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Monday, February 22, 2010


It will be fun meeting all the new people at the rally. I know how they feel from the 2008 rally where we were taught what can happen really fast in your future. This rally will be so exciting.


I must be missing something. How to you get the IRS to refund more than you paid in?

Bill & Linda,

In our case, it's the result of the "Making Work Pay" refundable tax credit that's available for 2009 & 2010. For most people, the credit is given via lower withholdings in paychecks.

However, for self-employed people that don't have withholdings or for employees whose employer didn't implement the "post-law" withholdings that went into effect in the spring of 2009, the credit is taken on the 1040 ... even if it causes a refund higher than what is paid in.

That's how it was for us for 2009. But if you look at lines 61-71 on page 2 of the 1040, there are various "credits" that can result in refunds higher than withholdings.

Some are new and some have been around for years. And many people are well versed in making sure their "refundable" credits exceed their income tax.

That's what I meant in the entry about tax refunds being an "income stream" - for some, it's like a year-end bonus. :)


I expect to be in the Lassen Park area at the end of April or early May. Can I expect the roads & such to be clear of snow at that time? My current plans are to spend several days at the Hat Creek Resort north of the park and use the 4-wheel drive toad to tour the park for several days before taking the motorhome south-east and then north for the summer.

By the way, I can dry camp for several days so if you can suggest a park campground without site utilities (but with water & sewer available) that would be open at that time of year (preferably with reservations available) it would be appreciated.


Lassen gets more snow than anywhere else in California. While the main entrances on the north and south ends of the park will likely be open, you won't be able to drive from one end through to the other. The middle part of the park won't be clear until late June or early July. You can do some hiking but you won't be able to access the best trails until later in the year.

The main campground, Manzanita, doesn't open until late May and most of the others don't open until after that.

Lassen is a great park and beautiful with the snow, but access is limited until much later in the season.

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