Many people prepare their tax returns to discover that they are getting a refund. This is certainly great news and cause for celebration. Others, however, find out that they owe taxes, many in an amount they find to be unaffordable. They cannot simply write a check and enclose it with the tax return.
This can cause a lot of stress, as they face having to pay interest, possible penalties, and collection actions down the road, like wage garnishments and liens on their homes! That is why, for this episode, I invited back accountant Ira Krassan to talk about what can be done to negotiate a payment plan with the IRS, or an offer in compromise if the full amount cannot be paid. There are things that you can do, and Ira is here to tell you all about it!
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, so in this episode I talk about how this practice has become more of a threat to safety on our roadways than drunk driving, and how you can avoid being a part of the statistics. In 2002, distracted driving resulted in approximately 2,600 deaths, but that number increased by 22% in 2011 to 3,331 fatalities.
Texting while driving is a leading cause of distracted driving, and the NHTSA reports that texting while driving is currently responsible for approximately 1.6 million accidents every year – about 25% of all driving accidents.
So how can you keep from being a statistic? Well, I put together a dozen tips on what you can do to avoid driving distractedly. They won’t protect you from someone else who is texting and driving, but it will make you safer!