6 ways to make the most of the fall season for your small business

6 ways to make the most of the fall season for your small business

The weather is suddenly cooler. Leaves are changing color. Halloween decorations fill store shelves. Suddenly, business is picking up in your small business. Welcome to fall – for many small businesses, the busiest, most hectic, and important time of the year. How will you make the most of fall in your small business?  Fall is the time when your clients and customers are ready to once again pay attention to work – and to you…

Tools to Help Small Businesses Understand Employment Taxes

Tools to Help Small Businesses Understand Employment Taxes

The Internal Revenue Service reminds small businesses of the many free products available to help them understand and comply with the law. Products ranging from online calculators, printable calendars, step-by-step guides and a series of educational webinars are all available on IRS.gov. Federal law requires most employers to withhold federal taxes from their employees’ wages. IRS tools can help small businesses understand some of the requirements for withholding, reporting, and paying employment taxes. The IRS website, IRS.gov, provides easily accessible information and guides on…

IRS Warns of New Phone Scam Involving Bogus Certified Letters; Reminds People to Remain Vigilant Against Scams, Schemes this Summer

IRS Warns of New Phone Scam Involving Bogus Certified Letters; Reminds People to Remain Vigilant Against Scams, Schemes this Summer

IR-2017-107, June 15, 2017 WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service today warned people to beware of a new scam linked to the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS), where fraudsters call to demand an immediate tax payment through a prepaid debit card. This scam is being reported across the country, so taxpayers should be alert to the details. In the latest twist, the scammer claims to be from the IRS and tells the victim about two…

9 Questions To Ask About Student Loans Before You Graduate

9 Questions To Ask About Student Loans Before You Graduate

It may not be your first priority, but preparing to repay your student loans should be on your pre-graduation to-do list. How you manage your student loan payments will shape your finances for decades to come, so know what you’re dealing with before you get swept up in the day-to-day demands of post-graduate life. There are a handful of legitimate ways you can make your student loan payments more affordable, but it’s very likely you’ll come across…

What to do After the Tax-Filing Deadline

What to do After the Tax-Filing Deadline

WASHINGTON — Tax day has come and gone for most people, but some taxpayers may still be dealing with their taxes. The IRS offers these tips for handling some typical after-tax-day issues: Didn’t File by April 18? There is no penalty for filing a late return after the tax deadline if the taxpayer receives a refund. Penalties and interest only accrue on unfiled returns if taxes are not paid by April 18. Anyone who did…

Tax Time Draws Near

Tax Time Draws Near

The Internal Revenue Service reminded taxpayers that while more than 90 percent of federal tax refunds are issued in 21 days or less, some refunds may take longer. Many factors can affect the timing of a refund after the IRS receives the return. Also, taxpayers should take into consideration the time it takes a financial institution to post the refund to an account or for it to arrive in the mail. Taxpayers eager to know…

Taxes Done? The Perfect Time to Contact a Tax Pro.

Taxes Done? The Perfect Time to Contact a Tax Pro.

Taxes Done? By the time most of us finish our taxes, we don’t want to think about them again for a long while. However, that’s exactly what financially savvy taxpayers do! By taking a look at your tax situation before the year is over, you can take advantage of every legal means to reduce the amount you’ll pay in taxes next year. If you know in advance of looming life changes, events such as marriage,…

Stick to Your Holiday Budget

Stick to Your Holiday Budget

Holiday Budgeting and Spending…. Depending on which source you choose to get the numbers, the average American shopper is estimated to spend anywhere  between $737 and $1000 in that vague, ambiguous category we label as “holiday spending” for the 2014 season. While there’s no easy solution to the budgeting process for the holiday season, there are some steps we can follow in order to keep that spending in line.  Much of this should happen WELL…

Mapping Your Future: The Cost of Higher Education

Mapping Your Future: The Cost of Higher Education

College is expensive. Most parents, when faced with that first year of college tuition payments cringe at the thought.  One significant way parents can ease those painful costs is with available tax credits. An education credit reduces the amount of tax owed on your tax return.  If the credit reduces your tax to less than zero, you may even receive a refund.   There are two education credits available: the American Opportunity Tax Credit and the Lifetime Learning…

Business of the Month!

Business of the Month!

Barb Lanis My Home Funds/1st Advantage Mortgage www.myhomefunds.com My mission is to provide you with exceptional customer service. As a partner with you in the home financing process, I will provide you with updated market information and a variety of lending programs to meet your individual needs. In addition, I am committed to keeping you informed throughout the loan process, and am here to answer questions, explain options and eliminate hassles and worry along the…



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