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CPR Self - Important Life Saving Read!

self cpr life saving Jerry Jones CPA This comes from Dr. Patrick Teefy Cardiology Head at the Nuclear Medicine Institute University Hospital London Ontario.

Please take time to read this important message that might save your live or someone you know one day.

I hope everyone can send this on as it is really important for everyone to know!

  1. Let's say it's 7:25 pm and you're going home (alone of course) after an unusually hard day on the job.

  2. You're really tired, upset and frustrated.

Know these Facts Before Deducting a Charitable Donation

deductable donation charity IRSIf taxpayers gave money or goods to a charity in 2017, they may be able to claim a deduction on their federal tax return. Taxpayers can use the Interactive Tax Assistant tool, Can I Deduct my Charitable Contributions?, to help determine if their charitable contributions are deductible.

Here are some important facts about charitable donations:

  1. Qualified Charities. Taxpayers must donate to a qualified charity. Gifts to individuals, political organizations or candidates are not deductible. To check the status of a charity, use the IRS Select Check tool.

  2. Itemize Deductions. To deduct charitable contributions, taxpayers must file Form 1040 and itemize deductions. File Schedule A, Itemized Deductions, with a federal tax return.

  3. Benefit in Return. If taxpayers get something in return for their donation, they may have to reduce their deduction. Taxpayers can only deduct the amount that exceeds the fair market value of the benefit received. Examples of benefits include merchandise, meals, tickets to events or other goods and services.

  4. Type of Donation. If taxpayers give property instead of cash, their deduction amount is normally limited to the item’s fair market value. Fair market value is generally the price they would get if the property sold on the open market. If they donate used clothing and household items, those items generally must be in good condition or better. Special rules apply to cars, boats and other types of property donations.

  5. Noncash Charitable Contributions. File Form 8283, Noncash Charitable Contributions, for all noncash gifts totaling more than $500 for the year. Complete section-A for noncash property contributions worth $5,000 or less. Complete section-B for noncash property contributions more than $5,000 and include a qualified appraisal to the return. Taxpayers may be able to prepare and e-file their tax return for free using IRS Free File. The type of records they must keep depends on the amount and type of their donation. To learn more about what records to keep, see Publication 526, Charitable Contributions.

Tax Changes for Small Businesses Could be Coming—Here’s How to Prepare

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With new business policies and tax proposals on the table, tax changes for small businesses could be on the way and the potential for 2017 taxes to look very different from 2016 is high.

While changes to the tax code are likely to occur in the coming year, nobody knows for sure what those changes will be or how they will affect small businesses. Studying the current proposals can put business owners and tax professionals at an advantage for predicting how their tax bills might shake out in the future. Here’s how five potential tax changes could affect your small business—and actions you can consider taking to reduce your tax liability.

IRS Website Provides Tools to Help Small Businesses Understand Employment Taxes

employment IRS small business taxes smWASHINGTON –The Internal Revenue Service reminds small businesses of the many free products available to help them understand and comply with the law. Products ranging from online calculators, printable calendars, step-by-step guides and a series of educational webinars are all available on IRS.gov.

Federal law requires most employers to withhold federal taxes from their employees' wages. IRS tools can help small businesses understand some of the requirements for withholding, reporting, and paying employment taxes. The IRS website, IRS.gov, provides easily accessible information and guides on what forms employers should use as well as how and when to deposit and report employment taxes.

Watch Out! These 10 Phone Call Scams Could Steal Your Money

Those scammers are sneakier than you'd think, but you need to protect your money and information.

BY MARISSA LALIBERTE

Pause before speaking if a caller starts by asking, “Can you hear me?” Scammers are looking for a specific answer, says Eva Velasquez, CEO and president of Identity Theft Resource Center. “By getting you to answer ‘yes’ to that one question at the very beginning of the call—as opposed to somewhere in the middle of the conversation, where dubbing would be more obvious—scammers can record your affirmative answer,” she says. They can use that recording to claim you agreed to pay for some scam program. Even if it looks like the call is from someone you know, rephrase your answer to “I hear you just fine” to be safe, suggests Velasquez.

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IRS impersonators

Don’t freak out if someone claiming to be from the IRS calls to collect money. Scammers use fear tactics and threaten to send the police if you don’t pay up immediately, but don’t fall for it. “The only way the IRS will get in touch with you is in the mail, on official letterhead,” says cybersecurity expert John Sileo. Even if the callers don't ask for money, they could prey on your information by ask you to verify your identity. They might quote information you’d think only the IRS could know, like what you paid in taxes last year, but that doesn’t mean you can trust them with your Social Security number. Hang up and call a phone number you can verify online, says Sileo.

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