Ask Taxmama Issue 457 – Polar Bears, Marriage, Disasters

Happy National Safe Boating Week

Dear Family,

There’s so much happening in the world these days.

First the good news. TaxMama® is now an official trademark!

I was a little late filing for it and ran into a bit of a conflict. But with the help of Doug Ansell at Incorp Now and his trademark attorney John E. Russell at allmarktrademark.com – all the problems are resolved. TaxMama® is official!

Then the bad news.

The polar ice cap is melting – see satellite pictures.

Aside from polar bears being added to the endangered species list, the planet’s weather and earth movements are getting more powerful and damaging.

Myanmar’s cyclone kills thousands of people and endangers wildlife, while the military junta prevents aid from reaching those who need it.

People still buried under rubble in China’s earthquake.

If you have any favorite charities or sources that provide help to these folks, please let me know. I’ll post them.

The California Supreme Court just legalized and dignified same-sex marriage. Couples will be able to marry in 30 days.

As you may know, I’ve been writing about the tax implications of same-sex registered domestic partners. I’ll be updating the information for next week’s MarketWatch article. The Federal income tax and estate tax issues will still be a nightmare. Think twice before rushing to the altar.

Postage rates have just gone up again. First class mail is 42 cents. Stop buying stamps. Instead, print them when you need them, so you don’t have to keep buying the interim, make-up postage. This has saved us a ton of time – and money.
Get $25 of postage and a digital postal scale

Since hurricane season is coming up in the US, IRS has released Hurricane Preparedness Information. You’ll find the resource in today’s IRS News – along with information for small businesses.

http://taxquips.com/index.php?cat=IRSNews

Spidell’s Caltax.com sent out a note to alert everyone that California’s Franchise Tax Board is once again sending out balance due notices to people who filed electronically and paid their taxes due by April 15th. If you got one of those notices, Spidell suggests you go to www.ftb.ca.gov and click on My FTB Account. Follow instructions to access your account to see if the payment was posted.

Today’s Money Funnies is all about denial. Enjoy!

http://taxquips.com/index.php?cat=MoneyFunnies

What other goodies do we have for you today?

TaxQuips this week explains about corrected W-2s; we talk about the Stimulus Rebate checks, past and present; and there’s information on handling the Bear Stearns takeover.

http://taxquips.com/index.php?cat=TaxQuips

This week’s Job Advice suggests it takes more than talent. http://www.taxquips.com/index.php?cat=JobAdviceoftheWeek

Do you love Rock and Roll? It’s still on the air!

I was just listening to The Boomer this morning. Lee Marshall’s Class reunion is on every weekday morning from 6-9 am http://1450theboomer.com Listen Live

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

Please use the Comments link online.
http://taxquips.com/index.php?id=839

Hugs from your favorite TaxNerd,

Eva Rosenberg, EA

Your TaxMama is watching…out for you.

www.TaxMama.com

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www.IRSExam.com
www.TaxNerd.net
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TAX CALENDAR 2008
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06.16.2008 2nd 2008 Estimated Payment – all entities Due

06.16.2008 Personal Tax Returns Due for US Taxpayers overseas

06.16.2008 or File extensions for US Taxpayers overseas Form 4868

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

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Stuff for summer, travel and fun

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

http://www.cafepress.com/

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?

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

They do a gorgeous job.

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