Check out my ten favorite tax preparation tips to help you get those returns filed!
Personal information and previous tax returns
Information and income for everyone in your household
Income from W-2 forms
Self-employment income and expenses; 1099 and K-1 forms
Education scholarships, loans and interest paid
Divorce decree and alimony paid
Vehicle expenses such as the cost of parking and tolls
Income from rentals or other sources like unemployment, gambling, alimony, etc.
Income from retirement, savings and investments
Form 1098 or other mortgage statements
State and local income tax paid (other than wage withholding)
Real estate and personal property tax records
Invoice showing amount of vehicle sales tax paid
HUD statement showing closing date of home purchase
Cash amounts donated to charitable organizations
Expenses related to investments
Job search costs and employment-related expenses
Claiming incorrect estimated tax payments.
Deducting the wrong amount for the standard or itemized deductions.
Selecting the wrong amount of tax from the tax table on paper tax returns.
E-file return: Refunds are processed within seven to ten business days. Direct deposit refunds will reach your bank account within five to seven business days.
Paper return: Direct deposit refunds for paper returns are deposited in six to eight weeks.
10. Reinvest your refund. Instead of spending your refund check on department store sales, invest it in an IRA or deposit it in your savings account. Your future self will thank you.
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Hey Collectors! Your living room should be the place where you relax and unwind, but most days it feels like a chaotic catch-all. Disorder and chaos in your home can have a negative affect on your emotions. Take a look at your cluttered space. How does it make you feel?
Does your mind feel cluttered?
Do you feel drained of energy?
Do you feel overwhelmed or depressed?
We have all been there. Clutter causes unnecessary stress in your life. Getting rid of the clutter helps you feel better emotionally and physically.
“But where do I start?” Good question! The best way to get started is to get started. These 4 easy tips to will help you bring order to your living space, or any room in your home.
(1) Take a moment, stand in your living room, and turn off all the background noise. Visualize what your living space would look like if there was no clutter. Imagine how you want your space to function.
(2) Now look around and determine what items don’t belong. Grab those items and put them in their rightful place. Don’t worry about organizing them right now, just get them in the right location.
(3) Back to the living room. Discard anything that is broken or is trash. Are you really going to get that old DVD player fixed? Toss it. Then gather items you will donate, take them to your car and remember to actually take them to the donation center on your next trip.
(4) Tackle the remaining items by grouping like items together and organize them one at a time.
Being organized does not mean you have to get rid of everything. If your living room doubles as a playroom, you don’t have to get rid of your children’s toys. Place a container in the living room to corral all their stuff. Storage ottomans work well for this. Your living area is your living area. Make the space work for how you live.
Remember Collectors, “Happiness is a place between too little and too much.” —Finnish Proverb
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Hey Collectors, and Professional Organizers!
It’s GET ORGANIZED Month! And in spirit of being a Professional Organizer I wanted to share this blog post from the past. I interviewed Peter Walsh in the beginning of my career and STILL find his advice helpful! Here’s the scoop:
You may have seen this handsome Australian American on the TLC hit show “Extreme Clutter”, or heard his enchanting voice on the radio. He is a compassionate helper, an amazing organizer and absolutely the kindest for allowing me to interview him on our blog. Folks, let’s get a round of applause for Peter Walsh!
Rachel: At this moment in time, who would you most like to get (free) advice from and why?
Peter: Hmm – great question! I’d like to get free advice from any social media guru and I’m sure there are things in that domain that I could be doing more effectively.
Rachel: Define success and name a few people you think are successful.
Peter: I think that many people forego success and happiness because when it arrives it doesn’t look the way they expected it to look. I think success has to be defined as being firmly in the present with a balanced and reasonable set of expectations. From this perspective, then, success is something that is first achieved internally and not assessed by external criteria. So, for me, another person’s success is determined by them, not by me.
Rachel: I’m a new business owner trying to grow my organizing business. What are 3 things you wish you’d done differently when you first started your organizing business?
Peter: I wish I’d spoken with more professional organizers to get some broader perspectives on the profession. I wish I’d embraced social media earlier and more aggressively.
I wish I’d realized that 20% of a job usually takes 80% of the effort.
Rachel: By my standards you are a very successful person; a brand. Would you share some of the types of support you have in place to keep the Peter Walsh brand going strong?
Peter: Sure – I have a very clear vision for my brand, what it is, what it represents and how it presents itself. I call this ‘brand intention’. I don’t do anything that doesn’t align with that. I answer every email that comes to me myself. I delegate wherever possible. I make every effort to work with and to employ people who are much smarter than I am.
As well as his work on TV he has written a few best-selling books about clutter and organization. His first (and favorite) is “It’s All Too Much: An Easy Plan for Living a Richer Life with Less Stuff”. He is now also designing some cool organizational products and hosting a national radio program. This all keeps him busy when he is not travelling or helping people turn their clutter and chaos into calm.
Tackle messes one room at a time.
When you buy something new, practice the “in-out rule:” For every one new item, get rid of an old one.
Create intimacy in the master bedroom. Remember that improvements in one room can spread to the rest of the house.
Make cleaning up fun for your kids.
Create a vision for the room you’re cleaning.
Teach your kids how to sort.
Use a hanger system to determine which clothes you wear most.
Ask yourself if you really need something. If you hesitate, you don’t.
Establish a “magic triangle” in your kitchen between the stove, refrigerator and the sink. Keep the items you use most in that area.
Identify useful utensils with the cardboard box test.
This information was featured on the Oprah show.
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