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IRS Launches the IRS2Go App for iPhone, Android; Taxpayers Can Check Refunds, Get Tax Information

The Internal Revenue Service today unveiled IRS2Go, its first smartphone application that lets taxpayers check on their status of their tax refund and obtain helpful tax information. continue reading »

Five Tips for Good Financial Health

Setting long-term goals is essential. Like a balanced diet, good financial health requires discipline, good habits and a plan. For some, financial health simply means spending less than what they make. continue reading »

SBA Provides Higher Loan Limits for Small Businesses

Export-related loans to small businesses approved under the Jobs Act provisions have reached nearly $110 million as of Dec. 31, the U.S. Small Business Administration announced today. continue reading »

Reporting Business Income and Expenses – Which Accounting Method is Right for You?

In two previous posts, I addressed some key tax consolidations that small business owners and employers need to be aware of as we head into tax season, including the specific tax requirements that impact employers continue reading »

Taxpayer Advocate Releases Tax Reform Report to Congress

National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson today released her annual report to Congress, identifying the need for tax reform as the number one priority in tax administration. continue reading »

“Tax Day” Deadline Extended to April 18th; Tax Break Beneficiaries Can File in Mid-to-Late February

The Internal Revenue Service today opened the 2011 tax filing season by announcing that taxpayers have until April 18 to file their tax returns. The IRS reminded taxpayers impacted by recent tax law changes that using e-file is the best way to ensure accurate tax returns and get faster refunds. continue reading »

PERSONAL FINANCE: “Tax Day” Deadline Extended to April 18th for 2011

The Internal Revenue Service today opened the 2011 tax filing season by announcing that taxpayers have until April 18 to file their tax returns. The IRS reminded taxpayers impacted by recent tax law changes that using e-file is the best way to ensure accurate tax returns and get faster refunds. continue reading »

SMALL BUSINESS FINANCE: IRS Help Small Business Claim Healthcare Tax Credit

The Internal Revenue Service today released final guidance for small employers eligible to claim the new small business health care tax credit for the 2010 tax year. Today’s release includes a one-page form and instructions small employers will use to claim the credit for the 2010 tax year. continue reading »

PERSONAL FINANCE: Planning Your Future and Staying Bankruptcy Free

What exactly is bankruptcy? Bankruptcy is when your assets are tied up and you cannot pay your debts. There are a number of different bankruptcies that are open to individuals. These different bankruptcy options were created to help individuals and their special needs. continue reading »

PERSONAL FINANCE: How to Choose Your Personal Finance Software

Using a computer to track spending and investments used to mean just choosing software and getting started. It's not that simple anymore. People are now wondering if it’s possible to bypass using personal software altogether and instead use continue reading »

PERSONAL FINANCE: Saving Money On Transportation Costs

It seems like we're always on the go these days. Whether traveling across the country (or the world) or across town, there are ways that you can get more travel out of your transportation dollars. continue reading »

PERSONAL FINANCE: How Much Credit Can You Afford?

Before making the decision to add more debt, you need to make sure that you: Allocate sufficient money for your essentials. Borrow only for items that you need and can afford. Borrow only if you're spending less each month than you take home. 1. Start with your monthly take-home pay. continue reading »

PERSONAL FINANCE: Nine Ways You Can Afford College

If you are planning to attend college in the near future, the recent national recession has made the task of paying for a college education even more daunting. One or more of your parents may have been laid off from a job and dipped into savings intended for college. Parents of students attending college or prospective college students have every right to be concerned. But you should also know that even with dire economic news, there are lots of ways to afford a college education. continue reading »

PERSONAL FINANCE: Tips On Credit Card Debt

Medical emergencies, job losses from regular work and many other external factors may put in a situation of debt. More than once, the debt is the result of poor financial management, where a person spends beyond its normal means. Simple suggestions listed below can help get out of debt is credit card. continue reading »