News - John R. Dundon II, Enrolled Agent
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With many people facing additional financial difficulties, the IRS is taking several additional steps to help people who owe back taxes. They claim to ensure that they balance their responsibility to enforce the law with the economic real ities facing many American citizens today. They claim...

Since a hobby is something done for personal pleasure it is not a trade or business, should income be generated from a hobby the gross income is reported on Line 21, Form 1040. The cost of the materials used to make the item sold directly...

The Ninth Circuit affirmed the Tax Court (125 T.C. 281 (2005)) in holding that a couple's tuition and fee payments to their children's Jewish day schools do not qualify for the charitable deduction because they received a substantial benefit from their payments and lacked charitable...

In Revenue Procedure 2003-75, the IRS announced a separate set of luxury car depreciation limitations for trucks or vans that do not have a gross vehicle weight in excess of 6,000 pounds. In that revenue procedure, the IRS stated that the term "trucks and vans" referred...

If your money is locked away in an ever-decreasing 401(k) or IRA account and you need it to stay afloat, relief may be on the way. Heavy penalties, including regular income tax as well as a 10% additional penalty usually apply to early distributions from...

If you have a nanny or a cleaning service, the annual threshold amount for having to report and pay employment taxes is $1,600 for 2008 and $1,700 for 2009. If your yearly payments to any one domestic employee exceed these amounts, you have to report...

If only you could sell, you would be able to exclude from your income up to $250,000 if you are single or $500,000 if you are married of the capital gains on the sale of your home. You must use the home as your principal...

If you bump up against certain income thresholds, your itemized deductions and personal exemptions start disappearing. The reduction does not apply to deductions for medical expenses, investment interest, nonbusiness casualty and theft losses, and gambling losses. Luckily, these thresholds are increased each year for inflation....

Congress has extended the tax exclusion for forgiven mortgage debt through 2012. There is a $2 million limit ($1 million for married individuals filing separately) on this tax exclusion, and the loan must have been used to buy or improve your principal residence. Under previous...

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