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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9 New Year’s Resolutions You CAN Keep

by Ron Haynes

Most New Year’s resolutions end in failure. News flash, huh? The key to making a New Year’s resolution work for you is to treat them like baby steps rather than huge leaps forward. After all, it’s no big deal to lose a couple of pounds, but losing 50 seems like an impossible task. Similarly, you […]

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6 Characteristics of a Great Employee

by Ron Haynes

With the current state of the economy, there are tons of articles about “bullet-proofing your job.” I personally don’t think any job is 100 percent bullet-proof and certainly there are very, very few employees that are irreplaceable. But there are ways to make yourself stand out from the crowd and make yourself more valuable to […]

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What’s The First Thing You Remember Buying With Your Own Money?

by Ron Haynes

I’m not talking about the birthday money your grandfather gave you, or the allowance you got for taking out the trash or washing the dishes. I’m talking about money you earned from your own work and effort. The first thing I remember buying with my own money was a metal detector when I was about […]

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Even Famous People Have Tax Troubles

by Ron Haynes

Pay your taxes. Those three little words will keep you out of the hottest of hot water since the Internal Revenue Service won’t tolerate anything less! And no one I know wants trouble with the IRS. With the US tax deadline looming, I thought I’d highlight some high profile people with tax problems in the […]

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Have You Fallen for Any of These Myths About the US Income Tax?

by Ron Haynes

Myths about the US tax code are so prolific that the case law refuting the arguments from their proponents is deep … and broad. There seems to be no end to the people willing to risk it all to avoid paying income taxes. I don’t like paying taxes either. But the simple fact is that […]

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15 Surprisingly Legal Sources of Non-Taxable Income

by Ron Haynes

A few years ago, I was struck by how much income an individual could amass when that income wasn’t subject to income taxes. Non-taxable income is something to consider when you visit the Biltmore Estate in Ashville, NC. That family accumulated a massive fortune through shipping and railroads after starting a ferry service on Staten […]

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