Ask TaxMama Issue 489 – Super Bowl of Tax

Happy SuperBowl Weekend

Dear Family,

You’re getting this issue early because I won’t be at my desk this morning. Instead, you can find me in West Los Angeles, at Fox News studios, with Jean Martirez, on the FOX 11 Morning News. If you’re up early, very, very early, tune in to KTTV before 5:45 am – PACIFIC time. If you don’t get the channel in your area, through the magic of the Internet, you can still watch live – .

(If you blink, I’ll be gone. The segment will run about 3 minutes.)

Amidst all the hubbub of tax season, President Obama’s first signed legislation, stimulus package maneuvering and Blago’s wild ride, January has been an interesting month, hasn’t it?

Andrew has been passionately trying to convince me to Tweet. Yes, Twitter – it’s everywhere. Journalists are using it; public relations folks are using it, so are businesses and, of course, the kids. But it’s a good way to get useful (or entertaining) information out to folks instantly. Follow TaxMama® ’s Tweets –

There are a flood of questions coming in – and I really am trying to answer them all. However, the questions are getting extremely complex, and take more time to research. They probably should not be submitted to a total stranger. That’s why you need your very OWN tax professional. Let’s face it, when you are dealing with hundreds of thousands of dollars, why are you asking a tax columnist? Why don’t you have someone in your own corner to whom you can provide all the details and documents to give you good advice? You really should. There are some wonderful, dedicated, skilled and ethical folks out there! Regardless, I will try to help each person who’s written. To find a great tax professional read this –

Incidentally, please do NOT call the office to ask your ‘quick question’. We are getting way too many calls. Your ‘quick question’ can eat up a half hour or hour easily – there just aren’t that many hours in the day. We don’t mean to be rude, but…please submit it using the form –

Save the date – Feb 25, 09 – 1:00 pm – for an Intuit Community Webinar – Getting Your Business Act Together – You Can Still Reduce Your Business Taxes for 2008 launches their big Tax Guide issue today. You will articles by Andrea Coombes, Tom Herman, Kay Bell and others. They provide tips about tax perks, tax cuts, predictions about legislation and more.
Included are two TaxMama® new articles this week:

Lots of free-filing options for taxpayers in 2009 – you have new options!

Unemployed? Don’t make these four common – and taxing—mistakes

In IRS News today, we have definitive information on how deal with gambling losses, a warning about an IRS telephone survey coming your way (if you have a small business) – it IS for real. And a bunch of IRS resources, on a page you want to bookmark.

Today’s Money Funny teaches you a powerful way to put your affairs in order. Now, this is what I call real planning.

In TaxQuips this week, we get questions about 1099-C’s for ex-wives, several issues relating to the first time homebuyers credit, and deducting expenses related to Internet businesses.

Today’s Job Advice of the Week includes a letter from TheLadders CEO Mark Cenedella with a highly optimistic tone – he lists 6 major companies that, among them, have posted over 600 jobs paying $100,000 or more. What are you waiting for?

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

Please use the Comments link online.

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Hugs from your favorite TaxNerd,

Eva Rosenberg, EA

Your TaxMama is watching…out for you.


02.02.2009 Furnish W-2s/1099/1098s to recipients

02.02.2009 File Quarterly/Annual Payroll/Sales Tax Returns

02.02.2009 Individuals – Filing personal return and pay all taxes Without Penalty if January 15, 2009 estimated payment missed

02.13.2009 File new W-4 with Employer if you claimed exempt last year

02.17.2009 Furnish 1099/1098s to recipients

02.17.2009 Get Corp Data to me if you want to file without extension

03.02.2009 Mortgage Interest file Form 1098s with IRS

03.02.2009 File W-2’s with Social Security Admin

03.02.2009 File 1099’s with IRS

03.02.2009 File City of L.A. Business License/Tax Form

03.02.2009 Farmers & Fisherman – file and pay taxes due for 2007 and pay all tax due if estimated payments not made on 01.15.2009.


Keep your Resolutions:
Here’s a well-thought-out e-book to help you start the
year off properly. It contains a place for you to
list your promises to yourself – and lots of tools to

help you achieve your goals.

Download the book here (just use your e-mail address in this e-mail, so you can avoid subscribing to
my newsletters twice.)

Feel free to share this link with your friends, your clients and your mailing list.
Explore Simpleology 101 – It includes set of step-by-step daily missions for you to follow to get more focused and become more successful this year.
You can check them off as you go.

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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.
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They do a gorgeous job.