Tying the Knot on Taxes: Married Filing Jointly vs. Separately

Today is Spouses Day – a day on which spouses should recognize each other. It’s also the perfect time to review your IRS tax standing to ensure you know which filing status to choose as a married couple before filing your return this year. When two individuals get married, their tax status with the IRS may change. Selecting the appropriate filing status can have a big effect on how much you pay in taxes every year. Remember that the marital status of an individual on December 31st of a given

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Numbers Don’t Lie: Statcaddy Helps Golfers Beef Up their Game

Jason Meijers and Derek Uyeda of San Diego, California share a mutual love of golf. While Uyeda was working as Meijers’ golf instructor, they came up with Statcaddy, LLC, a system of tracking their game statistics down to the last detail as a method of taking their game playing to the next level. Established in November of 2014, they operate their small business out of a home office. Statcaddy can be used by anyone looking to improve their game, but the target demographic for the small business is professionals, college players,

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Spreading Spirituality through a Unique Jewelry Business

Entrepreneur Jackie Ranieri admits that the jewelry market is oversaturated. However, she has combined making jewelry with her love for spirituality to put up her own unique small business in this industry. Ranieri, a 1-800Accountant client, operates her own jewelry company called Jacqueline Rose, LLC. Originally launched in January 2014, she runs the startup company directly out of her home office in Brooklyn, New York. “I design and sell handmade spiritual jewelry based on numerology and astrology,” Ranieri explains. “I come up with the design ideas, and then I give

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How to Start Off 2015 on the Right Financial Foot

With 2015 now here for good, individuals and small business owners alike should make every effort to start out the new year on the right financial foot. Check out these tips to help you get your finances in good shape early in the year – and how to avoid stubbing your toe as we get further into the calendar: File your taxes on time. The 2015 tax season officially opens January 20. There are several filing deadlines on the horizon, including a March 15 deadline for corporate owners, an April

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Feeding Hungry Clients Authentic Spanish Paella

Jose Lugo puts on a show when he cooks his famous authentic paella. He then loves seeing a silent table of 50 hungry eaters enjoying the classic Spanish cuisine, not uttering one word as they savor every last bite of the delectable dish. Lugo, who is a client of 1-800Accountant, serves as CEO of Senor Pepe’s Paella Catering, LLC in Ft. Myers, Florida. He formally registered the small business in March 2014. The entrepreneur, who loves spending time in the kitchen with everything he needs within arm’s reach to make

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Creatively Working Toward Small Business Success

Like many people who have a passion for the arts, Oral Clarke of Brooklyn, New York wondered how he could turn his love for filmmaking and storytelling into a profitable business venture. Clarke had been harboring ideas for films for years, but in November of 2014, he finally took the plunge into formally establishing himself as a small business owner with Musing International Production, LLC. As the owner and operator of Musing International Production, Clarke acts as the mastermind behind the small business’s projects. As it typically is in the production industry, Clarke’s ensemble

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7 Things You Should Do to Prepare for Tax Season

The 2015 IRS tax-filing season is right around the corner. It officially kicks off on Tuesday, Jan. 20 when the IRS will begin accepting both paper and electronic returns. So what should you do now to be ready? Here are 7 things to put on your tax-filing checklist: 1. Get your receipts in order. If you are a self-employed small business owner or an individual taxpayer, it’s a must to save your receipts and keep them organized. This is particularly important for those who are allowed to deduct expenses related

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Educating Grandparents on ADHD in Grandma Carol’s Corner

Carol Staudacher has lots of knowledge and experience working with both personal family members and patients who have ADHD, which affects about 8% of children and 6% of adults. She decided to take her knowledge and experience, wrap it up in a pretty box, and share it with others who could benefit greatly from it. Staudacher, an entrepreneur and client of 1-800Accountant, proudly manages her own small business called Grandma Carol’s Corner, LLC. It’s based right out of her home in Lake Leelanau, Michigan and was officially established in March

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8 Tax Law Changes for 2015 You Need to Know

Happy New Year! As you prepare your taxes to be filed by April 15th based on 2014 IRS requirements, it’s smart to look ahead to some of the 2015 tax law changes that will impact your filing situation this year – and when you file in April 2016. Here is an overview of the most important changes to the federal IRS tax code that you should be aware of: As usual, the IRS has adjusted the income tax brackets for 2015. The highest tax rate of 39.6% now applies to

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Entrepreneur’s Engraving Creativity Leads to Startup Success

Bridgett Hurst admits she’s always thinking creatively. In fact, she drew a specific outline of what she wanted the kitchen in her home to look like before it was built. With so many ideas bouncing around in her mind, she decided it was time to find a creative platform to express them by starting a business. In July 2014, Hurst proudly became the CEO of Branded Creations Custom Engraving, LLC in Rosie, Arkansas. The home-based business offers custom laser engravings. “I design and create engraving items, natural stone trivets, glasses,

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