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Fulfill your dream - Do not give up no matter what. We want to be there for you on that journey. Just remember that success in writing cannot be measured only by how many books you have written or sold, how much press you've received, or how much money you've made working on your craft. Even if you are experienced in your field, you are still not immune from the occasional crash and with that can come running out of money and being down and out. And these are only some of the predicates to being at risks of having no food to eat, the risk of being evicted, the risk of being unable to afford medical emergency care, and the vexing risk of being unable to afford travel money in order to move back home and seek shelter - that is of course if you live away from home. Working on any project takes time  -- and for some, that can be a very long time (I mean years) before they can derive any income from their work. This reality is lived every day by writers, artists, as well as designers, not to mention entertainers, and other individuals working in creative fields. The real tragedy is that most suffer in silence and once they reach their wits end some simply give up seeing no way out or forward. From this suffering, tragedy has occurred while society goes about its business and  simply asks [why?] That is not good enough.


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The future of writing for those who need to make a living at it is in self-publishing. Nonetheless, one must be very careful, as the self-publishing houses , too, are also in it for the profit. In coming days and months I will discuss the risks associated with self-publishing. In the meantime, please find below various helpful writing, publishing, and marketing resources and if you need any emergency support, use the form below to contact us. Sign up to become a member because although we pledge to get emergency support to those who need it right away, unlike the typical writers' grant that are advertised all over the internet, you can still make sure that if and when you ever find yourself in urgent need your request will be fulfilled that much faster. [Like  my father used to say, "You never know - life has a way to throw us some dozy curve balls"].  In the meantime, if you are a writer, artist, or a designer, and can make a contribution to this fund, we ask that you consider doing so by going to our Emergency Fund Page, because a creative mind is a terrible thing to waste. 

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Don't sweat it! Relax! Don't spend money you don't have, beside you shouldn't be spending at all. The self-publishing  book business and distribution is the largest seller of books online and offline today, outpacing traditional publishing houses -- you know the one that keep publishing the same authors and give them huge advances, while they reject off-hand good books because they're from new and unknown authors. To tell you the truth, they are a rip off because after they initial advance, the author gets very little  from them. You can do it all on your own. Here's how:

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Self-publishing Tips

1. You need to market your book, even though Amazon will distribute your book as you indicated to them, only you can ensure that your book is widely distribute.

2. Do Not pay Create Space for Library of Congress Control Number. You can do it yourself. See below.
 
3. You Do Not need Create Space's services, even though you can chose to use them if you have the means.
 
4. The Create Space book cover templates are impersonal. I would not use them.
 
5. Do pay Create Space for 'extended distribution.' It's worth to get your book to your local library, academic institutions, and book retailer such as Barnes & Noble and other major online and offline distributors.

6. When you set up your book, check amazon Europe and India -- you have nothing to lose. It's free!

7. Publish on Kindle.

8. Get a website (you can get a domain name domain for as little as 1.17 from GoDaddy,  Regiter.com and countless other domain sites with 1 to 3 pages of free website space.    [Links will not get you the exposure you're looking for or need.]

9. More importantly, like everything else, call Create Space to find out when your book will be distribute.
 

Online Writing & Publishing Resources 
 
Marketing Platforms
Google Plus
Google for free
Google Streaming
Website Forum
Facebook
Your Publishing Company's Author's Central
Marketing Communities
Twitter
Book Reviews
Book Blogs
Freelance

Writing Tools
"The Chicago Manual of Style:Standard English
"The Writers' Bible": 
"Get Your Writing                                   
 "WordCount"
 "Cliche Finder"  
 "Creative Portal"
 "Unstuck"
  "ByWord"
                                                
"PsychoEdit"       "Readability"      "Fighting Fit"
                                                                                                                                   
                                                              
Research Data - Info & Images - Look up Words
Sherice Tocob's List of Apps
Websites & Software Programs for Online Writers
LiveJournal.com
Zenwriter
                                                           
Publishing Tools
U.S. Copyright Office: Make sure to copyright your work
Library Of Congress: Get a LOC/ECIP Control  Number

Self-Publish
Create Space  
Kindle Ebook Publishing
Book Locker: Self-Publish in hard-cover [no poetry]

Market & Sell your Work - "Monetize"
"Writers' Market"
Writers! How you can do it right    

FINANCING - FELLOWSHIP - WRITERS IN RESIDENCE - GRANTS

Peer Lending Program – Connects entrepreneurs of all levels with financing and support to build their businesses. Loans start at $1,500 and increase in steps up to $12,000 after successful repayment of previous loans and are approved by an individual’s peer group as well as by Project Enterprise staff.

 THE ROYAL LITERARY FUND
The Society administers three charitable trusts, which award occasional grants to professional authors who find themselves in sudden and temporary financial difficulty. The Francis Head Bequest grants to professional writers (writing in the English language) who were born in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, and who are over the age of 35. It is aimed at authors who by reason of illness or otherwise are in financial difficulty. The John Masefield Memorial Trust provides grants to professional British poets or their dependents who are faced with sudden financial problems. Margaret Rhondda Awards assist and support women journalists who are in needy circumstances.

 AWESOME FOUNDATION
The Awesome Foundation for the Arts and Sciences is an ever-growing, worldwide network of people devoted to forwarding the interest of awesomeness in the universe. Created in the long hot summer days of 2009 in Boston, the Foundation distributes a series of monthly $1,000 grants to projects and their creators. The money is given upfront in cash, check, or gold doubloons by groups of ten or so self-organizing “micro-trustees,” who form autonomous chapters around geographic areas or topics of interest. The Foundation provides these grants with no strings attached and claims no ownership over the projects it supports. It is, in the words of one of our trustees, a micro-genius grant for flashes of micro-brilliance. Since its humble beginnings, many Awesome Foundation chapters have sprung up globally to conserve, sustain, and support the worldwide ecosystem of awesomeness. Projects have included efforts in a wide range of areas including technology, arts, social good, and beyond.

 FFS/HEARTS SCREENWRITING GRANT
The Hearst Screenwriting Grant is given to a mid-career screenwriter who has been a practicing writer for at least five years and who has previously written a minimum of one feature screenplay. The grant is open to writers residing in the United States whose project expresses both a unique personal perspective and an artistic approach to the subject. Priority is given to writers whose previous short or feature screenplays have been produced as an independent film.

CINESTORY FELLOWSHIP AND AWARDS — ENTRY FEE: $35-$80.  Seeking up-and-coming screenwriters for developmental mentorship program. Prizes include cash award, free tuition, room and board at the Cinestory Writers Retreat,12-month fellowship with two Hollywood professionals, and other prizes for first place; cash, mentorship, and other prizes for second and third place. Submit original feature-length screenplay (85-130 pages) in any genre. Deadline:December 15, 2013 (early), January 15, 2014 (regular), February 15, 2014 (late), March 5, 2014 (extended).

DJERASSI/SFFS SCREENWRITING FELLOWSHIP
The Djerassi Residency Award/SFFS Screenwriting Fellowship will provide a one-month residency at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program for an emerging or established screenwriter. Located in a spectacular setting in the Santa Cruz Mountains, 40 miles south of San Francisco, the program provides artists with uninterrupted time for work, reflection and collegial interaction in a professionally supportive and inspirational environment. The  Djerassi Residency Award/SFFS Screenwriting Fellowship is supported by a gift from SFFS board member Dale Djerassi.

SPRINGBOARD EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND – MN, IA, ND, SD, WI
Springboard’s Emergency Relief Fund exists to help meet the emergency needs of artists in need of immediate monies to cover an expense due to loss from fire, theft, health emergency, or other catastrophic, career-threatening event. The purpose of the Emergency Relief Fund is to expedite recovery from a specific economic crisis so that the artist applicant may continue their work. Artist applicants living in Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota or Wisconsin may access up to $500 to meet or defray unexpected “emergency” expenses. Relief Fund payments are made directly to the business that the artist owes money, not to the artist applicant.

Washington Women In Need provides grants in four program areas: Education at accredited institutions in Washington; Mental Health Counseling with licensed mental health professionals; Health Care Insurance Premiums for current health coverage; and Physical/Dental/Vision/Hearing exams and treatment.

As an outgrowth of our original Emergency Relief Residencies, SFAI has instituted an ongoing Emergency Relief Residency to provide residencies for artists and writers whose lives and work are compromised by domestic strife, political upheaval or natural disasters. Residencies are by application only.
In response to the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina, SFAI is ready to make available its facility to artists, writers and crafts people who lost homes, studios, art work or jobs.

This fund makes modest grants to published authors who find themselves in sudden financial difficulties. Contact the Society of Authors for an information sheet and application form.
NEWSPAPER PRESS FUND – UK
Phone 01306 887511
Fax 01306 888212
E-mail: enquiries@pressfund.org.uk
Aims to relieve distress among journalists and their dependents. Continuous and/or occasional financial grants; also retirement homes for eligible beneficiaries.

 ROYAL LITERARY FUND
The Royal Literary Fund is a British benevolent fund for professional published authors in financial difficulties.

CHANGE EMERGENCY FUNDS
Change, Inc., P.O. Box 54, Captiva, FL 33924 
Phone:   (212) 473-3742
Awards of up to $1,000 for medical, living, or other emergencies. Open to artists of all disciplines, with no U.S. geographical restrictions; students are not eligible. Each applicant must submit a detailed letter describing the financial emergency, copies of outstanding bills, medical fee estimates, etc., and current financial statements, along with a career resume, exhibition or performance announcements, slides or photos of work and two letters of reference from someone in the affiliated field (no video tapes). Only complete applications will be accepted. Change, Inc does not issue more than one grant per person.

 PEN AMERICAN CENTER WRITER’S FUND
The PEN Writers Fund is an emergency fund for professionally published or produced—writers with serious financial difficulties. Depending on the situation, the fund gives grants or loans of up to $1,000. The maximum amount is given only under especially dire circumstances and when monies are available. The PEN Fund for Writers and Editors with HIV/AIDS, administered under the PEN Writers Fund, gives grants of up to $1,000 to professional writers and editors who face serious financial difficulties because of HIV or AIDS-related illness. The Writers Fund does not exist for research purposes, to enable the completion of writing projects, or to fund publications or organizations. The Writers Fund Committee meets approximately every two months to review applications. 

AUTHORS LEAGUE FUND – EMERGENCY FUNDS
31 East 32nd Street, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10016
staff@authorsleaguefund.org
The Authors League Fund was established by the Authors League of America, Inc., to help career authors and dramatists in the United States and in financial distress due to an urgent situation. The Fund makes interest-free loans to professional writers in need; for example, writers with health problems and inadequate health insurance, or older writers whose income has ceased. Loan-seekers must show need and documentation of their professional status. Method of contact: telephone, letter or email. 

CLAYTON MEMORIAL MEDICAL FUND
c/o OSFCI
P.O. Box 5703
Portland, Oregon 97228 
The fund helps professional science fiction and fantasy writers living in the Northwest states of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Alaska deal with the financial burden of illness.

AMERICAN POETS FUND – EMERGENCY FUNDS
The Academy of American Poets
584 Broadway, Suite 604
New York, NY 10012-5243

Assists poets of demonstrated ability who are in a state of urgent financial need. Grants cannot be used to promote or otherwise enhance literary talent or reputation, and applications are not accepted. Academy Chancellors, Fellows, and prize winners may bring the circumstances of qualifying poets to the attention of the American Poets Fund committee by sending a letter of nomination, including specifics about the nominee’s current financial situation, to the Executive Director of the Academy. 

POETS IN NEED
Emergency assistance to established poets who have a substantive published body of work.

SFWA EMERGENCY FUNDS
The SFWA Emergency Medical Fund offers interest-free loans to members facing unexpected medical expenses.

The SFWA Legal Fund makes loans available to authors who must take a writing-related dispute to court. Loans are made on a case-by-case basis, after review by the Grievance Committee and the SFWA attorney.

WRITERS EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE FUND
(Formerly The Llewellyn Miller Fund of the American Society of Journalists and Authors Charitable Trust ) 
1501 Broadway, Ste. 302 
New York, NY 10036 
Financial relief assistance to established, professional freelance writers of nonfiction books and magazine articles. Must be elderly, ill, disabled, or facing an extraordinary crisis.

WRITER’S TRUST WOODCOCK FUND – EMERGENCY FUNDS
Provides emergency funding for established writers in mid-project who are facing financial crisis. Since its inception, the Woodcock Fund has supported 103 Canadian writers in financial difficulty. The total amount dispersed to date is $380,000. 



  31 Guest Blogging Websites where You Can Write for Money 
Gain Exposure for Your Brand & Bring Traffic to Your Website
 
We do not have detailed information of the following websites at this time, but if you are looking for exposure or traffic for your website the following are worth checking out. Some of these sites also have freelance writer programs where you can earn money for your writing. These follow under several topic area categories, so review them and decide which may be best for you to affiliate with. Please keep in mind this is a very limited list among hundreds, if not thousands of sites that advertise themselves as freelance writers posting websites. 

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If you have experience in marketing, you are already several steps ahead on your way to succeeding in the freelance marketplace. However, most writers are not salesmen and many have little or no marketing or sales experience. For the most part, writers are thinkers who are skilled at composing great pieces and enjoy doing it. That is so long as their flow of inspiration is not impeded by personal difficulties or external interference. Therefore, if you happen to be a good writer, but a lousy marketing artist, you can position yourself well enough to ensure that you can earn a living on your craft. It is a jungle out there, with thousands of freelance and struggling writers all looking for the next assignment. In order to achieve any degree of success in this crowded market, there are a few things you must do and others you should avoid. 


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2017 TAX FILING DEADLINE - TUESDAY APRIL 18, 2017

MILLIONS OF PEOPLE ALREADY RECEIVED THEIR TAX REFUNDS FROM THE IRS - MAKE SURE TO GET YOURS
IF YOUR INCOME IS NON-TAXABLE (TAX-EXEMPT) - YOU DON'T HAVE TO FILE UNLESS YOU STAND TO GAIN A REFUND.
FILE YOUR TAXES EVEN IF YOU OWE THE IRS MONEY = IF YOU CANNOT PAY WHAT YOU OWE SEND IN A PORTION OR GO ON IRS.GOV AND YOU CAN MAKE A PAYMENT ARRANGEMENT ONLINE

Form 1040 Individual Income Tax Return

FILLING OPTIONS 
Remember that you can file your taxes online or off-line. If you are not comfortable with numbers or working with tax software on a computer, go to any tax filing office, or a CPA. If you are a business, a CPA may be your best option. 
The tax- filing deadline for individual income tax, those filing as sole-proprietor (individual business owner) and the self-employed is for 2014 is Tuesday April 15, 2014. This includes filing the 1040 or 1040A plus Schedule C.  For businesses that are incorporated, thus are considered corporations, and Limited Liability Corporations (LLC), which elects corporate tax treatment the due date for filing was March 15. If a corporation elected to file an extension, the due date is now September 15. For sole proprietors that elect to file and extension the due date will be October 15. 
Most people who expect a refund files their taxed very early, typically as soon as the IRS begins accepting taxes, sometimes after January 15. If you intend to mail your taxes and you are a late filer, your taxes must be post-dated by the post office by midnight on April 15, 2014. In cities and town around the countries, at least one or more post offices will remain opened until midnight on April 15. Libraries around the country also continue to carry tax forms for people who prefer to do their taxes themselves manually. file Form 1040X_ Amended U.S. Individual Income Tax Return to amend your filing or to correct Forms 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ, 1040NR, ... The next thing you need to consider is whether or not you are filing an individual US Income tax, or Married Filing Jointly, or Married Filing Separately, keeping in mind that if one spouse itemizes, the other spouse ‘s standard deduction becomes 0, even though that spouse should itemize as well. 
There are as many as 3900 different deductions. Draw down notes as to not forget all the traditional tax breaks.

AVOID PROBLEMS:
Report all of your income to the IRS 
File your taxes even if you owe the IRS money and you cannot pay.
Send in a check with your tax filing in whatever amount you can afford, if you cannot pay your tax obligation in full.
Respond to all correspondence from the IRS, either by calling them directly or by mail.
Contact the IRS to make payment arrangements or request to amend your existing payment schedule, if you owe back taxes.


STANDARD TRADITIONAL TAX BREAK AND DEDUCTIONS FOR INDIVIDUALS
  • Personal exemption     
  • The earned income credit, (Starts at the age of 24)      
  •  Child tax credit
  •  Dependent Care, such as day care, summer camp, school transportation, babysitting, and parents’ and grant-      parents care   
  • The Life-time Learning America $6500 for some and $3500 for other
  • Saver’s Credit (IRA  and other contributions to pension funds)
  • Medical Deduction for seniors 65 and over can range from $7500 to 100% of medical expenses Adoption Credit
  •  Mortgage Interest Deductions, also real property taxes and insurance deductions.
  • Home improvement expenses
  • Student loan up to $2500 in interest paid on qualified student loans (This deduction begins to fade out if adjusted gross income (AGI) is $60,000 filing single or $125,000 filing jointly. It faces out completely when AGI reaches $75,000 for filing single and $155,000 filing jointly)
  • Charitable Donations (by cash or check)
  • First Time Homebuyers
  • Manufacturer’s Energy Efficiency Appliance Credit
  • Plug-in Electric Drive Vehicle Credit (IRC 30-D 
Review each deduction carefully to make sure you qualify and you are not missing out. 
 
BUSINESSES & CORPORATIONS 
A business is an organization engaged in the exchange of good and services for money and profit. Self-employment is the employment status of an individual who works for himself or herself in the provision of good or services to others, and not considered an employee of any particular business. A self-employed individual may or may not hire other people to help with projects. 

Deductible business expenses must be ORDINARY AND OR NECESSARY to conduct the business, or carry a project in the case of the self-employed. 

COMMON DEDUCTIBLE BUSINESS EXPENSES INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO: 
  • Employee’s pay – or payments made for services or necessities in the conduct of the business or a project         Retirement plans
  • Rent or mortgage interest, insurance, utilities, repairs, deprecation– if you use part of your home as an office
  • Interests paid on money borrowed to fund the business or the activities of self-employment
  • Taxes: federal, state, local, or foreign that can be attributed directly to the conduct of the business or the activities of the self-employed
  • Insurance paid – If you use your vehicle in the conduct of your business or self-employment activities, you can estimate how much of the insurance, excise taxes, toll fees, and parking fines can attributed to the conduct of your business or your self-employment activities
  • Cost of repair, maintenance, and mileage 
There may be more deductions in this category. Therefore, log and review your activities to make sure that you are claiming all of the deductions that you may be entitled to. 

Due to the rate of failure of small businesses in the first five years, the IRS does allow for a loss on filing at least for the first five years. Therefore, as a business or a self-employed individual, you may show a refund on your tax filing, break even, or owe the IRS money. 

FILING AN EXTENSION                                                                                           
IRS Tax Extension Form 4868File an extension.  If you are not ready to file your taxes on April 15 you can obtain an automatic six-month extension. Use the   Free File program to e-file your extension request. You can also get an extension using Form 4868, Application for Automatic Extension of Time. To File and extension request for the Individual US  Income Tax Return,  you can e-file, as indicated above or mail Form 4868 with any tax amount  due by April 15.   

WHAT IF YOU HAVE NOT FILED YOUR TAXES IN SEVERAL YEARS 
If you earn less than $10,000, expect a refund from the IRS, or simply do not owe the IRS back taxes, you can file three or more years of taxes without the fear of interest and penalty from the IRS. Even if you have not filed your taxes in several years, but owe the IRS money, it is still right and prudent to file your past years to bring your tax filing status up-to-date. Consult with a tax preparer or a CPA if you are concerned that you may owe back taxes from several years and had not file. With the IRS, like with many else, the time to make right and correct any oversight or error in judgment in now. At a minimum, by filing now, the IRS will consider your good faith effort and will more readily work with you to arrange a payment plan that you can manage. But if you don’t owe the agency money, and are only behind in your taxes, then file all back years and there will be nothing to worry about. 

AMENDING YOUR TAX RETURN

According to the IRS, if you realize that you made a mistake or discover errors in your tax filing, you can correct those mistakes by filing an AMENDED TAX RETURN. There is no need to file an amendment to correct math errors that you may discover later on your tax forms, as the IRS will automatically correct those errors for you. As in the case of math errors, the IRS recommends that you not file an amendment to your taxes for forgetting to attach, for example, a W-2 or a 1099. In such cases, the IRS will simply send you a request to obtain those forms and mail them to the IRS.Use Form 1040X Amended U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, to correct errors on your tax return. Amended returns cannot be e-filed; they must be done on paper.

HERE ARE THE STEPS FOR AMENDING YOUR TAXES 
1.       File an amended tax return if you made an error claiming your filing status, income, deductions or credits on your original return.
2.       The IRS allows 3 years from the date you filed your original tax return to file Form 1040X to claim a refund. You can file it within two years from the date you paid the tax, if that date is later.
3.       If you are amending more than one tax return, prepare a 1040X for each year. You should mail each year in separate envelopes. Note the tax year of the return you are amending at the top of Form 1040X. Check the form’s instructions for where to mail your return.
4.       If you use other IRS forms or schedules to make changes, make sure to attach them to your Form 1040X
5.       If you are due a refund from your original return, wait to receive that refund before filing Form 1040X to claim an additional refund. Amended returns take up to 12 weeks to process. You may spend your original refund while you wait for any additional refund.
6.       If you owe more tax, file your Form 1040X and pay the tax as soon as possible. This will reduce any interest and penalties.
7.      Contact the IRS any time for more information, to ask questions, or to get clarification on any matter relating to your taxes. The agency is there for you. Their telephone number is 866-464-2050 and they have the capacity to communicate in English and in Spanish. 

WHAT IF YOU OWE THE IRS MONEY AND YOU CANNOT PAY OR NEED MORE TIME  

Whether you are an individual, or a business entity, follow these tips from the IRS:
  • File on time even if you can’t pay. 
  •  If you complete your tax return but can’t pay the taxes you owe, do not request an extension. Instead, file your return on time and pay as much as you can.”
  •  Apply for a payment plan using the Online Payment Agreement tool on IRS.gov. 
  • You can also file Form 9465, Installment Agreement Request, with your tax return. 
  • If you are unable to make payments because of a financial hardship, the IRS will work with you.    
  • An extension to file will give you six more months to file your taxes, until Oct. 15. It does not give you extra time to pay your taxes. You still must estimate and pay what you owe by April 15. You will be charged interest on any amount not paid by the deadline. You may also owe a penalty for not paying on time.
  • Use IRS Free File to request an extension. You can use IRS Free File to e-file your extension request. Free File is only available through the IRS.gov website. You must e-file the request by midnight on April 15. If you e-file your extension request, the IRS will acknowledge receipt. You also can return to Free File any time by Oct. 15 to prepare and e-file your tax return for free.
  • Use Form 4868.  You can also request an extension by mailing a Form 4868, Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return. You must submit this form to the IRS by April 15. Form 4868 is available on IRS.gov.       

You don’t need to submit a paper Form 4868 if you make a payment using an IRS electronic payment option. The IRS will automatically process your extension when you pay electronically. You can pay online or by phone.

Tips to Stay Secure and File Your Return Safely 

According to latest data, nearly 250,000 new reports of identity theft were filed in 2016 with the IRS. Tax-related ID theft happens when criminals use your personal information to file for a tax refund with the IRS. Through September 2016, the IRS stopped 787,000 confirmed identity theft returns, totaling more than $4 billion. According to the Identity Theft Resource Center, this type of attack can be devastating on your credit and personal life, and the resulting damage can take up to 600 hours to repair. The IRS has launched Security Safeguard to verity identity and the validity of filings. But the most important thing you can do as a tax payer is to be prepared for filing. You can file your taxes any time prior to the deadline, and if you expect a refund, you can even file up to three years back at one time, so long as it is the IRS that owes you money.

FROM MARK HARRIS - CFO OF MALWAREBYTES:
  • “Start early, gather all your information in one place, and make sure it’s accurate.” 
  •  Pick a tax preparer. 
  •  Check reviews and articles on tax software, if you plan to do it yourself using a tax software. 
  •  Research online tax service providers to see how secure their systems are. Sites should have password standards, a  lock-out feature that blocks users after too many unsuccessful login attempts, security questions, and email  and/or text verification.
  •  If using an accountant, look for referrals.
  •  After filing, make sure to keep the record of your tax returns someplace safe.
  •  use a secure connection on a password-protected WI-FI network, and look for secured browsers (website URLs  that start with “https” and display a small lock icon).
  •  For online filing that will typically require a password, try to avoid plain text passwords, use special characters, and if allowed, use spaces.

BE AWARE OF THE FOLLOWING PHISHING TECHNIQUE: 
1. Email seemingly from the “IRS” that says, essentially, “We have your tax return ready and you can get your money faster if you just download this PDF!” You should never open an attachment from an email you aren’t expecting to receive. And the IRS will not email you. They’ll physically mail you information, but even then, be wary. Tax scams can happen via postal mail, too.

2. In addition to phishing attacks, there are reports of cold callers who have told victims that they are from the IRS, and that they owe the government $10,000. The IRS does not call taxpayers or email them regarding tax obligations, and they would not solicit sensitive personal information over the telephone. If you receive such a call. Hang up and call the IRS to verity whether or not anyone from the agency has in fact tried to contact you by phone. The answer will probably be no, but it will be worth your independent verification.

ELECTRONIC FUNDS WITHDRAWAL 
Get answers to your tax questions. For examples: You can use Form 2106 line 22 to claim gas mileage, but first you must deduct any mileage paid by your company if you did not include those payments your total income. 
You can use their online tax calculator to estimate your withholding, deductions,and see how the new healthcare law may affect your taxes. 

STOP
Remember to take your deductions for:
Casualty 
Theft
Any Loss

ONLINE RESOURCES 
Business.com

Visit IRS.gov to get the tax forms you need. You can also call 800-TAX-FORM (800-829-3676) to have them mailed to you. Allow at least 10 days for mailing.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:



FILE A W-9 FORM.
Request for Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) and Certification
Use this form to provide your correct TIN to the person who is required to file an information return with the IRS to report, for example, income paid to you, real estate transactions, mortgage interest you paid, acquisition or abandonment of secured property, cancellation of debt, or contributions you made to an IRA.
When filing, take care to take all deductions on interests you have paid on your student loans



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