Here in #ATX, the self-proclaimed, “Music Capital of the World,” we play host to all levels of musicians. This article from Tom Tom magazine offers a great look at best practices for filling taxes as a working musician. Drummer and owner of Math LLC, a tax preparation service, Emily Kingan, gives detailed information on all things money from handling cash transactions to dealing with a multi-facited career. Tips from an Accountant: The Best Way for Musicians to Do Their Taxes.
Last week Hurricane Harvey swept through Texas and Louisiana leaving destruction in its wake. Now the Atlantic hurricane, Irma is causing great damage to the Leeward Islands with its eye set on Florida.
In the aftermath of a disaster, what are the best ways to help others and if you are affected by the storm, what should you do to expedite recovery?
The Federal Trade Commission offers a good overview of natural disaster best practices along with tips, advice and links to other agencies on their page, FTC Advice for Helping Hurricane Harvey Victims.
What is the difference between a home repair and a home improvement? As defined by the IRS, an improvement lasts for more than one year and adds value to your home. There are exceptions, such as when the upgrade is no longer part of your residence. (Ex. You installed wall-to-wall carpet years earlier and then replaced it with wood flooring.). In cases of fire damage and natural disasters, all work applies, from the smallest repair to the largest addition. Knowing these details is especially important when you plan to sell your home because it may help reduce the taxes you owe on profit.
In the current anti-tax climate, some towns are finding it hard to produce enough money to keep even basic city services afloat.
Did you know that saving $667.95 in a year is as easy as putting your spare change into a jar each night? With this simple formula and free printable provided by Smart School House, you could be on your way to a great weekend trip or some extra Christmas cheer. It also makes a good savings activity for children. Try it and let us know how it goes for you!
- Look for a better credit card rate.
- Lock in a mortgage rate.
- Compare rates on savings (plans and funds).
This is the third hike in recent months following an eight year period where the rates were held in a range of zero to 0.25. For more information on how to best utilize these tips, read the full article here, The Fed Hikes Rates Again: 3 Steps You Should Take Now.
Ever felt like your parents spent too much on one of your siblings?
Money has a special way of bringing out our sense of fairness and our frustrations.
Michelle Singletary for The Washington Post points out that we have two choices when dealing with our feelings about others money decisions, and both require acceptance. Family and money: A lesson in accepting what you cannot change
Ever read an article with tips for saving money and thought how easy it could be to reign in your budget? This couple saved over $50,000 in 2014 by downsizing, eating at home more often, canceling unused subscriptions and going car free. Although the last one is feasible only if you live in an area with public transportation, the rest are simple and applicable to all.
“We stopped a nasty habit we had of reading about great tips and then failing to implement them,” Matt writes. “Avoid our mistakes. … Literally, do something today from this list and start saving money.”
Millennials are often seen as “financial freewheelers,” Zach Witcher says in the first line of his New York Times article, For Millennials, It’s Never Too Early to Save for Retirement. This label actually doesn’t fit all of the 20-30 year olds currently in the workforce, many of whom are already putting money into savings. One important aspect of beginning to save early in life is the amount of time your investment has to grow. Check out the five examples in this article and see how your savings plan stacks up to these young workers.