Moving Expenses – IRS Form 3903 – Publication 521

This post is an overview of IRS Form 3903 as well as IRS Publication 521, Moving Expenses Generally your move must be closely related to when you start work. You should be safe if moving expenses were incurred within one year from the

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Tax Issues Surrounding U.S. Military Retirement

When adjusting to civilian life it is important to understand what is taxable and what is not taxable in regard to your pay after service to the US Military. This post is a rudimentary overview to some of those issues that

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Is Your Filing Status Head of Household – IRS Publication 501

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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IRS Form 8863 + Publication 970 – Hope and Lifetime Learning Credits

According to IRS Publication 970 the modified version of the Hope Credit is now referred to as the American Opportunity Tax Credit (AOTC) and extended through 2012. The AOTC is available for the first four years of post-secondary education. It has been expanded so that

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IRS Interim Changes for Individual Taxpayer Identification Number Application (ITIN)

Interim changes for issuing Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITIN) have been announced by the IRS. ITINs are only issued to people who are not eligible to obtain a Social Security Number. During this interim period WHICH IS TO LAST UNTIL THE

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Service Fee v. Tip – IRS Guidance to Examiners

According to IRS administrative guidelines to its examiners concerning Rev. Rul. 2012-18, published in the 2012-26 Internal Revenue Bulletin, when performing a tip examination (aka audit), IRS examiners must ensure that service fees or charges are properly characterized as wages and

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Tax Implications of Inherited IRAs

Taxpayers who inherit IRAs also inherit the decedent’s basis or amount invested in those IRAs, regardless of the relationship between the beneficiary and the decedent. Ideally, the decedent will have filed IRS Form 8606 (Nondeductible IRAs), showing the amount of basis in the IRA. Any

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Dependent Care Credit IRC 21

According to Internal Revenue Code Section 21, the maximum tax credit as of this posting date remains at $1,050 (35% of $3,000) for one qualifying individual and $2,100 (35% of $6,000) for two or more. This credit is for expenses paid for the

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Domestic Production Activity Deduction DPAD

I learned 2 things this week about the Domestic Production Activity Deduction (DPAD) on IRS Form 8903: 1. Business activity alone is not the only factor used in determining qualification for the Domestic Production Activity Deduction (DPAD). The actual deduction reported

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First-Time Home Buyer Credit – Nievinski v. Commissioner

According to Cary A. Nievinski v. Commissioner TC Summary Opinion 2011-10 even though IRS Form 5405 and IRS Publication 4819 provide only general instructions and do not address all the rules and limitations applicable to the first-time home buyer credit, the apparent failure of some IRS

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