Posted 12/5/13 at 12:32 PM | John Dillard
The IRS Representation Series: Need Help Appealing Tax Issues?
Need Help Filing of Old Tax Returns?
Tax Penalties Got You Down?
Just as Jesus is our Intercessor with God so should taxpayers seek out a CPA who is well versed in IRS tax representation issues.
Job 16:20 My intercessor is my friend as my eyes pour out tears to God
Posted 12/5/13 at 3:55 AM | Sylvie Simms
Acne is a condition that can afflict people of all ages, from pre-teens all the way through mature adults. Acne does not discriminate between men and women, equally causing outbreaks on each person. However, there are a few factors that can contribute to the severity of acne in each person.
What Causes Acne
Acne is caused when a pore is blocked. The blockage can be caused by many things, including but not limited to, skin cells, hair and oil. Once the pore is blocked, swelling can occur since the pore is still secreting sebum. High levels of hormones or excessive sebum secretion can increase a person’s chances of developing acne. This is why many teenagers develop acne during puberty.
Types of Acne
Acne can manifest itself in many different ways. There are three common types of acne, including blackheads, whiteheads and nodules. As alluded to by the name, blackheads are acne spots that have a black head. Whiteheads are the more common type of acne and includes an inflamed red bump that usually has a white head on top. Nodules are painful acne bumps that grow under the skin. They are usually hard and do not develop a head.
How to Prevent Acne
Although there is no guarantee, keeping your face clean is the best way to prevent acne. If you exfoliate and wash your skin as recommended, you will cleanse your face of the dead skin cells, dirt and oil that can cause acne. Be sure to keep your skin moisturized so that dry skin doesn’t cause an outbreak. If you use makeup, try to find a brand that includes salicylic acid which can actually help fight acne. FULL POST
Posted 12/5/13 at 2:06 AM | Sylvie Simms
Buying and selling a home has changed over the years. The internet and other technological advances have made it easier than ever to both list a home and sell it. Now, homeowners can get online and browse the internet for sources on how to prepare a home to sell, as well as search for homes to buy. The available technology has also given real estate agents and brokers better tools to do their jobs so they can provide their customers with more detailed information.
Mobile technology in particular has brought marketing straight into the homes of potential buyers. Smartphones make it possible for buyers to download apps so they can search for and find the perfect home. Real estate agents and brokers will have to make sure that their listings will be featured on these sites and apps, and then hope for an interested buyer to find it and contact them.
Electronics have also made it easier to advertise and show a home these days. Real estate agents can now use their cameras to upload the pictures directly onto the internet. There are also devices available to record rooms and take panoramic pictures of the entire area. This allows real estate agents and brokers to post virtual tours on their websites to give potential buyers a better idea of whether this property will meet their expectations prior to visiting it. It’s no surprise that about 50 percent of agents and brokers are spending thousands of dollars on technology for their business in just one years’ time. FULL POST
Posted 12/5/13 at 12:48 AM | Sylvie Simms
Should You Take an Online Course?
Online courses are becoming more and more popular every year. Students across the nation are given access to an education that they might otherwise miss, and many students are using only online courses to complete their entire degree requirements. If you are considering using online courses during your college career, you need to have both the necessary tools and motivation to be successful.
The first thing you need to consider is if you have the needed tools to complete an online course. A computer and internet are requirements for these courses. You should have a secure Internet connection that is not easily accessible by others, and it should be reliable. If your connection is not reliable, you run the risk of being logged out during an important test or being unable to submit an assignment before the deadline. Although some professors are lenient in these cases, some of them are not. They expect you to have the tools needed to complete the course.
Online classes are more convenient since you can work around your schedule, but it also means that you are responsible for ensuring you complete assignments on time. You will need to be self-motivated and responsible, logging on and completing your work in a timely manner. Some students need face-to-face instruction in order to be motivated, but others are more self-motivated, getting things done on their own FULL POST
Posted 12/4/13 at 9:09 AM | Phil Cooke
During the last week, the media has been obsessed with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ announcement that within 4-5 years he wants to start delivering products directly to our homes via drones. It’s a wild idea, and yet Bezos has proven himself on so many levels, the idea can’t be discounted. More important, when it comes to getting your big ideas noticed, there’s some valuable lessons to be learned from the announcement:
1) The sheer audacity of the idea got people’s attention. It’s been in the news for an entire week with few signs of letting up. However, for big ideas to get attention, they have to be announced from someone with past credibility. From someone other than a credible leader like Bezos, it would just be considered another crazy idea.
2) A big, audacious announcement is designed for more than just customers. His claim also put the word out to federal regulators like the FAA that they’d better get ready for business to start using drones. Big announcements can put a lot of people on notice. FULL POST
Posted 12/4/13 at 8:58 AM | John Dillard
Has the IRS Sent You a Collection Notice?
Do You Have Back Tax Returns That You Need to File?
Atlanta CPA...Understanding an IRS Tax Levy & Your Rights
An IRS tax levy is a legal proceeding where your property is seized to satisfy a tax debt. A levy is where the IRS actually takes your property where an IRS tax lien is a security claim for a tax debt. If you do not keep your tax filings and payments current the IRS can utilize a tax levy to settle your debt and the IRS has the legal ability to seize and sell any type of property, real or personal, that you may own or have legal interest in.
Posted 12/3/13 at 10:42 AM | John Dillard
Duluth CPA: Getting Tough Tax Questions Answered
Hiring an Award Winning CPA is one of the best things you can do to make sure that your company’s financial statements are correctly compiled, IRS Representation issues are well done, and that your corporate and personal income taxes are done ensuring that only your lowest legal possible income tax is paid. Find a CPA who not only has technical skills and ability but can talk to you as well.
Posted 12/3/13 at 12:08 AM | Sylvie Simms
Natural and Man-Made Dangers for Sea Turtles
Most sea turtles are now on the endangered and threatened lists. The species are slowly dying off, both from natural and man-made threats. Baby sea turtles are especially susceptible to these dangers, many of them not making it to adulthood.
Sea turtles have many different natural threats. Since baby sea turtles are so small and have soft shells still, they are considered easy prey for many different predators. On land, baby sea turtles fall prey to such animals as raccoons, birds and sometimes even dogs. There are even more natural predators under the sea, including sharks, killer whales, fish and crabs. As the baby sea turtles grow and their shells harden, they become less of a prey to these animals. It can take many years, however, for the sea turtle to grow enough to be safe.
Although the sea turtles' natural predators play a part in lessening the sea turtle population, the man-made dangers are what's causing the different species of sea turtles to disappear. One of these threats includes ocean pollution. Trash, toxic residue, nets and other fishing gear that make its way into the ocean can slowly poison sea turtles. Many times, sea turtles can mistake these items for food. The sea turtles can either die from swallowing these items or they can become ensnared, eventually drowning.
Artificial lighting also poses a danger to baby sea turtles. Sea turtles are buried on land, and when they hatch, they usually use the moon's glow on the ocean to get their bearings. Sea turtles will then follow this reflection to the sea where they are more safe from land predators. Artificial lights and light pollution, however, can trick a baby sea turtle to go the wrong direction. The longer the sea turtles are on land, the more susceptible they are to night predators. FULL POST
Posted 12/2/13 at 4:35 PM | John Dillard
15 Things Your Tax Preparer Might Not Want You to Know
It is possible maybe even likely your tax preparer may not be looking at ALL they could be for your business to help with tax mitigation, compliance, long range planning and profit maximization. Spend some time with this list and consider if it is time to hire a Virtual CFO for your business.
Fifteen Things Your Tax Preparer Might Not Want You to Know
Posted 12/2/13 at 9:22 AM | Phil Cooke
Whenever I speak on this subject I always get a positive response from the audience. We all know that we get pulled into more things than we can possibly do, and most of the time it’s because we just can’t say “no.” And especially as Christians, we feel the obligation to be nice all the time, so we really hate to turn people down. But the bottom line is that until we start staying no to some things, we’ll never have time to pursue the really important things. We never want to be a jerk about it, so if you suffer from the inability to turn people down, here’s some things to say:
1) “Let me check my schedule first.” This implies you have other things on your plate (which you do), and keeps you from answering on the spot. Take some time, check your calendar and to-do list, think about your priorities and get back to them later. In many cases, by that time, they’ll find somebody else.
2) “That’s not a priority for me right now.” Yes, you DO have other priorities, and they matter. It’s always good to remind people what you’re focused on in your life and career, and in many cases, what they want you to do isn’t on that list. FULL POST