Ask TaxMama Issue 613 President Obama Speaks

   Dear Family, 

During our class last night, a couple of major things went on in the world. A big chunk of Southern California and San Diego lost electricity. The nuclear power plant at San Onofre was shut down (safely). Meanwhile a student in Texas tells me she just managed to get back into her home last night after having been evacuated due to fires. 7 of her neighbors’ homes were destroyed. And President Obama spoke to Congress and the nation. (You can read the entire speech here.)  

This, in particular, caught my attention:

I am sending this Congress a plan that you should pass right away.  It’s called the American Jobs Act.  There should be nothing controversial about this piece of legislation.  Everything in here is the kind of proposal that’s been supported by both Democrats and Republicans — including many who sit here tonight.  And everything in this bill will be paid for.  Everything.  (Applause.)

Is there ever anything that isn’t made to be controversial in an election year? Even if it should not be?  

He said: 

Pass this jobs bill — pass this jobs bill, and starting tomorrow, small businesses will get a tax cut if they hire new workers or if they raise workers’ wages.  Pass this jobs bill, and all small business owners will also see their payroll taxes cut in half next year.

 I’ll tell you right now – if that passes, I will increase my staff’s salary immediately. Won’t you? Employees – if you want a raise, push this jobs bill, whatever else might be in it!

 Some other provisions Obama mentioned specifically include: 

  • $4,000 tax credit if they hire anyone who has spent more than six months looking for a job. 
  • The typical working family will get a $1,500 tax cut next year.

 That’s it. Nothing more specific than that. He does include the concept of training workers with needed skills. That is critical if America is to compete in world markets. It is also critical to guide students into the right skill sets by offering them scholarships in areas of study where we have a shortfall of educated staffing. 

Read the entire speech and tell me what else you think is interesting – or constructive ideas that you might suggest. 

 In IRS News today, IRS has released the new Form 706, Estate Tax Return, but doesn’t mention anything about extending any deadlines.  They have started an outreach program to help businesses with the health care credits and related responsibilities. And then they issues a special warning to employers using payroll services. Beware – you are responsible for making sure IRS gets your payroll tax deposits – even if they are stolen by your payroll company!

 In today’s Money Funnies & Inspiration, we visit with a couple attending a marriage seminar and wonder how long this particular marriage will last?

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