The old adage stating that if something is too good to be true, it probably is too good to be true really applies today. We have seen the headlines about the losses incurred by the people who invested with Bernie Madoff. Many of those people were millionaires, with “were” being the operative word of the day. It was too good to be true. However, there are other schemes out there promising bigger refunds on tax returns that regular taxpayers, like you and me, are filing. These larger refunds are the result of converting certain personal expenses into business expenses. Personal expenses, with few exceptions, are not deductible on a tax return, while business expenses are normally deductible. What schemes are promoters using to get people to believe they can deduct personal items as business deductions? Much of it seems to start with the Internet. Promoters are promising big earnings and big deductions to individuals who start online retail businesses, offer online services, or run online auctions. The big earnings may or may not materialize to the taxpayer. More often than not, the promoter makes money on the setting up of the operation, and you can bet he is getting paid up front. Some of the promise of big deductions comes from operating the “business” out of the taxpayer’s house. It is true that if a taxpayer is operating a bona fide business out of his/her home, the deduction for office-in-home is very legitimate. The legitimate taxpayer has an office set aside that is used regularly and exclusively for business. He may or may not see clients in the office, but the office is where the taxpayer makes his business connections. It is usually a separate room or rooms in the house. It’s the real thing. But the promoters of schemes tell their victims that by putting a file cabinet or computer or desk in each room, the taxpayer can deduct darned near all of the expenses of running the entire house. Nothing could be farther from the truth. A normal office-in-home deduction is determined by measuring the square footage of the office and measuring the square footage of the entire house and calculating the percentage of the office. This percentage is then applied to the […]
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This Student Run Credit Union is the “reel” deal! Red Carpet Events will be held in three Rockford area schools. Rockford Community Federal Credit Union is making savings fun in schools through a movie and celebrity themed, fully functioning “reel” Student Run Credit Union. Schools participating in programs are Belmont, Roguewood, and Our Lady of Consolation School. The schools recognize the need to teach students how to save for the future. In a partnership with Rockford Community Federal Credit Union the Student Run Credit Union was established. This program is now in its 6th year of operation. “By partnering with the schools, it provides the students an opportunity and a first hand experience with money management and financial education. Students learn as employees and as members who make deposits and withdrawals. Good habits learned early are more likely to last a lifetime,” said Connie Taylor, CEO of Rockford Community Federal Credit Union. These Credit Unions are now fully functional and run once a week for students to be able to make deposits, withdrawals and learn how to save money. The students get rewarded for good savings through games and prizes. As an added bonus, students in 5th grade have the opportunity to become an employee of the Student Run Credit Union. Lisa Smith, the Educational Coordinator for Rockford Community Federal Credit Union, oversees the Student Run Credit Unions. She says, “in these tough economic times our goal with the all Student Run Credit Unions is to provide a “reel” life financial literacy-based program that teaches students about saving money, decision-making and critical thinking while they are young.” The Credit Union hopes that by having the Credit Union, students will be more responsible with their money management and finances in the future. The Red Carpet was rolled out February 9, at Belmont Elementary, February 11 in Roguewood Elementary, and February 12 in Our Lady of Consolation School. These super star celebrations had snacks and Emmy pictures with celebrities for all student members.
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Fischer takes brunt of scrutiny A year and two months and $158,000 later, Rockford’s Judge Servaas has had his day before the Michigan Supreme Court. Although a ruling could still be months away, Servaas is pleased with the hearing, which dragged to an hour long. It consisted – in part – of a grilling of Paul Fischer, the Judicial Tenure Commission director who ambushed Servaas in his Rockford office on January 16, 2008 with a hidden recording device, demanding his immediate resignation on threat of public humiliation. Several times Fischer asked that Servaas be immediately removed from office for a variety of alleged offenses and was refused each time. Now the case has gone all the way to the state’s highest court. During the hearing, the seven-judge panel did tell Servaas that it is never appropriate to comment on a co-worker’s breast size, an allegation he admits happened as a joke at a holiday party and which he says he regrets. Much of the rest of the time judges directed their comments to Fischer and his methods. “He took a beating,” Servaas stated.