Ask TaxMama Issue 479 – New Ideas

Happy Birthday Ursula Le Guin

Dear Family,

Recently, I asked you for your ideas on how to help your neighbors, local schools or schoolchildren, unemployed folks in your community or industry, seniors, those with disabilities. Thank you for your ideas and responses! Well, we’ve gotten the ball rolling at

If you want to continue to provide ideas, I’ve set up a special e-mail address just for this project. – please send your ideas to THAT address only.
Already this morning, lots of ideas are pouring in from

In the course of addressing the concept of people helping each other, and this presidential campaign where the candidates talk of pushing the tax burden on the very rich, the top few % of the population – there’s a great deal of criticism or sarcasm. Marx’s concept of ‘FROM each according to his ability; TO each according to his need’ which was so brilliantly, and scornfully exposed in most of Ayn Rand’s novels doesn’t hold true in today’s economy.

Rather than continuing this conversation here, I’ve moved it all right here: That way you can avoid reading it entirely. OR…read it and add your own comments. Incidentally, you’ll find links to all the references in the article’s Resource Box, below.

Our Job Advice of the Week is not intuitive. Barbara Safani tells you why you ought to Continue to Network With the Hiring Authority. Who knows, in the long run, they could become a good friend, too.

In today’s Money Funny you’ll face a brief, one-question IQ test. I’ll bet you fail!

Today’s IRS News IRS and George Washington University invite you to the 21st Annual International Tax Conference.

Incidentally, October is National Disability Month. The IRS and its partners are using the occasion to promote awareness and education, tax preparation assistance and financial assistance for individuals with disabilities by spotlighting the IRS’s new website – Disability Information for Individuals, Businesses, and Partners Providing Services. It’s a terrific resource.,,id=186828,00.html

If you subscribe to the SmartPros Accounting newsletters, you probably saw the announcement about the Grant Thornton new Guide – The Credit Crunch: a Practical Guide. Read the brief, but sound article and download your own copy of the no-cost guide. (I love this statement: be relentless on cost control)
See, everyone’s pitching in to help.

TaxQuips this week contains some fascinating discussion from the Tax Pros! There’s information in there you may not find anywhere. I certainly learned about new concepts. (Read the notes below, too.) We covered homeowners associations, nasty divorces and bargaining chips, what happens to your SEP contribution if you file your tax return after the extension deadline, and how do we handle care givers compensation – which will be affecting more and more people as Baby Boomers age.

As always, we love your feedback, opinions and ideas.

You are what makes all this fun – and interesting!

Please use the Comments link online.

And remember, when you buy any TaxNerd item, TaxMama will donate all the profits to the Central Asia Institute, where they are building schools for girls in Asia. The best way to achieve peace to earn the love and trust of people around the world by helping them improve their own lives.

Hugs from your favorite TaxNerd,

Eva Rosenberg, EA

Your TaxMama is watching…out for you.


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