#BeatTheDeadline – Get Your Taxes Done STAT!

You've waited long enough my friend. The deadline for filing your taxes is right around the corner. Here are a few tips to help you speed up the process.This post is part of the TaxACT #BeatTheDeadline blog tour which shares tips on how to make tax time a smooth and easy process before the April 15 deadline. TaxACT provides the tools and guidance to help you confidently file taxes easy and fast. Do your own taxes today at TaxACT. You got this.

(Ding dong! Ding dong!)

Hey folks! It’s Greg, just showing up at your door to provide you with this friendly reminder: Your taxes are due in less than a week.

Yeah, you heard me right. Your taxes are due in 6 days! So, if you haven’t gotten them done yet, WHAT THE FREAK ARE YOU WAITING FOR?!?!?!?

(Clears throat.) Sorry about that…I get a little excited sometimes.

OK, so now that we’ve established that your taxes are due very, very soon, let’s see if I can be of any more help. You are clearly a teensy weensy bit behind, so here are a few pointers that may help you get this beast done faster. Do you have a pen? Alright, let’s do this. [Read more…]

Yes, I’m Getting a Tax Refund (and 4 Reasons I Don’t Care)

I'm getting a tax refund again this year. And guess what - I still don't care. Read all of the reasons I'm okay with my tax refund this year.Brace yourselves; I have an announcement. Not surprisingly, I managed to completely fail at paying quarterly estimated taxes again. And just like last year, I paid in more than necessary and am set to get a sizable refund.

But just like last year, I don’t really care. It’s just another day in the life of an overachiever. {Relax, I’m being sarcastic} Not only am I a workaholic, but I tend to over-plan, overanalyze, and overprepare. That means that, when I think I owe X number of dollars, I just round that shit up. [Read more…]

Saving Money, Getting Refunds with H&R Block

Saving Money, Getting Refunds with H&R Block

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Waaaazzzzz up all you Thriftaholics?!? Have you been well? How has the New Year treated you thus far? Great I hope!

Well, as you probably know, we just got back from a pretty swell vacation in St. Maarten. Basically, what that means is that I’ve been checked out of the world for the past week. When we got back, I took a quick look at my calendar, noticed it was mid-January, and went about my usual Tuesday bidness. Then, I sauntered over to the giant stack of mail waiting for me on the counter. After sifting through the endless mound of junk, I ran across a few tax forms. “HOLY SCHNIKES!” I realized. It is tax time again! [Read more…]

5 Unfortunate Facts About Self-Employment

boss mugAs most people know, I left my stable, full-time job to pursue self-employment in April of 2013.

The fact that I was able to quit was a dream-come-true at the time.  I truly liked my old job at the mortuary, but working for someone else got old- and fast.  I had always dreamed of being the boss lady– creating my own schedule and succeeding or failing on my own terms.  And now, here I am, doing exactly that.

And on most days, it rocks. [Read more…]

How Would You Spend $6,500?

uncle samAs many of you know, 2013 was my first year of self-employment.  And for the most part, it’s been awesome.  I made plenty of money, did all kinds of fun jobs, and had my writing featured in places like Lifehacker and Fox News.  It’s been epic.  But, despite all of my successes, I managed to roll out one epic fail.  It’s confession time, folks, and I share this shameful admission with a heavy heart.

So here it is…..*cue tears* [Read more…]