Tag Archives: Japan

Ask TaxMama Issue 594 April Fools Day

Dear Family, Happy April Fool’s Day! This morning I read a CNN story about a family with a $54,000 tax refund. The H&R Block office was apparently so surprised that they repeatedly recomputed the tax return to see if there was a mistake. There wasn’t. And this is not an April Fool’s Prank!  It turns […]

TaxMama’s Tax Roundtable – March 18, 2010

Today’s topics included: The new HIRE Act The Homebuyers credit Truck Drivers Tax Home Ideas on how to get new clients Dealing with banks who want letters you can’t give them – or can you? Deductions for school teachers Good places to network Where to get good, inexpensive CPE e-filing tax returns with foreign addresses […]

Ask TaxMama Issue 542 – Poor Poor Purim

Dear  [firstname], Let’s start with a quick reminder – if you want to take a deduction for contributions to Haiti on your 2009 tax return, you must make your contribution by February 28th. Speaking of February 28th, that is also the last day to take the 2009 EA Exam. Those of you planning to sit for […]

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 […]

Cross-Cultural Advertising

A disappointed cola salesman returns from his assignment in Israel. A friend asked, “Why weren’t you successful with the Israelis?” The salesman explained, “When I got posted in the Middle East, I was very confident that I would make a good sales pitch in rural areas. But I had a problem. I didn’t know how […]

Joe’s Day

Joe Smith started the day early, having set his alarm clock (made in Japan) for 6:00 am. While his coffee pot (made in China) is perking, he puts his blow dryer (made in Taiwan) to work and shaves with his electric razor (made in Hong Kong). He puts on a dress shirt (made in Taiwan), […]

Paying Artists Overseas

Today TaxMama hears from Barb in Kentucky who tells us, “I have a client that is hiring artists from Japan & Italy on a subcontracting basis. Is there any special thing that I need to be aware of in this case? He will pay them with a company check and we will issue 1099-MISCs.”

The Pefect New Wife

A newlywed couple had only been married for two weeks. The husband, although very much in love, couldn’t wait to go out on the town and party with his old buddies. So, he said to his new wife, “Honey, I’ll be right back.” “Where are you going, coochy cooh?” asked the wife. “I’m going to […]