Tag Archives: Technology/Internet

Ask TaxMama Issue 663 – Happy Neewollah

Dear Family, Next week, folks who are young at heart and have a sense of fun, get to enjoy Halloween. But if you want to celebrate early, you might do something like the folks in Independence, Kansas have been doing – celebrating Neewollah (that’s Halloween backwards). See if there is a Neewollah celebration in your […]

Don’t Fall for Phony IRS Websites

Courtesy of the Internal Revenue Service The Internal Revenue Service is issuing a warning about a new tax scam that uses a website that mimics the IRS e-Services online registration page. The actual IRS e-Services page offers web-based products for tax preparers, not the general public. The phony web page looks almost identical to the […]

The Care and Feeding of Discs

Disc, CDs, DVDs, etc. (We’ll call them ALL discs, for simplicity’s sake) cost a lot of money overall…though less than they used to. More importantly, if you’re using discs, that means you’re storing important data, files or images, or videos that you don’t want to lose. So, it’s critical to understand how to treat them […]

IRS Online Search Tool for Easier Check on Information About Exempt Organizations

Courtesy of the IRS WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service has launched a new online search tool, Exempt Organizations Select Check, to help users more easily find key information about tax-exempt organizations, such as federal tax status and filings.

IRS Unveils New Version of Smartphone App; IRS2Go 2.0 Offers Videos, Tax Help

IRS YouTube Video: IRS2Go 2.0    Podcast: IRS2Go 2.0  WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service announced today the availability of IRS2Go 2.0, an expanded version of its smartphone application designed to provide taxpayers easier access to practical tools and information. The new app, available on the Apple and Android platforms, adds a new YouTube feature, news […]

Filing in Canada

Today TaxMama hears from Todd in the TaxQuips Forum who is unsure. “I have a client who is a U.S. citizen, but has Canadian income. He is a software developer, living in Boulder, Colorado, with Canadian clients. Does he need to file a Canadian return in addition to a US return, or is there some […]

The Amazon Bill

[Note: Chapter 12 of Small Business Taxes Made Easy is all about this issue. We have been anticipating this in California and other major states for quite some time now.] The state of California finally passed a budget which seems to be balanced on the basis of charging sales tax to Amazon.com and similar online […]

As We Rely More and More on Computers

News agencies and businesses are using computers to edit their copy. Here are some of results from the last decade or so.   A bit more than ten years ago, the Fresno California Bee, part of a respected media group, installed a new production/editing computer which even included features for automatically editing “political correctness” into […]

IRS Warnings about new Phishing Scams

How to Report and Identify Phishing, E-mail Scams and Bogus IRS Web Sites The IRS does not initiate taxpayer communications through e-mail. The IRS does not request detailed personal information through e-mail. The IRS does not send e-mail requesting your PIN numbers, passwords or similar access information for credit cards, banks or other financial accounts. […]