Tag Archives: Cindy Lauren

Ask TaxMama Issue 637 – Happy Passover and Easter

Dear Friends, Happy Passover Eve and Good Friday. The holy weekend is upon us. Many of you aren’t working – or have already left town. (Which explains the heavy traffic we heard about yesterday.) I wish you all a loving, noisy, friendly family weekend.  And please, if you know of friends or co-workers who are […]

A Little Groundwork: Nonprofit Return : The 990

As with many things in life, we know we have to do them and we have to do them right and on time; filing tax returns ranks fairly high in this arena for many. In my own experience I have found that by finding some history or some context…

Ask TaxMama Issue 636 – Womens Week

Dear Family, It’s already been a very busy morning – and I have to run out for an appointment. So my comments will be brief. Thanks a ton to all the people who challenged my advice this week. You did a wonderful job researching capitalizing assets vs. writing them off; proved that under-18 newspaper carriers […]

Basic Legal / Financial Boundaries for a Nonprofit

Your organization is doing good work, and has an important message to offer your community. But do-gooding is not enough for your local governments and tax boards: there are strict rules that must be followed:

Ask TaxMama Issue 635 – Swallowing Tax Pride

Dear Family, This year, the Swallows Day Parade will be held in San Juan Capistrano on Saturday morning. Each year, they welcome back the swallows who return on March 19th. Folks in Southern California can join in the fun via Amtrak’s Surfliner (SNC station) and walk over to the festivities. (The southbound train will get […]

The Basics: Why is there a NonProfit Tax Status?

The intricacies of nonprofit finance: solicitations, donations, gifts, pledges, 990, 1099, annuities, acknowledgements, meaningful budgets and reports make this topic rich with possibilities. You’re panting, now aren’t you?

Getting Real Value from Your Charitable Deductions

Harry and Esther are flying to Australia for a 3 week holiday to celebrate their 40th anniversary.   Suddenly, over the public address system, the Captain announces, “Ladies and Gentlemen, I am afraid I have some very bad news. Our engines have ceased functioning and we will attempt an emergency landing. Luckily, I see an […]

The Right Rites

A bus on a busy street struck a Catholic man. He was lying near death on the sidewalk as a crowd gathered. “A priest.  Somebody get me a priest!” the man gasped. Long seconds dragged on but no one stepped out of the crowd.  

Cost of Road Rage

A man was being tailgated by a stressed out woman on a busy boulevard. Suddenly, the light turned yellow, just in front of him. He did the right thing, stopping at the crosswalk, even though he could have beaten the red light by accelerating through the intersection. The tailgating woman was furious and honked her […]

Why Did The Chicken Cross The Road?

BARACK OBAMA: The chicken crossed the road because it was time for a CHANGE! The chicken wanted CHANGE! JOHN MC CAIN: My friends, that chicken crossed the road because he recognized the need to engage in cooperation and dialogue with all the chickens on the other side of the road. HILLARY CLINTON: When I was […]