Ask TaxMama Issue 490 – What Would You Tell Obama?

Happy National Cherry Month

Dear Family,

Gee, aren’t you delighted. Once again, you’re getting this issue early because I will be at Fox News studios, with Jean Martirez, on the FOX 11 Morning News on Friday morning. Tune in around 5:45 am – PACIFIC time – live – . This week’s topic is inspired by all the folks in politics who can’t quite seem to report all their income. Our topic will be ‘Types of Income we Forget to Report”. Tune in, it will be brief, but interesting.

Last week’s interview is here – if you can get it to play past the commercial (didn’t work for me).

Speaking of which, someone mentioned he’s having trouble when he goes to the TaxQuips pages. I had the same problem – crashing my browser. While we don’t know why it suddenly started to do that yet; we do know that it only affects Internet Explorer 6 (IE6) and earlier. If you’re using IE7, or 8 or Firefox, or other browsers, you won’t have a problem. So…do you think it’s time to upgrade to this decade’s browser?

It’s been a busy week up on Capitol Hill. We’re still waiting for that Stimulus Package, but they’re not ready for us yet. You’ve seen some advance predictions of what’s in it. Even on TaxQuips.

But let’s wait to see the final package after it’s been gutted a little more. Wouldn’t you feel better if more of the money was used to create jobs that the folks who’ve been laid off could fill?

When filling in for an absent guest with Brent Clanton this week, he asked me an interesting question. “What if President Obama came to you right now and asked your advice on how to re-start the economy? What would you tell him?” What a great question!

What would YOU tell him? I’d love to hear your ideas.

TaxMama®’s article this week is the February To-Do List. While it may not be complete, it’s a good start.

This week’s blog is about the search for an honest taxpayer.

In IRS News today, you get Tips to Avoid Recovery Rebate Credit Confusion, a list of 5 important changes, and the TIGTA report on how the IRS fraud prevention efforts for the Earned Income Tax Credit program is working. (Hint: Not as well as we’d like)

Today’s Money Funny we meet a 70-year-old with attitude. Get inspired.

In TaxQuips this week, we learn about solo-401(k)s, getting advice from amateurs, selling a share of an LLC, and the taxability of solar energy incentives. It’s tax season. The tax pros are busy. But some do speak up!

Today’s Job Advice of the Week talks about how to use volunteering to help advance your career. It’s one of TaxMama’s favorite suggestions. Pick something you’re passionate about. Not only will you do something important to you – you’ll make great contacts and friends, too. Incidentally, for singles – volunteering surely beats online dating and singles bars or even coffee bars.

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

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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.


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