Dear Family, Those of us in the Los Angeles area are dealing with a special and unusual phenomenon today. The Space Shuttle is taking its final trip, heading for the museum where it will make its home – the California Science Center near USC. Many people have already camped out, hoping for a glimpse, as […]
Dear Family, Welcome to autumn. This is the best time of the year. Summer’s heat is starting to fade away. Winter’s snow hasn’t yet come (to those of you who live in snowy climes). And the trees are turning glorious shades of gold and auburn.
Dear Family, Just to alert you, we’ll be dark most of next week – until after Yom Kippur. We’ll be back on Thursday, bright and lively and all ready to regale you with more tax tales. Meanwhile, if you’re posting questions in the TaxQuips Forum, you’ll be answered by many of the wonderful contributors on […]
Dear Family, Whew…OK, I am all caught up, at the moment, on answering all questions in the TaxQuips Forum, from students, from clients and everyone. We have finished all tax returns – except the one person who is THE annual straggler. So perhaps it’s time to focus on family and friends and the New Year […]
Dear Family, Well, California just made Kiplinger’s Worst State to Live In lists – Twice. The 10 Least Friendly Tax States, and the 5 States with the Highest Income Tax. Yup…it’s time to think about moving somewhere else. But where? I have this article right at hand, from nearly a year ago. But haven’t had […]
Dear Family, Everyone is getting ready to take off early for the long Labor Day Weekend holiday. I know you have lots of distractions. So we will make today’s issue short and sweet – just one Money Funny – all about what our children are learning in science class. We’ll return on Tuesday with IRS […]
Dear Family, Friday is a nice, gray day here in the Valley. The sun is not burning brightly down upon our heads and shoulders – at least, not yet. Thank goodness. It’s been tough out there – and my car’s A/C unit seems to have a leak. It only blows cool air when Rick […]
Dear Family, Our celebration this week is all about aviation, flight and fancy. This takes me back to a rather taxing incident in high school. My boyfriend was a pilot and I loved to go flying with him. So did his sociology instructor, the Reverend Carroll N. O’Dell. When Allen was in Mr. O’Dell’s class, […]
Dear Family, States around the country are offering sales tax holidays this time of year. Click on the graphic (at left) to find the details. All these years, we never really heard anything about the taxability of the Olympic medals – or of the cash prizes given to each winner. Suddenly, this month, it’s […]
Dear Family, Next week is the anniversary of the Paperback book, which was first introduced by Penguin. There was a brand of paperback books called PocketBooks. As you may have realized, I am an avid reader. Have been since I could see.