April 15th has come and gone. Many of us are still wiping the sweat off of our brows from all the frantic activities of saving some tax and filing our returns. And many of us have made a new new-year resolution—one that we make every year around this time—to never leave our tax planning and filing for the last minute. If only we could hold ourselves to that one.

But, for those who are more determined than last year to take this latest resolution more seriously, here are some tips on better tax planning for the next year from Adam Ginsberg, one of the leading coaches on wealth building and management.

Tax Tip #1
Itemized Tax Deductions Vs Standard Tax Deductions

The 2009 IRS data shows that 45 million Americans claimed more than $1 trillion in tax deductions by itemizing them compared to the 92 million tax payers who only claimed $700 million by way of standardized deductions. Going by these statistics, it does not take a math genius to figure out that itemized deductions are better for your financial health. This should be incentive enough to get you started on next year’s tax planning early. Adam Ginsberg suggests that you consult a tax accountant as soon as you can and understand the various heads that you can itemize your deductions under. Next, you keep track of any expenses that you incur under these heads and bring them to your accountant before you file your returns next year. Be sure to pat yourself on the back when you compare your tax savings on itemized deductions with your standard deductions that you claimed this year.

Tip #2
Make Money on Your Tax Money

If you are already saving some dollars on your taxes by filing for itemized deductions, you could make some more money still by planning your taxes in advance. Adam Ginsberg suggests that you bring out your calculator and figure out how much tax will you owe Uncle Sam next year by taking your current tax payout and adding what you estimate will your tax grow by in the coming year (forecast your income growth etc.). Now divide that figure by 12 and what you get is your monthly tax liability. Now, instead of foraging into your savings, taking a loan, or using your credit card to pay the tax collector together at the end of the year, you could put aside the monthly installment of your estimated tax liability into a short-term deposit or look for other interest-earning venues where your tax money would not only be safe, but will also earn interest for you the entire year. So, not only do you earn interest on your tax money, but also save interest on a possible loan or credit card payment of your tax.

While these two tips should be motivation enough to make an appointment with your tax accountant today, we would love to hear your thoughts on why we should start our tax planning early this year. Leave a feedback comment or drop us a line.

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It’s that time of the year again. Time to bring out the calculator, bank statements, the folder with all your investment receipts and everything else needed to do the one thing that cannot be put off for later….file your Tax Returns!

Adam Ginsberg, one of the foremost authorities on wealth building and internet entrepreneurship offers some useful, practical tips that could save you time, and possibly, some money too!

Tax Tip #1

Don’t leave it to the last minute

Here’s a last minute advice for all those who are waiting for the last minute to file their tax returns. It may not be a good idea to leave filing your tax returns till April 15th. As it often happens, you may miss out on saving some tax by forgetting to attach a deductible expense or by some other foresight. While it may be late for this year, you could start early in the next. Filing taxes and financial planning are very important for every earning individual and should not be treated as low-priority chores. Instead take out a few days in the beginning of April (take off from work if you have to) and get your tax filing paperwork in order.

Tax Tip #2

Get Professional Help

It is always a good idea to take the help of a professional tax preparer to prepare your returns if you fall under a high tax bracket. There are many provisions in the tax law to reduce your taxable income, and hence your tax liability. Besides a professional tax preparer will be updated with the latest revisions in the tax law, which will help you in filing your returns more accurately.

Tax Tip #3

Invest to Save

If you fall under a higher tax bracket and suddenly realize that you could save some tax by making a few investments, then go ahead and do it while you still have time till April 15th. The best investments are in an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) that can help you reduce your taxable income by $5,000, and in a Health Savings Account (HSA), which can reduce your taxable income by $6,250 on a family policy. Again, get in touch with a professional tax advisor to explore more ways to save your tax liability.

While these tips may be of some help for the last-minute filers of tax returns, you could also use them to start early for the next year.

Check this space for more tax tips from Adam Ginsberg…coming soon! 

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In today’s world, everyone wants to get wealthy. People are too focused on building wealth. At times they are so focused on making every possible effort to build their wealth that they forget to do the things that they used to enjoy. If you want to enjoy your life but you think you don’t have enough money then the Adam Ginsberg Team has the perfect solution for you. The following excerpts are from an article by Miranda Marquit on how you can have more fun by building a ‘fun fund’. It shows how you can have fun, without affecting your wallet, instead you just have to manage your money wisely and build a ‘fun fund‘.

What is a ‘Fun Fund’? Fun fund means have a specific amount of money for having fun activities or doing things you like the most, like travelling, rafting or maybe just going out for a movie. A good ‘fun fund’ can be a way to be spontaneous as well. Too often, we get caught up in planning where every dollar goes. When you splurge, it’s too easy to feel guilty.

What Can You Use for a Fun Fund? There are lots of ways to build your own fun fund. One good way is to just keep the money in a high-yield saving account where you put a certain amount of money each month to build your fun fund and then you can withdraw money when you think you are ready for having fun.

If you create a budget, the fun fund is an outside item — something you tap beyond your regular budgeting for eating out or your short-term vacation savings goal.

Another idea for your fun fund is to build it up using income-type investments. Build your fun fund by holding it in a low-cost brokerage, and then adding to it regularly. Choose income investments like dividend stocks and bonds for your fun fund. When you receive income from those investments, reinvest it.

Your investment fun fund can grow at a more rapid pace (but you have to watch out for losses, too, since that is a risk) and provide you with additional abilities to splurge. Whether you want to use your fund for hobbies, or just for the occasional fun activity outside of your spending plan, a fun fund can be a great way to go. If you have a big enough fun fund then you can draw your fund for entertainment, travel and for anything you want to enjoy.

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