Ask TaxMama Issue 462 – Happy Summer

Happy Summer!

Dear Family,

In my spare time over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been reading a book about a most remarkable American, Greg Mortenson, who builds schools for girls in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Jim Banks gave me the book when he was visiting Los Angeles recently. I wonder now if it was because he’d just finished reading it – or because he wanted me learn of this amazing man also living in Bozeman, MT. The book, Three Cups of Tea is about the level of hospitality, family, wisdom, passion, cooperation and love that can pass between people who care about making a difference – regardless of religious and racial obstacles. Regardless of danger. Regardless of national barriers.

And it’s about sheer, dogged persistence and tunnel vision – in the face of rejection, terror and sometimes even starvation. And about miraculous successes.

Half the time I was reading this book, tears came unbidden to my eyes.

It’s a true story.

About a man who’s bringing love and education and clean water and medical care and even a bridge – to connect people to their world and to empower them to bring help and education to their own communities.

This book is going to be required reading by TaxMama.

And over the next few weeks, you will find updates to pages relating to charitable contributions on the site. We will be donating 50% of TaxMama’s share of all purchases of TaxNerd materials to the Central Asia Institute.

I have never seen a person make a dollar go so far and do so much good. Let’s help win some wars in the Middle East with love, instead of missles.

This week’s Job Advice turns employment negotiations into a three-course banquet. Interesting analogy – and one you can easily undertand.

Today’s Money Funnies is all about communication across gender lines. Need a translation guys?

URGENT CALL! We can really use your jokes – especially clean

humor relating to tax or money issues.

In TaxQuips this week we learn about non-profit organizations, losing your down payment on a brand new condo (heart-breaking), the fact that employee prizes are subject to payroll withholding and just how to go about getting the maximum tax deduction for divorce fees.

IRS News reminds us that the Stimulus Act also included provisions for business, too.

As always, we love your feedback, opinions and ideas.
You are what makes all this fun – and interesting!

Please use the Comments link online.

Hugs from your favorite TaxNerd,

Eva Rosenberg, EA

Your TaxMama is watching…out for you.


06.16.2008 2nd 2008 Estimated Payment – all entities Due

06.16.2008 Personal Tax Returns Due for US Taxpayers overseas

06.16.2008 or File extensions for US Taxpayers overseas Form 4868



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Open your own Zazzle account and create personalized

gifts to your family and friends.
You don’t need to use my designs – use your own photos and artwork.*


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Summer Family Identity – 3 Choices:

Zazzle – Cafe Press – Queensboro

Since it’s summer, and you’re probably going to be traveling with your family, consider getting matching T-shirts and/or hats.

(DO NOT PUT ANYONE’S NAME ON THEM – you’re just asking strangers to kidnap your children!)

But do put everyone’s picture – so even if you don’t know the local language, you can point to a family member and ask if anyone has seen him or her. Or use a graphic or piece of art you all like. You’ll find three options right here in our SPECIAL DEALS section.

Use your art or others – and customize it

Zazzle your Imagination. Are you a TaxNerd?
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Create your own customized Zazzle Apparel, bags or more.

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Stuff for summer, travel and fun

Cafe Press is the home of TaxMama’s shops

But you can upload your own art and graphics and unify your family – even your pets.

Get extra discounts for yourself and friends after you order.

WOW DEAL! Embroidery

Wouldn’t you love to get your logo or family crest, or picture or whatever, EMBROIDERED on hats and T-Shirts?

Well, it costs a heck of a lot less than you think.
And there’s always a sale!

At the Queensboro Shirt Company

(They have a lot more than shirts – and all sizes)

They do a gorgeous job.