Genesee County Residents For Saving Money On Taxes

Genesee County Residents For Saving Money On Taxes No annoying tax professional lingo. Just straight, authoritative and friendly expert advice. Visit us: www.cochrantax.com Or call: 810-720-5520

Linda is the TAX SAVINGS EXPERT and Michigan’s Premier Tax Accountant. WE SPECIALIZE IN: 1. Self Employed 2. Home-Based Business 3. Realtors 4. Rentals 5. Truckers 6. Clergy 7. Day Care 8. Adult Foster Care 9. Delinquent (nonfiled) Returns 10. Non-Profit

02/11/2013

Remember the IRS provides options for claiming losses on Hurricane Sandy and other natural disaster damage. If you were affected this year, please let us know.

01/29/2013

Can you tell it's already crazy around here? Was trying to say "levying *bank* accounts..." in case you were wondering. ;)

01/29/2013

Failing to file an individual tax return can lead to levying back accounts & wages, or even jail time. Yikes! If you are behind, give us a ring and let us help you get things settled before it comes to this.

01/28/2013

Plan to downsize your debt as a retirement savings strategy. By eliminating credit card debt and/or paying off a loan, you can be well on your way to having additional income during retirement.

01/25/2013

Some of the recent changes regarding medical write-offs and health deductions require advance planning. Give us a call at the number in our "About" section to find out ways to save some cash on taxes in this area.

You know, it's getting crazy around here, and we post a lot about finance. But I just had to share this story. Not enoug...
01/25/2013
Waiter who refused service to customer becomes Web hero

You know, it's getting crazy around here, and we post a lot about finance. But I just had to share this story. Not enough people stick up for people with disabilities. It's a small act of kindness, but shows there's still good in the world. http://yhoo.it/WXzO4b

Usually, when a waiter refuses to serve someone at a restaurant, customers complain. In this case, customers cheered. The waiter in question, Michael Garcia, has been receiving goodwill and friend requests on the restaurant's page since word spread ...

01/18/2013

Certain IRA owners can make tax-free transfers to charities and have them count for 2012. The deadline is Jan. 31st, but there are eligibility requirements. Give me a call for details.

01/17/2013

If you haven't prepared an estate planning letter for your loved-ones, you should. It's something you can do for them that becomes a gift in and of itself. Here is a fantastic list of things to include: http://cbsn.ws/WJIJG9

Talking Money With Elmo - a quick tidbit on how Sesame Street works to teach kids about finance (even if your kids don't...
01/17/2013
Video: Talking Money With Elmo

Talking Money With Elmo - a quick tidbit on how Sesame Street works to teach kids about finance (even if your kids don't watch Sesame Street - there's a great lesson to share with them here): http://nyti.ms/eG2D7U

In the wake of the financial crisis,

01/11/2013

Good news! These extended or restored tax breaks can save you some extra cash this year: http://cbsn.ws/VVTLIY

01/08/2013

Well... scratch my last post. This just in: The IRS has just announced a delay on the e-filing start date, pushing it back 8 days to Jan 30th (not January 22nd).

01/08/2013

The IRS currently indicates that we'll be able to begin e-filing your tax returns on January 22nd. We CAN however work with you prior to this date, if you have your paperwork together.

01/04/2013

You might be rich (Even if you don't know it!) and you'll be taxed accordingly... http://bit.ly/VG5Odc

11/04/2011

If you owe the IRS money, there’s a way to settle your debt for less than the full amount you owe. You need to prove that paying would cause a significant financial hardship. It’s called an “offer in compromise.” If this applies to you, we can help.

Believe it or not, it’s good to speak to your kids about money. Especially if things are tight. Don’t burden them, but d...
11/03/2011
Financial Woes? How to Talk to Kids When Money Is Tight

Believe it or not, it’s good to speak to your kids about money. Especially if things are tight. Don’t burden them, but don’t leave them in the dark either. Here are some great ways to speak to your children about family money issues: http://bit.ly/ux0M9p

Saying "no" to your kids can be hard. Here are some age-appropriate ways to discuss financial matters when times are tough, while still finding...

Website owners - if you use Google maps on your website and you get a lot of traffic, you may be in for a substantial ov...
11/02/2011
Google Maps Might Be Getting Too Popular to Be Free

Website owners - if you use Google maps on your website and you get a lot of traffic, you may be in for a substantial overhead increase: http://gizmo.do/vgEdiw

One of the central tenets of the Google Mothership's model is "free." Everything's free! Free, free, free. Except, um, when it gets too popular?...

11/02/2011

“I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.” --Bill Cosby

[Just a reminder not to try to please every person in your life this week. It’s almost never possible, & almost never worth it either.]

11/01/2011

Some upcoming tax info to be aware of:

2012:
• 100% Bonus Depreciation reduces to 50%
• Alternative Minimum Tax raises its ugly head again

2013:
• The 3.8% Medicare Surtax on passive income kicks in. This includes rent (net), capital gains, interest, dividends, and royalties.
• The top tax bracket moves from 35% to 39.6%. That's a 13% increase in tax rate (not 4.6% as is sometimes reported in the media)

Heads up! Access to your voicemail is all someone needs to steal your identity. Do you have a password on your cell voic...
10/31/2011
Your Voice Mail May Be Even Less Secure Than You Thought

Heads up! Access to your voicemail is all someone needs to steal your identity. Do you have a password on your cell voicemail? If not, watch out. Share this with your friends/family too; make sure you’re all protected: http://nyti.ms/tucJl0

Caller ID spoofing, the way hackers gain access to phone voice mail accounts, can also be used to get someone else’s credit card information.

If you plan to earn a higher income by going to school and starting a new career, you may want to read this first. (I'm ...
10/28/2011
What's the ROI on investing in Y.O.U.?

If you plan to earn a higher income by going to school and starting a new career, you may want to read this first. (I'm such a numbers person...had to share.): http://cnnmon.ie/soYZSK

Figure out if your career switch is worth the investment by calculating your ROI.

Do you think your senator could do their own taxes? Here’s (what I find to be) a funny story about the tax code - and wh...
10/27/2011
Pawlenty’s Plan to Have Lawmakers Do Their Own Taxes - Essay

Do you think your senator could do their own taxes? Here’s (what I find to be) a funny story about the tax code - and whether or not our lawmakers really understand its complexity. I hope they don’t actually do their own taxes, for their own sakes, but a good effort would probably make a difference: http://nyti.ms/v6YFRw

If Tim Pawlenty’s proposal to have members of Congress do their own taxes came true, it could become a new fad in reality television.

As many folks learned the hard way, the government’s programs for refinancing have recently been incredibly difficult to...
10/26/2011
Underwater Mortgage Relief

As many folks learned the hard way, the government’s programs for refinancing have recently been incredibly difficult to qualify for. BUT, according to the Home Affordable Refinance Program, changes have been made that now make qualifying a bit easier. http://tiny.ly/tfLU

More homeowners who are underwater on their mortgage should be eligible now to refinance through the government's Home Affordable Refinance Program...

Charity – who cares? Well apparently Americans do! Not surprised there. The surprising part is that the ones who have it...
10/26/2011
http://bit.ly/sIE3Ch

Charity – who cares? Well apparently Americans do! Not surprised there. The surprising part is that the ones who have it the toughest financially are the ones that tend to give the most percentage-wise. [If you’re in the spirit of giving, be sure to catch the “4 Tips for Picking a Winner” at the bottom.] (Click the image to zoom.) http://bit.ly/sIE3Ch

Some new tax breaks (and hikes) for 2012 [any questions on these just let me know!]: http://tiny.ly/1z15
10/25/2011
New Tax Breaks for 2012

Some new tax breaks (and hikes) for 2012 [any questions on these just let me know!]: http://tiny.ly/1z15

Washington is bumping up Social Security payments and a slew of tax breaks and tax-bracket thresholds, in order to adjust for inflation.

Try these 3 tax-saving deals – They’re coming up for open enrollment and are often available through your job
10/21/2011
3 Tax-Savings Deals at Your Job

Try these 3 tax-saving deals – They’re coming up for open enrollment and are often available through your job

Open enrollment time is right around the corner. Here's how to take advantage.

10/21/2011

You should really try to check your credit annually, as another step to prevent identity theft. www.AnnualCreditReport.com is the one where you don't have to pay for it.

10/20/2011

“Happiness is the result of what you do.” --Zig Ziglar

For many nonprofits, you depend on staying tax exempt. http://bit.ly/pR38ii  Visit to find out how to maintain your exem...
10/20/2011
Home - StayExempt.org

For many nonprofits, you depend on staying tax exempt. http://bit.ly/pR38ii Visit to find out how to maintain your exempt status.

Stay Exempt is an IRS microsite created especially for 501(c)(3) organizations! Whether you are new to the world of tax exempt organizations, an old hand at managing them, or a tax professional who works with them, you will find something of interest here.

You’ll like this (but maybe not what it tells you). Enter you income & how you filed and you’ll get a custom graphic. So...
10/19/2011
Where did my tax dollars go?

You’ll like this (but maybe not what it tells you). Enter you income & how you filed and you’ll get a custom graphic. Some changes have been made since this was created, but still quite interesting. You may be surprised

A simplified look at how your federal tax dollars are spent. Enter your income to get an estimate of your tax liability for the year along with a pie chart of how it was probably spent.

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