31 days and 15 hours and 2 minutes to go until April 15th.
(Did you see the countdown widget at www.taxmama.com ?)
Headlines – Bear Stearns Bailout
Lender bailouts – one-fifth of a trillion dollars!
CEOs score hundreds of millions in compensation
Teachers brace for massive layoffs
What I don’t understand is – why there always a bailout to
help the pirates and those who got fat and rich? Why not simply
insist that before any bailouts, those who grew rich due to
their marginally ethical business practices must deplete their
own funds to shore up their loans, businesses, etc.?
It’s not as is no one was watching. The LA Times was reporting
the huge salaries of Countrywide officers for several years.
And the Los Angeles Unified School District, always screaming
about a lack of funding for teachers and books wastes hundreds
of millions of dollars on junk – over 50 million on a payroll
computer system that doesn’t work, hundreds of millions on
poisoned properties they can’t use…even more on their entire
inventory of real estate not being used – or sold to generate
funds to cover programs.
And we sit idly by, being amused and entertained by this
profligate waste of our tax dollars – and the destruction of
our children’s education. Doesn’t that make you furious?
Not furious enough. I’ll bet your conversations today revolve
more around some politician’s sex expenses than on how to
stop the politicians who are financially bleeding our economy.
Fine, then I’ll just go focus on my own economy!
Let’s start with the good stuff. The first box arrived yesterday
containing The 100% Home-Based Business Tax Solution discs.
They are gorgeous! It’s really quite a rush when you are
responsible for producing something so tangible.
You should be getting your shipment of the Tax MiniMiser
and disc, by today – if you ordered the small set. The large
set ships on Monday. WOW! It’s so exciting.
You’re going to save so much money – and pull it out of the
tax pool so the politicians can’t spend it.
The Orientation for Solving the Tax Puzzle was recorded
and distributed yesterday. The first session will be recorded
tomorrow morning before we start meeting with clients.
We’re on our way to pick up all the puzzle pieces!
Yesterday, I also finished up the MarketWatch article about
a most bizarre way to pass along dependents – illegally.
There’s an interesting twist to help divorced parents.
Yesterday was a busy day!
IRS News is about tax credits – for retirement savings and
for fuel cell vehicles. Keep a good eye on your retirement
funds this month as the Stock Market yo-yo’s dramatically.
This week’s Money Funnies will make you smile – or offend
you – if you’re the kind of person who chooses to be offended.
TaxQuips this week includes fair market values, appraisals,
education benefits, inheritances and collecting Social
Security based on your former spouse. LOTS of heated
This week’s Job Advice is about avoiding clutter in your
resume. I’d love to avoid it in my office, too.
As always, we love your feedback, opinions and ideas.
You are what makes all this fun – and interesting!
Please use the Comments link online.
Don’t forget to have a green beer this weekend!
Hugs from your favorite TaxNerd,
Eva Rosenberg, EA
Your TaxMama is watching…out for you.
TAX CALENDAR 2008
03.17.2008 S-Corp Election Decision Due (if Applicable)
03.17.2008 Corporate Returns or Extensions Due / Calendar Year Corps
03.15.2008 Get Personal Data to me if you want to file by April 15th
03.17.2008 Employers Make monthly Payroll tax deposit
03.17.2008 Electing Large Partnerships – Issue K-1s to partners – even if you’re on extension
04.15.2008 Personal, Partnership Returns or Extensions are due
04.15.2008 1st 2008 Estimated Payment Due
04.15.2008 Employers Make monthly Payroll tax deposit
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