Ask TaxMama Issue 485 – Celebrating…in Moderation

Happy aftermath of Thanksgiving

Dear Family,

It’s only about a week since Thanksgiving. And all the leftovers are probably consumed or trashed. But we’re starting a whole round of holiday parties, in the office, at home and with friends. There will be millions of wondrous, glorious calories consumed this time of year, with all the eggnog, pfeffernuss, glögg and other local traditions. Taste it all! In moderation. You still want to love yourself when the holidays are over.

I hate that word. Moderation. My mother always preached that. Now look at her. Deeply into her 80s. Still fitting into the same clothes she bought 30 years ago. (And no, they aren’t frayed or old-looking. She knows how to keep fabrics looking just fine…darn her.) She’s still cooking wonderful foods for us, that she barely even tastes. Yes, there are pains – some horrible pains, like from sciatica, and the aftermath of some fool who ran her over in a cross-walk several years ago. Other than that, she’s in much better shape, mentally and physically than many of her richer, more beautiful and glamorous (once upon a time) friends. Sheesh, you’d think I’d have learned something from her. Not a chance. Do we ever really listen to our mothers? Well, perhaps it’s time to start!

Monday morning started with the radio interview with Jim Blasingame, where we started to talk about things a business can do to survive in this reduced economy. Some of the concepts involve moderation. Some involve taking drastic, realistic steps. Others are fun!

Well, we only got to the first few tips. There wasn’t enough time to cover all the good stuff. I promised you an article…so here it is.

TaxMama Tips in Times of Business Downturns – an Outline.

Today’s Money Funny tells you why Santa Claus must really be a woman.

Our Job Advice of the Week admonishes you to keep current – and shows you how.

In today’s IRS News has a special deal for generous contributors, and some interesting statistics for those who love numbers and trends – the Statistics of Income Bulletin.

In TaxQuips this week, we talk about early withdrawal penalties, taking advantage of the foreign earned income exclusion (or alternatives), buying cars in other states – and bringing them home, and what happens if you file bankruptcy on credit cards used to pay off your back taxes?

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

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Hugs from your favorite TaxNerd,

Eva Rosenberg, EA

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