Taxpertise Tips - Bonnie Lee

The tax consequences of losing your job

 Dear Bonnie, I lost my job and am now on unemployment. Do I have to pay taxes on that? I understand that there are all kinds of other... Continue

I bought a rental — what can I write off?

Dear Bonnie, I just bought my first rental property. I can write off the closing costs, right? What else can I write off? J.K., Sonoma Dear... Continue

7 tips for negotiating with the IRS

Dear Bonnie, I have some tax problems and find that I will soon have to deal with the people at the IRS. Needless to say, I’m terrified.... Continue

What if I can’t pay all my taxes?

Dear Bonnie,  I own my own business and was surprised at how much tax I owed for 2013. I hadn’t paid enough in with estimate tax... Continue

Recap of 2013 tax law changes

2013 was an eventful year for federal tax developments, beginning on January 1, 2013 with the passage of the American Taxpayer Relief... Continue

138 shopping days until April 15

Dear Bonnie, This year I changed jobs, got a divorce (it’s final), sold my house, changed jobs and moved. I started thinking that... Continue

Fun is not deductible, and other tax rules

Dear Bonnie, I have my own business and a lot of marketing and promotion revolves around entertaining clients. I write it all off.... Continue

What kind of money person are you?

Learning to deal with finances is something that should be taught in school. The senior year of high school should focus on “real... Continue

Tax tips for kids with summer jobs

Dear Bonnie:  I’m 17 and I just landed a summer job at a restaurant on the Plaza. Do I have to pay taxes on the tips I’ll be getting?... Continue

Where’s my refund?

Hi Bonnie, I filed my taxes at the beginning of February and I still haven’t gotten my refund. I tried to call to find out what’s... Continue