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  • A closer look at "Successful Trucking"
    By Jeff Jensen, Editor
    Posted Jul 9th 2004 6:04AM
    "Over the years, when talking to our trucking customers, we were constantly being asked "is there a book that I can buy that explains my income tax requirements, bookkeeping requirements, etc.?"

    "There was nothing that was trucking-focused that we had heard of, so we felt there was a real need for this book. We wanted to put something together that was part business guide, part resource manual." - co-author Shasta May.
  • Smart Investments - Part I
    By PBS Tax & Bookkeeping Service
    Posted Jun 18th 2004 10:55AM
    PBS has specialized in trucking for over 25 years and their knowledge and experience will work for you. They share these smart tips on investing.

    A nice mix of investments would include real estate, cash, mutual funds, bonds, hedge funds, index funds (or I-shares) and stocks; let's see if we can define the different types of investments. Remember, the greater the potential return on an investment (profit), the greater the risk.
  • Mid-Year Tax Planning
    By PBS Tax & Bookkeeping
    Posted May 6th 2004 11:47AM
    As most of you already know, contributing to a retirement plan is one of the best ways to keep more of what you earn. Money invested in retirement accounts can grow faster than other investments because earnings are not taxed until you withdraw the money.

    There are plenty of retirement saving plans to choose from and thanks to increases in the contribution limits, you can put away more than ever before. Here are some options.
  • Tax bill too big? IRS offers payment options
    By Kay Bell - Bankrate.com
    Posted Apr 23rd 2004 7:12AM
    What if you can't pay your tax bill off in three years or five or ...?

    Then it may be time to negotiate.

    The IRS may be willing to accept an Offer in Compromise, a lump sum payment you offer to pay that is less than the total amount of tax you owe. In these cases, the agency hopes to get some taxpayer money sooner than it would after years of costly collection efforts.
  • Big names, big debt - Stars with money woes
    By Amy Fleitas and Paul Bannister - Bankrate.com
    Posted Apr 12th 2004 10:13AM
    Feeling overwhelmed by debt? You're not alone.

    There's a slew of stars that have struggled mightily with debt, including Lorraine Bracco of "The Sopranos," musician Elton John, actress Kim Basinger, boxer Mike Tyson, who went through $300 million living lavishly if not wisely, and an early president of the United States, Thomas Jefferson.
  • Income tax time
    By PBS Tax & Bookkeeping Service
    Posted Feb 23rd 2004 5:37AM
    Identity theft is a growing problem worldwide. It’s estimated that as many as 750,000 Americans are the victims of identity theft every year.

    With just a small bit of information, namely your Social Security number, identity thieves can open phony bank accounts, qualifying them for credit card accounts, even expensive purchases like cars, boats and jewelry.

    Protecting your financial privacy is more important now than ever.

  • It's Income Tax Time
    By PBS Tax & Bookkeeping Service
    Posted Feb 9th 2004 10:36AM
    If you do use a tax preparer, remember that the more you do, the less cost you incur in the preparation of your return.

    If you can summarize all your expenses by category and get it on paper, it will cost less than if your tax preparer has to do it.
  • Gearing Up For Tax Time
    By PBS Tax & Bookkeeping Service
    Posted Jan 5th 2004 4:27AM
    There is always a lot of confusion about what is and is not deductible. These are the most common misunderstood nondeductible items.

    Deadhead miles, unpaid miles, downtime, and labor on do-it-yourself repairs and maintenance. If someone tells you they are taking these deductions be aware they are not legitimate deductions. If the IRS catches these deductions they will be disallowed.
  • The Hidden Costs of Owning a Truck
    By PBS Tax & Bookkeeping Service
    Posted Dec 18th 2003 8:05AM
    It's still risky to ask the IRS for advice. During the March and April 2003 tax filing season, auditors from the Treasury posing as taxpayers went to IRS Taxpayer Assistance Centers to ask questions about the tax law.

    IRS personnel answered only 72% of the questions correctly, answered 25% incorrectly, and suggested that the taxpayers do their own research or referred them to someone else in the rest of the cases.
  • The Seven Sisters of Success
    By Philip E. Humbert, PhD. - The Dollar Stretcher
    Posted Dec 8th 2003 5:42AM
    "What impressed me was that the keys to their success were not related to family or background. They had not been born wealthy, and only about half completed college. They did not seem "driven" for success. They did not make their fortunes in high-tech or by winning a lottery."