Apr 22, 2011 by TaxMama Category: *AskTaxMama Newsletter 0 comments

Happy Passover and Easter 

Dear Family, 

Happy Passover and Easter weekend! 

I hope those of you who went to Seders enjoyed yours as much as I did. We all gathered at my brother’s house – while his son’s held their own Seders with their clans. But the grandsons all dropped by to pay their respects after the synagogue services before heading to their homes. We asked lots of questions and had some good, healthy arguments – and finished up around one a.m.!

So you can understand why this week was a little fuzzy for me…what with getting up late and all. I am behind on important columns, like the AccountingWeb.com Blog and MoneyMindedMoms.com. But I’ll catch up after vacation – first week of May!

Meanwhile, if you want to put a Spring in Your Step, there’s a charming article at AccountingWeb.com for you. And the Money Minded Moms can help you cut down on your gasoline expenses. That’s important!

The nice thing about Easter dinners coming up is, they end much earlier in the day. This should be a wonderful weekend to have the family over outdoors. At least in California! Elsewhere in the country, you are contending with the aftermath of some devastating weather. I hope it all settles down for the weekend. Have a lovely time with your family!

Where DO mornings go? I’ve spent the morning fielding so many questions from people who want to take the IRS’ Enrolled Agent’s Exam, that I finally just put up a page to point folks in the right direction. That’s going to be important, especially since I’ll be on vacation next week. We wouldn’t want Lulu to get too overwhelmed with questions, would we?

We had a good time at the orientation session earlier this week. If you want to see how it went, just drop by Everything you Ever Wanted to Know about the EA Exam.

Small Business Taxes Made Easy

The new, award-winning Small Business Taxes Made Easy is getting lots of attention.  Professor Eutsler just reviewed the book and articulated exactly what I was trying to do with it. “Eva has a unique ability to not only explain “what” and “how” questions, but also “why”. Answering “why is important for students because it gives them the reason for taking action. As an entrepreneur, you often face time crunches, the bigger the why you have, the more likely you are to get it done.”

No one wants to just do something because you tell them to. They want to know “WHY?” The book is about the “why” and, then about “how” to achieve your goals.

TaxMama’s EA Exam Review Class

Tax pros wanting to sign for TaxMama’s EA Exam Review Course, all the early discounts are over. Since I must place orders for books and software today – it’s too late for all the juicy discounts I’ve been offering.  

The only discount left is the discount for Family Members of 10%.

EA renewal forms information has been updated. Read this (from the form):

Effective April 19, 2011 the Enrollment fee is $30.00. Please disregard the Form Instructions, they are under revision and will be modified at a later date.

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IRS Practice Series Starts Next Month

Join me on Thursday, May 5 at CPE Link for Circular 230 Considerations and Requirements.

Remember to sign up for the whole IRS Practice Series. The 5 classes this summer will run from May through July. There’s a discount if you sign up for the whole series at once.

Ask TaxMama Issue

You will find the highlights of this week’s articles, below, along with this week’s features – IRS News, Money Funnies, AccountingWeb Blog, and more.

Remember, we will be using Twitter more and more often, to get quick notes and updates out to you – www.twitter.com/taxmama . You don’t need to subscribe to Twitter if you’re on Facebook. Just friend me there. The posts will appear there, as well.

More Places to Ask Your Tax Questions!

 

As you know, I am doing my best to give you opportunities to ask your questions, get answers, or just plain get useful information. I am using every means to reach you and your friends – and to keep you in the loop about changes to tax laws, and to give you information to help you keep your taxes as low as possible. That’s my goal in life – is to keep you safe from taxes, tax predators and tax audits. 

You can find lots of information in this week’s articles and interviews.

WTOP with Mike and Bruce
Monday April 18 2011 8:20 am ET
http://www.wtop.com/
The KFWB two-hour Tax Day call-in was a big hit!
Our two NAEA members fielding the phone got lots of calls. They were:
Sharoj Sharma, EA in Northridge, CA and Jake Cordova, EA in Denver, CO

TaxMama writing:
WSJ Tax Blog

This week’s MarketWatch article
Small Business Medical Cost Deductions

Why Rental Property is a Business

 Incidentally, these columns are all syndicated through the Dow Jones Newswire.

This week’s Equifax article is 
5 Lessons Learned from Filing Your 2010 Tax Return

You can find daily TaxQuips into YouTube videos
http://www.youtube.com/taxmama1#p/uI am behind on a couple of columns this week…

And again, there’s more…I just can’t remember it all

In today’s issue of Ask TaxMama

In IRS News, IRS tells you what to do after you have filed your tax returns – finding out about refunds, making corrections, etc. And IRS has two CPE tele-courses available next week. Don’t miss those!

 

In Money Funnies ,  we learn all about the benefits of time-saving and money-saving devices.

This week’s TaxQuips  we talked about vacant rental properties, HSAs for self-employed business owners, and all about Tax Day and what to do

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05/02/2011 Deposit FUTA tax if more than $500 was paid through March 31st

05/02/2011 1st Quarter Payroll Tax Returns Due

05/02/2011 1st Quarter Federal Excise Tax Return & Payment Voucher – Form 720

05/16/2011 Employers Make Monthly Payroll tax deposit on the 15th of each month

06/15/2011 Individuals, Farmers & Fishermen Pay 2nd Quarter Estimated Tax Payment

06/15/2011 Corporations – 2nd Quarter Estimate Tax payment Due 

06/15/2011 Estates & Trusts 2nd Estimated Tax Payment

06/15/2011 Employers Make Monthly Payroll tax deposit on the 15th of each month

06/15/2011 US Taxpayers Overseas Individual Personal Returns due 

06/15/2011 US Taxpayers Overseas Claim Foreign Earned Income

06/30/2011 File Form TDF 90-22.1 – Report of Foreign Banks with $10,000 anytime during year

06/15/2011 US Individuals Overseas Personal Return Extensions due 

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