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The March 2010 newsletter focusing on tax issues for the homeowner and real estate investor, by certified public accountants in California.
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Michael Gray, CPA's

Real Estate Tax Letter

March 15, 2010
© 2010 by Michael C. Gray
ISSN 1930-0387

A monthly report focusing on tax issues for the homeowner and real estate investor.

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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:

  • Sunday at 5:00 p.m. on Comcast channel 28 in Hayward, Alameda and Fremont. Also, throughout California on AT&T U-Verse channel 99, select Hayward public access television 28
  • Monday at 7:30 p.m. on Comcast channel 15 in Saratoga
  • Thursday at 5:30 p.m. on Comcast channel 27 in Santa Cruz County and Charter Communications channel 73 in Capitola and Watsonville
  • Thursday at 7:00 p.m. on Comcast channel 26 and AT&T U-verse channel 99 in Marin County
  • Thursday at 10:00 p.m. on Comcast channel 28 in Hayward, Alameda and Fremont. Also, throughout California on AT&T U-Verse channel 99, select Hayward public access television 28
  • Friday at 4 p.m. on cable channel 15 in Cupertino, Los Altos and Mountain View.

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!

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

Dear readers:

Many of your questions relate to the sale of a principal residence. We have an article at our web site, "Could your residence be the ultimate tax shelter?" (www.realestateinvestingtax.com/residence.shtml) where you should be able to find the answers to most of these questions.

Many other questions relate to short sales and foreclosures. See our article on that subject at www.realestateinvestingtax.com/shortsale.shtml.

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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.

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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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