RVers Workers On Wheels Newsletter #623 ~ June 5, 2010

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RVers Workers On Wheels Newsletter #623 ~ June 5, 2010

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Update from Your RV Workers On Wheels Newsletter Editor

There is a lot of bad information posted on RV forums. Some of it is simply wrong. Some of it is misleading. Some is okay as far as it goes, but it doesn't go far enough. Much of it is posted by well meaning folks who are guessing at answers and trying to help, but lack the expertise or experience to know what they are talking about.

We're working to provide you with correct information. One of the ways we do this is with articles from guest contributor Martin M. Shenkman, CPA, MBA, JD. As an attorney and accountant, he provides RVers with concrete, useable advice.

I posted a series of his articles this past week. They are full of advice that may save you both money and aggravation. You'll find more about them below.

Wherever you are in your work and travels, we wish you joy and prosperity,

Coleen

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Current Job Openings for RVers

Here's a sampling of the most recently listed job openings.

~ Summer Help Needed Immediately in KY, Green River Lake Area
~ Cook and Dishwasher Needed in AK at Popular 24-Hr Diner
~ Workamper Barter for Site with Immediate Opening in TX
~ Caretaker Works 2 Hr/Day in CA for RV Spot and Utilities
~ Workcamping Staff Needed at Crane Prairie Resort, Central Oregon

The freshest ads are on the June Job Listings page.

~ June Job Listings

Those from earlier in the week (all of last month) are on the May Job Listings page.

~ May Job Listings

For the archives of previously posted job listings, see the monthly job index page.

~ Job Listing Index

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Workers On Wheels Blog

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~ Workers On Wheels Work for RVers and Campers Blog

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Working RVer Tip

As a general guideline, 8 - 12 hours of work per week, per site, is reasonable to pay for an RV site, utilities, and use of the campground or resort facilities.

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New Pages On Work-For-RVers-And-Campers.com

More than One State Tax Authority May Claim Income from Working RVers

by Martin M. Shenkman, CPA, MBA, JD

"How do I love thee? Let me count the ways…." And, state tax departments, struggling to raise money, have many ways to show you their affection. First, why they might really like RV'ers.

Willie Sutton, the famous (or some might say infamous) bank robber was asked by a reporter why he robbed banks. He quipped, "Because that's where the money is." So you might ask, why would a state tax department go after you when there are fat cats with big bucks probably playing games, too?

~~ Read the rest of this article on the website.

~ How States Can Tax Working RV'ers

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Working RVer Tip

Be proactive. If you want to work at a particular campground, tourist attraction, or other business, contact them. Rather than waiting to hear they have an opening, take the initiative to let them know you are available and what you can offer.

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Ways RVers Make Money

Here's a sampling of work RVers can do to cut their expenses, earn a living, and pay for their travels.

~ Making custom built fishing rods
~ Pumpkin lot helper
~ Writing on legal issues
~ Gravel pit operators
~ RV club park manager

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Watkins Bus. Info

Part of our income comes from my being an Independent Watkins Associate (ID #362289). You could be one, too.

~ Buy or Sell Watkins Products

~ Use and Tell Team Building Method

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Working RVer Tip

Put all of your purchases on a credit card and you will have an easy to read, concise list of your expenditures. It will show the dates of the purchases. In many instances, it will also show the location. If you are keeping track of your expenses and whereabouts for income tax purposes, this provides another layer of documentation.

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Some States May Tax You or Make You File Tax Returns on Very Little Work

by Martin M. Shenkman, CPA, MBA, JD

Most folks would think that the less you say the better. While that's true when you're visiting your mother in law, it may be the worst thing you can do when it comes to taxes. If a state requires you to file a tax return even if you only worked a very short time, and even if you don't owe them any income or other taxes, you're better off fessing up and filing than giving them the silent treatment you give your mother in law.

Failing to file a return can itself trigger penalties. If you file a return, after some number of years (often three, but it can vary) you're home free and cannot be audited. But, if you don't file state taxes, the time period you can be audited never ends.

~~ Read the rest of this article on the website.

~ The Need to File State Taxes

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Working RVer Tip

I've asked campground owners how they decide how many hours of work to ask for in exchange for a site. A common answer is that they go by what they see in other ads. They also tend to ask on the high side, expecting that workers will negotiate a deal with fewer hours.

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Tax Allocation - Determining What State Receives How Much of Your Tax Money

by Martin M. Shenkman, CPA, MBA, JD

Before my first RV trip, I watched a video called "RV's 101." Well, consider the following Tax Math 101. But, regular math is easier (and I really didn't love math, and it didn't love me). You see, in math, 2+2 = 4. But, in state tax math 2+2 could = 5! How? Because the rules differ from state to state. You can actually get snared into reporting the same income in more than one state. Again, as repeated in many articles in this series, knowledge, planning, and good records are your best defense.

If you don't like math, this won't be a fun article, but hey, who ever said taxes were fun. But, there is good motivation. If you do it right you can save a bundle, avoid an audit, and sleep better at night. Dust off your calculator.

~~ Read the rest of this article on the website.

~ Tax Allocation

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Working RVer Tip

Newspaper classifieds are a tried and true place to find jobs.

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Your Tax Home Is Where? A Tax Attorney Helps Working RVers Decide

by Martin M. Shenkman, CPA, MBA, JD

Planning tip: Make sure you land in your new tax home. Perhaps your first stop should be in your new tax home state, where you spend enough time and set up enough connections to make it your new home state for income tax purposes. Buy burial plots (really!). Join a church or lodge or other organization. Go to the dentist. Get a local library card. Open a bank account and move your accounts. Hire a CPA to handle your tax returns (including your final return from your old home state). Ask your new CPA what else you should do and follow his or her advice.

~~ Read the rest of this article on the website.

~ Tax Home

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Working RVer Tip

Before applying for your next position, finish this sentence: I am the best person to fill this position because _______. Have that answer ready to give to the interviewer. If you are mailing or emailing your resume and/or application, include it in your cover letter.

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Your Tax Domicile Doesn't Change Just Because Your Address and RV Registration Do

by Martin M. Shenkman, CPA, MBA, JD

Your tax domicile might not be where you think it is. This article has three specific examples of an RVing couple's situation to illustrate the point. The articles in this series have spoken generally about the impact of state tax, residency, domicile, and so forth. Let's take a look at one state to illustrate how the rules can more specifically apply. This is also the approach recommended to you in the articles. Look on line on state tax websites for publications and tax form instructions for non-residents. These will help you understand how each state defines a non-resident; if, when, and how they will tax you. Knowing the real rules you face, not the sales pitches many RV oriented websites contain, will be what keeps you out of tax hot water.

~~ Read the rest of this article on the RV Life and Travel website, posted there because it applies to all full-time RVers, not only working RVers.

~ Tax Domicile Examples

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Working RVer Tip

In next week's newsletter, we'll lay off the tax and legal stuff, and get back to articles on the different types of work for RVers. In the meantime, browse through some of the articles on the website. There are over 600 pages.

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Positive RVing Attitudes

To envy the person we'd like to be is to waste the person we are. ~ Knox Manning

The greatest results in life are usually attained by commonsense and perseverance. ~ Owen Feltham

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