Take Advantage of IRS Free File

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Comprehensive tax preparation and e-filing is available to 70 percent of taxpayers, thanks to Free File – a partnership between the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and a coalition of industry-leading tax software companies called the Free File Alliance.

Every taxpayer with a 2013 Adjusted Gross Income of $58,000 or less may visit www.IRS.gov/freefile to prepare, complete and e-file their federal tax returns at no cost using software from Free File Alliance members. Free File also offers a basic federal e-filing service – called “Free File Fillable Forms” – which has no income limitations.

“Free File is here to make tax time less taxing for 70 percent of Americans,” said Tim Hugo, executive director of the Free File Alliance. “If you made $58,000 or less in 2013, Free File is your portal to free tax software from more than a dozen of the country’s top companies. It’s all online at www.IRS.gov/FreeFile, and unlike commercial products, there are no pop-up ads when you use Free File to access tax software.”

Hugo continued, “Software from the Free File Alliance provides step-by-step help and calculations to make tax-filing quick, simple and convenient. After you e-file, you’ll receive a confirmation email so you can rest assured that you’re done for the year, and you’ll get your refund in as few as 10 days. Free File is fast, safe and – most importantly – completely free.”

Free File is available at www.IRS.gov/freefile, which provides a list of free tax software offered by Free File Alliance member companies. Users may either choose the company that fits their tax situation or utilize the “Help me Find Free File Software” tool. After selecting a company, users will be transferred to the company’s website to prepare, complete and electronically file their federal income tax returns. The service is also available in Spanish.

Free File Fillable Forms, which allow taxpayers who are familiar with tax law and need no preparation assistance to complete and file their federal income tax electronically, are also available at www.IRS.gov/freefile.

Free File has already saved taxpayers an estimated $1.2 billion in preparation and filing costs since the program began in 2003. Free File Alliance member companies have continually worked with the IRS to strengthen the Free File program, and taxpayers have consistently reported that it is user-friendly and efficient. Responding to a 2009 IRS survey, 96 percent of users said they found Free File easy to use, while 98 percent said they would recommend the program to others.

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Small Business Resources that Matter

February 19, 2014 by  
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Small Business Resources that Matter
The one thing that anyone can find a great deal of on the Internet is information. Whatever you are looking for one quick Google search later and you will almost certainly have found it. Or will you?
What is a Small Business White Paper Really?

Small Business Resources
By dictionary definition a white paper a white paper is ‘an authoritative report or guide helping readers to understand an issue, solve a problem, or make a decision’. They originated in government in the 1920s but over the years were also adopted by individuals and businesses as a way to disseminate a larger amount of information to a wide audience. They are also a marketing tool for the authors but that does not mean that the information they impart is not hugely valuable which is why I, and many others, find them to be such a great resource.
Although there are a great many white papers published all of the time finding them is not always easy. The nature of the search engine is to push certain results, the ones with the right keywords, but not necessarily the best information, to the top of a search, making it harder to find these long form pieces that do offer the in depth information you were searching for.

A Wealth of Resources in One Place
Imagine a place where you can find a huge number of white papers and similar long form informational pieces all in one place, covering a vast array of industries. Resources that have been pre-vetted to weed out the spam and the poorly written, inaccurate information that the search engines do not. That is exactly what I did happen upon and it is fair to say the site has become one of my go to resources for information and education in my own field as well as a place to learn something new. It is also an excellent resource for those seeking new career challenges and those who are looking for people who are. The fact that the white papers are free to download is an extra bonus.
I am not claiming that white papers can solve all your problems or give you all of the information you need but as a way to as their definition suggests solve problems, make decisions or simply become better informed about your industry, your career or your future career they can prove invaluable. And addictive, so don’t say you haven’t been warned. Although when can there ever be such a thing as too much learning on the way to reaching your goals?

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Five Great Benefits Of Taxi Advertising For Small Brands And Businesses

January 17, 2014 by  
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Five Great Benefits Of Taxi Advertising For Small Brands And Businesses

Regardless of how small or big your business is, its success relies in its marketing. Without product promotion or marketing, none of your prospective clients will be able to know and identify your products and services, regardless of how useful and good it can be.

This is the very reason why most companies shell out huge amounts of money just so they can promote their products and services to old and new clients. If you are a small business owner, you may not have enough money to afford expensive marketing methods that other big businesses make use of.

Lucky for you, there is one type of promotion and marketing that can help out small businesses to establish their small brands. This is the taxi advertising. Companies all over New York implements and utilize such type of advertisement and this is for a good reason! Here are five of the benefits that a New York taxi advertising can provide for small businesses:

Generates more business for the company

This is the first benefit that small businesses can get from making use of taxi advertisements. The more people can see your advertisement, the more people you can reach and the higher chance that you will be making a sale. When you place your ads on taxis, the vehicles will be visible all around the city and it can be easily seen by lots of people, including your target market.

Cost effective method of marketing

One of the hindrances that small businesses have when it comes to marketing their products is budget. When you compare all the other methods of marketing your products and services, taxi advertisement offers the most cost effective technique of all. With taxi advertisement, you only have to print a few marketing paraphernalia, rent a taxi ad space and a lot of people will be able to see it.

Offers a broader reach for your company

The main reason why most small businesses don’t grow is because of their limited audience reach. The use of a taxi advertisement can be able to remove such hindrance. With taxi advertisement, you can get to widen your audience reach. Among all the other methods of marketing, taxi advertising provides highest level of reach as well as frequency.

Caters to about everyone

The exposure your company will get has no limitations. You do not have to target a specific market since everyone will be able to see it. You can reach out to businessmen, students, mothers, teenagers and even, tourists. Because of this, your company will have a great chance at growing your business.

Allows Flexible advertising design

Taxi ads provide adequate space where you can place your marketing message. Although there are available spaces, it is best that the company sticks to a simple yet appealing advertising design.

With all these benefits, there is no excuse for small businesses not to avail of taxi advertising!

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