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Why You Need an "Oh, S**t!" Fund

Being a freelancer can be one of the best careers out there. You get to do what you love and get paid while doing it. You’re constantly building, learning and ultimately creating value for your clients. Of course, with the reward of self-employment comes responsibility. You’re 100% in charge of calculating how much of your […]

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Estimated Taxes on Autopilot or Not Even Airborne? Take Control Before September 15

The next estimated tax deadline is coming up in short order on September 15. If you’re one of the many freelancers who tend to put estimated tax payments on autopilot, or never even get them off the ground, it’s time to take the wheel again and make sure that you remain in control of your […]

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Excelsior Jobs Program Offers Tax Credits for Software and Video Game Developers

New York State’s Excelsior Jobs Program provides job creation and investment incentives to companies in specific industries including biotechnology, clean-technology, green technology, financial services. More recently the program was expanded to include entertainment, music, and video game production. In a nutshell, the Excelsior Jobs Program provides tax credit incentives for specified businesses in New York […]

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Start Spreading the News…New York State Expands Tax Credit for Musical Productions

New York City has long been recognized as the epicenter for American musical productions, however, legislators recently passed a bill to support the growth of this industry in other parts of New York State as well. Known as the Empire State Music Production Tax Credit, this law  encourages music and theatrical production companies to conduct […]

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Work + Play = Vacation Season Tax Deductions

Summer. It’s the perfect time to get away from it all for a few days, or preferably, longer. Of course, when you’re running a freelance business, it’s almost impossible to get completely away unless you throw your iPhone out the car window on your way to your destination (not suggesting that you do this, of […]

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*@#$! Did You Miss the Tax Filing Deadline? Help is Here!

It’s an uncomfortable (and inconvenient) truth…more people than you’d be tempted to think fail to file their taxes by the April “Tax Day” deadline. If you’re one of them, you may be sweating—or cursing—a little, especially when you keep hearing people talk about everything they’re going to do with the awesome refund they are getting. […]

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Go for the Gold! Beyond Basic Freelance Tax Deductions

If you’re like many freelancers and self-employed individuals tax season can be a time of mild to moderate frustration, with a heavy dose of “git ‘er done” mixed in. While you may be tempted to stick to only basic tax deductions (your home office, office supplies, mileage, meals, etc.) in order to reduce the time […]

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S Corp or a C Corp Owner? Time to Prep for the March 15 Tax Filing Deadline

If your freelance business is structured as an S corporation (S Corp) or a C corporation (C Corp) or an Esprit de Corps (just kidding) with a December 31 year end, then your tax filing deadline is right around the corner on March 15. If you haven’t started to get your business tax documentation together, […]

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7 Secrets to a Successful “First Date” with Your Tax Professional

There’s no avoiding it this week—the mushy cards and candy-filled aisles of every grocery and drug store aisle remind you that if you’re not coupled off in a romantic relationship already, you “should” be. In stark contrast, there are very few public reminders that if you want to build a productive relationship with a Certified […]

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New Freelancer? Beware of These Tax Booby Traps

Starting a freelance business can be as rewarding as climbing Mount Everest—or finding that lost sock in the laundry. While you’re elated to begin doing the work you love…if you’re not careful, that elation can turn to dread at tax time if you end up owing significant dollars in back taxes or worse, face an […]

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