Ask TaxMama Issue 518 – IRS Virtually

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Dear Family,

This will be a short issue, since your TaxMama® is on vacation. The EA Exam students voted to take two weeks off, until after Labor Day, before starting to study Part III. Although the class isn’t really a democracy, Rick and I jumped on the opportunity, since we haven’t had a moment to ourselves all summer.

We took off on another of our famous camping adventures…and ended up someplace really terrific, in the Angeles National Forest. (Have you been following the fire reports over the past couple of days, where they are evacuating hundreds of homes in the area? Fortunately, we were nowhere near the area where the fire started. Not our fault. Whew!) We had a great time, until a young couple with a new, used car needed help getting their battery recharged. Yup. It needed more than just a jump start. It needed a full re-charge. Of course, Rick was up to the task, with his portable generator and all his nifty tools. We fixed them up so they could stay the night and still have their car start the next day to go home.

As you know, no good deed goes unpunished. Yup. You guessed it. Rick’s recharging caused a power surge and blew out lots of fuses. (No problem. Rick has lots of spares.) We didn’t know what else was blown until after we were…uh huh…you got it…we were towed home. Then, Rick identified the problem in no time. And after doing some research and shopping, had the RV all fixed up yesterday.

Along the way, we met Ashley and Mark (did I get the names right? You know I am terrible with names – and we didn’t really exchange contact information), a couple of teenagers about to start college next week. They spent most of their afternoon and evening helping us. Naturally, this camping area did not have cell phone reception, or a payphone (though there was a phone booth worthy of Superman). So Ashley and Mark drove me down to restaurant (about 11 miles away) where there was a payphone, and were willing to stay with me until AAA showed up. (Who said teens aren’t terrific these days?) I sent them back to their campsite. But I did accept their offer to return. Frankly, if I hadn’t come back with the tow truck after two hours, that seemed a good time to return. They were back, right on time. Those teens stayed with us and helped us out, taking precious time out of their vacation to make sure a couple of strangers were safe and all right. They are starting college next week – Ashley in Santa Monica; Mark in Pepperdine. Life is just opening up for this charming couple. And they are starting out so well. My thanks and best wishes to you both!

Speaking of cool people…IRS is getting very creative and hip about getting their message out to you, the taxpaying public. Did you know that IRS now has a series of videos on YouTube? They do. Really! In fact, IRS says that these videos will be in English, Spanish, American Sign Language and other languages. You can also find IRS on iTunes. How cool is that?

Want cooler? IRS has a virtual presence on Second Life. They are using it for recruiting and other functions. IRS even has a virtual racetrack on the site. Talk about getting really avant-garde!

For this week’s blog, I was on vacation and haven’t written anything new. But I am wondering, as are other bloggers, how do we get people to respond to our blogs? Although we write to bring your attention to issues, or procedures, or law changes, we also want you to tell us what you think, or what you’ve learned. The field of taxes is vast. Regardless of how much experience we have, or all our attempts to stay informed, there’s just too much for any one person to know. So we’d love to hear from you, too.
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