Get ready to take credits for some overlooked expenses

Now that deadline to file 2011 tax return is upon us, there are several overlooked credits that you may qualify. You may want to collect the receipts for expenses for continuing education, charitable contributions and child-care expenses.

You may qualify up to $2,000 per family credit for tuition. You do not have to be a full-time student or pursuing for a degree. This credit is calculated as 20% of up to $10,000 of your tuition, fees and books. In order to qualify, your adjusted gross income must be less than $60,000 for single and $120,000 if married filing jointly.

You can take a deduction for charitable contributions if you itemize. You need to keep receipts for cash donations and keep other records such as store receipts for items you donated to charity.

Child-care credit could be up to $3,000 a child or $6,000 for two or more. In order to qualify, both spouses must be working or one must be a full-time student. Keep receipts for expenses of child care payments, cost of day camps and before and after school care expenses for under 13 years of age kids.

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elegant on January 23rd 2012 in Finance

Looking for Hawaii vacation packa

With the internet seeping into every activity of our daily life, it has become more of a need than just a want that it used to be a decade ago.  Thanks to Web 2.0, one gets access to rich media as well as online tools that range from anything that converts kilos to pounds all the way to book a Hawaiian vacation as well.

For that matter not only will you be able to look for Hawaii vacation packages but also find options for anything related to hotels, airline ticket deals, sightseeing tours, car rentals and so on and so forth. And all it takes is for you to access websites over the internet which provides you with search and book tools that can help you find the vacation that is suited to your tastes.

When it comes to Hawaii hotels, one can find options just right for the budget traveler or for those who believe that money isn’t a criterion when it comes to enjoying a vacation. In addition, each of these travel sites provides contact information so that one can get in touch with local travel agents who can help you with your travel needs.

So regardless of whether it is a last minute getaway or a well planned vacation for the family, you can be sure that all your needs will be taken care as soon as you make the payments for that dream vacation that you’ve been planning for sometime or on the spur of the moment.

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publisher on January 20th 2015 in Uncategorized

How the IRS is Going High-Tech for Tax Settlement in 2014

The IRS is making some changes to how users file and inquire about their taxes. A certified IRS lawyer has become much more important as regulations hit the tax preparation industry, but the individual may feel more empowered with these high-tech changes.

Tax return preparation:

A tax attorney may soon be required to hold certification, in order to keep consumers safe from over-inflated claims. The IRS will also direct customers to certified partners for preparation, as opposed to the IRS offices. This is to cut down on the foot traffic and resources in the 250 offices around the nation. Taxpayers have the advantage of shopping for the provider that is best for them, and the IRS will continue its free filing program. Consumers can deduct the money from preparation, and federal filing for most tax returns is free.

 Transcript service:

Tax payers who need to show proof of last year’s statement will find some relief from the IRS website. Users will be able to “Get Transcript” copies that they can show to a lawyer or other tax preparer to certify last year’s forms. This is also useful for businesses looking to estimate taxes for the year ahead. Forms will require a social security number or EIN, but downloading these forms is free.

Tax law questions:

Simple tax law questions can be answered through the tax codes listed on the IRS website. The IRS maintains helpful FAQs that break down concepts like deductions and business tax for individuals seeking the DIY method of tax preparation. OF course, more complex questions do arise. The IRS will begin referring tax payers to other resources to find the answers they seek. These resources may include a tax attorney lawyer, or a certified tax professional. It’s helpful to talk to someone knowledgeable with the laws, especially as requirements change for tax-free and tax-deferred holdings.

Individuals holding money offshore are especially recommended to contact a tax professional, as requirements have changed and they will need to get current with back taxes owed.

Tax refund inquiries:

By far, the most frequent inquiry received by the IRS is the status of a refund. Rather than devote customer service manpower to answering this question, the government has chosen an automated response. Tax payers can now utilize the “Where is My Refund” form to locate returns that have not been received. The new IRS2Go mobile app also offers this service in both English and Spanish.


The preceding guest post comes courtesy of the Law Offices Of Jeffrey B. Kahn, P.C. Kahn is a tax settlement attorney serving the state of California.

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submit on December 30th 2013 in Legal

Save Money with Artificial Grass

Even with the recession roughly five years behind us, most people would love to find a way they could save money. Many of us have already done away with luxury purchases and even found alternatives to our more expensive name brand products. Unfortunately, this isn’t enough for a lot of people. They still need help staying above water.

Fortunately, there’s artificial grass. That’s right, an artificial alternative to the traditional method of growing a lawn for your residential home. You only need to think about it for a little while to discover how installing fake grass could be the financial breakthrough you need.

When an artificial grass manufacturer delivers your lawn and it gets installed, the vast majority of the money you’ll ever spend on it is behind you. Unlike natural lawns, your artificial alternative will never need to be watered. You’ll never have to aerate it, feed it with fertilizer or go around pulling weeds.

Best of all, you won’t have to water it on a regular basis. This is a huge amount of savings, especially for those of you who live in the types of climates where water is needed on the grass every week, if not every day.

Before you start considering extreme measures, consider the option of installing fake grass. It will save you time in the long run and, most of all, money.

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submit on December 19th 2013 in Goods and Services

Artificial Grass is Here to Save You Time and Money

Are you looking for ways to save your money thanks to this dragging economy? Are you starting to worry about the future of your finances as things continue to get worse? Have you already tried cutting unnecessary luxuries out of your life? If you answered “yes” to one or more of these questions, you’re in luck. There’s actually a very easy way to save money and it’s all around you (provided you’re reading this from home).

Consider installing fake turf grass for your lawn. You read that right. Natural grass is just too expensive to maintain these days and, unfortunately, there’s just no reason to think that will be changing soon. Not only can you save money with artificial grass, you’ll be able to save money too. Life is just better with a fake lawn.

When you had your natural lawn installed, the cost was just a drop in the bucket. The real fees were yet to come as you paid for gas to mow it, chemicals to strengthen and kill weeds and an endless supply of water to feed it.

But artificial grass cost far less than the natural version. You pay for the grass you need, have it installed and then spend a negligible amount going forward in order to maintain it. As a result, you get a great looking lawn, money in your pocket and free time to do as you life.


Article submitted by Artificial Turf Supply. The company is one of the best artificial lawn

 suppliers in the business.

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submit on December 19th 2013 in Goods and Services

Efficient Heating Solutions

Water Heater Installation is not rocket science, but it is definitely not something for someone who isn’t mechanically inclined. From the pipework, to the wiring, installing a new water heater is more than just a bolt-on affair, it is a process that requires skill, and sometimes, a little bit of good-ol’-fashioned elbow grease and experience.

When looking for a new water heater installation always look for a specialist who has done such an install before. Most water heaters, while electrically suppressed, can still create an electrical shock hazard when installed incorrectly. Ensure that your location is a good, clean, and dry location, suitable for either a tanked, or tankless water heater. Secondly, turn off the main water supply to prevent an unexpected flood when unhooking pipes to pipe in the new water heater. Third, ensure that the mains plug, or wiring circuit for the room you are installing the heater in is switched off to prevent electrical shock and prevent expensive damage to the building mains power supply. Once installed, always check for leaks, proper water supply and pressure before switching on the power to your new water heater. Once checked, turn it on and enjoy your new hot water supply.

Reward yourself after with a hot shower and watch your worries and fatigue wash away as you shower in nothing but the warmest water your new water heater brings you. Enjoy your showers more with a burst of hot water and live life a little warmer.

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submit on December 18th 2013 in Goods and Services

Making Your Outdoor Furniture Comfortable

Everyone loves having patio furniture. It makes it easy to get outside, when the weather is nice, and enjoy the day, while keeping some of the comfort we associate with staying indoors. One of the most important parts of maintaining this comfort is by outfitting our furniture with the best cushions possible.

When you buy furniture, it will generally come with the cushions you need for it. However, a quick search online will show you that you have options as far as those cushions are concerned. Most furniture, especially outdoor furniture, is made to certain industry specifications as far as the cushions go. This makes it incredibly easy to replace them with better versions, if you like. The variety you’re using right now could be just fine for your needs, but what happens if/when they become worn out? Don’t throw out or replace the furniture, order new cushions. It’s far cheaper and you get to keep the furniture you love.

The same can be done for campers and RVs. These are both great options for enjoying the outdoors farther from home, of course. However, their comfort also depends in large part on cushions. RV and camper cushions are easy to find online and can save the comfort of any vehicle you use for camping.

Instead of throwing away or replacing large amounts of furniture when they’re no longer enjoyable to sit in, consider your options for simply getting new cushions.


Article submitted by The Foam Factory. The company sells all manner of comfort for your home including seat cushions and even those for your camper.

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submit on December 17th 2013 in Hardware, Industrial and Manufacturing

Clean Air, Better Health

Do you want to maintain or improve your health? While keeping a balanced diet and regular exercise will keep you healthy, making sure that the air you breathe is clean is another factor to consider. Air usually carries various allergens and pollutants that the body could not easily detect. While the effects may not explicitly show early, the long term effects of poor air quality can be devastating. Home air filters can sanitize the air inside your home by up to 98 percent. There are many popular brands for air filters in the market such as Filtrete, Honeywell and 3M. You can buy either a disposable or a reusable filter, depending on your lifestyle and budget.

While dust is somehow visible, organic pollutants, toxins and allergens are not. These are usually found not only in the air but also in household furniture and even the very walls of your home. With an air filter, the air passes through several times in a filter to catch small and large particles of harmful elements. The filter can only hold a certain amount of these elements so make sure that you replace or clean the filter at least once a month.


Article submitted by Your Filter Connection. Your Filter Connection is one of the leading online suppliers of cooling and heating filters. They carry brands such as Carrier, American Standard, Gibson, Goodman, Maytag, Honeywell, Lennox, Emerson and Filtrete air filters. They also provide air conditioners, air purifiers, humidifiers and a whole lot more.

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submit on December 16th 2013 in Construction

You’ve Got Mail, but How?

Posted by Phin Upham

In the article, “Your Mail Has Vanished,” Michael Specter reveals the electronic route of the email, how it travels from source to destination. He embarked on this journey because one day his friend at The New Yorker advised him that he never received his email. Specter found the email in his sent folder and send it a second time; the friend received it this time. After this experience, Specter wanted to know why some emails never get delivered. The article describes his journey and actually reveals the answers.

It also reveals just how important email has become to us. About email, the author writes: “Too often, it seems caught in some middle space—not quite writing, yet more than typing. It is a medium where you are permitted to use words in a way you wouldn’t anywhere else. It is easy to be snobby about E-mail; but for many people the words ‘You’ve got mail’ have become among the most comforting they can hear all day.”

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submit on November 25th 2013 in Internet

Foam for Your RV

Every summer, thousands of people all over the country pack up their RV and hit the road. Whether it’s on to a specific site or festival or it’s simply to take a tour of a certain area, RVs are a great way to enjoy the open road. But there’s more to RVs then just being able to haul you and your family to any given destination. RVs are supposed to provide a certain amount of modern comfort as well. In this regard, the right RV cushions can make all the difference.

Because your RV features places to sleep, it’s not rare for many families to spend more than a night or two on the road. Often one person drives while the other drivers sleep and they simply pull over and switch when the time comes. While this doesn’t make up the whole trip, it’s an easy way to cover distance fast.

This highlights why the right foam seat is so important though. All that sitting can be torture on your body if you don’t have the right comfort to go along with it.

Of course, the drivers aren’t the only ones who need a comfortable place to sit. The whole entire idea behind an RV is that it provides modern amenities no matter where you go. Each year, before it’s time to hit the road, check your RV to make sure the foam you use is still providing the comfort you demand.


Article submitted by The Foam Factory. They specialize in everything foam-related from packaging foam to the kind you use in mattresses and other cushion needs.

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submit on November 25th 2013 in Hardware, Industrial and Manufacturing

How to Get the Shoes You Love at the Price You Want

Whether you’re looking for Adidas gazelle sale prices or a skate shoes sale, your best options are almost always online. But before you begin purchasing the shoes you’ve had your eye on, mull over the following criteria when considering a potential seller.

While you know your shoe size, you may not know what it is across certain brands. This means you could be a size 11 in one brand of shoe, but a size 11.5 in another. Obviously this can be a big problem. Even if a company provides an adequate return policy, you probably don’t want to put up with the trouble of having to ship shoes back to them, hoping that the next size up is a model that will fit.

The easiest way to remedy this potential problem is to find a business that sells the shoes you want locally. Then simply visit them, try on the pair of shoes you’re interested in and confirm they fit comfortably. After that, you can confidently order the pair of shoes you want, knowing they’ll fit when they’re delivered.

If you can wait, try waiting until the holiday seasons to purchase your shoes. Just like the brick-and-mortar versions, online stores will work hard to compete for your business. This can include dropping their prices significantly.

Online shopping makes it easier than ever to find the shoes you want at a price that’s fair. However, before you go online and buy your favorite brands, consider the above advice.


Article submitted by Millennium Shoes, Inc.. They offer Chuck Taylors, Adidas Gazelle shoes, New Balance shoes and a number of other brands and models.

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submit on November 14th 2013 in Goods and Services