38 days and 16 hours and 2 minutes to go until April 15th.
(Did you see the countdown widget at www.taxmama.com ?)
Let me start this issue with a note about government
efficiency. Remember I was talking about passport photos
a while back? Well, what follows passport photos?
Passport applications. Right?
I was TOTALLY reluctant to let my present passport out of
my hands and to place it into the US mail. But…finally,
I sent them both off on February 18th. Shock of shocks!
The new passports arrived on February 28th!
And the cancelled passports came back, with the neat little
holes punched through them, on March 5th. This was fast.
Then, I had to renew my drivers license. They gave me the
option of doing it online. The new license also arrived on
March 5th. It took less than a week. Just about long enough
to print it out and drop it into an envelope.
Do you really think our various government agencies are
finally learning to take advantage of the efficiencies
provided by computers?
You don’t believe that, well, take a look at a nice surprise
in today’s IRS News.
IRS News includes something really refreshing – and something terribly burdensome. First IRS created a new form this year to help misclassified employees – those who got 1099s instead of being paid wages. And overlooked the enormous burden imposed on folks who’ve already been victimized by their employers. Now they face paperwork overload, due to this simplified new form. IRS didn’t think this procedure through. We will be pestering the Service to fix the procedure.
On the other hand – KUDOS to IRS for simplifying the application fee process for the Installment Agreement. Now, if you can’t afford the full fee, you won’t have to beg for a reduction. The computer will compute it for you automatically.
Remember, you can play with the Stimulus Calculator tool on
the www.TaxMama.com home page to see how much you’ll get back.
Time to lighten up, I think, with Points to Ponder in 2008,
the topic of this week’s Money Funnies.
TaxQuips this week includes the best and most succinct summary I’ve ever written about how an LLC owner can get paid, we address the question of deducting travel when you live on the road, we face the harsh realities of renting to family and TaxMama makes a big mistake about a Stimulus question – and corrects it. It’s all in this week’s TaxQuips
Today’s MarketWatch article isn’t written yet. (That’s the
next thing I’ll be doing.) It will be a checklist of things
to do for March – and some notes clarifying some myths about
the Stimulus Rebates – since I am clearly such an expert.
The 100% Home-Based Business Tax Solution is shipping on Monday. HOORAY!!!
Bob Whitaker is at the printers right now, overseeing the production of the Tax MiniMisers, and the insertion of the Tax Solution CD!
I’m going to tell you a little secret. You can download the e-book and see a preview before you buy it. I’ve just added that to the welcome page when you get to the site.
Lots of people, especially people studying for the EA Exam have been telling they don’t have a solid basis in taxation. Or that, even after passing the exam and learning the laws, they want to know more about how to fill in the tax forms and learn some of the shortcuts and tricks tax professionals traditionally use. So, join us for Solving the Tax Puzzle, Part I.
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OK, running late. Spending too much time reading incoming e-mails!
As always, we love your feedback, opinions and ideas.
You are what makes all this fun – and interesting!
Please use the Comments link online.
Hugs from your favorite TaxNerd,
Eva Rosenberg, EA
Your TaxMama is watching…out for you.
TAX CALENDAR 2008
03.17.2008 S-Corp Election Decision Due (if Applicable)
03.17.2008 Corporate Returns or Extensions Due / Calendar Year Corps
03.15.2008 Get Personal Data to me if you want to file by April 15th
03.17.2008 Employers Make monthly Payroll tax deposit
03.17.2008 Electing Large Partnerships – Issue K-1s to partners – even if you’re on extension
04.15.2008 Personal, Partnership Returns or Extensions are due
04.15.2008 1st 2008 Estimated Payment Due
04.15.2008 Employers Make monthly Payroll tax deposit
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