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What Mom should be paid

Last week at my other tax blog: Who gets taxed how much and states vs. Amazon

Regular readers (and close inspectors of the ol' blog's right column) know that I also blog for

Sometimes I cover the same topic here and at my Bankrate Taxes Blog, especially when there are multiple aspects to the same tax matter.

But I've finally come to accept that even though Einstein postulated the possibility of time travel, nobody's found a way to actually accomplish the feat (or they aren't telling!), meaning I can't go back and pick up some extra hours.

That means I have limited time to blog, write, eat, sleep, go birding, watch movies, visit with my now-nearby mom and try to be a better wife so that the hubby will stick around.

Bankrate_logo So to ensure that my existing 24 hours a day aren't overly crowded, I'm instituting a new Saturday feature here on Don't Mess With Taxes: "Last week at my other tax blog."

On Tuesday, May 3, the continuing budget debate was the focus of Who should be taxed?

Yes, everyone's still trying to figure out who bears or should bear the biggest tax burden. And we're still having the same fights over whether to cut spending, tax the wealthy or do both.

Expect the budget and tax battles to continue until the 2012 presidential election.

Then on Thursday, May 5, the tax topic was online sales tax collection in States stand up to Amazon.

More states are passing laws to define what constitutes an online seller's presence in a state, also known as nexus. That connection then, say state tax collectors, requires remote retailers to collect and remit the states' sales taxes.

And now, as my other tax blog notes, some are going further, refusing special tax breaks for the giant online retailer.

That's it for this week. If you miss my Bankrate posts next week, don't worry.

I'll give you a reminder here on Don't Mess With Taxes in next Saturday's edition of "Last week at my other tax blog."

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