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Here's how to avoid the most common retirement mistakes

Mon, Jul 9th 2018
Retirement should be something to look forward to, and with a little planning it can be a reality for most of us. Here are five common retirement planning mistakes and steps you can take to avoid them. 1. Not having a plan Surprisingly, most do not know how much money is needed for retirement. A retirement plan should consider how long you expect to live, establish an estimate of the amount of money you will need, and consider your desired lifestyle during retirement. Your plan should have... Read More »

Is it worth it to amend your return?

Mon, Jul 2nd 2018
Whether it makes sense to amend your return depends on which of these situations you're in: If you owe the IRS If you discover an omission on your tax return that results in you owing additional tax, you need to correct it with an amendment and provide the tax due. Don't delay if this is your situation. If the IRS discovers the omission before you do, they may add interest and penalties to your bill. If you are due a refund If you find a mistake that should result in getting a larger refund... Read More »

Don't run afoul of the IRS "Nanny Tax"

Mon, Jun 25th 2018
The IRS is more strictly enforcing rules that determine whether a worker is actually your employee, rather than an independent contractor. Beware: you have many extra tax responsibilities and expenses if you are an employer in the eyes of the IRS. So, be careful if you regularly pay a gardener, housekeeper, nanny, babysitter or any other household service provider. You don't want to run afoul of the IRS household employee rules, often called the "Nanny Tax." Do you have a household employee?... Read More »

How to get more customer referrals

Mon, Jun 18th 2018
When it comes to finding new clients, businesses can do so in many ways. Whether a radio or television spot, or an advertisement on a website, social media platform or digital billboard, the goal is to reach new viewers. Another cost-effective way is to develop more customer referrals. In fact, according to The New York Times, referrals account for 65 percent of a company’s new accounts. As an important part of marketing, how can organizations more effectively accomplish this type of... Read More »

Getting married this summer? 5 tips for a smooth tax transition

Mon, Jun 11th 2018
Congratulations! You’ve tied the knot and cut the cake. Newlyweds have a lot to think about and taxes might not be on the list. However, there is good reason for a new couple to consider how the nuptials may affect their tax situation. The IRS has some tips to help in the planning. Here are some simple steps to make your first income tax return together less stressful. 1) You should check your withholding at the beginning of each year or when your personal circumstances change — like after you’... Read More »