Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Easing The Burden of Taxes By Checking Your Refund Status

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Internal Revenue Service (Photo credit: LendingMemo)
Right now millions of people are scrambling to focus on doing their taxes, whether it’s small business that needs to do quarterly reporting, or it’s those that are late on their initial return, there is a variety of issues that can be pursuant during this stressful time. If you or someone you know is struggling to figure all of this out, it’s time to take a simple step back and understand that this is not a complicated endeavor. However, it may seem complex at first glance. In order to ease the burden, you’ll want to look at not only how to get your taxes done swiftly, but also figure out how to go about checking you refund status whenever you need to.

The Preparation

No matter what type of tax return you need to file, you’ll find that there are several solutions that you can chase in this matter. You could go ahead and fill out the paperwork yourself, with the aid of a local library, which has to keep these forms on file and information on how to fill them out. You could even get free local aid in this manner.

Another method is to purchase software that can do the calculations, and filing for you. These range in price and some are even free online with several benefits that come alongside with it. No matter what software choice you choose, make sure that it’s approved for federal and state fillings. Once you have that, you will be able to go along and answer questions to fill out your forms automatically.

A third solution is to hire a CPA to do your taxes, whether it’s annually or quarterly. This can cost a pretty penny for some, but there are solutions that abound in every marketplace, that may even be cost effective. You’ll have to look around a bit in this regards.

Your Refund Status
No matter what option you choose in preparation, you could always go about checking you refund status, by going to the official IRS website. That’s right, you could check on your filing and more if you sign in to the official IRS page and get up to the minute information. In some instances, if you file online, you will be able to get text updates, or even email updates on the refund status that you have overall.

If you in fact have a refund pending, you will be able to get a solid answer from the IRS if you just look into it. Of course, if you don’t file, if you don’t prepare your taxes at all, then checking your refund status becomes frivolous. 

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Is SureTrader Good For Online Investments?

Is Suretrader Good?

Thanks to the Internet, stock trading has never been easier for the average person. Unfortunately, may Internet investors mistakenly think they are getting into an easy scheme for getting rich quick. Lack of investor experience results in millions of lost dollars every year. This investor need for professional advice in web-based trading has lead to the creation of brokerage sites like Sure Trader.

SureTrader, part of Swiss American Securities, Ltd, was founded in 2008 by businessman Guy Gentile. Its location in the Bahamas is one reason people choose SureTrader: It is regulated by the Bahamas Securities and Exchange Commission and not the US Securities and Exchange Commission. This means that investors are not bound by the Pacific Day Trader rule, or PDT, which limits investors with less than $25,000 on account to three days of trading per rolling period. In other words, SureTrader investing does not require as much cash for starting each trading day, answering the question for many people, Is SureTrader good? with a resounding, 'Yes!'

SureTrader has competitive pricing, but the web-site is somewhat outdated and can be hard to navigate. They do provide live customer support which is easy to use by just clicking on a link in the corner of the screen.
Signing up for SureTrader involves scanning in a couple of IDs as well as a current utility bill. After that, it takes a day or two for the account to be activated.

SureTrader has three different investment platforms and users can manage their account wherever they can get an Internet connection.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

A Rise In Company Profits Shows Itself

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Netflix has integrated its streaming player in many consumer electronics devices including the XBox 360 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Netflix has experienced a rise in the price of their stock due to their increased prices, which have resulted in higher profits. Internet video subscription prices have always been reasonable, yet Netflix has announced it is currently getting ready to jack up its prices for Internet streaming subscriptions by perhaps as much as $2 per month. This is said to be an assistant in covering the cost of additional programming that is going to be added to the current service.

According to the company, the increase will take place in July, with the increase in price being added at that time. The company has stated that United States based subscribers will keep paying $8 per month for a generous, yet undisclosed, period of time.

While these companies have all experienced profit growth and improvement, it has come from a place that was entirely opposite. With the market and economy in such a fickle place, companies are grabbing the profits and learning from them while they can. Time alone will show us the results.

Netflix is a San Francisco based company that made the public aware of the increase in cost on April 22. It has been reported that those with vested interest in Netflix are in approval of the price hike, and the result was a 6% surge in the company's stock. During the first quarter of 2014, Netflix earned $53 million, which paid out $.86 per share of stock. Last year the numbers were $2.7 million, or $.05 per share. To put it delicately, revenue for Netflix has risen 24%: $1.3 billion.

If we take Haliburton into consideration in comparison, we find they reported profit in the first quarter year, however, they had reported loss the exact same quarter last year. Now Haliburton sells their services to companies whose primary focus is natural gas and oil drilling. This would also include hydraulic fracturing. Haliburton sustained damage by the low prices that have undermined their gas drilling services. This company, based in Houston, reported a net income of $622 million dollars @ $.73 per share. Their revenue rose 5% to $7.35 million. Without an added charge, adjusted profit for the company was $.67 one year ago.

Another company is Hasbro. It has found its way home to making profits in this year's first quarter. The sales of toys for girls have been the biggest boost for the toy manufacturer. Having earned $32 million at $.24 per share ending March 30. Years earlier, they were suffering a loss than $6.5 million.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Stock Carnival Ecstasy - March 18, 2014

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Smith Grocery Co., Butte, Montana (1901) (Photo credit: Butte-Silver Bow Public Library)
Welcome to the March 18, 2014 edition of Stock Carnival Ecstasy. We start this carnival with an article from BitCoinBranches on the Coin Mkt. Bill Smith has 3 reasons why you should do your taxes early. Bryan takes a look at ways to compare insurance plans. Hope you enjoy all the articles, bookmark, share, tweet and come back real soon.


bitcoinbranches presents Coin Mkt Reviews, Ratings - Bitcoin Branches posted at Bitcoin Branches, saying, "Coin Mkt is a trading exchange for crypto currencies such as bitcoin. While not technically stocks, they do act as a commodity."


Bill Smith presents 3 Reasons Why Doing Your Taxes Early Is Beneficial posted at 2014 Taxes, saying, "There is one thing in life that almost everyone hates equally. You probably already guessed it as well since the answer is taxation."


Bryan presents How To Compare Car Insurance posted at MCI123, saying, "To find the best car insurance, consumers must learn it isn’t all about price. There are many factors that affect your rates including the type and amount of coverage you choose. In our guide, we discuss the different types of auto coverage available, the kinds of discounts you should apply for, and generally everything you need to find the best and cheapest car insurance for your needs."

Bill Smith
presents IRS Options For Avoiding The President’s Day Rush posted at 2011 Taxes, saying, "The President’s Day is a holiday that forms part of the busiest times for IRS telephone lines."

Bill Smith
presents Tax Accountant Vs Tax Software posted at 2013 Taxes, saying, "Preparing and filing taxes are rarely activities most people look forward to."

presents How To Start A Blog posted at Glennalicious.org, saying, "Have you ever thought about starting a blog and making money online? If so, this step-by-step how-to guide is for you. Learning to start a blog and making money online isn’t hard, but it does require time and commitment. Fortunately, it’s a cheap business to start and you can quickly figure out if you have what it takes. Learn how to start a blog here."

Bill Smith
presents Looking At The TurboTax Redesign posted at 2008 Taxes, saying, "If you’ve used TurboTax before, then you should expect some changes this time around. Recently, Intuit’s tax software has become a little confusing."

Bill Smith
presents An Important Guide On Filing Taxes Online posted at 2009 Tax, saying, "An agreement between a group of private companies that produce tax filing software,the Free File Alliance, and the IRS has made it very easy to file your taxes."

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Saturday, February 15, 2014

Stock Carnival Ecstasy - February 15, 2014

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Earned income tax credit (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Welcome to the February 15, 2014 edition of Stock Carnival Ecstasy. In this issue we start with a review of the Superbowl commercials from TurboTax from Bill Smith. Joshua Rodriguez writes about the Federal Stimulus Fail. And Mark Hanna has some great Dividend Stocks that you should take a look at. Hope you enjoy all the articles, bookmark our carnival, tweet, share and like on Facebook.


Bill Smith presents TurboTax Makes the Most of Superbowl Time! posted at 2012 Tax - Free Tax Filing Options, saying, "There is nothing better this time of year than watching the Superbowl especially if your team made it."

Bill Smith
presents Intuit Comes out With TurboTax for Health Care posted at 2009 Tax, saying, "Select the right Health Insurance Products: TurboTax Health Software by Intuit makes it easy for consumers to understand different health care options offered by Affordable Care Act (ACA)."

Bill Smith
presents Healthcare & Intuit TurboTax posted at 2010 Taxes to 2013 Taxes, saying, "To know the ropes of TurboTax Health care and understand the highlighters of Affordable Care Act, turn your glances towards Intuit Inc. to get apprised of the facts."

Bill Smith
presents You Need To Know A Lot About Retirement posted at FastSwings, saying, "2014 Taxes are here causing many people to worry a lot about retirement. If you are among these people, i.e. you feel you are far behind in your retirement or haven't started saving for it at all, this tax article will give you some advice on readying yourself for this imminent event."

Joshua Rodriguez
presents Federal Stimulus Fail…And Greg The D&*# Head posted at CNA Finance, saying, "In this post, Joshua discusses why he believes the Federal Stimulus program failed and what affects it's actually had on the economy. He also does his first roast of a finance blogger."

Bill Smith
presents TurboTax And The Earned Income Tax Credit posted at 2013 Taxes, saying, "Individuals who wish to use a tax service may wish to try TurboTax 2013. This is the option that they may need to easily pay their taxes, and be able to get the tax help they can use."

Bill Smith
presents H&R Block Deluxe and TurboTax Deluxe posted at 2014 Taxes, saying, "H&R Blockfollow Deluxe and TurboTax Deluxe are all online tax software that offers tax solutions."


Mark Hanna presents The Best Values in Dividend Stocks – February 2014 posted at Debt, Dividends, & Diversions, saying, "Starting with the Dividend Champions Sheet, we detail the process of narrowing down the list of 500 stocks to the 25 best current values."


Bryan presents Types of Car Insurance Coverage posted at MCI123, saying, "Ever wonder what every type of car insurance coverage on your policy actually protects you against? Maybe you are unsure of the details of GAP, personal injury, comprehensive, or collision coverage? Check out our comprehensive guide to learn about the different types of policy add-ons and what they mean."

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Stock Carnival Ecstasy - January 28, 2014

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Welcome to the January 28, 2014 edition of Stock Carnival Ecstasy. In this edition we take a look at when taxpayers can begin to file their taxes for 2013. Mark Hanna has some dividend champions that you should take a look at. And finally Bryan Chau has a review of the movie, The Wolf on Wall Street, for those interested in seeing the movie. Bookmark, Share and Tweet our carnival and come back real soon.

Lee Mt presents Corporate Secretarial Compliance Services Singapore posted at Accounting Solutions Singapore, saying, "Corporate Secretarial Services are specially catered to SMEs and new start-ups as you may not have the resources to perform corporate secretarial works. In addition to ensuring compliance with local legal requirements, a Company Corporate Secretary has many responsibilities"

Bill Smith presents On What Day Will I Be Able To File My Taxes For 2014? posted at 2009 Tax, saying, "The IRS has set the date to open up their filing season, for year 2014, on January 31st."


Brian Fourman presents This One Stock Chart Could Make or Break You Over the Next 20 Years posted at Luke1428, saying, "All stocks and markets have charts that track their historical performance. An investor can learn a great deal about the health of the market by doing some basic technical analysis."

Erastus presents How To Save Money On Groceries posted at Modest Money, saying, "We all know that grocery shopping adds up to a lot of money over time. Learn the best ways to save money on groceries and save big money!"

Steve Alexander presents Here's a Quick Way to Tell if Your Stock Could Go Bankrupt posted at MagicDiligence - Optimizing Joel Greenblatts Value Stock Strategy, saying, "Could your stock go bankrupt? Current ratio is an important financial statistic that can tell if your stock is at risk, and a simple way to make it even more accurate."

Mark Hanna presents Dividend Champions Review – January 2014 posted at Debt, Dividends, & Diversions, saying, "This post details the screening process to find the best values in dividend investing for January 2014."

101 Centavos presents The Stock Market Is STILL Stupid And Irrational posted at 101 Centavos, saying, "The need to check in with Avon has been poking its snout around the corner like a dog looking for a handout (Hard to get your own food without opposable thumbs and a steady income, isn’t it, doggie? That’s how I like to taunt the dogs, but they’re impervious to sarcasm) Back in early 2012, opinion on AVP was trending lower than a snake’s belly in a wagon wheel rut. Still, there was a new CEO at the helm and a chance for a fresh start."


Bryan Chau presents The Boy Who Cried Wolf On Wall Street posted at Success Pen Pal, saying, "wolf of wall street, success, movie review, tips, lessons-learned, wealth, ethics, temptations, etc."

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Disappointing Sale On IPhones Plunge Apple Deeper, Though Executives Are Still Excited

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Apple has fell short of the expected quarterly earnings  for iPhone, despite what their analysts expected. In effect, the stocks have downed 5% in after-hours stock trading. The company has sold close to 51 million handsets in the 1st quarter of this fiscal year, and despite it being a record high (up from 47 million), analysts now say that the company has not exceeded its expectation of 55 million as predicted.

Tim Cook, Apple's CEO is still excited about the sales, saying that their main aim is to satisfy the desires of their customers and making services more effective for them. The second quarter may have the company have revenue return of $42 billion according to Apple, but analysts think otherwise. The confidence from Peter Oppenheimer, its chief finance officer, stems from his approval of the company's new performance track record. He says that today, manufacturing issues that were being experienced some years back have been ironed out.

However, Apple has seen its company experience a slight revenue move upwards to $57.6 billion, though not so much has been made in terms of profits.

Stocks for this giant smart phone powerhouse were estimated by analysts to be worth $14.09 per share. Some of the reasons why some disappointment has been experienced of late include the fact that iPhone 5s and 5c are not doing too well with the customers. In addition, China received shipments of the iPhones at the same time with the rest of their global customers. 

Principle analyst Moorhead suggests that though the company has not seen an increase in profit margins, the amounts in terms of revenue and sold phones that are being talked about are enormous. With 26 million sold iPads, up from only 22.6 the previous year, Apple expects that the December quarter will see 24.6 million gadgets sold.

Stocks closed at $19.97, a down of 5.6% from $30.53.

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