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Rett Picnic This Weekend

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

The Southern California Rett Syndome Picnic and Strollathon is this weekend. It will be at the Whittier High School.

Whittier High School
12417 East Philadelphia Street
Whittier, CA 90601

Please Join Us on Saturday, October 25, 2014 for the
12th Annual SoCal Rett Family Picnic & 5th Annual Socal Strollathon!
You have helped us raise well over $100,000 and we look forward to significantly adding to that total this year!

For more information – shoot me an email. Hope everybody is having a nice, cooler and safer Fall season.

Don’t forget to vote this upcoming election in a few weeks. Stay safe and sane.

Kim Greenblatt Oct 22 2014

Rett Picnic This Weekend

Trailer Or Winnebago Or What

Sunday, September 20th, 2009

I am browsing through the Internet and looking for either a trailer, a Winnebago or camper thing to possibly seat up to four people.  If anybody has any ideas, please post or email me because I think this is a great time and a buyer’s market.  On the plus side:

1.  If there is an earthquake, I might have something for family and friends to live in if the house gets totalled.

2.  I might be able to drive away if the region gets wracked up by fire, earthquake or zombies.

3.  I will have something to take the family and friends in for trips for a weekend and save on hotel and motel fees.

On the minus side:

1.  If a natural or unnatural disaster can take out my house, the chances are that the road won’t be drivable and most campers love black tarmac to roll on. 

2.  Gasoline is going up in price and that may mean I will be buying another piece of equipment that would sit in my backyard or garage and just wait forever, which is why so many people are selling theirs (especially if they are out of work).

I like the concept though of being able to hitch up or drive one’s residence way out and have some creature comforts there.  Indoor plumbing (or at least chemical toilet plumbing) is nice if it is raining outside and you don’t want to race to an outhouse.  I understand a lot of RV parks have showers and indoor plumbing but it sounds like one would have to plan ahead for one’s trip to see where you would be stopping to enjoy it. 

For special needs access for Arianna I might need something larger for her negotiate and for four people that might be tight.  Ah, the business of shopping trying to get something that is just right for the right price.

The allure of a tow camper is nice but what kind of car or truck will I need to tow the beast and at that point will my gasoline bill jump along with getting new shock absorbers?  I did tough a U-Haul across country back years ago and it was an interesting experience.  I had back then a 1968 Pontiac Executive and the beast had a tow ball and it wasn’t a big deal dragging the U-HAUL across country.  God bless V-8 engines. 

Today, I know and have seen a lot of optimized trucks, campers etc and I would love to get a Winnebago but shudder to think if it breaks down on a trip I have to get my house repaired then and there.  Ah, maybe I can just window shop and continue dreaming on this one.

If you have any ideas suggestions and price ranges that might be sound for Southern California please let me know and I will post them.  Hope you are all having a happy New Year or holiday if appropriate and you are all staying happy and healthy.  Make some money too while you are at it.

 

Tax Tip of the Day By The Way:

Qualifying child definition revised. The following changes to the definition of a qualifying child apply to years after 2008.   That applies to you and I, gang.

  • Your qualifying child must be younger than you.
  • A child cannot be your qualifying child if he or she files a joint return, unless the return was filed only as a claim for refund.
  • If the parents of a child can claim the child as a qualifying child but no parent so claims the child, no one else can claim the child as a qualifying child unless that person’s adjusted gross income (AGI) is higher than the highest AGI of any parent of the child.
  • Your child is a qualifying child for purposes of the child tax credit only if you can and do claim an exemption for him or her.

For more tax tip info, drop me a line, and let me know if you want anything explained that might be cool for my readers.

Sep 20 2009

Kim Isaac Greenblatt

Trailer Or Winnebago Or What

Region 71 AYSO Parade Day and New Season

Saturday, September 12th, 2009

As a follow-up to my other postings, here is the low-down on Region 71’s AYSO parade and the new season.  Things were off to spectacular start.  The boys and girls who were there were having fun and we had Dennis Zine, city councilman speaking.  First, special kudos to Coach Jill for winning first prize (FINALLY!) for making our kickin’ banner.  Here is a shot of it.  The players decided on the team name, The Pesky Purple Pirates.  It is a great name because it is the color of their jerseys and outfits:

PeskyPurpPirate1

 

Here is a photo of Coach Jill, her poster and her ribbon.  As first prize winner, Jill won some duffel bags for all the team members.  Jill is the coach of the VIP team.  The VIP team is for children with special needs or learning disabilities who normally would be left out of team sports.  AYSO encourages that everybody plays, regardless of your condition.  Jill  and Mike work tirelessly year round to support soccer for their kids as well as the VIP team.  If you have any children who aren’t playing soccer and are unable to walk or move but are in wheelchairs or have helpers I invite you to please check out your local VIP leagues for AYSO soccer.  Congrats again, Jill, you definitely earned the first place award for your original and creative artwork. 

CoachJill1stplace

 

Here is Arianna with Councilman Dennis Zine.   Dennis is a huge supporter of soccer and all community events here in the Valley.  You can see from the background that we had a full house of players, their families and friends for the kick off event.

  AriandDennis

 

As Dennis and the other AYSO speakers said, the parents, brothers, sisters and family members are what make AYSO work so give yourselves a round of applause.  The kids and their families shlep out to the fields and play every week in the outdoors and practice during the week.  It is a great and inexpensive family activity.  You will meet a lot of new people as well.  It is still relatively early so look for a local AYSO group near you and start hitting some goals!

When I have some time I will try and upload the parade of the different teams and their banners.  That is always a lot of fun.  Have a great weekend people and my next post has an interesting question about getting financial advice from a fake seance of all things!   I will talk about avoiding those scams in my next entry.

Sep 12 2009 9:45 AM

Also, please  don’t quite go anywhere yet.  Having some tax issues or tax questions?  Any problems with trying to make it through the financial Depression we are in that is making you depressed?  Please read on.

I am expanding  my practice and taking on new tax clients.  If you are interested in having somebody who is a successful businessman and tax professional with integrity review your returns discretely and see if your tax guy or gal is doing a good or goofy job, please drop me an email or post a comment with your contact information and time.

I have experience in international business, small businesses, partnerships, multi-state tax returns (they can get complicated) and anything else you can probably think of.

I also do business consulting and have ran several businesses (still running a few) myself so you are in good hands.  Did I also mention that I have authored over a dozen books that are still in print?  I invite you to please check them out.

If you are looking for a day job, part time work, suggestions for saving money or investing, please check out my book, Practical Money Making, that is listed right after his paragraph in this very post. There are some great suggestions and ways to survive the Depression we are in.

Practical Money Making-Surviving Recession, Layoffs, Credit Problems, Generating Passive Income Streams, Working Full Time or Part Time and Retirement

Interested in any of my books? You may want to make a stop over here. Please click through to purchase my books and some other interesting items that actually ARE on sale.

Have you read my book, “Bad Tax Idea, Good Tax Idea“? Please order it today. The tips inside can save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars! Tax planning should be done year round and not just two weeks into January or later.

Part of all the proceeds from the sales of that book go to Rett Syndrome research. One girl is born with Rett Syndrome worldwide every fifteen minutes. My daughter Arianna has Rett.  Thanks for your support.

Kim Isaac Greenblatt

 Region 71 AYSO Parade Day and New Season

Special Needs Care and Funding

Friday, July 31st, 2009

People, with all the budget cuts happening please stay on top of your legislatures and our leaders to insure that we can still rally whatever funding we can for care for special needs.  Our special needs children, siblings and parents are in need of support and let’s face it, if you are doing it yourself, it isn’t easy, is it?

There has been a concerted effort to cut support from government, business and any other sources of money due to a few reasons:

1.  We are an easy target at first glance.  People think that, oh, look at them, they can’t complain and they don’t have money to donate to us, so we can chop any funding to them.

That generally is a person’s frame of mind in government until they have a daughter with Rett Syndrome, Down, or autism.  All of a sudden they change their tune.  It makes sense because people tend to be selfish and it is a question though of being wisely selfish.

If you cut off funding for care for special needs, there will be more special needs people on the streets with the people who don’t have special needs.  What are you going to do with them?  Let them become prey for predators or let them die?

There is a lot of money still being moved around at the State level for things that we don’t need and we need to keep money in the coffers for people who can’t help themselves.  The same holds true at the Federal level.  Please write to the people in charge and let them know you aren’t happy.

Be ready to vote in people that are going to help get the funding to the people who need it and get jobs to all of us who are in need of employment.  The Depression stinks and it stinks even worse for people who can’t help themselves through no fault of their own.  It is one thing for somebody to live beyond their means intentionally and another for somebody who was working who has no intellectual capacity to understand what is going on to have to suffer as well.  Yeah, I may be talking fairy tale land here because of the real world economics but if I don’t speak up for the people who can’t speak for themselves, who will?  Everybody is fighting to keep what money they have in funding and Congress has to get things going and keep whatever programs are still around still salvaged and viable.

If you have any kind of extra money and can give it to groups like Rett Syndrome research or the charity of your choice, please do what you can to help out. 

2.  The lobby groups for special needs generally aren’t as strong as defense or automotive lobby groups.  Sure, some of the lobbyists may be the same but it is the squeaky wheel that gets the grease and we need to keep the cash coming and have well-oiled care in place for our family members who can’t take care of themselves.

3.   Keep programs in places that help people get employed – whether they are special needs or not.  We need more people working now so they will have money to live and help take care of people who can’t take of themselves.  We get it.  If people can’t take care of themselves first, they won’t want to take care of other people.

Just my general rant for the end of the month.

The stock market is continuing in a hover sideways mode where things are flat to slightly down( and I called it earlier in the week) so there shouldn’t be much of any kind of news barring a catastrophic event like storm, meteor or giant monster from space terrorizing some local cities.

For those who are interested, I am still working on some new books.  And, as I will get to later in, I am looking for clients who are sick of their tax pros and want somebody who can help them get the highest return possible.  I do corporate, personal, partnership, trust and multi-state returns among other things.  I also do international taxes.

Be safe people.

July 31 2009

Also, please  don’t quite go anywhere yet.  Having some tax issues or tax questions?  Any problems with trying to make it through the financial Depression we are in that is making you depressed?  Please read on.

I am expanding  my practice and taking on new tax clients.  If you are interested in having somebody who is a successful businessman and tax professional with integrity review your returns discretely and see if your tax guy or gal is doing a good or goofy job, please drop me an email or post a comment with your contact information and time.

I have experience in international business, small businesses, partnerships, multi-state tax returns (they can get complicated) and anything else you can probably think of.

I also do business consulting and have ran several businesses (still running a few) myself so you are in good hands.

If you are looking for a day job, part time work, suggestions for saving money or investing, please check out my book, Practical Money Making, that is listed right after his paragraph in this very post. There are some great suggestions and ways to survive the Depression we are in.

Practical Money Making-Surviving Recession, Layoffs, Credit Problems, Generating Passive Income Streams, Working Full Time or Part Time and Retirement

Interested in any of my books? You may want to make a stop over here. Please click through to purchase my books and some other interesting items that actually ARE on sale.

Have you read my book, “Bad Tax Idea, Good Tax Idea“? Please order it today. The tips inside can save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars! Tax planning should be done year round and not just two weeks into January or later.

Part of all the proceeds from the sales of that book go to Rett Syndrome research. One girl is born with Rett Syndrome worldwide every fifteen minutes. My daughter Arianna has Rett.

Kim Isaac Greenblatt

Special Needs Care and Funding  July 31 2009

Can I Write Off My Swimming Pool For Medical Expenses?

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

This was a question from several readers and I saw it also in Rett Nett (and I have gotten it before from clients):  Paraphrasing  the questions:   “I am using a pool for my bad hips and artificial knees, can I write it off?  The therapy helps.”  “We built a pool  for our special needs daughter’s well being.  Are we able to write off a portion of the building of the pool since she uses it 100% for therapy?   My daughter’s pediatrician says that she will give me a letter stating that it is necessary for her therapy but she was not sure if this is all that is needed to write it off on taxes.”  “My doctor is an expert in hydrotherapeutic techniques and suggests that I build a pool for me and write it off.”

Other questions I have had related to that are:  “I heard that you can deduct a swimming pool through interest payments on a 2nd mortgage if I used the pool on my primary residence.  Is that true?”

The following response is not an answer for your specific tax situation and should only be used as a basic guideline or springboard (appropriate for the pool talk since diving board means we will make a big splash, don’t you think?) for you to do your own research and due diligence. 

My answer is it depends though based on the way the pool was built, the chances are that the way you asked the question that the answer will be no.  Here is why:  If you were going to build the pool mainly for therapy you will need to take into account what would the value be proportionate to the total value of the pool and use by you and the rest of the family.  The IRS can basically state that prior to building the pool you should have taken into account what percentage of the pool will be used for your/ your daughter’s/your parent’s  medical condition and the rest for fun and frolic.  Chances are that it would be disallowed.

The bible for this is Publication 502 and that is available from the IRS website.  You can find out about medical related deductions and it can at least familiarize yourself with the information if you are talking to a tax professional.

What can be deductible is interest paid from a Home Equity Loan (HELOC) or refinance where you used the money exclusively for a home remodel that added value to your property.  A pool qualified for adding value in most places in the country.  If you use the money for buying other things (like a car, a boat, etc) that don’t add value to your primary or secondary residenc, the interest won’t be deductible.

You also need to break the 7.5% limit of your adjusted gross income (AGI) before the deduction can kick in.  Depending on your income level that may or may not be a problem.

The key phrases that you need to read, re-read and then consult with your tax professional on from Pub 502 are:

“Medical expenses are the costs of diagnosis, cure, mitifation, treatment, or prevention of disease, and the costs of treaments affecting any part of the body or function.’

“Medical care expenses must be primarily to alleviate or prevent a physical or mental defect or illness. They do not include expenses that are merely beneficial to general health, such as vitamins or a vacation.”

I am not going to tell you how the doctor should write the letter but it boils down to how the doctor feels the swimming will actually help the person.  In some cases it will work great.  In others, not so much and it won’t make sense to go against the grain by lying or stretching the therapy beyond reasonableness.  There should be a body of supporting medical evidence for the claim.   By that there would have to be a lot of well-known, thorough long-term studies where they found that swimming reverses aging, cures the common cold, etc.  If a doctor doesn’t think that a letter is enough to support a position, he probably deep down doesn’t think the therapy is viable for whatever condition it is prescribed for.  That is just my two cents and opinion.

The mindset of the IRS is that it has to be something that has documented – legitimately – evidence of actually making a person feel better or improving their quality of life. 

If swimming is prescribed as treatment or physical therapy, the cost of constructing a home swimming pool may be partly deductible as a medical expense. That initially sounds like good news, yes?  However, the IRS is likely to question the deductions because of the possibility that the pool may be used for recreation. Nine out of ten times if there is something that is used for recreationally purposes normally, you can be expecting a letter to question the deduction. 

If you can show that the pool is specially equipped to alleviate your condition and is not generally suited for recreation, the IRS will likely allow the deduction. For example, the IRS allowed a deduction for a pool constructed by an osteoarthritis patient. His physician prescribed swimming several times a day as treatment. He built an indoor lap pool with specially designed stairs and a hydrotherapy device. Not the sort of thing for having or holding swimming parties and orgies.  Given these features, the IRS concluded that the pool was specially designed to provide medical treatment.  So, if you are building the pool as a small, specific therapy machine you shouldn’t have any problems (as of now) with a deduction like that.  You of course, need to due your own research, consulting with a doctor and your own due diligence.  Sorry, you can’t pin the decision on me .  I also advocate honesty in all your deductions and expenses.

The IRS looks at deductions that are red flags like this on a case by case basis and they will scrutinize you very closely.

My suggestion though is that if you have a legit deduction or expense, you should take it if you can support your position in it.  Remember that there are other expenses for upkeep of the pool, chlorine, electricity, etc.  and you need to account for that in a real, practical matter and not just try to write it all off .  You will end up in the deep end of the pool with the IRS and it won’t be a fun place to float.  The take away is supporting evidence, a reality check for what you are doing and getting a good tax professional if you aren’t sure what you are doing.

Also—-just because somebody else had a deduction or expense that was allowed doesn’t mean that the same circumstances apply to you.  I have had clients who have tried to tell me that their neighbor took a deduction or expense with something and how come they can’t?  I didn’t do their neighbor’s return so I can’t comment one way or another.

Hope that helps.

July 02 2009

I am expanding  my practice and taking on new tax clients.  If you are interested in having somebody who is a successful businessman and tax professional with integrity review your returns discretely and see if your tax guy or gal is doing a good or goofy job, please drop me an email or post a comment with your contact information and time.

If you are looking for a day job, part time work, suggestions for saving money or investing, please check out my book, Practical Money Making, that is listed right after his paragraph in this very post. There are some great suggestions and ways to survive the Depression we are in.

Practical Money Making-Surviving Recession, Layoffs, Credit Problems, Generating Passive Income Streams, Working Full Time or Part Time and Retirement

Interested in any of my books? You may want to make a stop over here. Please click through to purchase my books and some other interesting items that actually ARE on sale.

Have you read my book, “Bad Tax Idea, Good Tax Idea“? Please order it today. The tips inside can save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars! Tax planning should be done year round and not just two weeks into January or later.

Part of all the proceeds from the sales of that book go to Rett Syndrome research. One girl is born with Rett Syndrome worldwide every fifteen minutes. My daughter Arianna has Rett Syndrome and we are working to do all we can to make her life easier and find a cure in her lifetime. Boys born with the Rett gene generally die at birth.

Kim Isaac Greenblatt

Equestrian Therapy Tribute

Saturday, June 6th, 2009

We just got back from an Equestrian Therapy Tribute to Jacques Fouchaux.  Jacques was in the French Cavalry and has been teaching special needs children how to ride and help heal themselves since 1961.  Sonny, Cindy, Megan and the dozens of people who I am forgetting to mention or spelling their names incorrectly put on a great event at the Sagebrush Cantina in Calabasas.  There was a decent turn out, great music and items auctioned off with the proceeds to benefit Equestrian Therapy.

Arianna has been going to Equestrian Therapy and it has helped her stay walking.  The health and psychological benefits of the therapy are fantastic and the children (and adults) who get involved as particpants or as volunteers blossom and enjoy a better quality of life. 

There were awards for the volunteers and we had celebrities including Pauley Perrette (from NCIS), David Dean Bottrell (Boston Legal),  the Eagles tribute band The Long Run and the usual local bunch of Equestrian Therapy fans.

Here are a couple videos from the event.  As I get more uploaded I will try and post more.

Enjoy.


June 06 2009 Mid Day

If you are looking for a day job, part time work, suggestions for saving money or investing, please check out my book, Practical Money Making, that is listed right after his paragraph in this very post. There are some great suggestions and ways to survive the Depression we are in.

Practical Money Making-Surviving Recession, Layoffs, Credit Problems, Generating Passive Income Streams, Working Full Time or Part Time and Retirement

Interested in any of my books? You may want to make a stop over here. Please click through to purchase my books and some other interesting items that actually ARE on sale.

Have you read my book, “Bad Tax Idea, Good Tax Idea“? Please order it today. The tips inside can save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars! Tax planning should be done year round and not just two weeks into January or later.

Part of all the proceeds from the sales of that book go to Rett Syndrome research. One girl is born with Rett Syndrome worldwide every fifteen minutes. My daughter Arianna has Rett Syndrome and we are working to do all we can to make her life easier and find a cure in her lifetime. Boys born with the Rett gene generally die at birth.

Kim Isaac Greenblatt

Equestrian Therapy Tribute

The 7th Carnival of Special Needs and Money

Monday, June 1st, 2009

Welcome to the June 1, 2009 edition of special needs and money.

special needs-the emotional roller coast

Jeannie Anderson presents Traveling with a child with autism (or any kid, for that matter) posted at The Adventures of Mr. Busypants.

special needs-the money go round

Margaret Garcia presents Keeping Fit When You Have Multiple Sclerosis posted at Online Nurse Practitioner Schools.

That concludes this edition. The carnival is going to go on a short hiatus for the immediate future. I have been getting too many entries that have nothing to do with special needs or they have provided impractical ways to make money or deal with finances with special needs. The carnival will start up later on sometime.

June 01 2009

If you are looking for a day job, part time work, suggestions for saving money or investing, please check out my book, Practical Money Making, that is listed right after his paragraph in this very post. There are some great suggestions and ways to survive the Depression we are in.

Practical Money Making-Surviving Recession, Layoffs, Credit Problems, Generating Passive Income Streams, Working Full Time or Part Time and Retirement

Interested in any of my books? You may want to make a stop over here. Please click through to purchase my books and some other interesting items that actually ARE on sale.

Have you read my book, “Bad Tax Idea, Good Tax Idea“? Please order it today. The tips inside can save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars! Tax planning should be done year round and not just two weeks into January or later.

Part of all the proceeds from the sales of that book go to Rett Syndrome research. One girl is born with Rett Syndrome worldwide every fifteen minutes. My daughter Arianna has Rett Syndrome and we are working to do all we can to make her life easier and find a cure in her lifetime. Boys born with the Rett gene generally die at birth.

Kim Isaac Greenblatt

The 7th Carnival of Special Needs and Money

Medical Deductions For Swine Flu

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

Question from a reader:”Any new medical deductions for Swine Flu?  Also how come the tax breaks for taking care of special needs people are few and far between?  Love your blog.”

 My answer starts off with thanks for reading.  The medical deductions as of now are the same as they were for other tax related medical deductions.  You can deduct doctor copays, dental copays, out-of-pocket medical premiums if they are post tax premiums, xrays, medicine,etc – as long as you weren’t getting any tax break for them or you get reimbursed for the services or products.

Remember that vitamins don’t count when you are trying to list your medical deductions.  Having to load up on medical supplies though like lots of gauze or health masks can count.  Save all your receipts no matter what you do for at least 7 years to play it safe.  Put the receipts somewhere safe, dry and so you can get to them.

Depending on how nuts things get, Congress may throw in some other breaks at tax time but the chances are that they won’t and any things that they do add will be on later on, after the fact.

As for the special needs question, please write to your Congress representatives, the President of the United States and scream.  It is a shame that people who can’t take care of themselves are getting punished the most, especially in the financial Depression that we are in now.

A lot of states had some great benefits and have phased them out.  Other states have some programs that offer some help and relief.  There are some local programs that are getting hit hard, like the California Regional Centers, and I urge all my readers to please campaign and lobby to keep the programs alive and kicking. 

Be healthy, get wealthy and try to be sane and happy.

May 07 2009

If you are looking for a day job, part time work, suggestions for saving money or investing, please check out my book, Practical Money Making, that is listed right after his paragraph in this very post.  There are some great suggestions and ways to survive the Depression we are in.

  Practical Money Making-Surviving Recession, Layoffs, Credit Problems, Generating Passive Income Streams, Working Full Time or Part Time and Retirement

Interested in any of my books?  You may want to make a stop over  here. Please click through to purchase my books and some other interesting items that actually ARE on sale.  

Have you read my book, “Bad Tax Idea, Good Tax Idea“?   Please order it today.  The tips inside can save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars!  Tax planning should be done year round and not just two weeks into January or later. 

Part of all the proceeds from the sales of that book  go  to Rett Syndrome research.  One girl is born with Rett Syndrome worldwide every fifteen minutes.   My daughter Arianna has Rett Syndrome and we are working to do all we can to make her life easier and find a cure in her lifetime.  Boys born with the Rett gene generally die at birth.

Kim Isaac Greenblatt

Medical Deductions For Swine Flu

Song and Dance In Music and Business

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

One of the important aspects in communication is finding the effective method to reach somebody for purposes of business.  There has been a resurgence in commericals on tv and the Internet with music, song and in some cases, dance.  The popularity of things like High School Musical and television shows like  So You Think You Can Dance?  have brought music back into the media.  I love it because it also is a great method of communication for people – specifically with special needs.

Arianna and other Rett Syndrome girls tend to respond more to things if they are entertained with it.  One of the reasons that children’s videos are entertaining to them is that the music and in some cases the dancing is entertaining and cuts through in the brain to a part that can receive information and they can actually register and respond to it without having to try and talk or use their hands.

I have experimented with trying to memorize school and work projects and lists of information using song.  I have done this while dancing as well so my results are anecdotal and have zero scientific credibility except that for me, it works.

You may or may nor remember that as a kid, if you made up sing song rhymes you might remember facts about science or life.  There use to be a saying “Red sky in the morning, sailor take warning, red sky at night, sailor’s delight.”  It is based on weather systems and there is truth to this.

The same holds true of getting kids to sing their alphabet song (you remember don’t you?  “A B C D E F G, etc.”).    Things go well with sound and a steady vibrational rhythm behind it.

The same holds true for the human body.  It is good for people to sing and dance, even if they think cannot do either.  It gets oxygen into the body, circulation moving and the muscles keep from stiffening.  I am happy that there are so many people interested in dancing again.

I think that there are business opportunities and things to work with special needs children that haven’t been explored yet but are just waiting for somebody to give it a shot.

Maybe you will be the one to get things going!

April 14 2009

Interested in any of my books?  You may want to make a stop over  here. Please click through to purchase my books and some other interesting items that actually ARE on sale.   Have you read my book, “Bad Tax Idea, Good Tax Idea“?   Please order it today.  The tips inside can save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars!

 If you are looking for a day job, part time work, suggestions for saving money or investing, please check out my book listed below.  Part of all the proceeds from the sales of that book  go  to Rett Syndrome research.  One girl is born with Rett Syndrome worldwide every fifteen minutes.   My daughter Arianna has Rett Syndrome and we are working to do all we can to make her life easier and find a cure in her lifetime.  Boys born with the Rett gene generally die at birth.

  Practical Money Making-Surviving Recession, Layoffs, Credit Problems, Generating Passive Income Streams, Working Full Time or Part Time and Retirement

Kim Isaac Greenblatt

Song and Dance In Music and Business

Time To Buy A New 2009 2010 Car?

Monday, April 13th, 2009

Question from a reader:”Kim, is it time to buy a new car?  If so what year?  2009 or 2010?  I have a daughter with special needs and I am thinking of getting a van.  Any tax breaks for that?”

My answer is that the perk for buying a new car this year is that in some cases, the sales tax is going to be 100% deductible.  If you live here in Southern California (or anywhere in California), the sales taxes are going up about 1% soon and that can add some bucks to the cost of the vehicle for those of us living here in California.

A summary of the work-in-progress by Congress as of this blog entry is here.  I think there are some provisions for American cars coming through as well but I would check with the IRS site or with me for more information as it is finalized.  There is a lot of talk but until I see it in tax law, I can only go by what has been passed so far by Congress, etc.  There isn’t anyting specific for business deductions as of this point as well that is different.

Buying a special needs van may not qualify for anything automotive in the terms of deductions but if there is a specific medical condition that mandates getting the vehicle-and it should be spelled out in the doctor’s letter-you might be able to take it as a medical deduction subject to the 7.5% of your adjusted gross income (AGI).

You still should be able to take your personal property tax deduction for any vehicle for the part of the registration that can be deducted at registration time.  If it isn’t spelled out on the bill of sale for the new car, you can see what it is at renewal time.

Make sure if you are spending any money out of pocket for special needs devices or accessories (and that means that you aren’t reimbursed) that you put those items down on Schedule A under medical as well.  I am talking about  special car seats that are mandated by law but for some special needs children have to be reinforced differently or have other padding or features added.  The same holds true for modifications to vans or automobiles so people can drive in their wheelchairs or have certain controls modded so they can access them better.  Some of the car controls are pretty high tech but also equates to high cost and not all of it may be covered by health plans, etc.  The parts that you pay for out of pocket is what you can take as a deduction.

Hope that helps and good luck!

April 13 2009

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