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Why Santa Won’t Owe Any Income Taxes This Year

24 December 2012

It’s Christmas Eve and, at my house, we’re busy preparing for guests. Mostly, we’re waiting on the cousins but my kids are also waiting for a certain man with a white beard – no, not my husband – it’s Santa! We’re tracking Santa’s progress via NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command, a United States and […]

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Throwing A Holiday Party That Even Uncle Sam Will Love

14 December 2012

Dear corporate types, I do love the B52s but under no circumstances should “Rock Lobster” be played – and danced to – at a company party. That was my tweet on yesterday. I happened to be working at a venue not far from such a party. It was a mishmash of mostly middle-aged corporate types […]

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15 Ways To Turn Your Bucket List Into A Tax Deduction

6 June 2012

Whether you want to trek the rain forest, learn a new language or sail the world, Uncle Sam might help you pay for it.

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Paying For Getting Better: What’s Deductible?

17 February 2012

I’m back in North Carolina for the second time in two weeks, this time with Nurse Kate (my daughter) in tow. My mom had heart valve replacement surgery last week and it wasn’t without her complications: her lung collapsed the day after the surgery and the resulting 24 hours was quite stressful. Mom is back […]

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Eleven Tax-Favorable Valentine’s Day Gifts

14 February 2012

Love is much nicer to be in than an automobile accident, a tight girdle, a higher tax bracket or a holding pattern over [entity display="Philadelphia" type="place" active="true" key="pa/philadelphia"]Philadelphia[/entity]. – Judith Viorst, children’s author and believe it or not, tax activist I love Valentine’s Day. I’m a sucker for flowers and candy and goofy cards – […]

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Back to School: Deductions for Soccer, Cheerleading and Extracurricular Activities?

15 September 2011

I need a full time assistant just to manage the kids these days (don’t worry, Mom, I don’t actually have one). School started last week which means that this week, extracurricular activities have started in earnest. In addition to escorting my kids back and forth to dance, gymnastics and soccer, respectively, I have to spend […]

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Ask the taxgirl: Deductions for Cheftestants

27 April 2011

Taxpayer asks: I was watching Top Chef Masters and I ahd a question. I know you have to report your winnings on a game show. On the Masters version, the chefs don’t get the money because it goes to charity. My question is can they take a tax deduction? taxgirl says: I haven’t seen Top […]

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Tax Book Giveaway

22 March 2011

It’s a giveaway! The folks at J.K. Lasser have donated two copies of their book, J.K. Lasser’s Your Income Tax 2011: For Preparing Your 2010 Tax Return. I’m giving one away on Facebook and one on the blog. To enter to win on the blog, all you have to do is answer this question by […]

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Saturday Night Live

24 January 2011

I was on the radio Saturday night – late, my time – on KGO. You can listen to the clip here (I’m on at about minute 47). I’m talking about deductions (you can read the piece we’re talking about here). And yes, I now realize that the 2010 business mileage rate is 50 cents per […]

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Senate Votes to Eliminate Tax Deduction for Punitive Damages

21 June 2010

When I was a little girl, rather than completely clean up my room, I used to decorate it. I’d make a tissue flower and put it in the corner or hang a lovely paper chain on the bed. I guess I figured that if I prettied it up a bit, it would distract my parents […]

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