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Accounting blogs for the kids

I'm what's diplomatically described as being "of a certain age," so I feel free to use the term "kids" as I please. In this headline's instance, I'm not talking toddlers, but college kids. That's an audience, specifically students studying accounting, that apparently might find the ol' blog entertaining and informative, according to Jared Eutsler, a CPA (and a lot of other financial accreditations noted by his many suffixes!) and full-time faculty member of the School of Business at Rasmussen College. Don't Mess With Taxes is included in Eutsler's blog post 20 Blogs Accounting Students Will Love. "We've hand-picked 20 authoritative... Read more →


It's nearly midterm election day here in the United States. Political, if not practical, control of the House and Senate is up for grabs. If you voted early, good for you. If you haven't exercised this right yet, make sure you head to the polls Nov. 2. As happens in every election, taxes are the hot topic, so it's no surprise that today's Tax Carnival, #76 if you're counting, is our Election Day 2010 edition. You've seen the TV ads. You've received the robocalls. Your e-mail box is overflowing. There's no more politicking to do, so let's get to it!... Read more →


Tax geeks, wonks and me

No, that headline is not a description of my Halloween constume. I'm still deciding. Neither is it the title of a new tax-themed television series. By the way, what ever happened to that Ron Howard/David Krumholtz "Tax Man" program pitched to Fox? My headline refers to a list complied by CPA Trendlines of 64 Tax Blogs for Geeks and Wonks. The directory is divided into categories including tax policy blogs by American professors, by think tanks and blogs specializing in state and local taxes. The final grouping is what CPA Trendlines calls tax blogs that help American taxpayers make sense... Read more →


Happy Fourth Annual Blog Action Day. Oct. 15 is the day that thousands of bloggers worldwide focus on one topic in the hopes of sparking a global discussion and motivating readers to take action. For 2010, we're all blogging about water. Why water? Across the planet, one in eight of us doesn't have access to clean water. And too often, those of us who do have plenty of clean water waste this resource. But some tax laws encourage water conservation. Several states conduct sales tax holidays that offer savings to buyers of energy-efficient appliances. Earlier this month, for example, Virginia... Read more →


Weekend tax roundups

I meant to post this yesterday, but got distracted with some personal tasks and then spent the evening in the bathroom puking thanks to the Cowboys' horrific play. But my personal issues are in no way a reflection on the fine tax and financial compilations posted this past weekend by a couple of fellow bloggers. Joe Taxpayer Blog offers a nice collection of recent money notes in A Super Longevity Roundup. In addition to his website version, you can give Joe's post your support on Tip'd. And The Wandering Tax Pro's weekend version of What's the Buzz? has a lot... Read more →


Hobby or business? That's the costly tax question facing Philadelphia bloggers

In addition to cutting services, many cash-strapped cities are looking for new revenue sources. One local levy that's catching a lot of online flack right now is Philadelphia's tax on bloggers. The tax, which centers on whether bloggers are businesses or write online as a hobby, has gotten a lot of coverage, including at Mashable, Philadelphia City Paper, ComputerWorld, the Washington Examiner and Philly's NBC affiliate. Paying the taxman for your hobby/business: From a federal tax perspective, hobby income is taxable. It's reported on the "other" income line of Form 1040 and any expenses associated with the hobby can be... Read more →


If you ever skim the right and left columns of the ol' blog (are they still called nav, short for navigation, bars?), you might have noticed a couple of new items in the Horn tootin' section there to the left. Last week, Don't Mess With Taxes was included among the Top 100 Accounting Advice Blogs, as well as being named a Top 40 Business Blog, Saving Money category. I'm thrilled and grateful for the honors. Now back to work to continue to deserve the plugs! Want to tell your friends about this blog post? Click the Tweet This or Digg... Read more →


Making the 20 top tax blogs list!

What a nice way to start a Monday! In catching up on my weekend tax reading, I discovered that the ol' blog made Career Overview's 2010 list of the 20 Best Blogs for Tax Advice. Thanks for the recognition! I'm thrilled to be cited for doing something that's so much personal fun. Yes, I'm a total tax geek. And I'm honored to be included in such stellar tax blogging company.Related posts: 2009 Plutus Awards Top Tax Blog finalist FINS/WSJ Top Five Accounting Blogs TaxProf's Top 10 Tax Blogs MauledAgain's 10 Favorite Tax Blogs BloggingSuit's Blogs We Like Want to tell... Read more →


It's Tax Twitter Tuesday time again! It sorta sneaked up on me, what with all the health care reform hubbub and the rapidly approaching tax filing deadline. So this month's T3 is going be a big shorter than usual. That, however, doesn't diminish its tasty Twittery goodness! So here goes. Given that most of us have been paying more than usual attention to Congress of late, let's start with the folks on the tax-writing committee. @WaysMeansCmte Our hearing has concluded. Thank you for clicking in. If you missed it, you can find information here http://go.usa.gov/i3W @WMRepublicans Says Camp, the IRS... Read more →


As I mentioned earlier this week, Don't Mess With Taxes has been nominated for The Plutus Award as a top tax blog. In my giddy nomination announcement (I'll say it again: It's a thrill just to be nominated!), I also threatened promised to let you know when you could help determine the winner of each of the many Plutus Awards categories. Now's that time. Flexo at Consumerism Commentary, creator of the awards, explains The Plutus Awards genesis and the voting procedure for the ultimate winners. If you're so inclined to give the ol' blog a click, thank you! You can... Read more →


Wow! What a nice way to start a week. I've just learned that Don't Mess With Taxes is a finalist for 2009's best tax blog. The honor comes via The Plutus Awards, brainchild of Flexo at Consumerism Commentary. The Plutus Awards, whose name was inspired by the Greek god of wealth, was created to recognize the best in both blogging and financial products. Finalists were announced today. I am honored to find the ol' blog in such fine tax blogging company as Joe Taxpayer, Good Financial Cents, Taxgirl and My Dollar Plan. Not to sound like those Hollywood types who... Read more →


Talking taxes: Adjusting your withholding

Every year I swear I'm going to do some podcasts here on the ol' blog. Then tax season arrives and I get swamped. Thank goodness for Flexo and Tom. In addition to being podcasters extraordinaire at Consumerism Commentary, this tax season they're recording spots for TurboTax's blog Tax Break. So I was jazzed when Flexo and Tom invited me to be part of the program. It's always fun to literally talk taxes. Even better, they edited our conversation so that I sound really cool discussing why and how to adjust your payroll withholding. Thanks guys! Related posts: New year, new... Read more →


Making the WSJ tax blog list

Tax manuals with personality. That's how the Wall Street Journal's Yoree Koh describes tax blogs that, "with their pithy analysis, can be a great to way make sense of regulatory changes and acronyms." To that end, Koh recently selected The Top Five Accounting Blogs. Appearing at number three on the list is, ta-dah!, Don't Mess With Taxes. Here's the blurb from FINS.com, the newspaper's new finance sector career site: Don't Mess With Taxes: Though tax professionals hardly need tax advice, the colorful news items and perspective dispensed by Kay Bell, a self-proclaimed tax geek and native Texan, makes this site... Read more →


Another top 12 holiday tax countdown

Last week, I wrapped up The 12 Tax Tips of Christmas, but my dozen is far from alone. For years, Dan Meyer of Tick Marks has been evaluating tax, personal finance and accounting blogs and presenting readers with his list of 12 he finds worthy of note. I was honored to make Dan's list in 2006. And in the holiday spirit of sharing, and in order to get out as much good word about money blogging as possible, Dan doesn't double up from from year to year. This year, his fifth edition of the Twelve Blogs of Christmas includes seven... Read more →


Sorry for missing Tax Twitter Tuesday last week. I was up in D.C. slapping lawmakers around ... if only! I was finishing up my term as a member of the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel. But since were close to Capitol Hill, some of my fellow TAPpers headed over to the Senate one evening to watch part of the health care debate. Are we a lively group, or what!? So T3 is a week late, but not short of interesting tax tidbits from the Twitterverse. Since we've already been waiting almost seven full days, let's get to it! @SusanEJacobsen Drink, Drive, Crash,... Read more →


Preview of upcoming tax blog features

Later this morning I'm heading to Washington, D.C., for the annual meeting of the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel (TAP). It's always great to head back to the nation's capital and see old friends, both those on TAP as well as the folks the hubby and I knew when we lived in the D.C. area. The one downside of the trip is that the TAP organizers really crack the whip and keep our noses to the IRS improvement grindstone! Meetings start way earlier than I'm used to getting up and after we wrap up in the evenings, we have dinners. I can... Read more →


Actually, it's happy belated birthday. Things were so crazy last month, between preparations for the coming tax-filing season and our ongoing home repairs, that I totally forgot the ol' blog's fourth birthday. The big day officially rolled around on Nov. 14. But on that Saturday about a month ago, I was busy blogging about the tax troubles of an old movie star (sorry Zsa Zsa, but it's true, both on the age and tax fronts) and a former political pundit. I usually follow the adage that age is only important if you're cheese or wine. But Don't Mess With Taxes... Read more →


Tax, finance and carnival collections

I know the Tax Carnival is coming up tomorrow, but a couple of my fellow bloggers got a jump on disseminating key financial and tax data. As appetizers to the upcoming Carnival, check out The Wandering Tax Pro's weekend Buzz and Joe Taxpayer's weekly round-up. I'm delighted that my updates on the estate tax vote and 2010 deductible mileage rates made it into their collections. But you have to read each blog to find which gentleman selected what Don't Mess With Taxes post! Tax Carnival time tweaking: Now a quick word (or more) about the Tax Carnival. It seems the... Read more →


A BUZZing tax Saturday

Looking for a way to get your weekend off to a taxalicous start? Sure you are! Then you've got to check out The Wandering Tax Pro's WHAT’S THE BUZZ? TELL ME WHAT’S A HAPPENNIN’. It's a regular Saturday (and Wednesday) feature from my tax blogging colleague. And I am honored that he found so many of my tax ramblings worthy of inclusion in today's edition. Thanks, RDF! Want to tell your friends about this blog post? Click the Tweet This or Digg This buttons below or use the Share This icon to spread the word via e-mail, Facebook and other... Read more →


Blog Action Day 2009: Climate Change

Welcome to Blog Action Day 2009, where thousands of bloggers worldwide are focusing on climate change issues. What better way to counter adverse climate change effects (aka global warming) than to turn to our planet's ultimate energy source: the sun. Solar power is the cleanest of all green energies. According to the Department Energy's Web site, the sun generates enough clean energy in one day to provide a year's supply of energy for your home or office. The photovoltaic cells, or solar cells as they also are called, collect energy from the sun's light, transferring the electricity directly into the... Read more →