5 Tax Tips Before You File

It’s the beginning of February and your tax documents will be piling up by the day as a new mail from your mortgage companies, banks, and investment companies are sent out to you.   As you begin to stack up your pile of information to bring to the CPA or accountant, did you ever wonder if there are still ways you can save money on your 2013 income taxes before you hit the SEND button to the IRS?   Here are my 5 smart money moves on tax tips before your file away for another year. Contribute To An IRA- Whether this is a Traditional IRA or for small business owners/freelancers a SEP-IRA, these types of IRA contributions could still potentially be tax deductible for the 2013 calendar year even though the contributions and accounts were opened in 2014.   The biggest mistake individuals make is not investigating how these vehicles work or the adjusted gross income limits that would make things like ...

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Entrepreneur Series – Lesson 5 – You Must Hire Professional Consultants

Since many new entrepreneurial ventures are often started on a shoestring budget, where you spend your financial resources can be a prickly situation. Far too often, I see new business owners who in some sense are really penny wise but pound foolish as the old adage goes. When is the right time to get yourself legal help? Do you really need an outside person to do your books or can you do it yourself? Does it merit having a financial person talk to about entity planning and business structure? Can’t you just figure this stuff out yourself? Even with many years of corporate experience, I faced these same questions when I opened my business. The costs for some of these professional feels like a waste of money when you need those precious resources for things like marketing, staffing, and technology. However, I will tell you that a big mistake in any of the areas below can be a brutal blow ...

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Entrepreneur Series – Lesson 3 – Know Your Role As The Owner

As an entrepreneur starting a new business, you often have to wear the hat of cook, dishwasher, accountant, and general manager.   However, one of the biggest mistakes a young owner will make is not quickly clarify their role within the organization.   Far too often, new entrepreneurs will try to control every aspect of a new business which inevitably slows the growth of the organization.  In some cases, it can make hiring and training new people so difficult it can be destructive to the success of a company. One of things I recommend to new business owners is to draw a T chart with one axis being things you like to do and one access being tasks that you are good at.    What you should quickly try to figure out in the early stage of a new company is to list all of the items that you are good at and those tasks that you like to do.    After figuring out ...

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Why Are You Mad At Your Accountant?

Here is a question to ask yourself after tax season is over.  What really happens during a typical tax season for a family or business? I have been doing this for over 20 years, and so let me describe to you the typical outcomes. The first thing that we see is that most people cross their fingers and say three Hail Mary’s hoping for a refund.  Does this sound like you?  You gather all of these documents that you get from your employer, your investment companies, and real estate you own, then you hand them over to somebody (an accountant or CPA) and pray that they’re going to get you some money back so you can go on that vacation or remodel your house.  Most individuals that we meet who get a federal refund during tax time think that their CPA is the bomb.  They are assumed to be the smartest, brightest, and most unbelievable individuals in the world.  It’s ...

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Are My Withholdings For Taxes Correct?

Since tax season has just passed, you are probably in one of two states of minds.   Either a) you love your CPA because you got a big refund, or b) you hate your CPA because you owed money.   It generally falls into one of those two camps when returns are filed.   Remember, if you get a tax refund that means you essentially gave an interest free loan to the Government.    Some people see this as an effective way to force savings during the year, but you really lose out on the opportunity cost of having these resources in your hands during the course of the year. As of April 27, the Internal Revenue Service had authorized more than 99.1 million refunds for the 2011 tax year—up about 1% a year earlier. It also represents more than three-fourths of all the individual income-tax returns processed by the IRS by that date. The total dollar amount of refunds this year was about ...

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Top 10 Questions To Ask Your Financial Advisor

Can you describe for me how you are compensated? Does your firm have any quota’s you must meet? Are there any financial products you are unable to sell because of your licensing or your firm will not allow them to be sold?  Which?  Why? Are there any products that are manufactured by your company? Describe for me your asset management strategy? How much experience do you have? Are you making the investment decisions or are you following someone else’s philosophy? How many firms have you worked with in the past? Why did you choose this firm? What are your financial goals? Related Articles – Top 10 Ways To Tighten Up Expenses For Business Owners, Top 5 Insurance Policies To Avoid , TOP 10 Atlanta LATE NIGHT Restaurants, The Top 10 Most Overlooked Tax Deductions , Top 5 Ways to Help Someone Who Is Unemployed , Top 10 Questions to ask your Accountant Kile Lewis, CRPC® Co-CEO and Founder oXYGen Financial, Inc. Request a FREE ...

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Top 10 Questions to ask your Accountant

How long have you been in practice?  Are you a CPA? Will you or someone else in your firm be working on my situation? Do you have a specialty? Are you licensed to offer any financial products? Do you have any formal or informal relationships with other professionals or institutions that I should be aware of? Do you offer advice on tax strategy? How many of your clients have been audited by the IRS?  Results? How many clients do you serve?  Your firm? Do you work with any small business owners? Can you provide me some referrals of satisfied clients? Kile Lewis, CRPC® Co-CEO and Founder oXYGen Financial, Inc. Request a FREE consultation: www.oxygenfinancial.net Related Articles – Top 10 Ways To Tighten Up Expenses For Business Owners, Top 5 Insurance Policies To Avoid , TOP 10 Atlanta LATE NIGHT Restaurants, The Top 10 Most Overlooked Tax Deductions , Top 5 Ways to Help Someone Who Is Unemployed oXYGen Financial, Inc. ...

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2010 Mileage Rates!

As each year changes, so do the deductions we can take every year as it relates to mileage with business, charitable, and medical mileage. I often find that people I meet don’t keep the best track of these records, and every dollar you save can help you increase your bottom line. The Internal Revenue Service issued the 2010 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical, or moving purposes. Beginning on January 1st of this year, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (vans, pickups, or trucks) will be: 50 cents per mile for business miles driven 16.5 cents per mile for medical or moving purposes 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations The new rates for business, medical and moving purposes are slightly lower than last year’s. The mileage rates reflect generally lower transportation costs compared to a year ago. The standard mileage ...

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