Ask TaxMama Issue 492 – IRS Breaks Into Swiss Banks

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Dear Family,

Have you been following this week’s news? Whew!

IRS managed to break into the impregnable Swiss banking system. UBS has agreed to release information about thousands of Americans’ private Swiss accounts – and to pay $780 million for helping U.S. customers avoid taxes. This is unprecedented – and very exciting. At least for those of us who don’t send our millions of dollars offshore!

The real question, of course, is – will the collections of all these taxes and penalties from the 40,000 or tax evaders shore up the U.S.A.’s finances enough to get us out of this financial crisis? Please, don’t make me laugh. There will always be something more to spend the money on so we can stay in trouble.

Speaking of which, California has finally passed a budget. One of the provisions in this pared-down budget designed to help avoid forcing the State to lay off more workers includes….ta daaa!
Sen. Roy Ashburn of Bakersfield demanded money for the horse racing industry in his district. He got $32 million in state funding each year to offset maintenance fees at fairgrounds.

On the other hand, Ashburn also finagled $100 million for a $10,000 tax credit for those who buy new homes in California. The credit would be available starting in March and run through 2010. That, coupled with the federal first-time homebuyers credit, could really pump up home sales in California. That’s worth $18,000 to first-time homebuyer. (Don’t know what the rules will be for California’s credit quite yet.)

Follow me on Twitter and I’ll let you know as soon as I learn about it.

TaxMama®’s article this week is an answer to the many folks, including tax professionals, who felt the February To Do article didn’t fully explain how medical deductions work – or don’t. It also explains how itemizing works. And includes an appeal to small business employers to give your staff a substantial raise, which won’t cost you a dime.

In IRS News today, you learn how to request your own installment agreement online, if you can’t afford to pay this year’s tax bill. You also see the start of IRS’s resource to flesh out the provisions of the tax provisions in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

In today’s Money Funny we learn to understand a bit more about how children hear what they are told – as they tell us their version of bible stories we know and love.

In TaxQuips this week, we learn about how businesses can report logos and web design; the tax aspects of organ donation; what is and isn’t a deductible sales tax; pre & post tax medical expenses.

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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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