Find The Best Tax Resources Right HereWritten by Maria Marsala, Business and Life Coach
Where can a business owner obtain tax information? When you don't know what questions to ask, it's very helpful to take some classes, and read a few articles prior to visiting with a CPA. Enjoy these resources:
Internal Revenue Service (IRS) The IRS has best free classes around! Call your local office to find out when home business or sole proprietorship classes are held. The home business class is a half-day class; sole proprietorship class is a full day. The difference between these two classes -- extra half day -- is spent dealing with employee tax information. Take a class every year. Expenses are deductible and I bet you will learn quite a few things each year.
Web site at http://www.ustreas.gov/, or call toll free (800) 829-3676. Ask for Business Kit Publication 454 and STEP Publication 1057 (Small Business Tax Education Program). Tell them what type of organization you are considering, how many employees you will have, etc., so they can send you other free helpful publications. They'll even send you a very nice Tax Calendar. Just ask for it!
Local Authorities Let's look at some local taxing authorities. In some states, Department of Taxation provides monthly classes for new business owners. They cover state-specific topics such as business income tax, occupancy tax and sales tax.
While we're on local level, don't forget to contact your county, city or town revenue offices, too. Yes, everyone gets in act of collecting some sort of tax! It could be yearly, quarterly, or monthly. At very least, call each entity to see what they need from you and what materials or classes they provide. Don't want to call? The end result is fines and penalties later on -- usually many times more than you would have paid in first place.
Web Sites Although IRS is premier source for tax information, below are other suggested web sites to visit. Peachtree and Intuit (Quicken, QuickBooks) offer bookkeeping, accounting and tax software.
Sandy Botkin, CPA and attorney, is one of most well known national lecturers in field of tax reduction and audit proofing techniques for small business.http://www.taxreductioninstitute.com/index2.htm
10-Hours (or 10-Days) To A Spotless and Organized KitchenWritten by Maria Marsala, Business and Life Coach
Sometimes it helps to organize a room all at once. However, for home-business owners, spending another entire day in house isn't always a desirable thing. What may be more desirable is to spend 60-minutes each day working on a project. The steps below will assist you (as they have me) to reorganize your kitchen.
Day 1 ~~if you don't have a pad on your refrigerator, set aside a piece of paper somewhere in kitchen for next 10 days. Use top part of page for "things to buy" and lower half for other notes. ~~put a chair in middle of kitchen floor and assess what needs to be done. Make a list. ~~start to pay attention to where you are placing things that are in dishwasher. Take a mental note of what items are in cabinets that would be better off somewhere else. ~~take your step ladder out, clean light fixtures and change any bulbs that aren't working.
Day 2 ~~Question: What does an empty box, a step ladder, a telephone book, a cloth, a car and one hour have in common? ~~Answer: They're what you'll need to clean pantry or if you don't have one, your food cupboards. Remove allitems you haven't used in past year... or won't use in next few months. Make sure everything is packed properly for storage. Then you can put unused/unwanted food in box, contact your local non-profit food pantry, and put box in your car (for now).
Day 3 ~~If you have a self-cleaning oven, turn it on when you wake up. If not, spray or clean inside of oven. Then later, rinse it off. ~~Defrost refrigerator. It's good to put everything in coolers then clean when everything is defrosted. Even frost-free's need cleaning every now and then.
Day 4 ~~Put stove burners, other stove and fan parts in dishwasher. Clean top of range and fan. ~~Clean inside of dishwasher and outside of all appliances. Add jet dry to dishwasher.
Day 5 ~~By now you should have a nice list of items you may want to purchase... such as new shelving paper, food or containers, cleaning supplies, ect. So go out, buy yourself lunch, go shopping, and bring box of donated food to your local food pantry. ~~If you don't have a shopping pad on your refrigerator, consider adding "small pad and magnetic strip" to your shopping list. Then when you get home, glue magnet to back of pad. ~~Make your life easier in kitchen. Purchase two inexpensive and dishwasher proof items - a bag of plastic clothes pins and a pair of scissors. Use clothes pins to close bags of chips, cereals, pasta, etc. Scissors that stay in kitchen come in handy for many things.