Ask Taxmama Issue 436 – New Mileage Rates

Dear Family,

First of all, Happy Birthday to Barbara and Lulu!
We’ll get together soon…after I return home.

Great news IRS just released the new standard mileage rates for 2008 – and we’re up to 50,5 cents! Considering that we spent $64.00 to fill the tank yesterday, that really warms the cockles of my car’s heart. You’ll find more details in oday’s IRS News.

You might be entertained by this month’s TaxWatch column, offering you Five Year-End Tax Cutting Tips.

In this week’s TaxQuips, we meet a young girl getting ripped off by her boss, someone getting bad advice or information about moving his Roth to another investment house, and someone who wants to be clear on just what her employer’s mileage reimbursement actually covers.

Our Money Funnies is Gunjan Saraf’s take-off on a Walt Whitman poem in honor of teachers everywhere.

This week’s Job Advice is about avoiding resume formatting errors

Well, the weather’s getting colder. We cleared ice off the windshield yesterday morning. And fingers are turning blue as I sit here, writing this. The fireplace has gone out and needs to be fed again. It has a lot in common with my printer – which constantly keeps running out of paper. Does yours seem to do that just when you’ve got a large
document or project to print, too?

We ran into problems getting some things appraised, like wheelchairs, and found a solution unique to California. I’m just wondering, what do you do in your state, under the new charity rules requiring formal appraisals of donated items worth $5,000 or more? Sometimes, it’s just not possible to find an appraiser who works with estate and personal

items, especially at a price you can afford. What do YOU do?
Please add your comments below. This will be for an upcoming MarketWatch article.

OK, time to heat up my tootsies and footsies.

Have an untaxing, toasty week!

Hugs from your favorite TaxNerd,

Eva Rosenberg, EA

Your TaxMama is watching…out for you.



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