Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Tips & Tricks to Tax Filing 2009

File Your Own Taxes

Filing your own individual tax form used to be intimidating, but today e-filing has made it as easy as completing an online response form. Ask anyone who's used TurboTax, Quicken, or other super user-friendly tax e-filing programs.

Especially designed for the personal tax novice, they basically sit you down and ask you how much you earned last year and how much you spent. Then they take you step by step through the process. There is no confusing fine print to read, or long schedules to look up and, if at any point you still feel lost - simply hit the delete button. No harm, no foul.

However, keep going, and it's almost guaranteed that you'll end up feeling like a tax "expert" before you've hit Submit.

Even with complicated forms, the most time you'll spend on filing your taxes with an e-filing program is about an hour ... to quickly send your tax form through cyberspace to the IRS.

Another advantage to e-filing? Tax refund checks are returned more quickly, meaning more money in your pocket much sooner than filing hard copy returns.

Be Careful of Those Storefront Tax Preparers

Although some tax preparers really know what they're doing, once inside the door it's the luck of the draw as to whether you'll actually be assigned to a compentent preparer. Many are not professionals, but are quickly trained for the tax season much like fast-food workers manning the express counter.

For fees reaching into the hundreds of dollars, they will basically ask you the same questions you can fill-in yourself. Some may suggest shady deductions in effort to "help" you. Others may hurriedly mis-type your address or social security number, raising red flags at the IRS.

If the IRS later questions you about your return, you may end up paying extra tax or possible penalties for any mistakes or questionable deductions. Not to mention the possiblity of your being called in for a - gasp - complete IRS audit. By that time, the tax preparer's storefront doors have been closed for the season, and you're on your own.

Keep Those Receipts

If you want to claim a deduction the most important part, say the experts is : receipts, receipts, receipts.

Make it a habit to get a receipt for every purchase (no matter how trivial you think it is at the moment) so when tax season comes around you can pick and choose among those that apply as legitimate deductions.

File your receipts away now, or just keep them in an old shoe box to sort out later. In the event of a tax audit, you'll at least have them on hand as black-and-white proof of money spent on the deductions you've claimed.

Again, it's the mantra of of saavy tax filers everywhere who make it a habit of asking the following question throughout the year, and everywhere they go.

More tax filing tips around the Web:

IRS - Tax Filing for Individuals

Tax Center - Yahoo! Finance

Tax Basics

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Disneyland/ Disneyworld Free Admission on Your Birthday!

 Free admission on your birthday during 2009 to one of the Theme Parks of the Disneyland® Resort*! It's our gift to you and it all begins right here.

To get this wonderful birthday gift for yourself or your children, follow these simple steps:

Register yourself—and your children too, if you want.
Print the reminder email with its confirmation message that you will receive 2 weeks prior to your birthday to redeem free admission on your birthday in 2009.
Bring proper ID and your confirmation message to the Main Entrance ticket booths outside the Disneyland® Resort Theme Parks.
If you are an Annual Passholder or already have a Multi-Day ticket you will use on your birthday, go ahead and register and bring the free admission on your birthday confirmation and proper ID to the ticket booth so you can choose from one of our other exciting birthday gifts instead. (see FAQs for details).

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Friday, December 19, 2008

Saina Nehwal badminton player

Born 17 March 1990
Place of birth Hisar, Haryana, India

first Indian shuttler to reach the semi-finals of the World SuSaina Nehwal in action. (TOI Photo)
per Series Masters Finals when she defeated Mew Choo Wong of Malaysia in the group league stage.

Saina is the first Indian woman to reach the singles quarterfinals at the Olympics.

first Indian to win the World Junior Badminton Championships.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Parvathy Omanakuttan

Birth name: Parvathy Omanakuttan
Birthdate: July 13, 1987 (age 21)
Birth location: Changanassery, Kottayam, Kerala
Measurements: 32-27-36
Height: 1.74 m (5 ft 81⁄2 in)
Hair color: black
Title(s): Miss World 2008 First runner up, Femina Miss India World 2008, Femina Miss India South 2008, Miss Malayali 2005
Skin color: wheatish

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Winter Holiday Events in Orange County

Winter Holiday Events in Orange County

Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade of Lights

Holiday cruises begin December 12 and run through December 29. The Christmas Boat Parade begins December 17th and ends December 21st. Newport Landing will offer cruises twice nightly at 5:45PM and 8PM. These cruises give spectators the oppurtunity to actually participate in the parade, instead of just watching it from the sidelines!