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6 Nov 2012, 8:40 am by Kelly Phillips Erb
Since this is a tax blog, I tend to focus on, well, taxes. But I want to know from you: – Want more taxgirl goodness? Sign up to receive posts by email, follow me on twitter (@taxgirl), hang out with me on Facebook, pin something to my Pinterest board or check out my YouTube channel. – You can also buy my book in print at Amazon.com or as an ebook for the Kindle, the Nook from Barnes and Noble or through Hyperink. [read post]
10 Feb 2012, 6:31 pm by Kelly Phillips Erb
Image by Getty Images Europe via @daylife Our next tax trivia question is: In January 2012, which celebrity told Piers Morgan that the most difficult check she has to write each year is to the IRS and has employees bring her tequila when it’s time to do it? For more about the giveaway, including rules and prizes, check out this post. – Want more taxgirl goodness? Sign up to receive posts by email, follow me on twitter (@taxgirl) or hang out with me on Facebook. [read post]
10 Sep 2011, 7:01 am by Kelly Phillips Erb
So whew. This past week was supposed to be dedicated to Back to School. But life happened. Amazon made a deal (new post upcoming). Hurricane Lee blew through the eastern US, hot on the heels of Irene. The IRS extended their OVDI deadline. And Obama made a little jobs speech. I still have tax content (of course) and prizes (really good ones). So I’m extending Back to School Week is expanding – keep watching all next week for chances to win, tax trivia, info about college expenses and… [read post]
21 Nov 2011, 11:32 am by Kelly Phillips Erb
It’s all about the Super Committee today. Over on Facebook, Joanne Bamberger (a/k/a Pundit Mom) asked voters a simple question: Please finish this sentence — If I had been on the Super Committee I would have … ??? She turned the responses into a post for her blog: check it out. [read post]
5 Feb 2012, 7:15 pm by Kelly Phillips Erb
  Image via Wikipedia Our next tax trivia question is: Taxpayers may indicate on their tax returns that money be given to the Presidential Election Campaign Fun. About how much money was given to the Presidential Election Campaign Fund from 2010 tax returns? For more about the giveaway, including rules and prizes, check out this post. – Want more taxgirl goodness? Sign up to receive posts by email, follow me on twitter (@taxgirl) or hang out with me on Facebook. [read post]
21 Nov 2011, 11:32 am by Kelly Phillips Erb
It’s all about the Super Committee today. Over on Facebook, Joanne Bamberger (a/k/a Pundit Mom) asked voters a simple question: Please finish this sentence — If I had been on the Super Committee I would have … ??? She turned the responses into a post for her blog: check it out. [read post]
31 Jan 2012, 7:08 pm by Kelly Phillips Erb
Image by AFP/Getty Images via @daylife Our next tax trivia question is: In 2000, Vice President Cheney and his wife owed federal taxes of $14,295,058 on adjusted gross income of $36,086,635. After taking into account withholding and other payments, how big a check did the Cheneys have to write when they mailed in their taxes? (I’ll take answers within $100,000) For more about the giveaway, including rules and prizes, check out this post. – Want more taxgirl goodness? Sign up to receive… [read post]
30 Jan 2012, 1:19 pm by Kelly Phillips Erb
Image by maveric2003 via Flickr   Our next tax trivia question is: Cristina Warthen (née Cristina Schultz), now married to Ask Jeeves founder David Warthen, is a Stanford Law School grad who grossed more than $300,000 working as a hooker in California under the name “Brazil.” She escaped prosecution for prostitution but admitted to hiding money from the taxing authorities by stashing funds where? Be specific. For more about the giveaway, including rules and prizes, check out this… [read post]
21 Mar 2013, 3:05 pm by Kelly Phillips Erb
r+kelly+on+trial.jpg (Photo credit: andrew steinmetz) R&B artist R. Kelly took a huge hit to his finances this week when his 20,000 square foot dream home was auctioned for less than a million dollars. The home, which Kelly had built in 1997, was subject to a $3.5 million mortgage. R. Kelly, whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, has been recognized by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) as one of the best-selling music artists in the U.S. Sometimes called the King of… [read post]
3 Nov 2011, 5:41 am by Kelly Phillips Erb
I was asked to write an Op-Ed piece for US News & World Report that answered the question: Is the Flat Tax a Good Idea? Many of you have emailed me to ask similar questions so I thought I’d pass along the link for your perusal. You can check out the story here. Enjoy. And no, it’s not my last word on the issue. – Want more taxgirl goodness? Sign up to receive posts by email, follow me on twitter (@taxgirl) or hang out with me on Facebook. [read post]
22 Mar 2012, 6:13 pm by Kelly Phillips Erb
The Philadelphia Daily News is reporting that there is a suspicious package at the IRS office in Philadelphia. The device consists of batteries, exposed wires and an orange powder. The bomb squad is investigating. The IRS office at 30th and Market is a key IRS office in the northeast, accepting, among other things, OVDI disclosures. There is no word yet as to motive or authenticity. I’ll check back in when I have more information. – Want more taxgirl goodness? Sign up to receive posts by… [read post]
24 Jun 2011, 9:06 pm by Kelly Phillips Erb
Image by dmuth via Flickr This month, Philadelphia voted to raise property taxes rather than impose a controversial sales tax on soda and sugary drinks, while New York won another round on its efforts to collect excise taxes from cigarettes sold by Indian nations. Other cities and states have struggled with similar questions when it comes to raising revenue. So today’s Fix the Tax Code Friday question is: Assuming that raising revenue by adding a new tax or increasing an existing tax was your… [read post]
16 Nov 2011, 7:11 am by Kelly Phillips Erb
For those of you keeping score at home, the so called “super committee” has seven days left until it hits the November 23 deadline to fix the budget. The committee, comprised of six Republicans and six Democrats finds itself nearly two months into the process of trying to fix a gaping hole in the budget: at $1.2 trillion over the next ten years. And yet, there’s been no real movement. At issue is whether and how much to raise taxes or make cuts in spending. So what do you think? Will they make… [read post]
5 Aug 2011, 6:25 am by Kelly Phillips Erb
Image via Wikipedia Tax Talk 2011 is on the way! If you’ve been following the blog over the years, you know that during most major elections, I ask the candidates a series of tax related questions in order to get a sense of their stance on federal taxes. This year is no different. I’ve sent queries to those candidates who have officially filed a declaration of intention to run for President and I’ll be posting them beginning after the Iowa debate (scheduled for August 11). Responses are… [read post]
18 Feb 2012, 3:51 pm by Kelly Phillips Erb
  Image via Wikipedia Our next tax trivia question is: According to legend, in the 11th century, Lady Godiva took pity upon the people of Coventry who were being oppressed by heavy taxation imposed by her husband. In one of the more interesting takes on tax reform, her husband agreed to tax relief if Lady Godiva would ride through the streets naked. She did with the stipulation that everyone must stay indoors with doors and windows shut. One person disregarded the order. Who was he? For more… [read post]
7 Oct 2011, 6:27 am by Kelly Phillips Erb
Image via Wikipedia So even as I was writing the story about the IRS’ audit of Harborside on yesterday, I couldn’t make sense of it. It felt so heavy handed on the part of the IRS that it had to be part of some bigger mandate – this was no mere tax audit. I got my answer this morning when I received an email linking to this story, alleging a massive effort by the feds to shut down medical marijuana pot dispensaries in the state of California. Even if you don’t follow about tax policy (how… [read post]
19 Jun 2012, 11:54 am by Kelly Phillips Erb
Author’s Note: With all of the hubbub surrounding the Oatmeal, I reached out to some internet lawyers for perspective. The following is a guest post from J. Christopher Erb (@jcerb on twitter), an attorney in Philadelphia, PA, who focuses on corporate and contract law for international and domestic corporations with specific emphasis on internet law issues. Rumor has it, he’s also responsible for my last name and one or more of my children. What Not To Do: What You Can Learn from the… [read post]
19 Jun 2012, 11:54 am by Kelly Phillips Erb
Author’s Note: With all of the hubbub surrounding the Oatmeal, I reached out to some internet lawyers for perspective. The following is a guest post from J. Christopher Erb (@jcerb on twitter), an attorney in Philadelphia, PA, who focuses on corporate and contract law for international and domestic corporations with specific emphasis on internet law issues. Rumor has it, he’s also responsible for my last name and one or more of my children. What Not To Do: What You Can Learn from the… [read post]
1 Mar 2013, 11:45 am by Kelly Phillips Erb
Our next tax trivia question is: The term “budget sequestration” was first used to describe a section of Gramm-Rudman-Hollings Deficit Reduction Act of 1985 (GRHDRA). The GRHDRA was named after three Senators who sponsored the bill. What three states did the Senators represent? For more about the giveaway, including rules and prizes, check out this post. – Want more taxgirl goodness? Sign up to receive posts by email, follow me on twitter (@taxgirl), hang out with me on Facebook or… [read post]