Procrastinating on your taxes? You could win

If you haven’t done your taxes yet this year, and would like to enter to win a giveaway for the TaxCut program, leave a comment in this post about what you’d rather being doing instead of filing your taxes. The funniest two comments (as judged by me, and...

Filed your taxes already?

I’m jealous of all you people that are able to do your taxes already. I’m not sure why, because I will probably owe, but I am. It must be the not knowing. You see, we can’t ever file until the day taxes are due — if we’re lucky and...

Health care flexible spending accounts

I’ve been trying to explain the benefits of a health care flexible spending account clearly, and haven’t had much success. So I’m going to give it a go here to see if writing it out helps me. (If anyone sees anything I’ve overlooked, or...

Get flexible

Flexible spending, that is. If your employer offers a flexible spending plan, it’s something to consider, especially if you have a good idea of what your medical expenses or childcare expenses usually run. The benefit to a flexible spending plan wasn’t...

Property taxes are due

We just got our tax bill, and I didn’t think they were too bad. (We have extremely low property taxes out here.) At first I was surprised that they weren’t higher, but then I compared them with last year’s amount and discovered that they were...

Homeowner’s interest & student loans

A reason often given for not paying off your mortgage or student loans is that you get a tax break by having them. However, just having a mortgage or a student loan and paying thousands of dolllars in interest on them doesn’t guarantee you a tax break. Whether...

Doh!

The one day I don’t check first thing in the morning to be sure my post actually published, it didn’t. (Guess that’s what happens when I forget to click “publish”.) Oh well, you can see what I meant to post today tomorrow instead....

Finally started our taxes

I finally started our taxes last night, and am making slow-but-sure progress on them. Actually, I shouldn’t say “finally” since this is actually pretty early for me to be doing them. Usually I wait until very close to (or on) the deadline. It’s...

Tax deductions as a roadmap to success

A recent trip to the accountant got me thinking about business tax deductions, and how they could become a roadmap to success. I mean, in theory, the IRS allows you to deduct the types of business expenses that are typical costs of doing business, and if they’re...

Tax program & e-filing deals

It’s tax time, which means there are a number of deals to be found regarding both tax programs and e-filing. Here are a few of the ones I’ve found: Free File – Free File (via the IRS web site) allows taxpayers with an Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) of...