Ask TaxMama Issue 583 – A Dream

Dear Family, 

Someone on the news this morning was talking about how insulting it is that some schools are open on Monday, Martin Luther King Day. That got me to thinking about how much the world has changed since I was a child. When schools and restaurants and buses and bathrooms were segregated by color. There were signs making it very clear who was not welcome. 

Today, we take for granted that people are people.

Sure, I am not naïve enough to believe there isn’t still a problem, or that there aren’t still slums. But when I look around at my friends and clients, and people in government, management, key roles in films and television shows – we have come a long way, baby!

It is important to honor pacifists like Martin Luther King, Jr. who helped make it all possible. Thank goodness that one person’s dream is on its way to being fulfilled.

Enjoy your Monday off, if you get the holiday – and  Dream a little dream for me.

Remember, we will be using Twitter more and more often, to get quick notes and updates out to you – . You don’t need to subscribe to Twitter if you’re on Facebook. Just friend me there. The posts will appear there, as well.

The Tax Calendar is up and accessible from any phone at all (that accesses the web). In fact, you can reach our site and view the entire TaxMama site via your phone. Yay!

Oh goodness, I just heard from a friend of mine, Kris the Tax Lady. She’s been asked to teach a class on starting a business – and using my book as the textbook! Thanks Kris! Incidentally, have you read Kris’ weekly column in The Journal News – here is her latest effort:

Jim Blankenship, CFP, EA, just wrote a very perceptive review about this book. He’s right on target!

You can pick up your own  copy inexpensively at  There’s even an ebook version out there for your Kindle or ebook reader.

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We’ll be back after tax season.  Meanwhile, use the recorded classes as resources. 

There are lots of other great classes here, too. You’ll find tax updates, classes on Excel and QuickBooks, bookkeeping, and specialized areas of taxation, like religious institutions and more.

 EA Class News


Such excitement. I love it when people tell me they’ve passed all the EA Exams. You still have time to study for and pass one exam before the testing window closes on February  28th.  

Remember, you get a 10% discount on the EA Class if you register for TaxMama’s Family first.

The discount code can be found in the Family Look-Ups resource.

I am getting questions about the schedule for this year’s TaxMama’s EA Exam Review Class. Folks, have some patience. It’s tax season. Let us get settled.  I will post the 2011 schedule by mid-February. You’ll get early-bird discounts then.

Other TaxMama News and Tax Articles:


This week’s MarketWatch column is a fun Tax Quiz. How much do YOU know about your own tax situation?

In this week’s Wall Street Journal’s SmartMoney Tax Blog,  you will find my column about estate taxes (coming). There’s a fascinating article about the jockeying in the refund anticipation loan market. Keep an eye on this page for daily updates –

Win a chat with Suze Orman! You might be the lucky person each month to win that prize, and some other goodies.

Just visit Suze Orman’s new site. You will find lots of practical money-saving tips – and ideas to help folks struggling with time, money, conflicts and more. 

  • You can ask Suze questions in the forum – Suze is actually dropping by an answering your questions, just as I do here. Join us and speak to Suze.


You’ll find TaxMama’s columns there each week, along with a dozen delightful women. This week, Phyllis talks about the odds of needing long-term care. That IS a frightening topic. Have you been following a similar discussion in the TaxQuips forum?

Doreen asks if “loyalty cards” really pay off? Tricia brings up every mother’s lament. She says she’s not a short–order cook! Jen provides low-cost ideas for family entertainment. Sabrina stretches the dollar a little more. Mariel discusses registering your business. Vicky has the solution to picky eaters. Liz wins at the Sales Smart Shopping Game!


At Equifax this week, TaxMama tells you that it’s time to talk to your kids to coordinate your finances. Ilyce Glink shows you some DIY projects to increase the value of your home. Dan Solin laments that there are some many things to do for retirement planning; but so little time. Linda Rey helps you avoid the scam of Mortgage Credit Insurance. The Equifax Credit Experts tackle the mystery about why your lender and the credit agencies calculate a different credit score for you.

This week’s blog discusses a bizarre problem – no continuing education credit for the best tax education around? Huh?!?!?!

Have you seen AccountingWeb’s new small business publication? Going Concern – focusing on keeping the profits flowing.

In IRS News, we tell you about some Stupid Tax Tricks – Things Not to Do . and we give you Top 10 Tax Time Tips.

In Money Funnies we learn Latin for Today. You must realize I spent a year or two taking Latin in high school. It was a really fun class.

In TaxQuips this week, We start the week with Karen who wants to know if her husband and brother could split the property taxes that were paid from her husband’s account. TaxMama gives you 10 Tips for Business Success.  We end the week with Seth who wants to know if he needs to 1099 his lawn guy

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