Ask TaxMama Issue 440 – Gifts for 2008

Dear Family,

Welcome to 2008.

Already, this looks to be a good, solid, upbeat year. People are optimistic and energetic – at least the ones who’ve returned to work. Some lucky folks are still on vacation until next Monday. Good for you.

For those of you here right now, we’ve got lots of gifts for you this week. The Internet world is gearing up with training courses, goal-meeting assistance – and even tools to teach you how to blog. All of these folks are giving away their training. No, they’re not fools. And they’re not altruisitic. They know that when you succeed using their tools, they will share in your future stream of income. This is your chance to start 2008 by learning how to supplement your income online.

So, I’m evaluating a multi-media course on blogging from the folks at Simpleology. As I explained, they’re letting you snag it for free if you post about it on your blog.

It covers:

  • The best blogging techniques.
  • How to get traffic to your blog.
  • How to turn your blog into money.

I’ll let you know what I think once I’ve had a chance to check it out. Meanwhile, go grab yours while it’s still free – and tell me what you think!

Oh, and if you need a no-cost, simple blogging tool to start with, try . Google owns it and you know they never charge anything – except advertising.

Speaking of learning, today’s Money Funny is a lesson in
ecomonics – for dummies.

This week’s job advice tells you to take a break. Do you deserve it?

Since we had a short week, we only published two TaxQuips.
One was about deducting a business computer. The other asked how to deal with the office in home deduction when you keep having losses. Read the comments, too. They are always the best part!

But IRS News if filled with interesting stuff. Read about the updated Air Transportation Excise Taxes, how to snitch on a friend for fun and profit and see the new form to update your Social Security account for employees who were paid as freelancers – AND be sure to read TaxMama’s notes on all those IRS announcements.

As always, we love your feedback, opinions and ideas. You are what makes all this fun – and intersting!

Please use the Comments link online.

Oh yes, and the 2008 Tax Calendar is online. Please feel free to link to it!

Have an untaxing, joyful and 2008.

Hugs from your favorite TaxNerd,

Eva Rosenberg, EA

Your TaxMama is watching…out for you.


01.02.2008 File Form 2290 – Heavy Highway Vehicles

01.15.2008 4th Estimated Payment Due

Farmers and fishermen. Estimated tax for 2006 Due

01.15.2008 Employers Make Monthly Payroll tax deposit

01.31.2008 Furnish W-2s/1099/1098s to recipients

01.31.2008 File Quarterly/Annual Payroll/Sales Tax Returns

01.31.2008 Individuals – Filing personal return and pay all taxes Without Penalty if January 15, 2008 estimated payment missed NEW



Keep your Resolutions:
Here’s a well-thought-out e-book to help you start the
year off properly. It contains a place for you to
list your promises to yourself – and lots of tools to

help you achieve your goals.

Download the book here (just use your e-mail address in this e-mail, so you can avoid subscribing to
my newsletters twice.)

Feel free to share this link with your friends, your clients and your mailing list.

Explore Simpleology 101 – It includes set of step-by-step daily missions for you to follow to get more focused and become more successful this year.

You can check them off as you go.

Audio and Video Training
Is 2008 the year you learn to put use audio and video
on your websites or online? Here are some excellent
no-cost training opportunities. All you need is time.

Join David at

Join for free and you’ll be able to give Michael Angier’s ‘101 Best Year-End and New Year Questions’ to everyone you know. It’s an excellent way to open a dialog with those close to you – and to ensure that 2008 will be a great year.



ThinkGeek has some wonderful, unusual stuff, including something very like a Dick Tracy watch – a touchscreen cell phone PDA watch. They also have the USB Memory watch that holds 2GB of data. Just click on Holiday Mega Deals.

Open your own Zazzle account and create personalized

gifts to your family and friends. You still have time
to get things delivered before Chanukah ends. Really.
You don’t need to use my designs – use your own photos and artwork.*

Join (FREE!) and you’ll be able
to give Michael Angier’s ‘101 Best Year-End and New
Year Questions’ to everyone you know. It’s an excellent

way to open a dialog with those close to you – and to
ensure that 2008 will be a great year. And there’s no
charge for this gift at all.


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Summer Family Identity – 3 Choices:

Zazzle – Cafe Press – Queensboro

Since it’s summer, and you’re probably going to be traveling with your family, consider getting matching T-shirts and/or hats.

(DO NOT PUT ANYONE’S NAME ON THEM – you’re just asking strangers to kidnap your children!)

But do put everyone’s picture – so even if you don’t know the local language, you can point to a family member and ask if anyone has seen him or her. Or use a graphic or piece of art you all like. You’ll find three options right here in our SPECIAL DEALS section.

Use your art or others – and customize it

Zazzle your Imagination. Are you a TaxNerd?
Tell everyone – proudly!*

Create your own customized Zazzle Apparel, bags or more.

Get volume discounts on orders of 2 or more.

Get extra discounts for yourself and friends after you order.

Stuff for Back to School and Back to Work

Cafe Press is the home of TaxMama’s shops

But you can upload your own art and graphics and unify your family – even your pets.

Get extra discounts for yourself and friends after you order.

WOW DEAL! Embroidery

Wouldn’t you love to get your logo or family crest, or picture or whatever, EMBROIDERED on hats and T-Shirts?

Well, it costs a heck of a lot less than you think.

You can get 12 items for $99! That includes the set-up fees.

Can you believe that? Use Coupon Code PC076c
At the Queensboro Shirt Company

(They have a lot more than shirts – and all sizes)

They do a gorgeous job.