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Tax Considerations When Supporting Parents

As I have been helping my Mom transition into life as a widow many interesting facts have begun to resonate. Particularly intriguing for me today under Regs. §1.2-2(b)(4) parent(s) can be claimed as a dependent if you meet the usual support, citizenship,

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What is a ‘Qualifying Relative’ for US Tax Purposes: IRC 152

Wading through the convolution required to identify specifically who qualifies as a relative for income tax reporting purposes oftentimes can be difficult, not because the actual tax code is difficult to understand in these regards or even subject to much

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Posted in Adoption, Child Tax, Children, Earned Income Tax Credit, IRS Enforcement, Tax Credit, Tax Deductible Expenses, Tax Filing Status, Tax Guidance & Preparation, Tax Problems & Requests

Sophy v. Commissioner – Reviewing Mortgage Interest Deduction Limitations

Taxpayers living in Vail Colorado contacted me most recently to represent them in an IRS audited covering tax years 2009, 2010 and 2011 relevant to several small items but specifically to the mortgage interest deduction claimed on Schedule A of

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Posted in Debt, Disallowed Expenses, IRS Appeal, IRS Audit, IRS Examination, Marriage, Mortgage, Paying Taxes, Tax Filing Status, Tax Guidance & Preparation

The ‘Fiscal Cliff’ and Your Tax Obligations

Our esteemed President has proven to me to be extraordinarily disingenuous with his statements about the middle class and their purported tax obligations as pretty much everyone's taxes will go up in 2013 as a direct result of the cumulative

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Exemption from IRS Filing in Bankruptcy

Here is the hard part, to qualify: 1. The corporation must have ceased business operations and must have neither assets nor income for the tax year. 2. The exemption request must be submitted to the local IRS Insolvency office handling

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Is Your Filing Status Head of Household – IRS Publication 501

Business Entity Selection and the Tax Consequences of Converting

According to IRS Publication 501 if you are not married, but provide a home for a qualifying dependent, you may be able to use the head of household filing status. The head of household filing status provides a higher standard deduction, lower tax

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Surviving Spouse Estate & Gift Tax Exclusion

IRS Notice 2011-82 makes available the ability for taxpayers to pass along their unused estate & gift tax exclusion amounts to their surviving spouse if an estate tax return is filed. This new portability election allows estates of married taxpayers to

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Posted in Estate Tax, Gift Tax, Tax Deductible Expenses, Tax Filing Status, Tax Guidance & Preparation, Tax Problems & Requests, Trusts

Tax Filing Status

The first step to filing your federal income tax return is to determine which filing status to use. Your filing status is used to determine your filing requirements, standard deduction, eligibility for certain credits and deductions, and your correct tax.

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Innocent Spouse Consideration – 5 Requirements

There are five requirements the IRS assesses as part of granting innocent spouse relief: 1. Education Level - Does the innocent spouse possess the skill set, background, and/or experience to understand the jointly filed tax return? 2. Involvement in Financial

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Choosing the right tax form

To file your 2009 individual tax return, you’ll have to decide which form to use…unless you e-file. If you file electronically, the software automatically selects the simplest and best form for you. Whether you use e-file or prepare on paper,

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