Get An Early Start – Prepare Your Taxes!

Year after year around this time, government workers, small business owners, entrepreneurs and all other taxpaying citizens find themselves dreading the return of one of the most hated seasons – tax season. We understand how stressful this time of year can be with trying to make sure you get all of your paperwork filed accurately and on time, so we’ve compiled a list of ways to stay organized and on top of your taxes. Get started today!

Decide now how you want to file

Whether it’s through a software, traditional paper filing or your family’s accountant, deciding ahead of time what you’re going to do will help you know what steps you should take first.

Know about any changes

Being aware of changes ahead of time will not only help you stay prepared for what’s to come, but it will also lessen your stress by reducing unexpected surprises. Here’s a freebie; April 15th, which is known amongst most as tax day is actually not the tax deadline this year; its April 17th since the 15th falls on a Sunday.

Organization is the key to success

Don’t let your tax documents get lost in the clutter of your kitchen counter, or wherever you dump your mail. Store these documents in a specific place whenever you receive them in the mail. Also, if you didn’t do such a great job at it this year, make it your tax season resolution for the following year to track mileage and save your receipts and records if you’re a business owner or freelancer.

Know your deductions

Ever heard the phrase “don’t leave money on the table?” Every year American’s do just that by not claiming their tax money. Know beforehand what you can claim as a deduction such as interest you pay on student loans/mortgages, or miles you drove while volunteering.

File Early

Last year, out of 152 million tax returns, 111 million resulted in a refund. So, if you’re expecting to get money back, why not file as soon as possible? You can get your refund faster by filing your taxes early. Track your refund through the IRS “Where’s My Refund” link.

Remember, filing taxes can be stressful, but nearly everyone has to do it. The earlier you get started and the more organized and prepared you are, the easier it will be. Take advantage of all the free tools out there that can help you make the best decisions during tax filing season. Good luck!


2018’S Top 10 Housing Markets

The beginning of the year is off to a strong start for many housing markets across the US. According to a list aggregated by realtor.com, 10 metros are predicted to shine the brightest in 2018. The list was made by analyzing the prices and number of sales of existing home, the number of homes constructed in the 100 largest markets, the local economies in each metro, population trends, unemployment and finally, median household incomes.

10. Tulsa, OK Median home price: $199,586

With the home price national average at $275,000, Tulsa has the most affordable homes on this list falling well below the average.

9.Nashville, TN Median home price: $358,501

The population in Nashville is rising as more people move in to the now popular city which is making the listing prices jump. In the past year prices have soared 10.8%.

8. Colorado Springs, CO Median home price: $375,000

Thanks to legalized recreational marijuana, the entire state of Colorado has seen an economic boom. Builders are capitalizing on the city’s more affordable costs in comparison to neighboring city Denver.

7. Charlotte, NC Median home price: $325,045

Charlotte is a major financial hub so many are moving into the area for work. Not to mention, the low cost of living makes this a prime place for out of towners to retire.

6. Salt Lake City, UT Median home price: $360,828

The popularity of Salt Lake City makes the city an extremely competitive market for potential homebuyers. Some buyers are offering 20 -25% higher than the asking price.

5. Lakeland, FL Median home price: $224,950

Over the last few years, Lakeland has revived itself from a city severely affected by the recession to a booming housing industry.

4. Stockton, CA Median home price: $385,050

With prices less than a quarter of what buyers would pay in San Francisco, Stockton is becoming the new it city despite its reputation for crime.

3. Deltona, FL Median home price: $275,050

Location, location, location! Situated between Daytona Beach and Orlando with a 30 minute commute to either, Deltona is a prime area to take roots for an affordable price.

2. Dallas, TX Median home price: $339,300

Thanks to low cost of living and taxes, many companies are relocating to this Texas city and bringing their employees with them.

1.Las Vegas, NV Median home price: $285,045

In Las Vegas the economy is expected to grow a whopping 8.7% in 2018; compare that to the other top 100 markets’ 6.4% growth. The once downtrodden city is on the rise and attracting a wide range of new residents.