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Will Inflation Affect Your 2014 Taxes?

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How Inflation Affects Your Taxes

Everyone know the old adage ‘The only things certain in life are death and taxes”. As it turns out, inflation may have to be included in this saying. Inflation decreases the value of money as time goes on, ultimately making the dollar of today worth more than the dollar of the future. It influences how much we spend on everyday items, how much we make, and how much things like houses and cars cost. It even helps dictate what we owe the government come April...

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Is Your Small Business Taking Advantage of Tax Deductions?

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Is Your Business Taking Advantage of Credits & Deductions?

As a small business owner, this is the time of the year to begin thinking about the tax filing deadline. According to a study commissioned by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), small businesses in the United States pay an effective federal tax rate of 19.8%. Sole proprietors pay the smallest effective rate of 13.3% while partnerships and Subchapter S Corporations classified as small businesses pay an effective rate of...

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15 Ways To Get Audited By The IRS

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15 Ways to Get Audited

While there are reports circulating that the IRS’ budget has been slashed and audits are going down, there are still many sure shot ways you can get yourself audited by the IRS.  Forbes.com list the 15 most common ways to invite an Audit by the IRS:

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5 Best Apps for Tax Time

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Best Tax Time Apps

With tax season in full swing, getting your finances in order can be quite the headache. If you’re anything like most people, you’ve spent the entirety of the year putting off organizing your expenses, convincing yourself that you’ll deal with it in due time. While now might be the time, you don’t have to be punished by your procrastination. With a handful of apps for smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices available, the days of collecting receipts and bending...

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Understanding Obamacare: How The Affordable Care Act Will Affect Your Taxes

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How The ACA Affects Your Taxes

Certain provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) are set to take effect in 2014, some of which may have an impact on taxpayers. The PPACA, more colloquially known as “Obamacare,” is the new healthcare law that sets up either a state or government run health exchanges. Along with the change in healthcare accessibility comes a change in taxes.

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5 Tips for Avoiding an IRS Tax Audit

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Tips To Avoid An Audit

IRS audits are feared for good reason: at best, they’re disruptive, and at worst they can cost you vast amounts of money. Though the percentage of audited returns is relatively low, every year the IRS still audits a huge number of returns. Following these tips can help you reduce the chances you’ll end up as one of their targets. 

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Marriage and Taxes; How Should I File?

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Lookout For These Top 5 Tax Scams

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Beware Of These Top 5 Tax Scams

Each year, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) puts out a list of common tax scams—dubbed the “Dirty Dozen”—to warn taxpayers. Ranging from identity theft to return preparer fraud, the list is intended to remind tax payers to use caution preparing, filing and discussing their annual taxes. Personal and other sensitive information can get into the wrong hands if the proper precautions aren’t taken. It’s wise to periodically review the IRS’ Dirty Dozen to keep...

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IRS Answered Only 61% Of Calls In 2013

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IRS Did Not Answer 4 Out Of Every 10 Calls

In a recent report by National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olsen, the IRS was only able to answer 61% of phone calls made by taxpayers to the agency. Just 10 years ago, the IRS was able to address 87% of calls.  The reasons cited were the increasing complexity of tax questions unable to be answered by automated systems as a result of the overall increasing complexity of the tax code.  This coupled with budget cuts to the agency resulted in nearly 4 out...

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Holiday Season Tax Breaks

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Last Minute Tax Breaks

The notion of taxes can be stressful for anyone, and so can the holiday season. While reading about taxes and finances could destroy the holiday spirit for some, it is a great idea to be cognizant of the various holiday tax deductions to make the season much less stressful. Below is an overview of some common last minuet tax deductions and tax break opportunities that you can take advantage of this holiday season before you close the books on 2013

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