The other day, I was researching shipping information and discovered that you could get packing tracking from the US Postal service for nothing – or close to nothing (about 18 cents) if you used their special labels.
Naturally, we ran the numbers – and the 2 labels per page are a bit more expensive than the 6-up labels. But, for about a dime per package you get tracking; you don’t have to stand in line at the Post Office; and with the proof of delivery, you don’t need to pay for Certified Mail, either. And you don’t have to stand in line to fill your postage meter. You can print the labels directly off your own computer. The catch – you have to order them from the USPS – or their related site.
This has been a busy week for everyone. Though, oddly, IRS’s Tax Tips service seems to be silent this week.
Most of the news and releases I got won’t interest you. Or are you obsessed with getting every bit of Stimulus Rebate news there is. Personally, as with all other rebates we’ve had since President Bush took office, they bore me no end. And everytime I see the costs mounting, I think of all the other useful things that money could be spent on.
Speaking of wasting money. Did you follow the Congressional debates on the foreclosure crisis? What a total disappointment!
Congress nixed the authority for bankruptcy judges to revise interest rates and principal on existing loans – so homeowners could keep their homes; so lenders don’t go
out of business; so investors lose some money – or delay getting paid until the end of the loan – so houses don’t sit empty and attract vandals.
Well, their wisdom has earned TaxMama’s Economic Idiot Award.
Let’s we, what do we have for you today? Oh, lots of goodies!
Monday’s TaxWatch column on MarketWatch.com will be your April To Dos – things to do before April 15th.
This week’s Money Funnies will help you with the present gas crisis.
IRS News includes information about a grants available for low-income tax clinics – in case you want to apply. And links to the latest statistics
TaxQuips this week incited discussion about writing off tools, we meet The Gambler, learn about business mileage and writing off your business phone.
For those curious about Scott’s problem last week with his IRS notice on the Lump Sum SS Disability benefit – there was indeed an error in the way TurboTax handled the computation (or the questions leading the inputting the information). However, Scott’s so jazzed with Lucie’s help, that he’ll be using TurboTax again next year.
This week’s Job Advice suggests you keep track of your online identity.
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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