5 Most Important Tax Deductions for Bloggers | Tax Write-Offs

There are many tax deductions that bloggers are able to use to when it comes down to tax season. This consists of conventional work supplies, like paper, pens, food, travel, and all of the above. All of these items are tax deductible charges for your return. 

1. Travel

When you drive to work, it is consider to be a business expense since it ‘s the way you make a living. With that being said, you may deduct the mileage used on your cars, maintenance, and even gas. Make sure you keep your receipts accounted for when you do, it’s always good practice when you keep track.

2. Food, Business Dinners

Any time food is being purchased for your business, that is also included as a write-off. An example of this could be a dinner you are having during a networking event. Another possible situation would be getting lunch on your way to work. 

3. Clothing

Suits, ties, and any work gear needed to maintain a professional look business. Is definitely what you call a deduction. You could be purchasing a shirt to where to an event, as long as it is used for your business, it is considered a deduction.

4. Internet Bills

Your very own internet is considered a tax deduction. Just for the simple fact that you use it to operate your phone to make business calls, or to write your blogs. It is a necessary component to your business establishment.

5. Home Office 

Working from home qualifies the self-employed for a home office deduction on their taxes. Taxpayers may only deduct certain home expenses on their tax return, and with more people working from home than ever before this works in favor of the freelancers and self-employed.

If you have any questions about these deductions, we can help at www.ingramtaxes.com. When you sign-up you get a free tax consultation. Contact us today or sign-up here!

Here Is Why You Need A Virtual Assistant!

Having a virtual assistant literally took so much time off my hands. Being swamped all the time with hours and hours of work literally just made me want to quit being a small business owner and give up. I had to do follow ups, send out emails, do all the work on our website, place orders, let’s just say I had to pretty much do every and anything to keep our business running properly.

That right there, is what I did wrong, very wrong. At some point when owning a small business you should delegate most of the simple task to a partner or employee. Small business owners have the tendency to do all the work themselves to save on costs. In all reality, you should be getting help with your business. If you don’t, all you’re going to be doing is burning yourself out. I’ve been through this, I think we’ve all been through this. Which is why I’m glad I finally decided to outsource and hire a virtual assistant.

Now I know what you think, hiring an assistant is so much money, why would you spend your money like that. But that information is just entirely wrong, it’s not overly expensive to hire a virtual assistant.

Ingram Taxes Virtual Assistant Program

The most important thing our VA did for us, was help grow and maintain our social media. Due to having so many social media accounts, posting always felt like a hassle. Now all we do is sit back, relax, and watch our engagement rate go up. Which is why we decided to start a program that would make it easier for others to have access to virtual assistants. Our program is affordable and it is worth it, trust me, it pays to have somebody alleviate the stress from running a growing business. For more info on getting a Virtual Assistant click here.

A Warrior Is Humble

By Michael Fuchs creator of Shaolinbutterfly.com

A martial arts “Warrior” in the traditional sense of the word must learn and master and internalize many seemingly contradictory principles. These include such principles as respect, discipline, confidence, humility, compassion, wisdom, and many more. Traditional Asian Martial Arts have evolved far beyond mere pugilism or arts of war; or as is often the case in modern times, sports. For the lucky ones who can find a teacher who has learned in a traditional way or to those who commit themselves to this way, they can be true arts of the way. In other words, they are spiritual arts. No, not a religion, but methods of “personal perfection,” as one famous teacher put it. Character development is another modern way to put it. As such, none of this can be possible without taming and transcending our own inner “demon,” that pesky little three-letter troublemaker known as the EGO. As to whether this is actually ultimately attainable, I will leave that to the thoughtful reader to contemplate. Intellectually, perfection may seem to be impossible to achieve, but as my teacher advised, the key is to “shut off the mind and perceive the world from the heart, then the Dao is a possibility and each moment is rich.” Keep in mind, each time we bow or perform break stance or the like in our training, we are acknowledging and honing these principles.

Now, I know some of you are reading this and thinking, “Say what?” I don’t blame you, it can sound very lofty and unattached to modern reality, “on the street.” I assure you, however, nothing could be further from the truth. The Martial Arts Warriors of the past developed these insights in an age where fighting was visceral, not a video game or conducted by drones — it was conducted hand to hand, blade to blade, kill or be killed. No joke. We may not have to face death by the sword nowadays, but we all have our own tests and stresses to face, and the traditional arts can help us with these as well.

One of the more practical traditional philosophies we can study is known as “The Teachings of the Cup,” of which there are a number of versions, including the Tibetan “3 Bowls,” as in soup bowls not tea cups. Each “cup” has to do with our ego and qualities as a student/person. At any rate here is a short introduction to these 5 “cups.”

-The Empty Cup

This is the cup that symbolizes being open to receive knowledge: from our teachers and everyone and everything within and around us. We must make an effort to “empty the cup” daily or else we are done learning and growing. Be humble, empty your cup — yeah, you too, 20th Dan Grand Pooh Ba Sijo Soke Grandmaster!

– The Full Cup

Obviously, if our “cup” is full we can’t learn anymore and may be no fun to be around, as in being “full of you know what.” Check out the famous story of the professor meeting the Zen master for a humorous story on the virtues of the 

“empty cup” and the drawbacks of the “full cup.” I have been told that Bruce Lee and SGM Ed Parker would argue over this one, the “Little Dragon” emphasizing “filling the cup,” while SGM Parker would argue we need to focus on “emptying the cup.” At any rate, if your cup is full, please empty it appropriately, do not let it leak all over the place!

– The Upside Down Cup

If our “cup” is upside down for whatever reason, we obviously can’t learn anymore. This “cup” is in a different mind-set or position in life than the “full cup.” She may want to learn and grow and be open to it but is being prevented for some reason. The goal here would be to find out why our “cup” is upside down and to turn it right side up if possible, or to make the best of the situation until we can do this.

– The Cup With a Hole In It

Obviously, if we have holes in our “cups” this will impede our ability to learn and grow. Again, why we have these “holes” is up to each of us to learn and overcome, with the help of trusted guides, teachers, and friends. For instance, if I am a body builder but my favorite foods are pizza and ice cream, this dietary “hole” is not going to be helpful in building my body!

– The Cup Held Above the Spigot

Like the “Upside Down Cup” this sad situation will prevent us from receiving any knowledge or insight, or growing at all in our arts and life. My teacher taught us a live lesson in this one evening when a lady entered our school and loudly proclaimed to him for all to hear, “I have already mastered all of the laws of the universe, all I want is for you to teach me some tai chi techniques.” His response was priceless: “If that’s true, then you don’t need to be here.” Rather than humble herself to learn, she turned around and left as my jaw dropped witnessing this unbelievable act of egomania. Same for the guys who have mastered video game or movie martial arts who challenge a real expert — time to take out the garbage, boy.

– The Cup Tainted With Poison

This is the most challenging and potentially dangerous cup, think Darth Vader — he was such a bad seed even wise, old Master Yoda could not reach him. Traditionally teachers of Martial Arts won’t teach people like this, they turn them away no matter how much money they might be offered. But of course, even Darth Vader saw the light eventually, so there is hope for all of us — I hope!

In conclusion, I would like to quote a true Martial Arts Warrior, Guro Dan Inosanto, He said, “The goal of Martial Arts is not for the destruction of an opponent, but rather for self-growth and self-perfection.” May the journey continue.

Author: Michael Fuchs Learn about Michael Fuchs, C.B.I.S.’s books: The Shaolin Butterfly Style, The Seven Jewels of Reiki and The Compassionate Touch of Reiki. This website also informs you of Michael’s classes, training and events being offered throughout Connecticut, Regionally, Nationally, and beyond. Butterfly Tai Chi System, Butterfly Reiki System, Kung Fu, Kali, Meditation, Qigong, Martial Arts, Pai Lum, Healing, Yoga.

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What Happens When You File Your Taxes Late

Filing your taxes late can lead to a lot of problems that you do not want to have. One unavoidable problem will be penalties that you will be required to pay and also interest fees that will accrue the longer you wait.

The penalties and interest rates depend on how late you file and the type of return that you file. The IRS reminds us that there are two main types of returns: 1) an original return, or 2) a tax return made because of an individual’s death.

A person interested in filing their taxes late should know about the following:

The interest rate is calculated on a daily basis, meaning that the longer you wait to file your taxes, the more you will be charged.

Interest rates are calculated on a daily basis; this means that the longer you wait to file your taxes, the more you will be charged.

You can avoid all of this, if you make it a priority to file you taxes on time. But when you do make sure that you have the right tax preparer. One tax preparer that we highly recommend is Ingramtaxes.com. Ingram Taxes will guide you step by step through the process, and also provide you with a virtual assistant if you may have any questions.

“I’m Here For The Girls” on Amazon Today | A Must Read

After 7 years of divine timing, “The Hope Dealer” Renata A. Hannans presents the followup to her acclaimed debut, P.S. Never Give Up Hope.

I’m Here For The Girls chronicles the lives of 11 women and how men played a role in their incarceration. Traumatic experiences, including addiction, domestic violence, sexual abuse, loyal commitment to young love and devastating, accidental circumstances are all explained throughout the poignant pages.

Renata A. Hannans

These daughters-mothers-wives lay their hearts on the line while sharing how they repeatedly, or unexpectedly, ended up behind bars. Through self-reflection via their own words, each chapter pieces together true details about the girls who deserve to have their stories told.

These stories made me want to hug my little daughter and cherish every moment I have with her as a father. This just goes to show you, that every human being has a story, and has overcome so much in their life. I highly recommend this book, whether your a father mother, sister, or brother. Get a copy, and shoutout to all the amazing women that gave their testimonial.

Jacob Ingram

Author bio

Renata A. Hannans nationally known as The Hope Dealer, is a Jacksonville native who earned her B.S. in Social Science from Jacksonville University. Renata’s niche for criminal law was discovered at an early age, immediately stemming from her recollection of sitting in on her first trial as a public observer. As a former Case Manager, she was tasked with the responsibilities of guiding at-risk high school students during the pivotal moments of their adolescent years. Since publishing her first book, P.S. Never Give Up Hope, in 2013 she has founded an advocacy organization, P.S. Never Give Up Hope, Inc., focused on reducing recidivism and promoting literacy.

Introducing A New Martial Arts Comic Series “Apollo”

Here’s a sneak peek of the brand new upcoming martial arts comic series called “Apollo”. Set in the lower East side of New York City. The story follows an inner-city martial artist, who’s every day battle is against criminals and drugs.

Apollo works as a bouncer and bodyguard at night and Martial Arts instructor by day. All the events set in the story are inspired by true events. Each episode will have an individual speak on every situation that they were present at.

The first official introduction of Apollo will appear in the Deadly Art of Survival Magazine second issue coming this December 2021.

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This Company Turned Their Magazine Cover Into An NFT (Non-Fungible Token)

A Martial Arts company by the name of Deadly Art of Survival just stepped into the NFT metaverse, by turning their magazine cover and content into an NFT.

According to our sources, it isn’t like they desperately needed to turn their content digital, it was a matter of creating more streams of income. Especially in this day and age, sales for the magazine have done extremely well over the course of 2021. They have also sold merchandise along with their paper back magazine and eBook pushing sales even further.

Now with the listing of their new digital token on rarible.com. This puts them into a different category as well as audience. Their plans for 2022 is to convert their second Magazine into an NFT as well, and any other magazine that they publish for the year. They have also been working on a new comic book series Slated for December 2021. The comic book will follow a character known as Apollo who is a Martial Artist, bodyguard, and community hero. Apollo is an introductory series, that will pave the way for a crime fighting team.

Rarible | NFT Marketplace

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How we published a #1 Bestseller martial arts magazine on Amazon

Around late September, we decided to officially create a Martial Art’s Magazine. In it we honored about 17 to 20 different East Coast Martial Arts Legends, and it turned out to be extremely successful.

Here’s how that happened:

Step one was getting together everybody’s getting their bios emailed to us directly, I believe it was 17 different bios.

Step Two was creating the cover and all 60 pages of the magazine back cover, structuring that out. Everyone had sent in photos along with their bio, so this made this process easier than having to get stock photos from the Internet and add them to the magazine. Even though we did use some stock photos for certain backgrounds this made it a little more easier. This by far was the most difficult step, as far as the process just because we had to single-handedly design each page of the magazine, so that each page had a different look.

Step Three was finalizing the designs to make sure everything was complete.

Step Four was deciding whether or not we should only upload to Amazon and sell via Amazon or we should upload to a website called blurb. Blurb has options for magazines and is also connected to Amazon but that’s because I think blurb literally just outsources to Amazon. I think they just charge a higher fee and then get the magazines made through Amazon. I’m not too sure, because we ended up just going with Amazon.

Step Five was hiring someone to format the files so that it would be approved on Amazon KDP. I think the next issue I’ll most likely do this part myself, even though this part is a pain (hence why I outsourced). Everything up until this point was pretty much free. Formatting the file, cost around $50 on Fiverr, if anybody needs help formatting their book or a book to Amazon to publish on Amazon thing. You can just go to Fiverr and hire somebody to do it, it’s not that expensive. That’s depending on how many books how many e-books do you want to publish, the prices vary anywhere from five dollars to $10 but yeah that was pretty much my process for Publishing our magazine onto Amazon and it was well worth all the hard work and time spent into it. Because now it is the #1 Bestseller Magazine and also #1 New Release on Amazon. Magazine and also ebook.

Geronimo Wilkerson, (trained under Nathan Ingram), posing with the magazine.

Thanks for taking the time out to read this post, my name is Jacob Ingram. If you want to take a look our martial arts magazine or need any help with your book publishing process send a msg I’m on IG, FB, Pinterest. @deadlyartofsurvival or visit deadlyartofsurvival.com

Nathan Ingram Shidoshi

Nathan Ingram Shidoshi is a martial artist who is highly
respected by many inside and outside the Martial Arts
community, as well as around the world. With more than 50
years in Martial Arts, he is well known for his hard-core
training and teaching methods and no-nonsense work ethic.
Shidoshi, a former Karate Bare-Knuckle Champion, is also
the recipient of many community awards. Nathan Ingram
was born and raised in the Alfred E. Smith projects on the
Lower East Side of Manhattan near Chinatown.

It was Shidoshi’s dream from the time he was 12 years old to own
and operate a school in his community to bridge the divide
between the Asian and the Black/Hispanic communities.
Years later, he did exactly that when he began
teaching in 1973 at 1 Henry Street, which faced the
Chinatown Horizon youth development center and
Mariners’ Temple Baptist Church.

He became the first and only Black instructor to own and operate a
dojo in the history of Chinatown. To this day, his
D.A.S Karate Federation has hands-down won
more championships than any other school on the
Lower East Side of Manhattan. Nathan Ingram has taught over 20,000 students and winning over 1300 championships. You can read about
the accomplishments of Shidoshi and the powerful
D.A.S Karate history in future issues.

Nathan Ingram Shidoshi

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Nathan Ingram shidoshi is a martial artist who is highly
respected by many inside and outside the Martial Arts
community, as well as around the world. With more than 50
years in Martial Arts, he is well known for his hard-core
training and teaching methods and no-nonsense work ethic.
Shidoshi, a former Karate Bare-Knuckle Champion, is also
the recipient of many community awards. Nathan Ingram
was born and raised in the Alfred E. Smith projects on the
Lower East Side of Manhattan near Chinatown. It was
Shidoshi’s dream from the time he was 12 years old to own
and operate a school in his community to bridge the divide
between the Asian and the Black/Hispanic communities.
Years later, he did exactly that when he began
teaching in 1973 at 1 Henry Street, which faced the
Chinatown Horizon youth development center and
Mariners’ Temple Baptist Church. He became the
first and only Black instructor to own and operate a
dojo in the history of Chinatown. To this day, his
D.A.S Karate Federation has hands-down won
more championships than any other school on the
Lower East Side of Manhattan. Nathan Ingram has taught over 20,000 students and winning over 1300 championships. You can read about
the accomplishments of Shidoshi and the powerful
D.A.S Karate history in future issues.