRS keeps sending out announcements that refunds are expiring. People keep ignoring those announcements, thinking that this doesn’t apply to them.

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Last week’s TaxWatch column at MarketWatch.com tells some stories of people who lost their refunds because…shrug, I just can’t be bothered to file right now.
Please – read that column and pass it on to your friends or family members who aren’t filing.

Let me tell you another story – about someone making close to minimum wage, who also just didn’t bother. One day, this fellow got disabled. He wasn’t in a position to collect either disability or unemployment (OK…through sheer stupidity.) But we were able to persuade him to catch up on his previously un-filed returns (there were at least 7 years unfiled). For the years that were still open, we were able to get him quick refunds of over $3000 . But…for the other years…all gone. And let me tell you, when you are unemployed, sick and have no income coming in, that lost $4000 can make a big difference! It took another 2-3 years before he was able to resolve his medical issues and start getting SSI and VA help. (Don’t ask.)

Every tax professional I know has more stories. So do I…like the doctor living in his car with his two children; or the dementia victim whose bank moved and he couldn’t pay his mortgage or file his taxes, or…folks who will break your heart.

Please, don’t be one of those statistics. Please, FILE YOUR UNFILED RETURNS! Or help someone you love catch up.

Remember, you can find answers to all kinds of questions about tax refunds and other tax and business issues, free. Where? Where else? At www.TaxMama.com.

And Remember, if YOU have questions, please post them into the TaxQuips Forum – just click on Ask A Question. (Family members – use this.)

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TaxMama's Tax Quips 2016 Mileage

2016-03-21 by Eva Rosenberg

TaxMama® and Ken Jeffries interview:

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Ken: It’s TaxQuips Time from TaxMama.com . Today TaxMama covers deductible mileage.
What kinds of mileage are deductible by individuals and businesses?

TaxMama: Actually, there are four ways to take advantage of vehicle-related deductions:


  1. Medical mileage

  2. Moving Mileage

  3. Job or business mileage

  4. Charitable mileage


Ken: What are the mileage rates for 2016?

TaxMama:


  1. Medical mileage and Moving Mileage – 19 cents (down from 23 in 2015)

  2. Job or business mileage – 54 cents (down from 57.5 in 2015)

  3. Charitable mileage – it’s always 14 cents – it literally takes an Act of Congress to change it


Make sure you keep track of all your miles for the year – not just the deductible miles. Keep good records.

Ken: There’s a lot more to learn about vehicle deductions and mileage. We’ll talk about that in future TaxQuips.

Ken: Meanwhile remember, you can find answers to all kinds of questions about mileage and other tax issues, free.
Where? Where else? At www.TaxMama.com.

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First Time Homebuyer and IRAs

2016-02-23 by Eva Rosenberg

A first home?
Today TaxMama® hears from Emily in the TaxQuips Forum with an excellent question. “I’m 35 years old and taking money out of an IRA for a down payment on my house. I am not a first time homebuyer. This will be my primary residence. Should I roll my IRA into a ROTH IRA before taking the funds out? Or just take the funds straight out of the IRA? I have a separate 401k where I’m investing heavily each month.”

 

 

Dear Emily,

First of all, are you sure you’re not a first time homebuyer?

That doesn’t mean you have never owned a home. It means that you haven’t owned a home during the last 2 years. [Sec 72(t)(2)(F) ] “the 2-year period ending on the date of acquisition of the principal residence”

If you do happen to qualify, then you have a once in a lifetime “get out of penalty free” card to avoid the 10% early withdrawal penalties when you take the money from your IRA. (and the state’s penalty). You still have to pay the taxes on the $10,000 you draw – for IRS and state.

Now…the money must come from an IRA, not a 401k. So if you qualify, use the money in your IRA. Do not roll it into a Roth IRA.

However, there’s a better option. You are putting a lot of money into your 401k. If you plan to stay with this employer for the next several years – borrow the money from your 401k instead. The benefits?

a) You get the money tax-free. So you get the benefit of ALL the money. (They would withhold 20% of your IRA withdrawal before you get it.)
b) You pay yourself back at a low interest rate – so you don’t deplete your retirement account.
c) AND you can get up to $50,000 or 50% of the value of the account, whichever is lower.
d) You don’t have to worry about whether or not you qualify for the first-time homebuyer rules.

The only issue is – does your employer’s plan allow you to borrow? Most do. So find out.

Incidentally, if you have the 401k invested in securities you particularly like that will have to be sold – use the funds in your IRA to re-buy those securities so you don’t lose the earning power.

And remember, you can find answers to all kinds of questions about buying a home and other tax and business issues, free. Where? Where else? At www.TaxMama.com.

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