Ask TaxMama Issue 498 – American Celebrities

Happy National Soft Pretzel Month

Dear Family,

Well, it’s National Soft Pretzel Month. For those of you who love those big, yeasty pretzels you get at the movies or Annies, here’s a recipe so you can make your own at home. Doctor them up anyway you like. Just click on the picture of the pretzel, above.

Of course, if you’re just about finished cleaning the house for Passover…this is not the time to bring in all this chometz. Wait until after the holiday. People celebrating Palm Sunday and Easter, coming up next week, will have no such taboos.

Hey, did you see what a huge hit Michelle Obama has been making overseas? Children love her. Adults gravtitate towards her. Whew, who expected our own Obamas to be celebrities overseas? She hugged the QUEEN? Wow – breaking centuries of protocol of never even touching Her Majesty. Heck, it’s something I would do without even thinking. Seems the Brits approve!

And just wait, President Obama has had such an impact on the Japanese, that pretty soon you’ll be hearing young Japanese speaking English just like Barack. Students are learning English using President Obama’s speeches. Get this, the English-language textbook, ‘The Speeches of Barack Obama’ has sold more than 400,000 copies in two months!

Speaking of foreigners…many live and work here in the U.S.A. So…Homeland Security has a new employment form for them to fill out. Barbara Weltman’s Idea of the Day tells us that today you need to have all your employees fill out the new I-9 form and provide updated identification. You’ll be able to pick up the form from her site.
Idea of the Day

Back to work, now. What do we have for you today?

First of all, please remember to sign up for CSEA’s DigiTAX courses.

I will be teaching two of them. Other wonderful people will teach several other subjects.
May 13, 09 – 11:00 am – CSEA – Audio Tax – Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the EA Exam

Aug 5, 09 – 11:00 am – CSEA – Audio Tax – Hobby Loss Rules and how to Overcome Them

Incidentally, if you’ve seen the rate of increase in IRS audits of small businesses, you’ll understand why the Hobby Loss course is essential to you or to tax pros with small business clients.

Tune in to today’s interview on Jim Blasingame’s radio show (you can listen to the recording in the archives, or archives, or replay.

We’ll be talking about this week’s Congressional hearings with IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman about small business audits.
You can watch the details of the Congressional Hearings, if you like. Commissioner Shulman is quite articulate and clear. You’re going to like him and his practical attitude.

TaxMama®’s article this week deals with the April To Do’s. Routine stuff, always with a few twists. The article will be up this weekend. Read all the other tax news fit to print. or

This week’s blog is an April Fool’s prank. But, most of the information in the article IS valid and useful with respect to the reporting of Social Security Disability Income.

Also read about Robert Redford’s Sense of Order.

Today’s IRS News explains provides additional time for disaster victims in Minnesota and North Dakota. We also learn about the special deduction for new car buyers in 2009. Good even if you don’t itemize!

Today’s Money Funny is about the half-wit worker who is dumb enough to for about $10 a week. Wouldn’t you like someone like this?

In TaxQuips this week, we learn how to make hay while the sun shines; whether a lost $8,000 deposit on a home is deductible, and how; if you can buy a home now and move in it much later and still get the first-time homebuyers credit; and whether getting Social Security income will make her tax-free disability income taxable.

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You are what makes all this fun – and interesting!

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