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Live Chat with Robert S. Fineman, Feb. 25, 2014

Discuss tax planning with Robert S. Fineman, a certified public accountant in Norwood. Fineman writes as part of the partnership between Boston.com and the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants. Fineman, a graduate of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, has been in the accounting business for more than 33 years. His practice deals with growing businesses

Live Chat with Robert S. Fineman, Jan. 7, 2014

Fineman, a graduate of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, has been in the accounting business for more than 33 years. His practice deals with growing businesses and individual taxes.  

They’re Married All Year – to the IRS

From the Boston Herald’s TaxSmart advice column: I got married toward the end of 2012. My wife and I had already bought a house together the previous year. We don’t have children. Since we were only married for a short time in 2012, I’m confused as to how we should file.  Am I single or married? Sort

Valentine’s Day a Bust? Here’s Good News

From the Boston Herald’s TaxSmart advice column: If roses weren’t enough to make your marriage happy yesterday, Norwood CPA Robert S. Fineman tackles this thorny post-Valentine’s Day tax question. Can divorce-related legal fees be tax deductible? If yes, how and when? –Attorney M.C. That’s a great question that is asked very often.  Any form of tax

IRS Still Not Over ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Delays

Workers are paying high taxes this year thanks to the so-called Americans Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, which was crafted to keep the United States from toppling over the “fiscal cliff.” That dramatic end-of-the-year budget showdown also has caused significant delays in the Internal Revenue Service’s ability to process nearly two dozen federal tax forms,

Ponzi Losses Deductible

From the Boston Herald’s TaxSmart advice column: Dear TaxSmart: I’m a 76-year-old Ponzi scheme victim. My financial adviser scammed me and other clients out of $3 million. (He eventually went to prison.) At my age, I feel I’ll never recover what I lost. The firm my adviser represented claims it’s not liable because he resigned prior to

Live chat with TaxSm@rt expert Bob Fineman, March 8, 2012

From the Boston Herald’s TaxSmart advice column: (Hover over bottom section for 3 seconds to get started. The chat will then appear.) Live chat with Tax Sma@rt expert Bob Fineman

Are Contest Winnings Taxable?

From the Boston Herald’s TaxSmart advice column: Call it a classic good news/bad news situation. A Herald reader won a $1,500 gift card from a department store during 2011, but now it’s tax time, and she isn’t sure whether she has to pay income taxes on her prize. Dear TaxSmart, I won a $1,500 gift card