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Looking to take your financial knowledge to the next level? Whether you are looking to save taxes or improve your business, Ask Ralph will bring you new information designed to make the complex simple and give you real-world advice.

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    • Economía y empresa

Looking to take your financial knowledge to the next level? Whether you are looking to save taxes or improve your business, Ask Ralph will bring you new information designed to make the complex simple and give you real-world advice.

    Stop Wasting Time at Work

    Stop Wasting Time at Work

    A recent study taken by American workers found that only 11% of the respondents were able to complete all of their given tasks within the workday. A startling statistic, but one that rings understandable to most of us. On today's show, Ralph outlines some strategies for reducing delay, procrastination and time-wasting at work that you can take with you through life.

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    • 9 min
    Estimated Tax Payments

    Estimated Tax Payments

    The American tax system operates on a "pay as you go" basis, meaning, the IRS wants taxes paid as you earn your income, not after. For employees, this means payroll withholding. For retirees, this means opting for withholding on Social Security and retirement distributions. For the self-employed or operator outside of normal withholding system, this can mean making estimated tax payments throughout the year. On today's show, Ralph discusses how to calculate and when to pay your estimated taxes.

    • 9 min
    An Innocent Spouse

    An Innocent Spouse

    When filing a joint federal tax return, the law holds you and your spouse jointly responsible for the entire tax liability. What this means is that the IRS may collect the tax due from the both of you or either one of you, and is true regardless of future divorce or separation. In some instances, you can file for what is referred to as innocent spouse relief with the IRS. On today's show, Ralph discusses why innocent spouse relief may be an option and what it can mean for your federal tax liability.

    • 9 min
    Median Americans

    Median Americans

    Ever wonder how you and your household compares with spending to the average American? We all know what the biggest expenses, i.e. housing, groceries, utilities and health insurance. But variations in these core expenses and a wide range of others varying based on your location, age and other demographic groups. On today's show, Ralph talks spending and how average Americans push their pennies!

    • 9 min
    Avoid These 4 Mistakes in Tax Filing

    Avoid These 4 Mistakes in Tax Filing

    As Tax Day inches closer and closer, it can be tempting to rush through your tax returns while preparing, but we urge you, that could be a bad idea. Rushing tends to result in mistakes, over justifications, lapses and a wide array of errors that can slow the processing of your tax return, resulting in delayed tax refunds or worse, a second glance from the IRS. On today's show, Ralph outlines 4 foul proof tips for avoid some of the most common mistakes this filing season.

    • 9 min
    The Great Refund Debate

    The Great Refund Debate

    Are your personal finances a highly-organized, well-oiled machine? Or is there a lot of room for improvement? The answer to that question is more important than you might think, especially during tax time. Most people anxiously await a big check from Uncle Sam in April, but it turns out a giant tax refund might not be so great after all. On today's show, Ralph discusses the pros and cons towards getting a big refund at tax time!

    • 9 min

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