Monday, March 28, 2011

Mesa CPA's - Chaffee Traasdahl Company, CPA's

Does a dependent child have to file a tax return?
A question came in yesterday concerning when a dependent child must file a tax return. The short simplified answer is that if their income is over $400 reported on a 1099, or over $5,700 reported on a W-2, or if they had income tax withheld for which they want to claim a refund then they are required to file a return.

Matta Family History Part Two

 Chris Matta continues to tell about Matta Family history.  You will find Part One at Matta Family History Part One
Well let's see, since we last talked I had a chance to visit with my Aunt Gloria. Gloria is Manuel and Mary Lou's (my grandparents) eldest daughter. It turns out that one of the main reasons for the move out of Los Angeles was Mary Lou's asthma (I guess they didn't know about Valley Fever yet). Actually that was a pretty common doctor recommendation in those days---due to the dry climate.

Another thing Aunt Gloria shared with me was a wonderful picture of a very young Matta family taken in the spring of 1950 just before they left for their Arizona adventure. Pictured is Manuel (32 years old), Mary Lou (?? years old), Gloria (?? years old) and little David (5). ????? like I'm going to give up my grandmother's and my favorite aunt's age. I'd get my Matta card revoked for that. Just ask the much younger than me, Aunt Lisa, she'll tell ya all about it. One thing I've never been able to figure out is how her twin brother Louie is older than me. Hmmmm?? By the way, all my Aunties are my favorite ;o) (just in case Lisa reads this). Let's just say Gloria is older than David and Mary Lou's got both kids beat :0). I know I'm dropping names like flies in a bug zapper. The only of my dad's siblings I haven't mentioned is Robert but that's getting way ahead of myself. We'll talk about them later after they've been born. They're not going anywhere. Besides we haven't even opened the restaurant yet.

Next time I'll talk about their move back to Pecos, Texas to learn the restaurant business from Manuel's younger brother, Ben. Yeah, I know, they moved again! Don't worry, they will come back to Mesa and plant roots and open Matta’s, a Mesa tradition that continues to this day.

Don't forget to "like" Matta's Mexican Grill on FACEBOOK and check in on FOUR SQUARE using you smart phone. Each time you do check in you'll receive a free soda with any food purchase and the Mayor will receive a free appetizer (one per month. Offers not valid at the Riverview location)

Friday, March 11, 2011

New Times Magazine Named Mesa’s 2nd Friday Block Party the “Best of Phoenix!”

Mesa's 2nd Friday is this Friday evening March 11, 2011

It is Mesa's 2nd Friday “GREEN” event!
There will be vendors promoting green products, a Jade Buddha promoting universal peace, and even some green Martians!

Friday, March 11 · 6:00pm - 10:00pm

Historic Downtown Mesa

Mesa, AZ

Mesa's 2nd Friday Facebook Page

New Times Magazine Named Mesa’s 2nd Friday Block Party the “Best of Phoenix!”

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Spring Training, Mesa, AZ - Where to go AFTER the Game?

It's beautiful weather for a spring training game in Mesa, Arizona.

The question is:  Where to go AFTER the game?

Two of my favorite places to eat are offering 20% off - Yep!  Anyone with a ticket for the game will get 20% OFF their bill.

Only Good on game days. Before or after the game.

Salsa Cabana Mexican Grill

is located at:

Brown and Greenfield in Mesa, AZ

Their fish tacos were:

♥ Voted the Best in the East Valley by "Get Out" Magazine.

Go taste them!

A few restrictions apply for Salsa Cabana's 20% off.  *Doesn't include their lunch specials... which, by the way, are a crazy smokin' deal already!!!  $4.99 for 1 item, rice, beans, a soft drink AND chips and salsa!!!  Also, doesn't include alcohol.

Silke's American Grill

is located at:

2036 N. Gilbert Road, Suite 6, Mesa, AZ, 85203

Phone 480-844-1506

Hours Mon - Sat: 7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sun: 7:00 am - 2:00 pm

Everything at Silke's is delicious, but you've gotta try their Lahvosh!

CPA's in Mesa, Arizona - It's Almost Tax Time!

A little publicized change to the Arizona State Tax Code this year allows Private School Tuition Credit contributions to be made before April 15, 2011 and claimed as a credit on an individual’s 2010 income tax return. This applies to the Private School Tuition only and not to the Public School ECA credit.

Contact our office if you have questions.
Phone: 480-734-1340

Chaffee Traasdahl Company, CPA's -- now on Facebook.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Matta's Mexican Grill at Brown and Higley AND Matta's Grill and Cantina at Riverview

On Tuesday March 22nd Matta's Mexican Grill @ Higley and Brown and Matta's Grill and Cantina @ Riverview will be hosting a Benefit Day for family friend and long time Mesa resident Rick Mendoza. He is the eldest son of Norman Mendoza and Sandy Raymond and Grandson of longtime former Mesa Police Chief Ramon Mendoza. Rick grew up here in Mesa and was a graduate of Westwood High's class of 1983. He suffers from Polycystic Kidney Disease and is in need of a kidney transplant. We are asking for your help by coming in and dinning with us on March 22 at either of our two locations. A portion of the proceeds for that day will help defray the many expenses not covered by medical insurance. This great cause, So come out and enjoy your favorite Matta's dish and help a friend in need.

Thanks for your consideration,

The Matta Family

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