Some of you will think I was nuts. Some of you will understand. But one thing I do know, I’m writing this article more for me than for anyone else. Sometimes I need to think on paper (or on my blog) and nothing is better than seeing your thoughts in print … especially when you’re […]

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Office Politics – How to Manage Your Boss, Your Co-Workers, and Yourself

by Ron Haynes

Office politics are no different than any other politics. They are a generalized set of (mostly unwritten) rules that govern how we interact with each other. You may be thinking, “Nice definition, Ron, but office politics are what gets me in trouble, keeps me from advancing in my career, and keeps me from making a […]

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Beware of These Four Tax Preparation Scams

by Ron Haynes

Though most people who prepare tax returns are professionals and render correct, honest, thoughtful and excellent service to their tax return clients, some DO occasionally make a basic math error of miss a deduction. Those aren’t the people you need to beware of. No, I’m talking about the fly-by-night types that engage in fraud and […]

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Don’t Panic: There’s Still Time To Complete Your Taxes

by Ron Haynes

Yes, the deadline is just around the corner but even if you’ve waited until today, you still have time to get your taxes completed. Even if you don’t think you have time, you can always use one of the big tax software firms to file IRS form 4868, getting an extension until August. Get ‘em […]

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It’s Time To Get Serious About Your Taxes

by Ron Haynes

Are you one of the 40 million US taxpayers to file a tax return after April 5th? That number represents around 30% of all tax returns! If you haven’t gotten started on your tax return just yet, if you want to meet this year’s deadline, today’s the day to get started and getting started is […]

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Successful Investing Summed Up in 5 Simple Rules

by Ron Haynes

Doing well in finance isn’t really about memorizing financial formulas, getting certified by any of the numbers agencies that tell people you’re and expert, or even necessarily “who you .” It’s more about patience and an even-keeled personality. That’s why individuals with no formal financial or economic training can understand investing. Physicians could require a […]

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5 Keys to Networking Success

by Ron Haynes

For all the importance that we place on the ability to network, rarely are the intricacies of networking discussed outright or taught in colleges or schools. Getting your name into the front of someone’s brain by successful networking is sometimes accomplished by luck, but more often than not, it’s either a conscious or subconscious effort. […]

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Avoiding The Axe: 10 Things Employers Love To See In Their Employees

by Ron Haynes

There is no such thing as a recession proof job. With the incredible amount of unemployed people vying for a position and thousands more continuing to lose their jobs on a weekly basis, it makes no sense to view your job as a lock. Your employer certainly doesn’t. He or she has a vast reservoir […]

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The Best Ways to Invest Your Tax Refund

by Ron Haynes

Okay, so you put TurboTax or H&R Block Online to work and got a fat tax refund this year. What are you going to do with it? If you overpaid your taxes last year, let’s face it – that was money you managed to live without for a full year so why not invest it? […]

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How To Calculate Your Adjusted Gross Income

by Ron Haynes

Your adjusted gross income (AGI) is your total income minus qualifying deductions. The deductions, however, are not “itemized deductions” such as mortgage interest, medical expenses, property taxes, charitable contributions. To calculate your AGI first add up your gross income which includes: wages or salary dividends capital gains taxable interest IRA and/or pension or annuity distributions […]

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Use a Time Multiplier to Get Things Done

by Ron Haynes

What is a time multiplier? It’s anything that allows you to accomplish more in a shorter amount of time. You don’t even have to be there to use a time multiplier. In essence, you “clone” yourself. Ever wished you had a body double to do a few things for you? When you use a time […]

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What If I Make A Mistake On My Taxes?

by Ron Haynes

When it comes to filling out your tax forms and filing your income tax return, the opportunity to make a mistake is virtually unlimited. With over 72,536 pages in the US Tax Code (source), it’s no wonder people make mistakes. If printed on standard copier paper on both sides, you’d have a book over 12 feet thick! […]

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What Are My Chances of Being Audited?

by Ron Haynes

Good news! The chance you’ll need an IRS tax attorney because you’re being audited isn’t that great. You have about the same chance of dying in a motor vehicle accident (1:100). Last year the IRS audited 1.1% of the more than 142 million returns filed the year before, but for taxpayers making less than $200,000, […]

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