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February 2010 Newsletter
Tax & Travel News
February 2010 
Dear Jeff,
We at strive to keep you up to date with relevant & interesting tax & travel related news.
Can you believe we're already a month into tax season? Where does the time go? We hope you're satisfied with your current tax professional, but if you still need help finding one, start at We file your taxes. You take a vacation!
In This Issue
Haiti Deduction
Check Your W-2s
Compare Hotel Sites can help you!
How to Subsidize a Haiti Donation
Charitable a tricky animal. Much of the giving that is considered pure altruism is in fact incentivized by a variety of factors...On January 22, President Obama signed into law a provision which allows Taxpayers who itemize deductions on their 2009 returns to claim a charitable contribution deduction for donations made after...Read the full article on the Freakonomics NY Times Blog 
Don't Wait to Check W-2s for Accuracy 
RelaxWhen it comes to W-2s and 1099s, I must admit that - like most people - I just collect these forms and stuff them in a corner until it's time to tackle those pesky taxes.

This, it would appear, is not always the best way to do things.

Greatland, a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based company that provides W-2 and 1099 products for small and medium-size businesses, warns of W-2 and 1099 filing pitfalls - or mistakes that can be made by companies preparing these forms. CPAs and other tax experts tell me...Read the full article from 
Shopping for Hotels? It Pays To Compare! 
Hotels CombinedLast week, when we booked a trip to Las Vegas, we saved ourselves the time & effort of shopping the major travel sites for the best deal. We didn't have to because Hotels Combined lets you search all of them at once.
You can choose the travel site that meets your price & wants with a simple click. We've even shopped around to compare the prices Hotels Combined gave us, only to find that we got our best deal the first time around!
Granted this site isn't for everyone. There are a few drawbacks if your searching for air travel or complete vacation packages. However, if all you need is a nice hotel room for one night or several, you can't beat Hotels Combined for price or selection.
If you do need low cost airfare to reach your destination, try CheapOAir!
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Jeff Wagner
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