“The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax.” - Albert Einstein, physicist. Well! It may be connected to his theory of relativity but, being a physicist that he was, he didn't think of the U.S. tax system in reverse. It would have been a lot easier for him if he understood two things:

  1. The more you make, the less you pay - ever heard of loopholes?
  2. The less you make, the more you pay - never heard of loopholes?

Filing tax returns, for some, is like going to the dentist. If you have flossed once a day and brushed twice a day regularly, then going to the dentist should be a breeze and not something to dread upon.

So keep records of all your income and expenses. Figuring out your tax returns should be a breeze as well.

Always remember this golden rule:
You earn your money in pre-tax dollars but you spend them in post-tax dollars.

Don't try to fool IRS

Al Capone was not sent to jail by Eliot Ness
Al Capone was sent to jail by IRS

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Tax Changes In 2009 You Should Know Before You File

Friday, February 5, 2010, 1:03 AM | 3 Comments

For folks, who don’t do taxes themselves but get them done by professionals, I want to say this. Don’t be afraid to do them yourself. Each year, there are some changes in the tax code that you should know about before you file your taxes in the following year before April 15. Most of the […]



4 Small Steps To Take – Away From The Tax-Man

Sunday, January 10, 2010, 2:37 AM | 1 Comment

Everyone is getting ready to do their taxes, most of the folks anyway before April 15, 2010 which falls on a Thursday. Either they would do their taxes themselves or get them done by a professional. But there is nothing you can do now to make any changes for 2009. That year is gone, just […]



Millions Will Have To Repay Part Of Tax Credit

Sunday, November 22, 2009, 3:12 AM | Leave Comment

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First-Time Home-Buyer Tax Credit – Poor Rich Folks

Saturday, November 14, 2009, 3:44 PM | 1 Comment

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