Ask TaxMama Issue 666 – Happy Chanukah

http://taxmama.wpengine.com/art/holidays/chanukah.gifThere’s a party at the IRS today. Yup, they have parties, too. Ted Meyer, currently a territory manager in Los Angeles is retiring after over 3 decades of service. Although I am sure we’re all happy for him, I have to admit that I am sad to see him, and so many other veteran IRS folks retiring or moving on this year – and next. (See MarketWatch story about IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman’s accomplishments.) Over the last 15 – 20 years or so, some very taxpayer-friendly things have been happening at the IRS. And people like Ted have been instrumental in making the IRS interactions more humane.

Other IRS veterans at lower levels are also retiring. With the hefty budget cuts hitting many of the departments and programs, it’s getting harder and harder to do their jobs properly. New people are coming on board – some who were trained by these veterans, others will walk in green. With so many of the people who have the experience, expertise and wisdom leaving, the new staff and managers won’t have the valuable guidance they will desperately need. I must admit that I am apprehensive about the future. And pray that the positive changes we’ve seen in the decade or two won’t be lost in the shuffle.

Moving on to more cheerful topics…In honor of the beginning of the holiday season, this week’s Money Funnies is about Noah, and what great lessons we can learn from him and his craft.

This week’s IRS News is about charitable giving. IRS provides some tips for this “Season of Giving.
This week’s MarketWatch column talks about 6 tax issues to watch in 2013.

This week’s Equifax Blog  talks about what happens to your taxes if Congress does nothing this year.  And what happens if you still haven’t filed. What the End of the Bush Tax Cuts Means for You—Part TwoWhat the End of the Bush Tax Cuts Means for You—Part One , Procrastinator’s Curse: Filing Taxes After Deadline

This week in the It’s a WAHM Thing blog, spend a little time exploring the idea of making a living as a travel writer. Travel Writing – on IRS’ Dime

And on Jim Blasingame’s radio show yesterday, we talked about these fun topics: How to write off your vacation as a business expense legally How well did the IRS do its job in 2012? What wil the fiscal cliff mean to your taxes?

If you want to see all the TaxQuips from earlier in the week, drop by here. There are some interesting topics.

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TaxMama Calendar

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12/17/2012 Employers Make Monthly Payroll tax deposit on the 15th of each month
12/17/2012 Corporations – 4th Quarter Estimate Due
12/31/2012 Last Day to Open KEOGH account for 2012 deposits
01/15/2013 Individuals, Farmers & Fishermen Pay 4th Quarter Estimated Tax Payment
01/15/2013 Estates & Trusts 4th Estimated Tax Payment
01/15/2013 Employers Make Monthly Payroll tax deposit on the 15th of each month

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