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Recordkeeping for your Rental Property or Small Business

Recordkeeping for your Rental Property

So you’ve purchased a property to rent out, or you’ve started a small business. You’ve heard that the tax code allows for generous deductions—but how do you go about claiming them? And how do you stay out of trouble with the IRS? The first thing that a new business owner or real estate investor should […]

How to Organize Receipts

Organize Your Receipts

In my last post, Recordkeeping for Your Rental Property or Small Business, I touched on the need to have a system in place to save the physical receipts for all deductible expenses.  In the event of an IRS audit, you’ll need to have access to these receipts in either paper or electronic form.  Even for […]

The “Less Paper” Challenge-Week 3

Four Drawer Filing Cabinet

Here’s a quick update on my “Less Paper” Challenge.  About a month ago, I set some goals that have to do with reducing the amount of paper in my home, and I hoped that by issuing a public challenge to myself to accomplish some specific tasks, they might actually get done! In weeks 1 and […]

Clear Your Inbox in 15 Minutes

Inbox

Previously I’ve written about why it’s important to have a designated space in your home to gather all of your paperwork so it’s not floating all over the place.  I’ve also suggested that you should create an inbox somewhere in that designated area that can be used to corral all incoming mail, receipts, and other […]

The “Less Paper” Challenge-Week 2

File Drawer with Extra Space

If you’ve been following along for the past couple of weeks with my Less Paper Challenge, you’ll know that I’ve set some goals for myself that have to do with reducing the amount of paper in my home.  You see, projects like this just never seem to rise to the top of the priority list, […]

Paper Shredders- You Get What You Pay For!

Home Office Paper Shredders

One of the items mentioned in my post 10 Steps to Organizing Your Paperwork was to get a good home paper shredder and use it.  With the rise of identity theft, shredding your sensitive documents—those containing your social security number, account numbers, birthdate, and even your address—is a must.  But should you just go out […]

The “Less Paper” Challenge – Week 1

Less Paper Challenge - Week 1 - Before

Last week in my post The “Less Paper” Challenge I talked about the goal of having “less paper” and how hard it can be to achieve this in practice.  With me (and I’m guessing, most of you) the task of reducing paper just doesn’t rise to the top of the priority list!  So I decided […]

The “Less Paper” Challenge

Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500

File cabinets bursting at the seams? Lots of excess paper lying around your home? Join me in the “less paper” challenge… Two weeks ago I wrote about whether going paperless was really a possibility, why it’s something that I want to strive for, and my particular challenges in doing so.  (See Paperless Home Office- Dream […]

How to Reduce Incoming Paper

Postal worker delivering the mail

One of the steps I mentioned in my post “10 Steps to Organizing Your Paperwork” was to reduce paper coming into your home.  After all, paper that doesn’t exist won’t lead to more clutter! One obvious way to reduce the paper coming in is to sign up for online bills and statements.  Many people that […]

Paperless Home Office – Dream or Reality?

Clean Desk

I’ll admit that I have a certain fascination with the idea of going paperless. In fact, I’ve written about it before.  In a previous post, Going Paperless – 15 Tips to Help You Get There, I discussed some of the benefits of going paperless and gave some simple strategies to use less paper.  While I […]