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Second opinion: For the retail store credit account, such as

Second opinion: For the retail store credit account, such as FINGERHUT, is it good for the credit score to pay it off to the maximum each month?

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Rakhi Vasavada

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In the book "credit repair kit for dummies" I checked that

In the book "credit repair kit for dummies" I checked that we must pay our retail store cards in full each month. I need to know if Fingerhut counts as a retais store card and if we must pay it in full each month to optimise credit score.

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Rakhi Vasavada

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Me and my wife own our business. We have great credit. My

Me and my wife own our business . We have great credit . My wife had some serious health problems that has been going on for about 3 years . This has caused us to use our savings, owe the IRS , high credit card Dept , college expenses, auto expenses and so much more . Before this we were ahead and a good nest egg . We have paid our bills but we are struggling . We ha e worked out payment with IRA BUT we have not filed this years yet because we know we owe .What can I do . I don't want to hurt our credit but I do get zero balance transfers on cards . It would be so much easier making less payments . We are trying to pay the high interest off first . I think we have got the bills from growing but we want a plan to get us ahead . Should we refinance if the interest rate is good on our business and add in the high credit card debt . We are probably looking at including this year 100000.00 in taxes . 40000 credit card . 25000.00Monthly bills . These are including building payment . I pay 17000 a month for building trying to pay off in seven years . I do have 200000 in 401k . We are determined to get back to where we were but was hoping someone could give us a good strategy and our main goal is to save for retirement . Thank you

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Mark Taylor

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I have a question regarding how different accounts effect

I have a question regarding how different accounts effect credit. I opened two new credit cards this year (had none before) with the plan that I would simply charge one thing a month to each, pay it off, and that all the on-time payments would factor positively. That plan has gone perfectly. However, what I wasn't aware of is that "age of accounts" is a medium-impact factor on credit; consequently, it's the only credit factor I have on credit karma that's not perfect (I'm 271 for 271 lifetime in on-time payments, my credit utilization is 1%).Now, I have five outstanding student loan debts consolidated into a single monthly payment that covers all five since they're from the same lender. I actually have enough money that I could pay off all five and be completely debt-free right now. I know that eliminating the debt would obviously have a very positive impact on my score. However, since I wouldn't be making payments on them anymore AND the accounts would no longer exist (meaning my "age of accounts" would go down to only 6 months since the two new credit cards are the only accounts left) could paying off my loans actually hurt my credit score?

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Mark Taylor

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I am looking to refinance my home to pay off my wife loan

I am looking to refinance my home to pay off my wife loan and help build my credit score. The mortgage has been in my wife name and I am not on it - so I never had a mortgage. My house appraises for $224,000. I owe $68,000 with my regular bank. My fico score is an 806. I went to my other bank a credit union and was approved for $72,000 with a 4.5% interest rate at a 7 year loan as of the moment. $72,000 is what I'll need for closing, appraisal so on and so forth. But will change once the house is appraised by them. I could pay this off in 4 years. Was told from a friend that it is better to never pay off a home loan for tax purposes. The highest my fico score has ever been was an 831 - without a home loan. So my questions are. Is it better to have a long term (10yr to 15yr) then a short (7yr) loan - why? What tax benefits can Be taken and why?

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Rakhi Vasavada

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I'm not sure if I'm on the correct site to get help with my

I'm not sure if I'm on the correct site to get help with my issues. It has been recommended that I switch to online with my Quick Books to get updated. I'm a senior that isn't that good with computer stuff but currently using QB 2010. I'm afraid to upgrade as there will likely be changes that would challenge me. This is our back ground:-My wife and I live on HER 80 acres acreage just on the Saskatoon City edge. Fifty acres are rented out as hay land, but there are natural pasture spaces for our animals and I do use farm equipment of the remaining tilled hay land for feed. I also do small square baling for neighbors on their land that we use for feed.I also do grass mowing of 7 acres of a small community just outside City limits and have been doing this for the past 22 years. Statement entries are entered in QB.I also help with the Saskatoon Food Bank and learning centre with spring/fall working of the land on a ½ block of Saskatoon City property. This includes working the land that includes topsoil, manure, straw, wood chips etc. I have been involved with this for the past 7 years when this all began.NOW FOR QUICK BOOKS:All the foregoing is included in the quick books entries and with our home operation entries. I have purchased and use various types of farm equipment, builds, fences, animal care facilities etc. Entries to do with home utilities, maintenance etc.{A}…It has been suggested that we use an online Quick Books system to keep up updated as I currently use QB 2010, burn to CD and give the CD to our accountant along with our accounting book entries and receipts. It takes a lot of money to run/maintain this acreage and all records are recorded in ledger and computer.{B}…Online system will likely have a monthly cost which may greatly affect my senior pension. If so is this a recovery expenses at income tax time? Would our accountant be allowed to have access to our online system?{C}…With any new version of QB there will likely be a learning period to do stuff that I'm currently doing, but who or how do I get help from?{D}…We VERY RARELY pay any wages for help, absolutely no Credit Card stuff, as all our bills are paid via automatic bank withdrawal or paid by me via check or cash.{E}…Every three months I do the QB receipt entries for GST rebates.Once my foregoing initial issues have been addressed there may very well be other issues that could pop up. Would there be an account firm in the Saskatoon area that would come to our home to help or is all done online. Should I need help is there an online outlet that I can get help from. Thanks…. Ernie FastErnie & Elsie FastRR 2, Box 9, Site 207Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, S7K 3J5Res:(###) ###-#### *****: (###) ###-####FAX: (###) ###-#### ***@******.***

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Mark Taylor

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I am a medical professional that had to drive to a temporary

I am a medical professional that had to drive to a temporary job site at our main hospital in Los Angeles for a few months, as well as rent an apartment locally, as they needed to train and start me locally at the central hub for telemedicine before I could return to San Diego, where I am from and work full time. This resulted in larger vehicle and job related deductions than I normally take (2500 miles driving and 40k in job expenses, as opposed to an average of 600 miles and 10k/year on past returns). I was told by an accountant that taking larger deductions like this for a medical professional was very unusual and a major red flag. He told me it was not worth it to claim these deductions as audit risk outweighed the refund risk. These were large expenses for me, so I would like to have the money discounted from my income for my taxes, but I do not want to create an unusual audit risk. I was extremely thorough with my personal documentation and have my electronic credit card receipts and mileage documentation. Is my accountant correct in his concerns?

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TaxRobin

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This might be a stupid question, but it's one I have been

Hello, This might be a stupid question, but it's one I have been struggling with for along time. I'm a small business owner who uses freshbooks for my book keeping. My American Express and Capital one small biz card is hooked up to it, as well as my bank debit card. Ex: when I make a purchase on one of my credit cards, the transactions shows up in freshbooks, and I categorize it accordingly, Then when I pay my bill for the card I show that in my expense reports as well. My question is this. Am I duplicating the expense report by showing the same expense twice? It shows up once as the actual expense, and then again when I pay the bill as accounts payable. I just want to make sure my P&L's are correct.ThanksJarrett

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Lane

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I am partnering with another company over state lines with a

I am partnering with another company over state lines with a 40/60 split. We sell advertising services over the phone and work with businesses nationwide. My question is, with a 40% share and HR being ran out of my location, and with services sold out of both locations, are we able to take advantage of my state's more lax tax laws? Or, is it even relevant who owns the majority share of the new company? And, if so, does it matter in what state the credit card is ran?

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DanielleCPA

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