Tag Archives: food

Deducting the Class Snake

Today TaxMama hears from Susan in the TaxQuips Forum with a fun case. “Assuming that I won’t make my son pay for it out of his allowance, for volunteering me to take care of the class snake for the summer… Can I deduct the cost of the frozen rats it eats? And what about if […]

Ask TaxMama Issue 598 Happy Mothers Day weekend

Dear Family, Happy Mothers Day weekend. Rather than going to crowded, noisy, over-priced places with bad service on Sunday, consider having everyone go to Mom’s and bring the food and dishes. She won’t have to cook or clean up – and you’ll all have a better time.   Good news for taxpayers like you, and all […]

Adult Son

Today TaxMama hears from Charmaigne in the TaxQuips Forum, with a reasonable issue. “My son turned 26 in November of 2010 and has been out of work for over a year. He lives with me and I have supported him in every way, medical bills, dental bills, auto insurance, food, clothes, etc. Is there a […]

Wal-Mart vs. Government

1. Americans spend $36,000,000 at Wal-Mart Every hour of every day.             2. This works out to $20,928 profit every minute! 3. Wal-Mart will sell more from January 1 to St. Patrick’s Day (March 17th) than Target sells all year. 4. Wal-Mart is bigger than Home Depot + Kroger + Target + Sears + Costco […]

Happy Thanks for All the Gifts Week

Is there someone you forgot to thank? Is that Thank You card burning a hole in your pocket? Is Mom pestering you about calling your aunt? How long have you meant to thank him for that locket?   Well, for all you procrastinators, you ‘I meant to do it’ divas, you folks with good hearts […]

Only the Strong Survive

The Next SURVIVOR Series Six married men will be dropped on an island with one car and 3 kids each for six weeks. Each kid will play two sports and take either music or dance classes. There is no fast food. Each man must take care of his 3 kids; keep his assigned house clean, […]

Writing off my Dog

Today TaxMama hears from Sid in the TaxQuips Forum, who has a dog walking/training sole proprietorship. “My question concerns expenses for my dog, who is the face of my business (appearing on all my advertising material) and whom I use all the time for training demonstrations to attract clients. Can I deduct any of her […]

Senior Sound Of Music

  TaxMama adapted some of these.  I challenge you to add your own lyrics or stanzas.   Sung to the tune of…you know… Maalox and nose drops and needles for knitting, Walkers and handrails and new dental fittings, Bundles of tax returns tied up in string, These are a few of my favorite things.

Feral Cat Contributions

Today TaxMama hears from Elisa in Santa Clara, California who is doing something brave. “I am involved with groups and individuals who feed  and Trap/Neuter/Return (TNR) feral cat colonies.  The cats live outdoors and are not owned by the feeders.  Some people are part of non-profit groups but many are individuals.  For the individuals, can […]

Inner Peace

If you can start the day without caffeine, If you can always be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains, If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles, If you can eat the same food every day and be grateful for it, If you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to […]