Ask TaxMama Issue 493 – Happy Tax Season

Happy Tax Season

Dear Family,

We’ve been hard at work on the Positive Idea site for you. Of course, since that domain name is taken, we’ve been looking around for appropriate names for the site and hit on the perfect one.

It’s still very much in process. We’ll be ready to go live in about two weeks. But, you don’t have to wait until then. If you or someone you know are struggling right now – drop in and see if you can find any ideas to help you. Or tell us your ideas that people can implement right now, without government help or red tape – to help themselves, their neighbers and their friends.

Last week, we mentioned the new California homebuyers credit in the latest budget. It’s quite nifty! (Just about) Anyone buying a home in California will qualify. The $10,000 credit will be paid to you over three years. If you were following me on Twitter, you’d have gotten the link to the FAQs page for this credit.

Today though, you can find the link in this week’s MarketWatch article. TaxMama®’s article this week is about the Pros and Cons of the federal first-time homebuyers credit. Actually, there just wasn’t room to get everything into that article. So stand by and I will be adding a lot more on .

In the meantime, you will find more FAQs at . They’re develop manufactured home communities around the country. You may find some good deals there.

In IRS News today, you’ll learn more about the new sales tax deduction for new car purchases. And for those who’ve been laid off, here’s the information you’ve been waiting for on the COBRA Health Insurance Continuation Premium Subsidy. It may be confusing, but take the time to read it thoroughly. When you’re paying expensive insurance premiums, being able to get 35% of the cost subsidized is a major benefit.

In today’s Money Funny you can read about celebrities’ Philosophy of Sex.

In TaxQuips this week, we learn more about ITINs, offshore income and foreign trusts, emotional distress settlements and offsetting your capital losses by selling assets at a profit.

In our Job Advice on the Week, you’ll learn how to dress down at work to disguise your interview attire – to keep your boss and co-workers from realizing you’re doing interviews that day.

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.


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
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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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Cafe Press is the home of TaxMama’s shops

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Get extra discounts for yourself and friends after you order.

WOW DEAL! Embroidery

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.
And there’s always a sale!

At the Queensboro Shirt Company

(They have a lot more than shirts – and all sizes)
They do a gorgeous job.