Ask TaxMama Issue 541 – Speaking the Same Language

Happy International Mother Language Day

Dear Family,

This is one of those tough mornings. I was up most of the night writing and can barely stay awake this morning. Come on, this is silly. I used to pull all-nighters all the time with no ill effects. Why is it so hard to keep my eyes open today? Hmmm…must be the gloom and drizzle. Perhaps if it were less cloudy, and the bald-faced opossum were not rambling across my fence, I’d be more awake and aware. I know, some of you find that creature cute and adorable. Rick calls them one of God’s mistakes.

Bizarre things happening this week. A serious case of misplaced anger yesterday. You can read about it in today’s MarketWatch column.

And interest message I’ve gotten this week from tax professional whom I’ve ugpraded to full family members. In both cases, they said something like, sheesh, you have no idea what a rough day it’s been. You’ve just brightened up my day.

My friends, it occurs to me that there is never a wrong time to do something nice for someone. Surprise someone with a totally random, unexpected act of kindness today.

This is International Mother Language Week. Tamie and I were discussing the languages we learned growing up. Knowing, smugly, that we can revive our fluency in those languages in no time at all. So, who is the next generation so indifferent to learning the language of their parents and grandparents.

Some children be really odd. I had a friend once who used to tell me about the strange lady who lived with them. She used to sit in the corner of the house with her steaming samovar. He rarely spoke to that weird creature. (That’s how he saw her.) Speaking to his mother, I learned this man had been speaking of his grandmother! Since he couldn’t communicate with her, in his mind, she barely existed. That’s so sad.

Solution? If your relative, or your childrens’ speak a language your children don’t understand, help them learn to communicate.

Meanwhile, back on the ranch…we’ve been busy making things work better in the system for you. I think the log-in and password systems finally work. Keeping my fingers crossed. Please remember to log into before you click on any links here today.

One of the most common log-in problems we have discovered is people who never registered for the new site. Yup, the system can’t send you a password because you didn’t create one.

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In the Family Resource Center you will find more special links, including information about the EA Exam and the Tax Court examination. You will also find ebooks about an Offer in Compromise; The Top 15 Things People Do Wrong in their bookkeeping; 4 tax secrets that will change your life; and the 2009 Year-End Update. I am still working on the update to the 100% Home-Based Business Tax Solution. That e-book will be included in your Family Membership.

More new things will be added next week.

Have you added a helpful tip to this week.

In IRS News today we learn about Top Ten Facts about Taking Early Distributions from Retirement Plans and More on First-Time Homebuyer Credit Documentation

This week TaxMama’s TaxWatch explores anger against the IRS, plane crashes and hopeless situations.

In today’s Money Funny we see what happens when the good senator dies.
In TaxQuips this week we learn if you can deduct the mortgage and property taxes on both homes you own – when you rent out one of them to a sibling; about how to fund your solo 401(k); what to do when your expenses on your rental property are higher than your income; and what kinds of expenses are deductible for folks who volunteer in feral cat organiations.

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03/16/2010 Employers Make Monthly Payroll tax deposit on the 15th of each month
03/16/2010 Electing Large Partnerships – Issue K-1s to partners – even if you’re on extension 
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03/31/2010 Electronic filing of US transmittal of US information Returns
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