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Retirement Carpentry
Making Sure Your Package Is Built To Last

It’s daunting.  You can barely pay the bills, fret about keeping your job, and your triplets will be in college at the same time.  (And then your accountant congratulates you on your increased income, but you didn’t realize your taxes go up and your credits go down — more on this soon!). So when Suzie Orman suggests
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Don’t Be A Fool, Pay On Time!
Your I.O.U. Due In Two

Hey — I have until October 15, right? I just file that handy-dandy extension while I get my paperwork in order, build up my stash of cash and then file and pay in the fall. No worries, right? Not exactly. If you are getting a refund, you can enjoy the procrastination and the government holding
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Extra $300 From Rhode Island
(if you qualify)

Every year many low-income Rhode Islanders leave money on the table.  Up to $300 can be yours if your household income is $30,000 or less. It’s not even that complicated (well, at least for a CPA). The Rhode Island Property Tax Relief Claim is available to both owners and renters who are current on their
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Pas de D’oh*
Avoiding Business Missteps with Friends

Hip, Hop and Henry have a brilliant business idea: multi-lingual ballet shoes that guide the dancer in Russian, French and English. They do well, then a disgruntled Hop announces he is  skipping out to start a similar enterprise, and wants his money and equipment back.  The new business has no cash and  their records on
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IS SEX THERAPY TAX DEDUCTIBLE?
The Medical Deductions Quiz

I get asked this a lot. Actually,  yes — as long it is doctor-prescribed. (The lodging is on your own.) Clarinet lessons — Deductible “if advised by dentist for treatment of tooth defects”. (But tooth whitening to reverse discoloration — nope, this is cosmetic.) Wigs — Yes, “if doctor has advised as essential to mental
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FASHION, CHARITY AND DEATH
Your Tax Questions Answered

YOUR FAQ: Can I deduct volunteer time as a charitable expense? No. Charitable contributions must be tangible and measurable — money, securities, art, real estate.  You can deduct mileage and unreimbursed expenses under some circumstances.  Read more here: Okay, I build boats for a living and this guy named Gilligan jumped ship and stiffed me. 
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(EASY) OBAMACARE MONEY
For You Business or Non-Profit

Don’t leave money on the table.  Lost in the hubbub about the error-plagued website roll-out:  There have been lucrative tax credits available to very small businesses and non-profits since 2010.  And they are about to get more lucrative. How lucrative?  For 2013, up to 35% of the premiums you paid for your employees.  For 2014,
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THE SHOEBOX FILES
What Your Accountant Needs at Year End

Some years back I was sitting with a couple, routinely preparing their return when Charles matter of factly mentioned,  “Oh, we didn’t tell you we’re divorced?.” Okay, You do not have to tell us everything. But there are some things your tax preparer needs to know. Clients often forget to bring the following information: When
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Tax Checklist

Tax Client Checklist “What do I bring?”

The Basics Prior Year A copy of last year’s federal and state tax returns, if you’re a new client Earnings W-2 statements of employment earnings 1099-MISC statements of freelance earnings Self-employment summary of all your earnings, whether on a 1099 or not Investments Investment statements (1099’s) reporting capital gain/loss, interest, dividends Gain or loss for
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