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Posted 4/24/14 at 7:18 PM | John Dillard

Don't Hide: Begin to Address Your Open Tax Issues Today

Don't Hide: Begin to Address Your Open Tax Issues Today

Know Your Options Before You Sign A Power of Attorney/IRS Form 2848

Taxpayers who have run afoul of the IRS and is dealing with seemingly overwhelming tax issues, there are words of wisdom to successfully resolve your tax problems, how to pay your taxes on a timely basis by properly utilizing withholding, estimated payments, and extensions. Though there are many things we can do to help you avoid tax problems and unnecessary penalties, we can also help you discover the general guidelines and rules of how to qualify for and process an Offer in Compromise.hs is a process where both the Internal Revenue Service and the State of Georgia will reduce your bill to what you can afford to pay based upon detailed tax regulations, procedures, and careful compliance.


Posted 4/24/14 at 3:35 PM | Brian Wallace

The New Role of a Field Technician

Technology is advancing to the point that it can interact with other technology without the help of humans. This infographic outlines how that could mean field technicians could be sent out for preventative maintanence instead of to fix a problem.

Posted 4/24/14 at 10:26 AM | Phil Cooke

How to Find Time to Create Your Dream Project

Photo: Pixabay/steinchen - Public Domain

Nearly every week someone comes to me in frustration and says something like, “I need to write a book but I can never find the time.” Or, “I have a screenplay I want to write, but I just have too much to do during the day.” Honestly, in most cases, even if they had nothing else to do, most still wouldn’t actually get around to writing. But just in case “finding the time” is a real problem for you, let me offer this suggestion:

Get up and do it. Write, create, think. First thing in the morning – before you check your email, before you post on social media, and before you make any calls.

This morning, I got up at 6am, wrote an online feature story for a client, wrote two posts for my blog, and updated the copy on our company website, and it’s barely 8am. Two hours, and I knocked off three important writing projects that have been nagging at me for two weeks. I actually wrote my first two books working just from 6-8am. But if I had been up at 6am checking my email, responding to the 20-30 emails I typically have in the morning, then reading everyone’s Facebook timeline, checking Twitter, then finding funny things to post on my social media pages, it would be 11am, and I would have nothing to show for writing. FULL POST

Posted 4/23/14 at 10:15 AM | Phil Cooke

How to Leave Your Job Well

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In past generations, people were employed for life, but new statistics indicate that in today’s economy, you’ll have many jobs before retirement. In most areas – advertising and marketing, ministry, nonprofit work, entertainment, business, etc… the world is pretty small, so when it comes time to leave your job, you’d better leave it on good terms. After all, you never know in the future when you might want to work with that organization again. So even when you leave out of anger, duress, frustration, or most other reasons, I always encourage people not to burn bridges. But even when that’s your intention, most people don’t do it well, so here’s a few reminders you should keep tucked away for that day when it’s time to move on:

1. Finish the old job well.  Over the years. I’ve had a couple of departing employees leave our company completely in the lurch. I was thrilled for the opportunity they had with a new company, but when they departed, they left projects in mid-stream, and since they were the main person who knew the details, it made it very difficult for us to recover. I’ll think twice before I ever hire them back. Always button up projects, files, or relationships before you leave. FULL POST

Posted 4/23/14 at 8:41 AM | Sylvie Simms

Ford Unveils the 2015 Mustang

The Ford Mustang has long been a favored car for many people. Over the course of the fifty years that this classic vehicle has been on the market, the Ford Mustang has continued to be a leader in the vehicle industry, evolving to fit with the current car trends. In the Past The first Mustang made its debut fifty years ago. Within just a few years, this car was able to boast $1 million in sales. Due to its sleek design and wild popularity, this vehicle has been featured in countless films, building the Mustang reputation even further. Most Mustang models have had some features in common, but over the years, the body’s design has changed to keep up with car trends. In the Present In celebration of its 50-year anniversary, Ford is launching the next Mustang model on December 5, 2014. This model has many features that have yet to be seen in a Mustang, making it the perfect choice to celebrate the history of this illustrious car. Mustang lovers can expect to see a smoother design with popular features such as hood vents, tri bar headlights and a flatter cutline. Mustang lovers can choose from a variety of interior and exterior colors along with custom features.


Posted 4/22/14 at 11:31 AM | John Dillard

Amending Prior Tax Returns: Don't Delay Penalties & Interest Are Piling UP

Amending Prior Tax Returns

The filing of old back tax returns often "freezes" taxpayers who become too scared to address their open monies. Below is an example of an inquiry from a taxpayer seeking advice on filing of past unfiled income tax returns:

I'm looking for help amending back tax returns (last 5 years) and I am desperate to get my tax situation in order. I need to find help I can afford! If I'm too small a customer do you know of another resource for help with this issue? Thank you very much.


Posted 4/22/14 at 10:02 AM | Phil Cooke

How Do You Measure Success?

There’s a flood of self-help and positive thinking books and teaching out there, and it’s infected the church in a big way as well. I’m a positive person, but it doesn’t take much study of great leaders and innovators to realize that life isn’t about what most people call “success.” That’s why a recent devotional from 843 Acres caught my attention. If you don’t receive Park Forum’s 843 Acres email devotional, I highly recommend it, because in this case, I can do no better than simply quote it and ask you to compare it to how you evaluate your accomplishments in life:

Success:  On Wall Street, success is measured when the closing bell rings. On Capitol Hill, it’s measured when constituents cast their votes. When it comes to our lives, however, how do we measure success? How do we determine whether a life was well lived?

Failure:  Paul’s second letter to Timothy was his last. He was aging and imprisoned; he knew that his life was drawing to a close. Was his life successful? First, let’s consider whether he was well liked. During his thirty years of ministry, he was deserted, opposed, flogged, beaten, betrayed, imprisoned, shipwrecked, left for dead, and stoned. According to tradition, a few days after he penned this letter, Nero beheaded him as a criminal. What about the churches he planted? Were they successful? According to John’s vision in Revelation, the church that Paul planted in Ephesus would be told, “I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first.” What about his apprentice, Timothy? According to tradition, Timothy was beaten, dragged, and stoned to death by an enraged mob. In other words, from all external appearances, Paul’s life doesn’t seem too successful–he wasn’t well liked by the cultural elite, the church he planted abandoned their first love, and his apprentice was killed by a mob. FULL POST

Posted 4/22/14 at 3:20 AM | Sylvie Simms

Whats Next For The LA Lakers?

With the NCAA basketball season ending and the NBA basketball season in its home stretch, basketball fans are already making predictions for the next season. Once March Madness is complete and the 2014 NBA draft lineup is set, NBA general managers are starting to decide who will make the cut for the next season. Some existing NBA contracts will be renewed while others will be traded. In addition to existing NBA players being signed, new players will also be picked up from college teams.
With their current win versus loss ratio, the L.A. Lakers are hoping to use the NBA Draft in order to sign some new players. Since the L.A. Lakers will have a lottery pick for the 2014 NBA Draft, the team should be able to pick up talent that will improve the team. This is good news since there are a lot of potentially great players ready to start their professional basketball career. In addition to signing some top picks from the 2014 NBA Draft, the L.A. Lakers are also hoping to sign some free agents. A few strong players have contracts that will expire after the 2013-2014 season and the L.A. Lakers are interested in offering these players contracts. By signing strong draft picks and free agents, the L.A. Lakers should have a great 2014-2015 season. FULL POST

Posted 4/21/14 at 9:23 AM | Sylvie Simms

The History of the Chef's Uniform

The history of modern day restaurants and the chefs who run the kitchen is full of interesting details and events. The trials and changes this industry has gone through is a testament to the strength of the art of cooking, while the growing popularity of restaurants and eateries attests to the overall success of the industry.

Evolution of Restaurants

Over the years, the way we have dined has changed greatly. Although traditionally, most families dined in home, industrious men and women have found ways to sell meals. This initially got its start in roadside inns and taverns, but the trends have changed so that modern day restaurants and catering companies are the norm.

Evolution of Chefs

In addition to all of these changes, the person behind the stove has also evolved. Many modern chefs wear the traditional white double-breasted jacket, patterned pants and tall chef’s hat, but this has not always been the case. This uniform did not make an appearance until persecuted chefs donned similar attire to priests in Orthodox Church monasteries. This was done in order to blend in and escape notice of those hoping to imprison or persecute them for their freethinking in the kitchen. FULL POST

Posted 4/18/14 at 1:30 PM | Brian Wallace

Innovations in the Newspaper Industry

Newapapers have been evolving to keep up with the digital times. This infographic outlines some of the major innovations in the newspaper industry.

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