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Creative Tax Deductions

Here are a few tax deductions that may make sense if you are looking for some creative deductions.   Always consult a CPA or qualified accountant before taking any of these deductions. Moving the family pet.  The IRS says if you are changing jobs and meet a couple of tests, you can deduct your moving expenses — including the cost of moving your dog, cat or other pet from your old residence to your new home. Your pet — be it a Pekingese or a python — is treated the same as your other personal effects. Wrecking a car while driving drunk.  A reveler drank too much at a party and had the good sense to arrange a ride home. A few hours later, after slowing down in his revelry, he thought he was okay to drive. Unfortunately, the vehicle he was operating slid off the road and rolled over. The cops arrested him for drunken driving because his blood alcohol ...

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How Can A Business Owner Save Money?

Through the creation of a captive insurance company, businesses can cut their taxes and increase the value of their estate. A business creates a captive insurance company to insure its risk; the captive can issue property and casualty insurance. It can also collect and invest premiums, as well as pay claims. To be sure, the business can also use the captive for pretax wealth accumulation, to protect assets, for efficient estate planning and to retain key employees. The business determines the policy terms, whether to write new or renewable policies and the types of insurance coverage to write. The strategy works best for companies that generate at least $1 million in annual net income, making it viable for physician groups, associations, franchisees and other businesses. For instance, Stan and Joan Smart, 60 and 55, respectively, own ABC manufacturing company. They seek better risk management and estate planning. After meeting with their financial adviser, Stan and Joan decide to retain an ...

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Smart Financial Moves After A Divorce

Divorce is one of those life events that may be one of the most difficult transitions any person has to make.  Some of the divorces end up amicably, while others end up with such irreconcilable differences that the two parties never speak again.   While lawyers usually end up in the middle of the finances when a couple gets divorced, here are five things I would recommend you consider reviewing after a divorce. 1. Check Your Credit Report–  When people are married, it isn’t always discussed on who is the owner of a particular credit card or loan obligation.  Reviewing all of your credit cards and loan obligations to make sure you are not joint on any of those items after the divorce, and ensuring your credit report is in good standing is an important step to take. 2. Review Your Beneficiary Designations–  Remember that items such as your 401(k), IRA’s, and insurance policies have a named beneficiary.  Despite what your ...

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The Stock Market Crash Of 2010

I don’t buy it. I’m sorry, but I just don’t buy what I have been reading about this recent blip in the stock market that everyone has been talking about across the country. I believe that within the next 12 months we will find out there is more than meets the eye about this story and what exactly happened. I have been in the business of giving financial advice for 19 years. During those 19 years I have used various trading systems. To my knowledge there has not been a system I used where you actually had to type in the word million or billion to make a trade. In actuality, as most of you may do when you trade through any retail operation, you typically type in the quantity you want to buy numerically along with the appropriate ticker symbol. As with most computer programs today, there is generally also a failsafe that takes you to another screen asking you if you really want ...

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