Tax Carnival Ecstasy – January 10, 2013

Welcome to the January 10, 2013 edition of Tax Carnival Ecstasy. In this edition we have an article from John Schmoll on the First Steps to Investing in the Stock Market for those looking to save for retirement. Bill Smith looks at President Obama And The Fiscal Cliff Deal that was recently signed after passage in the House of Representatives. And finally we have a post on Ways An IRS Tax Lawyer Help You.  Hope you enjoy the articles in the carnival, bookmark our page, like on Facebook, tweet, share with your friends and come back soon.

James Dean presents Bad Credit Debt Consolidation Loans – How To Find Legitimate Companies posted at Unsecured Bad Credit Debt Consolidation & Personal Loans Online, saying, “Bad credit debt consolidation loans help the borrower to get out multiple debts by simply paying them all off with one single loan payment. This loan payment is often at a lower interest rate than the previous multiple debts and normally, it also has better payment terms. This is like a breath of fresh air for those people that are up to their necks in debt and need help getting their credit rating back up to a healthy place.”

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English: Showing how the rapid rise in in mortgage credit distress is being led by subprime ARMs. Conventional loans past due 90+ days and Conventional loans in foreclosure. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Gregory Arnold presents How The Unemployed Can Get $1500 Fast Cash Advance Loans posted at Online Fast Cash Loans, saying, “It has been a tradition that if one is not working or earning less than 500 dollars a month, they are not legible for a personal loan on low income or against unemployment. This kind of arrangement has changed with time and the risks involved in extending financial aid to unemployed have been bypassed hence giving the lenders like payday and cash advance lenders to extend loans in small installments to the unemployed;”

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Gregory Arnold presents Does Anyone Know Reputable Online Cash Advance Lenders? posted at Online Fast Cash Loans, saying, “It is normal for people to face financial problems. These problems can be dealt with easily, but when salary is not expected soon, that becomes very difficult. However, nowadays there are more efficient ways of dealing with such problems. One of them is applying for cash advance. To do this, you need to look for a good lender. So, the question still remains: does anyone know reputable online cash advance lenders?”

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Bill Smith presents Free Tax Filing For 2010 Amended Return posted at 2010Taxes, saying, “Even with the best of intentions, mistakes happen. Sometimes they can be costly. But in the case of amended tax returns, fixing them could be free.”

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John Schmoll presents First Steps to Investing in the Stock Market posted at Frugal Rules, saying, “Just starting to invest in the stock market can be a daunting task for many. But, with a few simple guidelines you can get started on the road to investing for your future.”

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Bill Smith presents IRS Tax Lawyer Due Diligence posted at 2008 Taxes, saying, “Tax attorneys can help people with IRS problems. The IRS is always willing to work with the tax payer to get issues resolved.”

Bill Smith presents Electronic Version Of Pub 17: Getting Cozy With The IRS posted at 2009 Tax, saying, “The electronic version of pub 17 is in PDF format. It contains valuable information about filing your federal tax return.”

Bill Smith presents President Obama And The Fiscal Cliff Deal posted at 2012 Tax – Free Tax Filing Options, saying, “President Obama has left out certain important aspects of the fiscal cliff deal, in a video broadcast on the Web.”

Bill Smith presents The Fiscal Cliff Fact Check posted at 2012 Taxes – Free Tax Filing Options, saying, “Checking the facts on President Obama and the ‘fiscal cliff’ deal.”

Bill Smith presents Fiscal Cliff Deal – 77 Percent Of All Americans Set To Pay More Taxes posted at 2012 Taxes – Free Tax Filing Options, saying, “The President has claimed that the Tuesday night fiscal cliff deal will reduce middle class taxes in America. However, taxes for most Americans will increase in 2013.”

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Bill Smith presents In What Way Can An IRS Tax Lawyer Help You posted at 2009 Taxes, saying, “Even though taxing is such an important subject, it is a pity that quite a number of people are unaware of the depth and importance of taxing.”

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Tax Carnival Ecstasy – November 29, 2012

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Welcome to the November 29, 2012 edition of Tax Carnival Ecstasy. In this edition we start with two articles from Bill Smith, a look at Eco Products That Are Tax Deductible and an article all about the Buffett Rule. Then there’s a post on the Fiscal Cliff and whether large corporations are immune by John Schmoll. Finally David de Souza examines Where Your Taxes Go. Hope you enjoy the material, bookmark, share, like on Facebook, tweet and follow the next edition of the carnival.

Shelby Martin presents 5 Reasons to Give Your Nanny a Year-End Review posted at GoNannies.com Blog, saying, “Annual nanny reviews do more than give nanny employers an opportunity to give their nanny a raise; they provide a much needed opportunity to evaluate the health of the working relationship.”

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Morris presents How It Is Possible To Obtain A Mortgage Loan With Bad Credit posted at Fast Bad Credit Loan Blog, saying, “A bad credit mortgage loan is acquirable for those people who may have less income and have adverse scores and allows them to get loans sooner and more quickly. It is however important for the applier to know that there is a price to pay in order to get a bad credit home loan.”

Morris presents Things You Need To Apply For A Bad Credit Business Loan posted at Fast Bad Credit Loan Blog, saying, “When masses begin to think about bad credit business loans, chances are that they have had a difficulty repaying their former loans or debts within the right time. This is a ordinary thing majorly with start ups. Having negative history for debts does not imply irresponsibility.”

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Bill Smith presents Eco Products That Are Tax Deductible posted at 2010Taxes, saying, “There are plenty of things that can help you save money if you go green. In 2011 you could write off home energy efficiency improvements.”

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Bill Smith presents Learn About The Buffett Rule posted at 2011 Taxes, saying, “Dr. Cornwall wants everyone to know that there will never be a tax increase on the extremely wealthy population (The Buffett Rule) that will put the tiniest dent in the tax shortfall of the United States.”

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John Schmoll presents Are Large Companies Immune to the Fiscal Cliff? posted at Frugal Rules, saying, “Unless you’re living under a rock you’ve heard of the Fiscal Cliff. We all know how it could possibly affect individuals, but how would it affect companies? Many companies will have to make decisions about what they’re going to do with their cash after the Fiscal Cliff meets its outcome.”

David de Souza presents Where Does Your Tax Go? posted at TaxFix Feed Update, saying, “If you have ever wondered where you tax goes this post highlights how your taxable income is spent by the government.”

James Powell presents What The Child Benefit Changes Mean To You posted at Tax Credits, saying, “Child Benefit is changing. This blog posts highlights what the Child Benefit Changes Mean To You.”

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Self Employed? – Here’s 5 Reasons Why You Need An Accountant

For the self-employed, tax time can be an entirely different experience than for those who are either employed by another company or own their own business. Being self-employed means that you are technically both an employer and an employee, and are at times responsible for paying taxes on issues that affect both.

Taxes are already complex enough for the average individual, but that situation is exacerbated by your current status. As a result, it may be wise to talk to an accountant, as they can not only find special deductions and benefits, but save you the time and anxiety of having to figure out your tax status.

1. Special Rules

In the United States, every working individual is responsible for paying tax for Social Security and Medicare. However, the amount of tax paid is typically split between the employer and employee, whereas with a self-employed person they are responsible for both. This is just one of a number of different rules and forms that change as a result being self-employed. Having a certified accountant will help you sort through the brambles and not have to worry about an audit.

2. Loopholes and Tricks

Regardless of what type of situation you are in, it’s never a bad idea to consult an accountant as they are far more educated on how to maximize your tax return. Every year the government passes legislation or makes changes to the tax code that affects businesses of all types. Special credits and other tax friendly programs may also be introduced but not publicized to the general public.

Accountants are paid to keep abreast of such situations and how they apply to their various clients. In fact, many of the special tax benefits and tricks apply specifically to those who own a business, and having an accountant experienced with the self-employed may end up saving you far more than the cost of the hiring one.

3. Time

Even if you are willing to sift through the morass of new forms, rules and special deductions and exemptions, the one thing you will inevitably lose is time. Paying an accountant to do your taxes will save you time to concentrate on running your business. Depending on how much income you can generate with that time, it may be that it’s more cost effective to earn money to pay for an accountant than do your taxes for free.

4. Advice and Audits

Accountants can also be relied upon for advice as to how to avoid certain tax penalties or qualify for specific deductions or exemptions. For example, as you can deduct equipment purchases over a single year or over a extended period of time, you can consult them on which deduction works best for your business. If you are by chance audited, a qualified professional can assist you with the process.

5. Online Alternatives

For some self-employed individuals, it can be very difficult to pay for an accountant given their limited financial resources. Relying on an accountant, however, doesn’t necessarily mean relying on a living person. Accounting software can be just as adept at finding the best deductions provided you give it the information they require.

As a result online software is best reserved for those that have relatively simple situations, especially self-employed individuals who will likely be using the standard deduction for much of their taxes.

John Hill writes on behalf of Public Liability Insurance dot org an online resource for business insurance including childrens liability insurance.

The Hidden Extras of a Loan

On the surface, getting a loan should be a straightforward process, but there are so many factors that can affect the final price paid. Hence, looking for the cheapest loans takes time and effort.

The best deals available will be offered to those customers with a good credit profile, but even they can get lower rates of interest (and hence monthly payments) by taking out a secured loan rather than an unsecured loan.

Secured loans are available for larger amounts borrowed over longer periods and, although the rate of interest will be lower (due to the additional security for the lender), the costs of setting up the loan will be charged to the borrower.

Loans under £10,000 will probably be unsecured for most borrowers, meaning that there will be a few extra add on costs other than an administration fee. Secured borrowers may have to pay for independent property valuation and registration fees, although these may be added to the loan and repaid over time.

Lenders look for a particular profile of customer, so comparing terms offered can be important in getting an application approved. Good credit profiles will have the widest choice, whilst those with a poor credit history can expect to pay a premium to borrow and have a shorter repayment period.

This means that for a similar £5,000 loan, a poor credit profile customer may pay an additional £2,000 in interest and fees over the life of a five year loan. Therefore prospective borrowers should do everything possible to improve a credit profile before applying for a loan as this can save many pounds.

Checking credit information costs just £2 or may even be free through one of the credit reference agencies. Several offer a free one month trial, which allows an easy to see view of the credit information held so that any incorrect information can be challenged.

Another additional cost to consider is the addition of payment protection insurance (PPI). There has been a large amount of bad press relating to the sale of PPI by banks but it can be a worthwhile addition provided it is properly explained at the time of sale and the customer qualifies for cover.

Self employed people and those with pre-existing medical conditions or previous knowledge of impending redundancy will not be eligible. There is also at least a six month qualifying period before a claim can be made.

On the plus side, PPI policies will make monthly loan payments if the worst happens. Extreme care needs to be exercised before taking on the additional cost of a PPI policy.

One measure of the cost of a loan is the stated APR (Annual Percentage Rate). This adds in all fees and charges and makes a standardised calculation as to the true cost of credit.

This is a fair comparison for loans over a year in duration, but can give some high values where short term loans are taken out.

Since the APR calculation looks at the cost per annum, a short pay day loan of 20 days, for example, could have a rate approaching 2,200%.

Some loan companies also have a policy of charging fees for missed payments or when loans are in arrears. Make sure to check what could be charged as an administration fee or late payment fee should a payment be missed. These can soon amount to a considerable sum and will not be included in the APR stated.

The final true test is the monthly repayment plus any fees paid. Rather than relying on APRs alone, always check the amount of the payment and the number of payments to be made, plus any additional fees.

Check what happens in the event of a default and it should be possible to flush out all the potential hidden costs.

 

Sam is a finance writer based in the UK, currently working for Moneysupermarket.com

Retirement Savings There When You Need It

There are times when we find ourselves in financial pinches perhaps an unexpected medical bill or car repair or we could just be going through a rough patch and need some help. These are the times when we should consider a 401k loan because they are different than traditional bank loans in that they come with very low interest rates, there is no credit check and you have longer to pay them back which is done through payroll deductions. Though there are tax implications involved, it still may be your best bet.

All companies are different and have different rules attached. For instance, some will allow you only one 401k loan per twelve months whereas others will allow you two and the maximum loan amount is typically fifty percent of what you have contributed. Also, some plans prevent you from contributing more until the loan is paid back. In addition, there is also a 401k hardship withdrawal in which you can take if there is an immediate need for the funds such as primary residence eviction prevention or funeral expenses for the death of a spouse. This type of loan is a little different in that it requires additional paperwork and you can obtain one even if you have maxed your regular loan limit. There again, you may not be allowed to contribute to your account for a minimum of six months. This is actually a withdrawal and not a loan so you are not required to pay it back.

Should you change jobs and still owe money on your retirement loans, it may be a good idea to consider a 401k rollover. That way, you will not lose any of your contributed funds. If you are already fully vested with your present company, the face value of the account is yours however, cashing it out may involve early withdrawal penalties. Your outstanding loans, any penalties and a twenty percent tax will be taken right off the top and could most literally leave you with very little in the end so rolling it over into a new account would most likely be your best option in that situation.