Ask TaxMama Issue 535 – Tax Season Begins

Happy Universal Letter Writing Week

Dear Family,

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Happy Universal Letter Writing Week!

You may not remember, but before email and texting, there was an art to writing beautiful, flowing, well – articulated letters. On paper. People treasured those letters and saved them. The words of mMany a famous thinker, author, scientist, or source of inspirations are only remembered, or known, because someone found a cache of those letters – or their poems. For instance, Emily Dickinson was a recluse. A scant few of her hundreds of poems were published in her lifetime. Her sister found the cache. Dickinson became famous – and admired – only after her death.

Let’s not let that happen to you! Write a letter to someone dear. Take the time to tell them about happy, funny or interesting experiences around you. Don’t have someone dear you want to write to? How about writing a letter of appreciation or thanks to colleagues or professional acquaintances whom you appreciate or admire. Better yet, laud them to their boss. Letters of praise will go into their personnel files. They are better than gold when it comes time for promotions and raises.

Speaking of attention. It seems as if this is the week for it. You will find TaxMama n print or online in articles in the San Francisco Chronicle,, American Express Open, Financial Planning Magazine, and MSN. And more to come as tax season heats up.

Please add ONE helpful tip to this week. Did you see the Job Expo in Los Angeles? Is there anything like that going on in your town?

TaxMama’s TaxWatch column is weekly again. This week, read about Things to do in January.

Today’s Money Funny about how genies view the Tax Code came to us from Bob Peterson, the Tax Man in Burbank. I want to thank Bob for keeping our CSEA Breakfast Group informed and organized. And oh yes, those great hugs!

IRS News starts off the decade with IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman making a long-awaited announcement. It continues with the Taxpayers Advocate’s report to Congress. Nina E. Olson points out the good, the bad, and the very ugly.

IRS will finally be testing and licensing tax preparers nationwide. Did you know that only 2 states require testing, education and licensing for tax professionals? California and Oregon. A couple more have recently started licensing and registration programs. But most of the United States and territories have no standards for tax pros. NONE! You need a license to cut hair, or do plumbing. But not to prepare tax returns. The abuses have been shocking. It’s finally time something is done. Is this the best solution? Read the comments of taxpayers and tax professionals.

Speaking of IRS oversight, they also released proposed and temporary regulations on how tax professionals may communicate with their clients – and other privacy issues. TaxMama tries to explain the concepts in this week’s blog.

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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You are what makes all this fun – and interesting!

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01.15.2010 Employers Make monthly Payroll tax deposit


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