Yes, your cruise director is already obsessed with filing his taxes for 2008 even though the year isn’t over.  My hope is that I’ll qualify for a refund so the earlier I file the better, right?

But there is some concern on my part and my fellow ex-Hellerites should be concerned too.  I am not a tax attorney so if there is someone out there such as an ex-Heller tax attorney or paralegal, please weigh in at the comments.

W-2 Statements

I am beginning to wonder what type of operation will be in place at Heller Ehrman to issue the W-2 statements and whether that will be done on time and within the mandated deadline.

If you do not get a W-2 statement, what are the steps needed to enter your income and other details on tax forms?  Can you construct one based on the previous year’s W-2 (using the Employer ID Number) and your last paycheck stub?

If you do get a W-2 statement, what if the figures are incorrect as compared to your last paycheck stub?

Can Non-Payment of Accrued Vacation Be Considered a “Loss?”

I have been following the Bernard Madoff scandal – about Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC and the $50 Billion scam of its investors – quite closely since there seems to be quite a bit of scumbaggery these days.  Remember how I said in an earlier post that this seemed to be the Decade of the Big Lie?  I may have to call it the Decade of Scumbaggery.

There have been interesting articles in the past few days as to how these investors can recoup some of their losses when filing their income taxes.  It appears they can claim this as a loss due to embezzlement and based on percentage of income, etc. they may be able to lower their taxable income.

This might be a stretch, but I am wondering if the same can be done with the accrued vacation and other wages owed to ex-Hellerites?  While I don’t think accrued vacation meets the same standards as a loss due to an active investment made by a person (and I am certain that WARN Act monies and Waiting Time penalties don’t qualify), it is interesting to ponder the possibility.  This obviously requires some more thought and comment.



1 Response to “Taxes”

  1. 1 Another Former Associate 24 December 2008 at 3:38 am

    Tom, I’m no tax person, but I don’t think there is any tax loss claim in our circs.

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