Ask TaxMama Issue 534 – Happy New Year

Happy 2010 - dedicated to Floyd and Reva Greenman

Dear Family,

Before we go any deeper into this issue, let me just tell you how very, very, very, deeply I appreciate you for being part of TaxMama’s family. We have just finished 11 years together. Can you believe it? Yup – January 1999

You and your friends and colleagues have made it a joy to start each of my days, wondering what interesting and challenging question, or comment you will bring me today. Because of you, my days have not been boring.

Thank you for making this a wonderful decade.
Just wait until you see what I have in store for you in the decade coming up!

Hey! Did you see the Kennedy Center Honors last night? You missed a great show.

The people being honored included Robert De Niro, Mel Brooks, Dave Brubeck and Grace Bumbry and the Boss – Bruce Springsteen. The show was terrific and funny. For me, Ben Stiller, stole the show. He was there to honor Mel Brooks, but tossed off comments about about the other honorees, including the Nobel winner. He was unexpectedly smooth and hilarious. Every person introducing the film about their honoree had something kindly funny or charming to bring up. Dave Brubeck was surprised with the announcement about his 89th birthday that night – and having his sons play a tribute to him on stage.

If only I could find you a picture of Roumanian Opera Star Angela Gheorghiu’s gown last night. It was breathtaking. Utterly tantalizing and elegant. Why isn’t there a picture online? There are several complaints on the CBS website because the whole show isn’t available for viewing. It’s not on the Kennedy Center site either. Otherwise, I’d show you. Wow!

Today’s Money Funny came to us from Floyd T. Greenman, an Enrolled Agent here in the Valley. Floyd is a regular member of our San Fernando Valley Breakfast meeting crowd. He used to be an IRS auditor; then ran his own tax practice for years. Floyd recently retired. Why? Well, it just gets too hard and too frustrating to conduct client interviews using only one arm – an arm that is occupied with typing on a speaking machine. Whew! I can’t imagine how Floyd managed to keep working for as long as he has, facing a variety of physical obstacles. Clearly, his clients must love him. After all, it’s easy to love someone who’s always cheerful, pleasant, funny, and – who provides excellent advice and insights. You should appreciate him because he’s the source of many of the best Money Funny columns we’ve run during the past few years. Floyd, this issue is dedicated to you and Reva.

Second-hand smoke! Yech!!! I just got a call from Rights Radio host, Joyce Starr. She just wrote an amazing book called Called Secondhand Smoke Crimes. It’s all about the problem you face when you live in an apartment or condo building and your neighbor smokes excessively. Have you ever felt trapped because an abundance of smoke keeps seeping into your home – and you can’t do anything about it? Your breathing is getting constricted; your children are growing up sickly; or worse. Your landlord or condo board won’t help you. What can you do? You need to know more about the horrors you face. Joyce outlines your legal options – and the limitations.
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Please add ONE helpful tip to for the New Year.
Let’s help everyone get some prosperity in their lives!

In IRS News this week you will learn how to get a free electric car. Amazing.

For an overview on the latest activities on the tax front, keep an eye on’s tax site. We’ll be filling it up with new articles and tips. Starting early in January, TaxMama’s TaxWatch column goes weekly again. Remember, if you have any interesting stories, let me know. You could be the subject of a column!

In today’s Money Funny we are faced with Things You Don’t Hear Anymore, a trip down memory lane for some of us – and a visit to an alien world for those born after 1970 or so.

In TaxQuips this week we learn how to handle franchise costs; what to do if you filed an amended return with IRS and have no response; whether someone living on SSI can get the earned income credit or either of the homebuyer credits?

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