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Did You Just Receive An Inheritance?

At some point in your life, you may receive an inheritance when a family member or loved one passes away.    One of the questions we often get asked about revolves around how to make smart money moves when this type of event happens.    Here are some of the things I would recommend considering if money or property is bestowed upon you. 1. Do Nothing For 60 Days –  When people inherit property, investment assets, or collectibles far too often I see people immediately buy themselves something or sell assets too quickly.    Make sure you take a complete inventory of everything you received, revisit your financial plan, and just simply build yourself a due diligence period before making any concrete decisions.   Allowing this time to pass will give you the ability to make more fact based than emotional decisions. 2. Understand Tax Implications –  Based upon the size of the overall inheritance, you could potentially owe estate taxes which will be ...

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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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Is it smart to get tax refund?

Around tax time, we often hear the question, “Is it smart to get a tax refund?”  The answer really falls into the ‘it depends’ category. In general, I am not a big fan of getting refunds.  Anytime in today’s world that you give the Government an interest free loan of your money for a year is probably not a good idea.  When you get a refund, you withheld too much money out of your paycheck over the course of the year.  When your actual tax calculation is done at year end, you will receive the excess withholding back in the form of a refund.   This means that you should really sit with your accountant, CPA, or financial advisor and adjust that withholding number for the current tax year.   If you are going to put more money back into your paycheck, make sure you have those dollars systematically saved into some type of savings or investment vehicle so you don’t spend ...

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Great Small Business Tax Deductions

Don’t miss these fourteen tax deductions for your small business. It’s simple: The more tax deductions your business can legitimately take, the lower its taxable profit will be. Also, in addition to putting more money into your pocket at the end of the year, the tax code provisions that govern deductions can also yield a personal benefit: a nice car to drive at a small cost, or a combination business trip and vacation. It all depends on paying careful attention to IRS rules on just what is — and isn’t — deductible. When you’re totaling up your business’s expenses at the end of the year, don’t overlook these 14 common business deductions. 1. Auto Expenses If you use your car for business, or your business owns its own vehicle, you can deduct some of the costs of keeping it on the road. Mastering the rules of car expense deductions can be tricky, but well worth your while. There are two ...

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What Tax Deductions Could Go Away In The Future?

All of us know that the United States is in a massive federal deficit. Most pundits on television are letting us know that taxes in some way, shape, or form will have to up. That seems reasonable. Any business that is losing money will eventually have to cut expenses, and figure out how to generate more revenue. We couldn’t cut expenses near enough to solve our problem, so the certainty of some form of increased taxation is an inevitability we will face in the future in my opinion. The one thing that I don’t hear much talk about is that increasing taxes isn’t the only way to generate additional revenue, but you could certainly choose to reduce overall tax deductions that we take today as another source for increasing additional revenue. According to a recent study done by the Joint Committee On Taxation (source: Fiscal Year 2010 Budget: Analytical Perspectives. OMB./Table 19-3), here are the top 5 potential sources of ...

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Do You Pay Your Taxes By Credit Card?

Some business owners or people who pay estimated tax payments end up paying their federal income taxes with a credit card. If you pay your income tax (including estimated tax payments) by credit or debit card, you can deduct the convenience fee you are charged by the card processor to pay using your credit or debit card. The deduction is claimed for the year in which the fee was charged to your card as a miscellaneous itemized deduction on line 23 of Schedule A (Form 1040) (and is subject to the 2% of the adjusted gross income floor). (Source: www.irs.gov) However, I always suggest that you look at what it net to you and don’t necessarily let the tax tail wag the dog. The deduction of those fees may sound great, but you really need to analyze what the cost of the convenience fee is relative to the rewards points/frequent flier miles you are earning by using the credit card ...

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