Taxes

How To Organize Yourself For Tax Preparation

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Ever since I became a tax preparer, I’ve noticed how little people actually pay attention to their finances…especially their taxes! Most people simply throw their receipts into a shoebox, grab a bunch of unopened envelopes (which they believe contains their various tax documents) from employers, banks, and mortgage companies, and dump all of this paperwork on […]

What the Tax Cut Extension Means For You

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The White House issued a fact sheet that explained the benefits of the tax cut extension in more detail. Here’s a broad overview of the four main benefits as outlined by the White House: 1. Payroll Tax Cut for Workers This would include a 2% payroll tax cut for employees, which would result in tax relief […]

What You Need to Know About Tax Deductions and Tax Credits (And Why It Matters)!

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In the course of preparing tax returns over the last few years, I have heard people confuse the concepts of tax credits and tax deductions. What’s worse is that I’ve even seen various financial writers and bloggers misuse the terms when performing various types of analysis involving taxes. Let’s take a look at the difference. […]

What You Need to Know About a 1031 Exchange

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Tax Free Exchange (1031 Exchange) Explained Normally, when you sell investment property, and realize a gain, you must pay taxes on that gain. However, if you are replacing that property with another one of equal or greater value, you may be able to classify it as a tax free exchange, otherwise known as a 1031 exchange. Be […]

4 Factors to Consider Before Doing a Roth IRA Conversion

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So we are about halfway through 2010!  Hard to believe isn’t it? Although some of the buzz has seemingly died down about the year of the Roth IRA Conversion, there is still some controversy regarding whether folks should convert their Traditional IRAs to a Roth. For those of you wondering what exactly is a Roth IRA,  Well, here are the […]

What Should You Do With Your 401k Plan When You Leave Your Job?

401ks

“Mr. Jones, we appreciate your work for us, but unfortunately there’s just not enough room in our budget for you. Here’s a packet of information regarding your retirement account.  Please look this over and have a decision made about your 401k plan by the 31st.” Ever hear these words? Maybe your company didn’t sound as nice, […]

Small Business Taxes and 2 Other Concerns for the Self Employed

Personal Finance

This was a post I originally did on ChristianPF.com. I’ve adapted it some for my site, but you can check out the original here. It seems there are more and more people becoming self employed these days – or at the very least, many folks are starting a side business, turning a hobby into some extra income or doing […]

What to Do When You Owe IRS Back Taxes

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If you missed the tax deadline and have tax returns that have not been filed, it is imperative you address the situation immediately to avoid continued problems with the Internal Revenue Service. While the reasons for not filing taxes are certainly important, at this stage of the game your focus should be on how you […]

IRS Tax Deadline: When and How To File a Tax Extension

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With the IRS tax deadline of April 15th on the horizon, procrastination may actually turn out to be a good thing for some taxpayers who have not filed yet. You may want to file for a tax extension if you are trying to claim a home-buyer tax credit this year, you want to reverse a Traditional IRA […]

What You Need to Know About Roth IRA Conversions

IRAs

By now you’ve all heard of the opportunity for Roth IRA conversions right? Ok, but maybe you are unsure what a Roth IRA conversion is all about. Let’s dispel any myths about this and take a look at exactly what’s going on for this year for Roth IRA conversions. This post will be more of a lesson in what’s […]

5 Things Every Baby Boomer Must Know About Retirement Savings

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According to Wikipedia, Baby Boomers are those who are born between 1946-1964 – meaning they range in age from 46-64 years of age. Retirement is certainly on their minds and they are concerned about how much they need for retirement savings. As baby boomers approach the magical age, there are some pretty important things to […]