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I work with women to get their financial lives in order, so they can relax, knowing they have the most cost effective pieces in place, and most of it is running on autopilot.
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Women have the advantages of my accumulated financial life education and experiences which include insurances, investments, real estate, and my personal forte, taxes.
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What Women Say About Ellen's Mentoring
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5 Tax Savings Steps Using Itemized Deductions
Did You Know??? Itemized Deductions are NOT Just For Homeowners with Mortgages. The biggest question individuals have when preparing their tax returns is whether to take the Standard Deduction or claim the mysterious Itemized Deductions on the IRS form Schedule A. Here’s the info that can help you decide what will save you the most tax Read more about Home[…]
At What Age Should Women Begin To Create Their Emergency Fund?
The short answer is… it’s never too early to start, but it’s also never too late to start. Starting The Emergency Fund As A Pre-Teenager It’s never too early for a young woman to begin to learn the value of money, how to earn it, and how to save it. They should begin to Read more about Home[…]
Why An Emergency Fund Is A Must For Every Woman’s Financial Fitness
Your Emergency Fund is for that rainy day… While this seems to only make sense, you’d be surprised how many women don’t have an emergency fund. For some reason they don’t seem to think that they will need it, at least not soon. I’ve met too many women who wear those rose colored glasses and Read more about Home[…]
Additional Refunds With Amended Tax Returns
Did you know that once you file a tax return you have more time to claim additional refunds by filing an amended tax return? You may not have received documentation of a deduction by the filing deadline, or maybe you didn’t realize there was a deduction you were entitled to that you didn’t claim. Either Read more about Home[…]
Estimated Tax Payments – The Real Deal
What Are Estimated Tax Payments? Some people don’t have to even think about what estimated payments are all about. They have their federal and state income taxes withheld by their employers, retirement payouts, and even Social Security benefits. However there are many who have no withholdings and face an excessive tax balance at the end Read more about Home[…]
Tax Tip If You Moved Into A New Home
Have You Moved? Or Are You Planning To? If you recently moved into a new home, no matter the reason, it can be very disruptive. You have to change addresses for everything – banking and investment institutions, credit card companies, and so many other businesses. So who would even think about the IRS??? There’s great Read more about Home[…]
Why You DON’T Want a Large Income Tax Refund
You’re probably wondering, “Why wouldn’t I want a large tax refund?” Short Answer: You’ll have more cash in your wallet all year instead.,.. Consider this… Most people don’t want to give the government an interest free loan for more than a year. They’re holding your money hostage while you may be cutting corners to cover all Read more about Home[…]
Child Tax Dependent Demystified
Is Your Child STILL Your Dependent? In many cases people just assume their children are dependents. Sometimes they’re not. This dependency status also determines whether or not you can claim other deductions and tax credits, so it’s important to evaluate this correctly. There can be a lot of tax dollars at stake. The child you Read more about Home[…]
Tax Relief That Will Make You Smile
Tax Relief comes in many different forms. Sometimes you just need a good laugh to help take the edge off the serious business of your money. Enjoy! The following two tabs change content below.BioLatest Posts Ellen Wanamaker Ellen is a Women’s Financial Specialist and has been a federally licensed tax practitioner for more than 25 Read more about Home[…]
Self-Employed Home Office Tax Deduction
The home office tax deduction can be tricky question and there is no short explanation. When you have your own business, there are many deductions that are cut and dry. This one is not. And there’s an IRS take back on this one if you use the original method. Most taxpayers are unaware of this, Read more about Home[…]