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About Miranda Marquit

Miranda is a freelance journalist specializing in financial topics. She contributes to a number of sites, including U.S. News & World Report, Huffington Post, AllBusiness.com and Wise Bread. Miranda also podcasts about money and investing at the Money Mastermind Show and Money Tree Investing Podcast. Her personal finance blog is Planting Money Seeds.

Tax Fraud on the Rise. Can Congress Combat It?

tax fraud on rise congress to fightWhat’s the fastest-rising form of identity fraud in the United States?

According to recent numbers from the Federal Trade Commission, tax refund fraud is the biggest contributor to a recent spike in ID theft. According to the FTC, there was a 47% spike in ID theft in 2015. That’s a pretty big […]

Self-Employed? How to Make Paying Taxes Manageable

self-employed-taxes-manageableI love being self-employed as a freelancer. I can work from anywhere, and I have a lot of freedom and flexibility in my schedule. However, one of the things that took some getting used to was the taxes.

When you work for someone else in a more traditional job, your employer pays part of your payroll taxes. When […]

How to Deduct Meals and Entertainment on Your Taxes

meals and entertainment tax deductionMost of us regularly look for tax advantages that allow us to reduce our liability. When you’re self-employed, this can be an especially important move to make. There are a number of tax deductions you can take when you conduct business, but two that you might overlook are meals and entertainment.

Here’s what you […]

Criminal Inquiry Related to the Panama Papers

panama papers and tax evasionIn recent weeks, one of the most significant tax-related issues in the news has been the Panama Papers. This story revolves around the leak of offshore companies that were serviced by a Panamanian firm specializing in helping individuals and others set up tax havens.

So far, most of those implicated in the release […]

Don’t Forget State and Quarterly Taxes

estimated-taxes-dueNow that tax season is winding down, you might think you’re in the clear. After all, you’ve filed your tax return and paid your federal taxes. However, you might not be done pay yet. If you are a business owner, you might still need to pay state taxes and make a quarterly tax payment.

Paying Your State Taxes

Every […]

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