Wednesday, December 17, 2014

When Can You File Your 2014 Taxes?

Yes, it's almost here. No, not Christmas but rather tax season. Some people are wondering when you can file your 2014 taxes in 2015. Some people believe that you can file as soon as the new years starts but that is actually not true. Even if you aren't waiting for a W2 from your employer, the IRS has to actually open up tax season, which typically starts between January 15th or so up till January 31st. Unfortunately, last year you could not start filing till January 31st, which had some people having to patiently (or impatiently) wait for a refund.

You may not be able to start your taxes right now or even at the first of the year. However, you can at least start getting prepared by having everything in order such as receipts and deductions. Once you get your W2 forms, and yes, some companies make you wait until the last moment, you can even use an online tax company like Turbo Tax in order to get started.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Book Review of Bad Blood

Bad Blood by Linda Corby is a story about a life that any one of us could have had. A life of anguish, pain, and triumph. It's story that is heartbreaking yet you feel the author's spirit and will to go on. If you love this type of true story then you'll love this book, just as I did.

Without giving away spoilers, let's just say that there are parts that are difficult to read. You feel the author's pain and can empathize with her, or at least I can. Many autobiographies are too polished, too “camera ready” and full of all the right things to say or perfect formatting. While I would have enjoyed a little better formatting (hey, it can be a real pain to format right for the Kindle) that took nothing away from the story. In fact, it made it all the more realistic and raw.

Check out Linda Corby's autobiography and you'll be drawn into her story and her world.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Earned Income Credit Table for 2014

Tax season will be here before you know it and I know a lot of people who always look forward to the EIC (Earned Income Credit) that they get each year. We've never gotten it since we don't have children (although I did see if you don't make a certain amount of income you may still qualify) but it's good to be able to look and see what you might get back. The Earned Income Credit Table for 2014 is the perfect solution.

This table allows you to see what the prerequisites are in order to get back the Earned Income Tax Credit so you may be able to gauge what your refund will be. At the very least, it will give you a better idea of what you're looking at before you get started. Check it out - it's free to use and gives you an outlook of your tax refund.

When Did Christmas Sneak Up?

We always get ready for Christmas way in advance and usually have our shopping done long before December. Well, most of our shopping is done but I didn't even realize that it is just two weeks before Christmas. I haven't mailed out my cards yet and we haven't finished all of our shopping; we have not even decorated. Somehow, getting busy with work, photo shoots, etc, it crept up on us.

At least we're almost done, the cards are easy to mail out, and the decorations we'll do this weekend after a shoot.

Christmas, you almost got me this year!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Tax Refund Calculator for 2015

It's almost that time again - time to do your taxes. While some people put it off until the last minute, many want to at least try to gauge what they'll owe or what their refund might be. Fortunately, you can get an idea of that data by using a tax refund calculator for 2015.

How it works is that it's online and you simply enter your estimated data. Now while it can't be entirely accurate down to the penny, you can get an idea of what is going on with your taxes so you don't get surprised by an amount owed or if you are getting a refund, you can plan for the future.

If you're like me, you're impatient and want to know right away - regardless of the outcome. This is the perfect tool for those kind of people or simply those who may have an idea of what they might be expecting but simply want to be sure.

Best of all, it's free to use so you can go ahead and get an idea of your tax refund or what you might owe, without having to pay.

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