Michael Gray, CPA's Tax and Business Insight

March 15, 2010

© 2010 by Michael C. Gray

ISSN 1539-395X

A monthly report to help you prepare for your financial future, keep more of what you earn by minimizing your taxes, and build an extraordinary business!

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My wife Janet and I enjoyed a spring day at Montalvo in Saratoga, California.
My wife Janet and I enjoyed a spring day at Montalvo in Saratoga, California. Look closely for her Shamrock earrings.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

St. Patrick’s Day falls on Wednesday, March 17, this year. Did you know that in Ireland the symbol of St. Patrick is a three leaf clover, not a "lucky" four leaf clover? St. Patrick used the three leaf clover as an analogy to teach about the Trinity. Also, the corned beef and cabbage dinner lovingly preserved as a St. Patrick’s Day tradition in the United States is not observed in Ireland. Enjoy the day of the wearin’ of the green! (Orange for Protestants.)

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One month until April 15!

This newsletter is a reminder that there is only a month left until April 15. We can still accept a few more tax returns, although we might be applying for extensions of time to file for some. Call Dawn Siemer on a Monday, Wednesday, or Friday from 9am to 5:30pm at (408) 918-3162 for information or an appointment.

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Yes, we prepare tax returns for clients in other states.

You might be interested to know we have clients in many different states. Thanks to email, fax, mail and the telephone, distance isn’t an issue. We also have excellent tax return preparation software and reference material for other states.

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Financial Insider Weekly broadcast schedule for March and April.

Financial Insider Weekly is broadcast in San Jose and Campbell on Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m., Pacific Time. You can watch it on Comcast channel 15 for those cities. The show is broadcast as streaming video at the same time at www.creatvsj.org.

Here are the scheduled interviews for March and April:

March 17, Tom Anderson of Pensco, "Real estate investments in your IRA or Roth account"
March 24, Tom Anderson of Pensco, "Alternative investments in your IRA or Roth account"
March 31, John Olagues, "Employee stock options – the basics"
April 7, John Olagues, "Employee stock options – hedging strategies"
April 14, Lori Greymont of Summit Solutions Team Corp., "Real estate investment strategies I"
April 21, Lori Greymont of Summit Solutions Team Corp, "Real estate investment strategies II"
April 28, James Quillinan, Esq. of Hopkins & Carley, "California real estate change of ownership rules in estate and business planning"

Financial Insider Weekly is also broadcast as follows:

Past episodes of Financial Insider Weekly are posted on YouTube. One way to watch them is to go to our web site, www.financialinsiderweekly.com, and click on "Past Episodes."

Let me know any ideas that you have for topics or guests. Guests will usually have to be located in or near the Silicon Valley in California.

Hope you can watch or record the show. Please tell your friends about it!


Michael Gray regrets he can no longer personally answer email questions. He will answer selected questions in this newsletter.

For your questions about dependent exemptions, see IRS Publication 501 at www.irs.gov.

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Follow me on Twitter!

If you enjoy Twitter, please follow me at www.twitter.com/michaelgraycpa. I would especially appreciate retweets of our messages announcing episodes of Financial Insider Weekly.

I'm also on Facebook and LinkedIn.

you can also follow me on other social media sites, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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If you have employee stock options, have you subscribed to Michael Gray, CPA's Option Alert at no charge or obligation?

To learn more, visit stockoptionadvisors.com/subscribe.shtml

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Real estate investors, have you subscribed to Michael Gray, CPA’s Real Estate Tax Letter at no charge or obligation?

For details, visit www.realestatetaxletter.com

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Check out my blog.

I have also started a blog at www.michaelgraycpa.com. Check it out!

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IRS Circular 230 Disclosure: As required by U.S. Treasury Regulations, you are hereby advised that any written tax advice contained in this communication was not written or intended to be used (and cannot be used) by any taxpayer for the purpose of avoiding penalties that may be imposed under the U.S. Internal Revenue Code.

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P.S. My daughter and her husband, Holly and Dan Baker, have a Southern French Restaurant at 23 Ross Common, Ross, California, about 15 minutes north of the Golden Gate Bridge. The name of the restaurant is Marché Aux Fleurs and their website address is marcheauxfleursrestaurant.com. For the best meal of your life, call 415-925-9200 for a reservation and give them a try! For directions, visit our website at taxtrimmers.com/directions.shtml.


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