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Some Helpful Tips and Tricks for Your 2014 Tax Return Filing

Smith & Smith, CPA

Smith & Smith, CPA

So a couple of things have happened the past few days…the New England Patriots won the Super Bowl, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow thus predicting six more weeks of winter and your mailbox has probably been filling up with all of your tax documents and papers.   Our CPA firm was asked by CaryCitizen to submit an article with some tips and tricks for getting your 2014 tax return ready for filingThe article is featured this week on CaryCitizen and if I do say so myself, it includes some very helpful advice (and I can say that with confidence because I wrote the article after all!)  I encourage you to take a few minutes to read it, it’s not long, might take you 3-5 minutes max, but to also share the article with others if you think it would be helpful to them (and yes, I think it would be helpful!)  Here are some of the simple things for your 2014 tax filings that I highlighted: Organize!   Don’t SPEND to SAVE!  Review and SIGN Your Tax Return!  and finally…ENJOY YOUR WEEKENDS…Hire a Professional to do your 2014 tax filings!  Simple enough right?  I also included in the article a list of the important dates to remember for 2015…pay attention as they will sneak up fast!

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And one more cool thing…our CPA Firm is hosting a FOOD DRIVE during tax season 2015!  We know that lots of people & families give generously during the holidays and that is WONDERFUL!  Come the new year, we are all busy with other things and forget about those who are still hungry. Food Drive If you are coming to our office to drop-off your 2014 tax filing materials or if you are over this way during your week, we invite you to stop by and make a donation to our food drive box.  Thanks to Julia Fountain for doing the graphic design for our Food Drive logoJulia is my cousin and does great freelance work!  If you stop by and make a donation, we will give you a THANK YOU Gift of a special flyer with local restaurant and business deals!  Thanks to many of our clients and referral partners for graciously offering specials on the sheet!  They include great things such as: 10% off your meal, a free class, 15% off your purchase and more!  Stop by today to donate and enjoy the local values!

It is time to start thinking about filing those 2014 tax returns!  Smith & Smith, CPA would be glad to help, please give our office a call for a price quote and drop-off appointment.  Our CPA firm in Cary is growing and we are currently welcoming new clients.  Please check out our website for more information http://www.smithandsmithcpa.com  We are never too busy to help a small business owner with their accounting/tax needs.  We welcome referrals!

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Director of Marketing

Smith & Smith, CPA, P.C.

1150 Executive Circle, Suite 5

Cary, NC 27511

(919) 380-0600 phone

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A Blog All About the M’s!

My Girlfriend's Closet UpCycle Your Wardrobe

My Girlfriend’s Closet UpCycle Your Wardrobe

This week has been CRAZY and I haven’t had a chance to really blog and get some things posted.  So I’m going to try to cover it ALL in one big Friday the 13th Post!  Last week on Feb 5th there was a great event called UpCycle Your Wardrobe, hosted by none-other then My Girlfriend’s Closet in downtown Apex.  MGC continues to be one of my MOST FAVORITE places to shop and while I wasn’t able to attend this event due to a conflict with another event, (will tell you about shortly), I did have several friends that went and they had a great time!  My good friend, Jessica Register, of Union Bank, went to the event and had a lot of success cleaning out her closet and jump starting her spring wardrobe!  Here is a cute picture of her with store owner, Lois Cozart.  They plan to do more events like this and I’ll do my absolute best to make the next one!

The Golden Gates Dancers

The Golden Gates Dancers

While my friends were at MGC to UpCycle their Wardrobes, I was at my Thursday night Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club meeting.  We had a fabulous program last week that featured student exchange students from Russia, Georgia and the Ukraine.  They are part of a traveling entertainment/dancing group called The Golden Gates.  They entertained our Rotary Club with lots of cultural dance and costumes.  It was a very unique program and was enjoyed by all of our members and guests.

Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club members at Mardi Gras Kick-Off

Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club members at Mardi Gras Kick-Off

 

Last Friday night was an event that Blake & I look forward to each year….Mardi Gras!   This year the event was hosted on Friday night (used to be on Fat Tuesday), and it drew a great crowd as usual.  Lots of food from local restaurants, a local brewery and tons of great gifts to bid on in the silent and live auction.  The live band was The Back of the Boat and they had people dancing all night long!   The Mardi Gras Kick-Off Event serves as a fundraiser for both Life Experience and Cary-MacGregor Rotary Club & their programs and projects during the year.

Becca with Tayloire at MOPS

Becca with Tayloire at MOPS

And last but not least, Smith & Smith, CPA is a proud sponsor of a local MOPS group.  One of our clients (and a personal friend of mine) Tayloire Queen, asked me to consider sponsorship and it sounded like a great opportunity for us.  The MOPS group meets at First United Methodist Church in downtown Cary.   MOPS stands for Mothers of Preschoolers and they have groups all around the country.  This morning I was invited to join the group and do a brief presentation to them on the services offered by Smith & Smith, CPA.  I’m a big sucker for Valentine’s Day, so I made 30 gift bags for each of the ladies with all kinds of goodies, chocolates and candies.

Sugar Scrub from MOPS

Sugar Scrub from MOPS

Plus each bag included on our Smith & Smith, CPA HOT & COLD STRESS RELIEVER!  Very cool!   I spent a few minutes talking to the ladies about Smith & Smith, CPA and gave them a few tips & pointers to remember during tax season.  They gave me a very nice jar of Scrub-A-Dub Brown Sugar Scrub as a sweet thank you gift!!  I love sugar scrub so that was a perfect gift!   Thank you to Tayloire for the nice introduction to the MOPS group!  Tayloire is a Senior Creative Leader for Initials, Inc and recently earned a trip to Cancun through her company!  Way to go Tayloire!  Have a great time!

Michael Kors dress for Mardi Gras!

Michael Kors dress for Mardi Gras!

Many thanks to my dear friend, Lois Cozart.  I mentioned her earlier in the email, but wanted to give her another shout-out.  Lois has been dressing me for my networking events & socials for over 2-years now with items from her My Girlfriend’s Closet stores in downtown Cary and downtown Apex.  She dressed me in the Kate Spade sweater dress (seen in the photo with the Russian dance girls, as well as the Michael Kors Sequence Gold Wrap Dress for the Mardi Gras event.)  She knows style and know how to dress every woman with any type of body and style!  THANK YOU SO MUCH LOIS for this amazing marketing/promotion business relationship!

It is time to start thinking about filing those 2014 tax returns!  Smith & Smith, CPA would be glad to help, please give our office a call for a price quote and drop-off appointment.  Our CPA firm in Cary is growing and we are currently welcoming new clients.  Please check out our website for more information http://www.smithandsmithcpa.com  We are never too busy to help a small business owner with their accounting/tax needs.  We welcome referrals!

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Director of Marketing

Smith & Smith, CPA, P.C.

1150 Executive Circle, Suite 5

Cary, NC 27511

(919) 380-0600 phone

 

 

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Snow Snow Go Away!  Join the Cary Chamber Today!

New Cary Chamber Members!

New Cary Chamber Members!

It’s been a crazy and wild week around here!  Snow and Ice on Monday night created a week of NO SCHOOL, uprooted schedules and lots of craziness!   But here we are at the weekend and it’s looking good!   I’m participating for my 9th year in a Row in the Cary Chamber Membership Drive.  I’ve had 3 new members join so far and was happy to have two of them, Val June of Val’s Family Care Home and Shannon Reaves of Angel Oak Home Loans join me this week at the Cary Chamber Business of Women Monthly Luncheon.   Both of these ladies are excited about their Cary Chamber Membership and are looking forward to getting more involved!

Patrick and Dr. Kim contribute to the Food Drive!

Patrick and Dr. Kim contribute to the Food Drive!

 

Our food drive at the office is going really well!   Thanks to all of our friends and clients who are bringing in canned goods.  Check out this cool picture of our client, Dr. Kim Rocha and her husband, Patrick.  They stopped by Smith & Smith, CPA yesterday to bring their tax items and were kind enough to bring in 2 huge things of juice!  Thanks so much Dr. Kim!  Remember, if you contribute to our food drive you get a flyer full of local deals from area businesses.  It’s a win-win for everyone!

This wknd at MGC!

This wknd at MGC!

 

If you are out shopping this weekend, be sure to swing by My Girlfriend’s Closet in downtown Cary on Sunday, they are having their BIG END OF SEASON CLEARANCE!  Items are up to 90% off!!!!!  THAT’S HUGE!!!!!!!!  The sale is 1pm-5pm on Sunday!   Hope you can go!

Have a great weekend and STAY WARM!

It is time to start thinking about filing those 2014 tax returns!  Smith & Smith, CPA would be glad to help, please give our office a call for a price quote and drop-off appointment.  Our CPA firm in Cary is growing and we are currently welcoming new clients.  Please check out our website for more information http://www.smithandsmithcpa.com  We are never too busy to help a small business owner with their accounting/tax needs.  We welcome referrals!

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Join me on Twitter @beccacarync

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Director of Marketing

Smith & Smith, CPA, P.C.

1150 Executive Circle, Suite 5

Cary, NC 27511

(919) 380-0600 phone

 

 

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Snow Doesn’t Stop Us!

Snow, Soup and Taxes!

Snow, Soup and Taxes!

So what is this we hear….heavy snow is on the way!  NEVER FEAR!  Get yourself some soup and get back to work!   That’s right, here at Smith & Smith, CPA Tax Season MUST GO ON!  Rain, Snow, Sleet, Freezing Rain, we NEVER CLOSE!  Keep those office doors open and the phone lines free!   We are OPEN FOR BUSINESS!  Just come on by with your tax papers and we’ll get started.  Blake, Cam and Bob are working those long hours during the snow storm.  They are fully stocked with soup, bread, meat and fruit!   Please be careful out there!   Only come by our office if the roads are safe.   If you are home from work during the snow storm and still don’t have your tax papers ready, use this time as a chance to get them organized so you can drop them by our office next week.   We are starting into the month of March and it’s going to go fast and before we know it April 15th will be here!

Food for the snowy tax week!

Food for the snowy tax week!

Our turnaround time right now is about a week to 10-days and that timeline will grow a little bit as we get deeper and deeper into March, so do yourself and a favor and keep time on your side by getting your tax papers over sooner then later!

Enjoy the snow and be safe!  Baby it’s cold outside!

It is time to start thinking about filing those 2014 tax returns!  Smith & Smith, CPA would be glad to help, please give our office a call for a price quote and drop-off appointment.  Our CPA firm in Cary is growing and we are currently welcoming new clients.  Please check out our website for more information http://www.smithandsmithcpa.com  We are never too busy to help a small business owner with their accounting/tax needs.  We welcome referrals!

 Follow my blog via email by clicking HERE  

Join me on Twitter @beccacarync

 “LIKE” us on Facebook HERE

 Connect with me on LinkedIn HERE 

 

Director of Marketing

Smith & Smith, CPA, P.C.

1150 Executive Circle, Suite 5

Cary, NC 27511

(919) 380-0600 phone