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By Jane Barratt | Thursday, April 16, 2015

3 Ways to Make Tax Time Easier Next Year

Tax time doesn't have to be ghastly

Doing your taxes can be stressful, complicated, and time consuming—as most of us have just been reminded.

Alas, tax time isn’t going anywhere.

So here are three tips for making tax season a little less painful next year.

By Jolie Miller | Saturday, February 28, 2015

6 Simple and Painless Money-Saving Tips

try these simple money saving tips

I’m one of those people for whom saving and budgeting isn’t always top of mind. But tax time always reminds me that I need to be more vigilant.

So I need savings hacks that are—dare I say—fun. In fact, they should be so painless that I don’t notice I’m doing something terribly responsible.

Of course, you can learn all about setting financial goals on lynda.com.

But here are six of my own favorite money-saving tips:

By Bonnie Biafore | Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Recording Home Office Expenses in QuickBooks

Record your home office expenses in QuickBooks

Did you know that if you run your business from home, you can use part of your home office expenses as company expenses?

Usually, you’ll record those expenses in your company’s books at the end of the year when you’re getting ready for tax season.

If you’re new to bookkeeping, you might wonder how to get those expenses into your company’s books. I’m going to show you how to use Journal Entries to record your home office expenses in QuickBooks.

By Josh Zweig | Wednesday, February 18, 2015

How to Avoid a Tax Audit (Hint: Use FreshBooks!)

how to avoid a tax audit? use FreshBooks

Of all the things on your to-do list, neat record-keeping probably doesn’t fall high on the list. But when your neighborhood tax auditor comes around, you may wish it had.

Many business owners don’t keep proper records, so they get burned during a tax audit, paying out hard-earned dollars in interest and penalties. Fortunately, with cloud accounting software like Freshbooks, you can “audit-proof” your books to stay in the clear—and reduce your stress during tax season.

Here’s how to avoid a tax audit using FreshBooks.

By Jane Barratt | Tuesday, February 10, 2015

How to Lower Your Taxes — in 3 Steps

How to lower your taxes

My goal as an investment advisor is to get people out of the day-to-day, money in-money out cycle, and start them thinking of themselves as investors.

The first step is to reduce your taxes so you’ll have more money to invest, or add to the investments you have. The sooner that happens, the sooner benefits like tax advantages can start to pay off for you.

I’m going to show you how to lower your taxes — with these three steps.

By Jane Barratt | Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Want to Make Money During Tax Season? Pay Yourself First

Pay Yourself First during tax season

It’s tax time. TV and radio commercials may be making you feel lousy about the prospect of doing your taxes and the fact that you’ve already abandoned your New Year’s resolution to get your financial house in order.

So here’s a different way to think about that annual headache that is your tax return—a way that will change your approach, increase your resolve, and potentially make you money that you may currently be leaving on the table:

Pay yourself first.

By Jess Stratton | Saturday, January 17, 2015

How to Start Your Own Business This Year

follow our guide to start your own busines

So you want to start your own business this year? Congratulations! Making that decision is huge. It’s the first step towards a very exciting and rewarding endeavor.

It can also be overwhelming. In addition to knowing your craft or trade, you also now have to know how to run a business! But you can do it.

I’m going to show you exactly what you need to know—and exactly where to learn it.

By Alicia Katz Pollock | Monday, November 17, 2014

Tips for Managing Your Credit Cards in QuickBooks

Managing your credit cards in QuickBooks

 

When I train people to use QuickBooks, I come across many “creative” ways of managing credit cards. If you don’t use QuickBooks’ tools properly, it limits your reporting in many ways.

Here are some of the best practices I recommend.

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