I can’t think of a Martin Luther Kind weekend without
remembering Marvin Brown’s first ever personal day off on January 17, 1994. Do you wonder why I remember the date of my friend’s one day off? Because even on that one precious day, he couldn’t sleep in. Nature shook him awake at 4:31 am – with the Northridge Quake.
Martin Luther King, Jr. certainly was one for shaking up the world in his own, gentle, passionate style. http://www.nps.gov/malu/
He lived in the era of Mahatma Ghandi http://www.mkgandhi.org/ .
It was the time of dignified civil disobedience. Both men got a lot of attention – and respect – without resorting to violence. Naturally, that didn’t mean some fools in the world didn’t respond violently. There’s always someone, isn’t there?
I’ve never been able to understand the concept of hatingan entire group of people that you don’t even know. Can’t we just wait to hate one person at a time – if they specifically do something to earn that hatred? Better yet, try to understand why they’re so hateful and either fix the problem – or avoid them like the plague. And forget about them.
Yeah, yeah, there are terrorists out there. True. Don’t bother hating them. It takes too much energy and focus. Do you remember what the best revenge is? Living well! Live your life and let them interfere as little as possible.
Speaking of really dumb. In the news here in California yesterday, there was a report about a 90’ palm tree that blew over and crashed down on a home, someone’s car and
caused various other damage. (Yes, the winds are that strong these days.) The homeowner planted that tree 45 years ago – and she plans to replant another just like it. The dumb part? IDIOT! Your tree just fell on a bunch of people’s homes and cars. Don’t you realize that palm tree grew at about 2.25 feet per year? And palms have relatively shallow root systems. The tree will fall again in about 15 years if these winds keep up. Why replant? Find something else with strong roots that doesn’t grow so tall.
Moving on to more fun stuff, today’s Money Funny is what
happens when efficiency consultants give advice. (Scroll
down below the Money Funny to read a true, and ironic
story of a real efficency experience.)
Make sure your resume is seen – is anything more fundamental than that when you’re looking for a job?
Job searching reminds me. This week, a couple of journalists
asked about who’s going to survive in this recession.
I’ll post my overview of which jobs or industries will
thrive in the coming year. Meanwhile, LOOK AT YOUR JOB!
Is your company feeling the pinch? Start thinking about how you’ll make it if you get laid off – and your whole industry isn’t hiring? Think about what to re-train to do?
And use that opportunity to think about what you’d love to do for a living – and how to achieve that.
In fact, did you know that IRS Counsel is hiring? They are
looking for attorneys, interns, externs – and there are even
paralegal positions available. It looks like such fun. I wish
I had time to work there. They even promise average 40-hour work weeks! What law-firm promises that? (Except for the weeks when the Tax Court is in session. But you get comp days off to make up for that.)
TaxQuips this week meets a tax virgin, deals with sales taxes on resold items, hobby losses, and adoption subsidies. We even get a call from IRS to clarify a point.
IRS News is incomplete today. Although we tell you about IRS’s Spanish site, the new and improved online version of Publication 17 – the most comprehensive pub for individuals, and about frivolous filings, I haven’t had a chance to write up all the notes from yesterday’s meeting at IRS. We talked about penalties for preparers – and for the public, among
other things. You will find links to IRS resources and forms – and to this week’s MarketWatch article about frivoulous filers.
The article starts out with a movie reference. So I decided
to find you more movies about tax. See the banner add linking to TaxMama’s TaxMovie shop at Amazon.com. You’ll find comedies, dramas and mob films that are all lots of fun. Great stars.
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Have an untaxing weekend. And enjoy the awakening of
Martin Luther King, Jr’s dream.
Hugs from your favorite TaxNerd,
Eva Rosenberg, EA
Your TaxMama is watching…out for you.
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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
02.15.2008 File new W-4 with Employer if you claimed exempt last year
02.17.2008 (My clients) Get Corp Data to me if you want to file without extension
02.29.2008 Mortgage Interest file Form 1098s with IRS
02.29.2008 File W-2’s with Social Security Admin
02.29.2008 File 1099’s with IRS
02.29.2008 File City of L.A. Business License/Tax Form
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