Tax Prep Tips: What Do I Need to Know to File Successfully?

by Hal Bundrick 20. February 2014
Filing your 2013 taxes means digging through your calendar, rustling up a bunch of receipts and trying to account for everything that might qualify as a valid deduction or tax credit. To help nudge you in the right direction, here are some legal loopholes you may want to take advantage of. Remember Job Search Deductions If you landed a new job last year – in your same occupation – you can generally deduct the expenses that exceed 2% of your adjusted gross income. That can include emp... [More]

Spend It or Save It? What to do with your tax refund

by Wade Barnes 12. March 2012
It's that time of the year again, and if you haven’t already started working through the process of filing your taxes, now is the time.  While it likely isn’t the most favorite chore you’ll tackle this year, it might be one that pays off.  According to the IRS, the average tax refund this year is about $3,000.  Some might argue that getting a tax refund isn’t the best way to manage your money throughout the year, as you essentially gave the government an in... [More]

2011 Tax Planning Tips

by Marylove Moy 23. February 2011
Do you really want to read about tax planning???? Ummm… The answer is a big YES because it can help you and your family’s financial situation. Goal number one in tax planning is to reduce your taxable income or adjusted gross income (AGI). Aside from the obvious fact that the easiest way to reduce your income is to earn less (duh!), the best way to reduce your AGI is to contribute to a (401k) or whatever retirement plan is offered to you by your employer. Your contribution reduces y... [More]


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