Ask Taxmama Issue 453 – TaxMama issues Economic Idiot Award

Happy National Soft Pretzel Month

Dear Family,

The other day, I was researching shipping information and discovered that you could get packing tracking from the US Postal service for nothing – or close to nothing (about 18 cents) if you used their special labels.

Naturally, we ran the numbers – and the 2 labels per page are a bit more expensive than the 6-up labels. But, for about a dime per package you get tracking; you don’t have to stand in line at the Post Office; and with the proof of delivery, you don’t need to pay for Certified Mail, either. And you don’t have to stand in line to fill your postage meter. You can print the labels directly off your own computer. The catch – you have to order them from the USPS – or their related site.

http://www.jdoqocy.com/click-241922-10368604

This has been a busy week for everyone. Though, oddly, IRS’s Tax Tips service seems to be silent this week.
Most of the news and releases I got won’t interest you. Or are you obsessed with getting every bit of Stimulus Rebate news there is. Personally, as with all other rebates we’ve had since President Bush took office, they bore me no end. And everytime I see the costs mounting, I think of all the other useful things that money could be spent on.

Speaking of wasting money. Did you follow the Congressional debates on the foreclosure crisis? What a total disappointment!

Congress nixed the authority for bankruptcy judges to revise interest rates and principal on existing loans – so homeowners could keep their homes; so lenders don’t go
out of business; so investors lose some money – or delay getting paid until the end of the loan – so houses don’t sit empty and attract vandals.

Well, their wisdom has earned TaxMama’s Economic Idiot Award.

http://www.taxquips.com/index.php?id=800

Let’s we, what do we have for you today? Oh, lots of goodies!

Monday’s TaxWatch column on MarketWatch.com will be your April To Dos – things to do before April 15th.

http://www.marketwatch.com/personalfinance/taxes

This week’s Money Funnies will help you with the present gas crisis.
http://taxquips.com/index.php?cat=MoneyFunnies

IRS News includes information about a grants available for low-income tax clinics – in case you want to apply. And links to the latest statistics

http://taxquips.com/index.php?cat=IRSNews

TaxQuips this week incited discussion about writing off tools, we meet The Gambler, learn about business mileage and writing off your business phone.
http://taxquips.com/index.php?cat=TaxQuips

For those curious about Scott’s problem last week with his IRS notice on the Lump Sum SS Disability benefit – there was indeed an error in the way TurboTax handled the computation (or the questions leading the inputting the information). However, Scott’s so jazzed with Lucie’s help, that he’ll be using TurboTax again next year.

http://www.taxquips.com/index.php?id=783

This week’s Job Advice suggests you keep track of your online identity.
http://www.taxquips.com/index.php?cat=JobAdviceoftheWeek

As always, we love your feedback, opinions and ideas.

You are what makes all this fun – and interesting!

Please use the Comments link online.
http://taxquips.com/index.php?id=792

Hugs from your favorite TaxNerd,

Eva Rosenberg, EA

Your TaxMama is watching…out for you.

www.TaxMama.com

www.TaxQuips.com
www.IRSExam.com
www.TaxNerd.net
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TAX CALENDAR 2008
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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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