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Tax Tips For Starting a Business

Sep 24, 2015 4:51:41 PM / by Dave Boelman posted in Tax Services

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Starting your own business can be exciting and rewarding.  It is critically important, however, to understand all of your tax and recordkeeping obligations. Use this guide to help you make sure you are ready for tax season.

One of the first things you will need to do is decide what type of business you will establish.  Each carries its own legal and tax requirements.  For detailed information on the types of business taxes to which you may be subject, see http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Business-Taxes.

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Be Alert to the Latest Iowa Tax Scam!

Mar 5, 2015 11:16:35 AM / by Dave Boelman posted in Tax Services

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If you receive an automated call that claims that you are eligible for a refund from the Iowa Department of Revenue, you may be a target of new tax scam. To further mislead call recipients, the perpetrators have very cleverly managed to make the Iowa Department of Revenue’s general taxpayer services number (515-281-3114) appear on caller IDs; however, that number is never used for automated calls.

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Beware of IRS-Impersonation Phone Scams!

Dec 20, 2014 11:30:57 AM / by Dave Boelman posted in Tax Services

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We have been receiving calls about the latest tax scams that are appearing throughout the country.

An aggressive and sophisticated phone scam targeting taxpayers, including recent immigrants, has been making the rounds. Callers fraudulently claim to be employees of the IRS. These con artists can sound convincing, using fake names and bogus IRS identification badge numbers. They may know a lot about their targets, and they usually alter the caller ID to make it look like the IRS is calling.

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Roll Over Your After-Tax 401(k) Contributions to a Roth IRA

Nov 14, 2014 1:36:35 PM / by Dave Boelman posted in Tax Services, Retirement

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If you have access to a 401(k) plan, contributing at least the amount for which your employer will provide matching funds is one of the best ways to save for retirement.  That has been true for some time.  However, the IRS has just given you even more incentive to pack money into your 401(k).

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Comprehensive Financial Planning for Your Family

Oct 23, 2014 12:51:35 PM / by Jason Shaw posted in Financial Planning, Tax Services, Retirement

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Boelman Shaw Capital Partners offers a specialized blend of expertise in multiple aspects of financial planning.  We provide our Des Moines area clients with well-rounded advice to create an optimized financial plan that provides for the needs of individuals and their families. We advise families just starting their financial journey with their first steps toward securing their child’s college tuition and individuals nearing retirement who worry that they have not saved enough.  Wherever you are on your financial path, we can help.

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I Missed the Tax Filing Deadline! Now What?

May 15, 2014 10:42:47 AM / by Dave Boelman posted in Tax Services

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Ideally, we would all file our tax returns on time and pay every penny that we owe to the IRS by April 15.  At times, however, we all have trouble living up to ideals.  If you missed this year’s filing deadline, you obviously can’t go back in time and undo that, but there are steps you can take to limit the damage to your finances.

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The Advantages of Combining Tax and Financial Planning

Apr 15, 2014 2:05:36 PM / by Jason Shaw posted in Financial Planning, Tax Services

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Financial planning involves more than simply understanding how to invest your money to balance risk and return.  To be truly effective, it must include a tax strategy as well.  Virtually every financial move you make has tax implications, which affect your return on investment.  For that reason, it pays to work with financial professionals who specialize in both tax and financial planning.

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No Excuses: File Your Income Tax Return by April 15!

Apr 8, 2014 2:01:00 PM / by Dave Boelman posted in Tax Services

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Life can often get in the way of our best intentions.  Tasks get put off or pushed aside as more pressing issues demand our attention.  The cost of putting of filing your taxes, however, can be very high.  Whether you are short of time to complete your tax return or money to pay the bill, making a small time investment in jumping through some basic hoops can save you the hefty penalties that the IRS imposes on procrastinators.

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Tax Tips for Last-Minute Filers

Apr 3, 2014 1:59:09 PM / by Dave Boelman posted in Tax Services

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If you still have not filed your taxes for 2013, don’t panic.  The IRS estimates that 1/3 of Americans wait until the last minute to complete their tax preparation.  It is not the ideal way to handle your tax return, but it’s not too late to get all of your documentation in order and file an accurate return that includes all of the credits and deductions you are entitled to claim.  The important thing is to get started now and commit to filing what you need by the April 15 deadline.

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What Your Teenager Should Know About Income Tax

Apr 1, 2014 1:55:42 PM / by Dave Boelman posted in Tax Services

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A first job can be an empowering and educational experience for teenagers.  It provides them with their own money, which they must learn to manage.  It gives them a sense of what things cost and what it takes to earn them.  It teaches them to prioritize wants and needs and can form the basis for good lifelong financial management practices.  It is also an opportunity for them to begin learning about income tax.  Most teens do not earn enough to have to file a tax return, but in some situations, minors are required to file, and some who are not required will benefit from filing anyway.  When teenagers begin their first jobs, understanding a few basic tax principles will help them to understand their tax obligations and how they might limit the income tax they will owe.  Parents will also benefit from understanding how their children’s jobs may affect their own tax returns.

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