Do you Qualify for the ACA Special Enrollment Period Infographic

There is a lot of changes happening with the ACA that may leave you pretty confused, here is an infographic designed to assist in educating you on some questions that may arise this tax season. TurboTax I hope this information helps to lead you in the right direction to see if you are eligble for the special enrollment period as part of the ACA. Remember, it’s up to you to see if you qualify!

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The In’s and Out’s of Family Insurance

It is a question that always gives families pause for concern, as there is never really a right time or a wrong time. When is a good time to buy insurance? You may think you don’t need health insurance if you are young and strong, with no known medical problems. Should you get it anyway? This is only one of the questions facing people as they navigate a complicated insurance maze. Here are some other tips to think about when deciding whether or not to buy insurance. 1. Always Think About Life If you have reached adult age and are […]

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Becoming a Registered Tax Return Preparer

This time of year I start to daydream about the idea of getting a tax preparer certification because it’s so difficult to find a good accountant who will take the time to sit down with you and fully listen to what you do for work. Being a professional blogger and a virtual assistant means I have to claim income from two areas but combine the data into one. This includes product reviews. You see all year long everyone says how lucky I am get to all these fabulous products and opportunities to travel but they forget one little piece of […]

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My Experience with Giveback.org

I recently checked out a website Giveback.org and here is the gist of how this all works: Sign up or do what I did and connect using your Facebook account. Check out charities and causes dear to your heart. Add money to your foundation by using a credit card, shopping various retailers that will give back to your foundation (up to 15% of each purchase), engage sponsors for Giveback.org and earn more money to give back. The Concept Giving to charities and causes in a way that makes it simply for even those who don’t have a lot of money. […]

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My Least Favorite Thing To Do

I can’t believe we are over half way through the year 2010, time flies when you are having fun, right? Or building a business and blog and family, but anyways … as the year flies by I find myself wanting to make sure that all my accounting records are up to date so that at end of year when I have to file that tax return I am ready to do it fast and accurately. Nothing is worse than the end of year coming along and not having all your business records in an organized order. I love to stay […]

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Car Donations in Illinois For Veterans

Vietnam Veterans Car Donation program benefits the Vietnam Veterans of America, Illinois State Council.  Many may wonder what happens with they donate car to this program? Well they get a tax deduction for this donation because the Vietnam Veterans of America, Illinois State Council is a 501(c)(3) organization and has been approved by the IRS to receive donated items and issue a tax deductible donation receipt for the vehicle donations. Not only is the donation tax deductible but you are helping a veteran in their time of need. Veterans fought for our freedom and now with a simple act of […]

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Organizing Part Two: How Long To Keep Files

Getting ready to get organized was part of my first post where I share tips on where to start. One thing I struggle with in regards to organization is how long to keep items on file. For example, I don’t even know how long you are suppose to keep your Tax Paperwork, I thought three years, but I honestly have every year I have ever filed on hand. I took some time to look up the rules behind how long you should keep records on file to assist you in your organizational efforts, since part of being organized is clearing […]

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Let’s Talk About Product Reviews as Income

I have to get this off my chest, my two cents about why I understand the whole point behind claiming product reviews, but why I think it’s going to cause an issue when it comes to claiming them as “income“.  As a blogger we are required to claim the products we receive for free as income because reality is the product is our payment to write a post sharing our honest opinion about the product. I get it, the IRS wants to get their part in the tax area, totally understand that. The big businesses are dishing out free products […]

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Product Reviews As Income

If you haven’t heard yet then you may be prepared for a shock, that is if you are a product review blogger. I just recently found out that we have to claim our Product Reviews as income, now that’s not to say those of you who review a product here and there wouldn’t be able to get away without doing it but for those like myself who review a lot of products each year, well we will not be so lucky. After reading a post and watching the YouTube videos found in the post called Do I Have to Pay […]

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