Friday, January 30, 2015

IR-2015-17: Free Tax Help Available Nationwide

IR-2015-17: Free Tax Help Available Nationwide

Even though your cousins-brothers-sister has Turbo Tax(TM) and only charges $50 dollars to do your return, there are a few things you may want to think about:

  1. If the person is willing to use tax software outside of the Terms of Service, and is not registered with the IRS to do taxes for other people, this is a red flag. Unfortunately if a taxpayer is screwed by a preparer, they are still responsible for what is on their tax return, and if they mess it up, you are in a heap of trouble.
  2. Do you want the entire mountain knowing how much you make, and other private and proprietary information? Legal tax offices are not even allowed to display a Social Security number outside of the presence of its owner.
  3. Low Income Taxpayers often miss out on Billions of $$ each year from missed credits and deductions that are legally theirs to claim. Semi-professional tax mills are often paid for speed rather than quality. A high quality tax return done by an Enrolled Agent will benefit the taxpayer on many levels.
  4. Most of the U.S. and Arkansas Taxpayers I know personally cannot afford a high quality tax expert, but... here is the kicker, The IRS sponsors and grants organization places where taxpayers who earn under $53,000.00 are eligible for Free Tax Help from trained volunteers. 
Here is the Link from the IRS to the VITA Tax sites where Free Tax Help is available: Vita Tax Sites - 2015

For a Link to the AARP ARP TAP Site: the AARP has a very helpful page to guide Seniors through some tax issues, with links to other resources. 

Rhodes Chevy - Keep Your Return at Home

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Rhodes Chevy. All opinions are 100% mine.
Rhodes Chevy 2800 Alma Hwy, Van Buren, AR 72956

GPS Address @35.4542172,-94.3265917  Map

It makes good economic sense to shop locally, and to create a bond with a company who stands behind their sales and service.

Rhodes Chevrolet has been located in Van Buren, Arkansas for many years. Over the years their good products and customer service has given them growth which reaches out to fulfill the sales and service needs of customers in Van Buren , Alma, Fort Smith , Clarksville, and Fayetteville and the entire Van Buren metro area.

"Tax Time" is upon us. For about 70% of Arkansans, this will be the first time in a year that we had more than $100.00 in disposable income. Some families get a very large refund, and after living week to week for a year, it is easy to then blow all of that money on things that will make you happy for one day.

Invest in yourself this year. Check you the quality vehicles and deals they have going on at #RhodesChevy. If you are in need of a Chevy Silverado, not only will you get a good deal to begin with, but there is a $500.00 off of all new Silverado Trucks.

Rhodes Chevy also has Pre-Owned Vehicles, and after the sale service.

Keep your return at home and use your buying power to invest in sustainable transportation.

Take this home to mama:

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  • 2800 Alma Hwy, Van Buren, AR 72956

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  • Service 479-689-4134

  • 2800 Alma Hwy, Van Buren, AR 72956

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    Brashears Quality Furnishing, A Good Investment

    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Brashears. All opinions are 100% mine.

    #Return Home With Your #TaxRefund

    Here at Grizzly Bear Tax Care I give tax and other financial advice. I do get an occasional opportunity to be paid to advertise.

    Supporting local business and encouraging smart consumer spending is something I can get behind.

    Today I am pleased to talk about Brashears Furniture. They are based in Arkansas and have been for decades. Brashears also has a store in Branson, MO.

    It is "tax time" which means for a lot of us that we will have disposable cash for the first time in a year. Sometimes we lose our minds, and spend big chunks of our money on pleasures that are gone in an evening (unless there were good leftovers).

    Consider how you would feel knowing that you invested in a few good pieces of furniture and / or decorative accessories. Everyday when you come home from trying to make a living you get to relax in that new Conner Recliner .

    You can take the whole family out for Japanese Grill & Sushi and drop a few hundred bucks for one enjoyable experience, or look forward to getting a good nights sleep on your bed that you will own for years to come.

    It is your money, you could use it to have a good time for a few days, or make an investment that you can pass down to your grandchildren along with the good memories attached to the quality pieces of  Brashears Furniture.

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    Thursday, January 29, 2015

    For The Tribes of North America - Who Pay U.S. Taxes

    There is a program that I just stumbled upon that would be the biggest benefit to the Tribes of North America. 

    Within the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) there is an office called The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS).

    There are not many taxpayers who are aware of the Taxpayer Advocate, but they are a neutral party of attorneys, CPA's, Enrolled Agents and other Tax Professionals who fight for the Taxpayer.


    Not everyone is eligible to be helped by the TAS. It can seem frustrating or unfair, but they help a wide range of problems, and have for many years. 

    In today's announcement, the Taxpayer Advocate Service encourages people with complex or unresolved tax issues to see if they are eligible to be helped. 

    When I used to work doing active returns, I had a few occasions to deal with members of the TAS who in some cases could and did help the taxpayer, and sadly in one case could not. They were still helpful, explaining why they could not, and giving him leads to possible help.

    If the Tribal Nations will come together and help create Taxpayer Advocate Clinics on the Reservations, and near the Casinos, and near the Sacred Lands. These can be completely Native run. It is my lowly opinion that many many Natives may find amazing tax relief, and the changing of tax law in reference to Native Peoples in North America - U.S. Taxpayers

    Sometimes it is frustrating to talk to a government worker, because there is almost a secret language they speak that makes it hard to grasp. Forinstance, The TAS and the TACS and the IRS could be anything.

    The Advocate Service has links where taxpayers can voice their matters in a civil manner, be heard, and possibly get some help or advice. 

    One such link is called "Speak Up" It is a red button that I have linked in the hyper-linked  words. You will be taken to a form you can send in your ideas for improving the IRS and how it operates with people.  

    Involvement in the process can make an impact quicker than you think. 

    Download The IRS Pub 3319 - 2015 Grant Application Booklet

    Bring Help to the Rez - Help for The People