10 Steps To Better Tax Preparation

Here are 10 steps to maximize your tax preparation for next tax season.

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1. Choose a great preparer.

If you don’t currently have a tax preparer, now’s the best time to get out and locate one. Your local neighborhood company that specializes in tax preparation services is a good place to start looking . Make sure that the individual you select has a Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN) demonstrating they are indeed authorized to prepare federal income tax returns. Make sure you also inquire about the fees they charge, which typically depend on the overall complexity of your return; make sure to avoid companies that take a percentage of your tax refund.

2. Set up an appointment.

The faster you get together with your tax preparer, the faster you can start the process of getting your final tax return in order. It is extremely vital to act right away if you are expecting a refund so you can get your funds as fast as possible.

3. Get your information returns together.

Towards the end of January in your tax year, you should collected different categories of information returns that you require for your return. For every single form, check to make sure the information lines up with your own records.

4. Gather your receipts.

If you choose to compile your line items as deductions then you need to make sure that the total amount exceeds your personal deduction.If the amount doesn’t pencil out then it can be a lost cause.Make sure your math is correct.

5. Include records for charitable contributions.

Make sure you have a receipt from each and every charitable donation you’ve made.If you fail to include the name of the charity and the amount then you are out of luck as far as proof to the IRS.

6. Brace yourself for tax law changes.

The IRS and the US government are always updating their regulations.Always be in the know and don’t get caught off guard.A tax preparation service will always have you covered with regards to any future changes.

7. Keep list of personal information.

Have your social security information ready to go as well as your spouse or any dependents you are claiming on your tax return.Also,have all records regarding properties you may own or investment profiles.

8. Determine whether it’s best to file an extension.

If you require more time to get all these tasks in order, you can ask for an extension to October 15, 2016. This will negate any late-filing penalties. You cannot extend beyond April 18 for paying the tax that is due to the IRS.

9. Decide what to do about a refund.

If you are expecting to get a refund on your tax return make sure you know exactly what you are going to do with the money.Having a financial plan is crucial for your own long term security.

10. Get a copy of last year’s return.

If you used a tax preparation service last year then they most likely with have all your previous files on hand which will speed up the process this filing period.





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How To Repair Your Credit Fast

Before we start talking about credit repair, we should know about the whole credit score thing. Many credit repair companies are out there who can fix your credit, and they can also increase your credit score. So, let’s see what exactly credit score is?
Well, credit score is some report card of your credit worthiness. We have passed school with our report card. The more marks we scored, the higher grades we got. The fewer marks always showed us as a bad grade. That’s right. Credit score works in the same way. It is the degree of our creditworthiness to the bank, lenders, landlords, stores, etc.
Good or Bad Credit Score
Now you must know about credit scoring. There is the good and even bad score. The credit score counts from 200 to as higher as 850. If your score is equal or as greater than 500, then your credit score will be considered as a good credit score, and if your score is under 400, then the credit score is quite bad and probably no bank will give you any loans. Yes, the higher score indicates, the more creditworthiness and the lower score will indicate the bad credit history. The upper credit score will help you to get a higher amount of loans with a lesser amount of interests which is very advantageous. That means you loan interests will be increasing according to your lower score.
How To Increase Your Credit Score and Fix Your Credit?
Gaining higher credit score is necessary. It will make you a good candidate to the lenders, banks, landlords, employers and other who can make any financial relation with you. Therefore, having a good credit score is important. If you are having a problem with lower credit score, then you must be looking for a solution to increase it right? So, how to improve credit score?
Review Your Credit Report: Try to review your credit report once in a year. Check whether you have any bad records or errors in your credit. Sometimes, you may forget about you bill payment or any other payment. By reviewing your credit report, you will become aware of any expenses you have just made previously.
Make Your Payment on Time: Whatever type of payment you have just make it on time. This is how you will be gaining higher score and will be able to prove yourself as a trustworthy creditor.
Get a Payment Reminder: You can set up a payment reminder to your account. In that case, you will be notified when you need to pay any bills and other expenses.

Get a Good Counsellors Help: If you still have any problem, you can contact with a real creditor or a credit counsellor. They will advise you on how to fix your credit and increase your credit score.
Finally, we have discussed a lot about credit score and how to fix your credit and increase your credit score. You can get more help from any credit repair companies. So, keep yourself updated with the credit report.

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Cooking Up Kitchen Remodel Profits

When I think of Entrepreneurs,I think of risk adverse dreamers going for the gold in new and exciting innovative industries.When I think of General Contractors,I think of “old school” bricks and mortar blue collar small business owners.On the surface both of these types of business personalities seem to be miles apart in philosophy and revenue but things are not always as they appear.Little did I know that kitchen remodels in particular could out perform most business ventures in a 30 day turn around time almost without exception.

“It’s a very specialized field,” says Ryan Dunn, owner of Trinity Builders in Edwards,Colorado.Ryan has built a rock solid reputation as an award winning contractor and custom home builder and has set a new standard as an entrepreneurial contractor.

There is without question a lot money in this business.Dunn’s company grosses between $4.5 million and $7.5 million a year on the 20 to 30 jobs it performs annually. The average custom kitchen remodel, including installation, runs about $90,000 although jobs start at $30,000 and reach $500,000.

I thoroughly love talking to Dunn.He routinely speaks in no-nonsense sentences, like many small-business owners I have met who have no time to waste.He most definitely knows his craft and has that”x-factor”when it comes to designing and constructing mind blowing kitchens.

Dunn swears by premium kitchen appliances made by brands such as  Liebherr and Sub-Zero,with their $12,000 refrigerators and $4,000 steam ovens.Although Dunn’s company Trinity Builders are considered ultra high-end  kitchen remodelers,  many of their clients have received a high quality product at mid- level pricing.

“We specialize in high end,but we also do quite well with competitive cabinet lines,Dunn says,adding that a quality Sub-Zero refrigerator can last for decades and pay for itself in spades.

Details are most essential in designing kitchens, which is why engineering, math and drafting are paramount. Designers must calculate when a cabinet door is too heavy for a hinge. Or whether a “slider system” under kitchen doors delivers a smooth glide.

“You have to be technically outstanding,” says Dunn. “You must be able to draft, and be an expert at math. But you also have to engineer, understand how things work together. You cannot survive in this business unless you have these kinds of technical skills.”

Kitchen designers can earn from $800,000 to $2,000,000 a year, depending on the scope of their business. They generally receive about 25 to 35 percent of the total cost of the kitchen, while Dunn receives a slightly lower margin, he believes in maximum quality delivered dollar for dollar relying on referrals as the life blood of his business.

Interestingly,Dunn confirm’s what very little I know about the kitchen remodel industry: It’s all about the cabinets.

The most lucrative cabinet margins can exceed 150 percent or more, by far the most profitable job in a renovation project. Because each kitchen is different and custom designed, cabinets are often custom-ordered and built by boutique manufacturers.

The bottom line is this.In today’s dog eat dog competition for profits,kitchen remodeling is definitely heating up and giving tradition minded entrepreneurs a run for their money.When considering your options starting out of the gate as an entrepreneur,never discount traditional business models such as running a kitchen remodeling company.







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Entrepreneurial Failure Is Inevitable

To be a successful entrepreneur you are going to experience constant failure. There is no way around it and there are almost no exceptions to this inevitable fact. Thomas Edison tried over ten thousand different experiments before he finally demonstrated the first incandescent light bulb on October 21, 1879. Bill Gates’ original company, Traf-O-Data, was a complete failure.These are just a couple of examples and if you were to interview any of the top entrepreneurs in today’s business world they would all say persistence is the key and failures are only lessons that must be learned to advance.

In my short time as an entrepreneur, I’ve failed more times than I can remember. I have also had my fair share of success, but these successes are not even close to the amount failures I’ve had to deal with in business. I don’t get discouraged though because I know that as soon as I stop failing, I have stopped trying to innovate which is critical for me. It’s the price of the business of being an entrepreneur, and of success in general.

If success was easy, everyone would be successful. It is crazy to think that every good idea that you have will result in a winning business venture. I have never heard an entrepreneur say “every single idea I come up with seems to work.” Much more likely, your bound to hear something like “I failed at my first four businesses before this one took off and made it big.”

Contemplate that for a second. Four businesses. Sometimes the number is two, sometimes it’s twenty, but the important thing to remember is that most entrepreneurs don’t hit it out of the park with their first Business. It really amazes me how many people have the persistence to fail four times and still start a fifth business? You have to be very confident in yourself to treat those previous four times as a learning experience for the fifth. And if number five failures, you have to do the same and move on to number six.

In my opinion, the most important determining factor for success is how you deal with failure. Once you accept that failure is inevitable, you are able to learn from your the sum of your mistakes and move on to the next venture. It’s easy to let the failure consume you because it can be very hard to see something that you poured all your resources into be ignored or rejected. You must  come to the conclusion that your business is what they are ignoring or rejecting, and definitely not you. The earlier you do that, the faster you can objectively analyze why you failed and learn the necessary tools for improvement in the future.