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It was in the early 1960s when America received its first introduction to Kung fu on the big screen. By this time, many became aware of the late Bruce Lee through movies and from a hit TV show called The Green Hornet. However, many were not fully aware that traditional classical systems of Kung fu existed. Unbeknownst to most in America, there were a handful of martial artists that were secretly practicing the ancient arts of Kung fu before the whole Kung fu craze hit the theaters. These were not copycats, video students or fake wannabes. They were the real deal who were well trained, humble, and disciplined.

These individuals took their perspective arts extremely serious and stayed away from the commercial fanfare. These warriors were secretly fighting in underground bare-knuckle events in Chinatown, with little or no recognition.

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How to Avoid Tax Fraud

Tax-related identity theft is a big problem, and it affects a lot of families. So, if you can’t file your taxes yet, check out our other solutions to help you combat fraud. The IRS has a transcript service that anyone can use to obtain information about their filing histories. It won’t protect them from identity theft, but it will help them if they have been the victim of fraud to know now rather than scraping together what they can now.

An identity protection pin (IP PIN) offers an extra layer of protection against fraud. “People who have had issues with tax fraud in the past are going to be issued an IP PIN,” Burnette says. In the past, the federal government only issued PINs to those who were victims of tax identity theft and those who lived in specific states. But now, anyone can opt into the program. It’s important to keep in mind that as soon as you request a PIN, you’ll need to use one going forward to file taxes.

Protect your identification by filing your taxes before someone else can. You can avoid being a victim of tax identity theft this way. If you are looking for the best tax filing services, we can help. Please get in touch today by texting/calling us at +1 866-824-1440 or email us at info@ingramtaxes.com. Our professional team is available to take care of your needs and make sure you get what is rightfully yours.

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The Benefits of Filing Taxes Early

Taxes aren’t due until April, but there are good reasons not to wait to file your tax return. Millions of Americans must file a tax return every year, but by taking care of the task before the time, you won’t have to stress out over it in April too.

The IRS does recommend that people file as early as possible to get their refund quicker. However, it’s not the only reason to file early! This means more time for double-checking your work, planning payments, and avoiding tax fraud. What’s more, if you owe taxes, you can always file now (and pay later).

You should file your taxes early because filing early wards off tax identity theft. Check these things in this article to learn more about when you can file and what documentation will be needed for you to avoid the risks of tax identity theft.

Benefits of Filing Taxes Early

There are several reasons to complete tax returns early rather than waiting until Tax Day:
• More accurate returns potentially resulting in larger refunds.• Less competition for appointments with tax preparers.• More time to plan for tax payments.• Less chance of tax fraud.

The opportunity to get an earlier refund often prompts people to file during the early stages of the tax year. Rob Burnette, CEO and financial advisor with Outlook Financial Center says, “You used to be able to get a federal refund in 10 days”. Now, the IRS estimates that most people will receive refunds within 21 days after filing. The deadlines depend on how long it takes for your return to be processed by the IRS though, so be sure to stay aware of this if you’re expecting a refund.

Filing early can give you a larger refund. That’s because people who file at the last minute might miss out on deductions or credits. “You don’t know if you have itemized deductions until you add them up.” says Patrick Collabella, Associate Professor of Accounting and Taxation at St. John’s University in Queens, New York City.

If you start your taxes early, you’ll have a better understanding of what’s going on and more time to get answers from the government. For example, if they don’t provide answers to your questions, you can inquire about it later. Starting early also means that even if a return is filed late there is still time to make up for it by paying off what’s owed.

How to Find a Reputable Tax Preparer Near You | Ingram Taxes

You may want more personalized help filing your tax return this year, and you have a wide range of options and resources.

A tax expert can make sure you get all the tax breaks you deserve, especially in a year where your tax situation may be very different than it had been in the past. Many tax professionals can also help you with tax planning that can save you money in the future.

What Kind of Tax Preparer Do You Need?

When choosing between tax preparers, one of the key factors to consider is their level of experience. They usually have different tiers of services, with some completing just your federal and state returns with little or no additional help offered. But if you had a few different jobs during the year, did some freelance work, started your own business or had other complicated tax situations, then you may need more help. If you’re not really sure what expenses are deductible, an accountant would be able to help you. They might find tax breaks applicable to your business that aren’t even clear to the IRS.

Anyone with an IRS Preparer Tax Identification Number can prepare federal tax returns. But you should consider the level of their experience and qualifications. Enrolled agents, CPAs and attorneys can represent clients before the IRS in audits, payment issues and appeals. The Annual Filing Season Program helps other tax preparers who have completed a specific amount of continuing education to prepare for the tax season. There are also PTIN holders who haven’t completed these certifications and, as a result, they can prepare tax returns but can’t represent clients in front of the IRS. The IRS Directory is the best way to find quality tax preparers near you. Tax season is just around the corner, so now is the perfect time to find one! Before you hire a tax preparer, ask family and friends for their opinions on who they’ve worked with in the past. Make sure to also do some research from reputable websites on the company that has been recommended to see if there are any complaints. If everything looks promising, you can then contact them for more details on their services.

Make sure your tax preparer can meet your needs. Do you just need them to file your return, or would you like them to help you with anything else? If you’re just starting out in business, for example, it might be helpful to work with a tax specialist – such as an enrolled agent or Certified Public Accountant – who can let you know about future deductions and tax-planning strategies. If you’re nearing retirement and have a lot of money in your tax-deferred retirement savings plans, it can be a good idea to meet with a qualified advisor who’s also skilled in financial planning and tax preparation. This way you can get professional advice about the most tax efficient way to withdraw from your savings.

Ask questions about the return so you understand what they’ve done and the credits and deductions they’ve taken, which can help you know how to take the tax breaks in the future. “A good tax preparer will explain each step of the process with a taxpayer and allow them to ask questions.” 

Inquire about their back-up support if you have any questions in the future. Avoid tax preparers who only operate a few months a year and will not be there after an IRS audit. In addition to protecting your data, you want to find a tax professional who can help you year-round in case you need to amend a return or if the IRS comes back with questions.

Conclusion: As you can see, there are many benefits to hiring a tax preparer. 

When you’re done filing your own taxes, you may find yourself making the same mistakes year after year. Hiring a professional can help save time and money, while also ensuring that your taxes are filed correctly. Here at IngramTaxes.com, we’re dedicated to helping all our clients receive the best possible results when it comes to tax preparation and filing.

Contact us today for more information about how we can help you! If you are looking for the best tax filing services, we can help. Get in touch by texting/calling us at +1 866-824-1440 or email us at info@ingramtaxes.com. Our professional team is available to take care of your needs and make sure you get what is rightfully yours.

Grandmaster Odette Russell | The Sidagoo Experience

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Shidoshi: I’ve done some research and through this research I believe that along with being labeled “The Mother of SWAM,” you should also be referred to as “One of the Deadliest Women on this Planet.” How do you feel about that?

Russell: Wow, one of the deadliest women, damn, I would prefer to be known as a healer, mentor, leader, and if you’re within my inner circle, a hell of a good friend. Basically not someone that ignites violence and viciousness but peace and harmony. I do believe that it is my job as a martial arts instructor for over 35 years and a student for over 40 years that I should build others’ confidence so that they develop the sheepdog mentality. A sheepdog is just like a sheep when relating to a category of people who are a positive contribution to society, the difference is a sheepdog addresses violence with violence.

Now addressing violence with violence is due to the inability to avoid being attacked. Nonetheless, if the self-defense is legitimate, than maybe you need to take one or two souvenirs (eyeballs or testicles), only kidding. My primary focus and responsibility is to assist in building my students’ mindsets for preparation to prevent panic against extreme situations that will require legitimate defense. My students will learn the basics of kicking, punching, locks, pressure points, elbows and knee strikes, however, their primary defensive skills will be from open hand fighting: ripping, tearing, and puncturing.

Psychological tools are also enhanced to control fear while awakening their warrior spirit. This also conditions them to reduce intimidation so they don’t become overwhelmed by someone’s size, body odor or bad breath (preparation for close quarter attacks). Elevating self-confidence pulls my students off the predators’ radars as their victimized demeanors are diminished. Most attackers are not interested in attacking someone that will give them a good fight where the attacker can get hurt.

As a result, my teaching heavily focuses on attack defense, developing muscle memory to instantly execute shocks and debilitating strikes. From my teaching methods, I understand how others can categorize me as deadly, however, this method of teaching is to prevent violence. I actually see myself as a peaceful warrior…

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Traditional Arts vs Non- Traditional Arts | Kevin Pereira

Written by Kevin Pereira Renshi

In the traditional martial arts world, we learn many life lessons not just how to hurt someone or score a point. But rather how to set goals both short and long term. We learn how to set a plan into action and live the warrior spirit of resilience in our journey through the rankings.

As we get frustrated and struggle with new material, new terminology, languages and dojo culture.

We learn that respect is the backbone of our art and humility is its mother. Without humility, we can’t empty our cups to receive new knowledge and information.

The traditional arts give us a base in mental, physical, emotional, and moral strength. We learn various options for defense, our weapons are truly unlimited.

We learn that nothing comes overnight and the moment you think you have conquered or mastered a concept a new one arises. Things like techniques, kata, terminology, and hidden applications come to light over time giving the practitioner a constant proverbial carrot to chase.

The modern-day combat sport focuses too much on the concept of competition and does not foster the idea of brotherhood and family that traditional dojos do. They promote the idea that wrapping one’s hands and wearing gloves means you can knock someone out without having to condition your bones and skin. It is a bit ridiculous to someone who spent decades training their bones for such impact and the reality of street combat.

There is more of a fast-food aspect to their training. Give me six months and you’re already out there competing as opposed to spending time fine-tuning one’s technique before testing it. They go out with limited tools and fine-tune afterward.

Don’t get me wrong I respect the guts it takes to get in there and do what they do but most of these young guys take two months of boxing, four months of grappling, and they think they have all the answers. Things like the UFC do not prepare one to be pulled by the hair, raked in the eyes or grabbed by the wrist. They never learn how to assess those situations in a truly combative manner…

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Mildred Tse Gonzalez Shihan | D.A.S Karate Federation Champion

The year was 1978 and the dojo doors were always open at the Hamilton Madison House. Our dojo floor was always crowded with students 50 to 60 at a time. Students would come and go regularly because the training was so brutal and unforgiving. On this one particular day, a woman walked in with her little 12- year-old daughter. She walked over to me and said, “I would like to sign up my children in your class.” They were Michael, Melvin, and a little girl name Mildred. There was something different about Mildred. Her intensity caught my attention. When I asked her mother if she realized how hard we trained.

Immediately, Mildred responded for her mother and said, “I sure do.” My eyes opened wide and my response was, “OK see you tomorrow.” She came in the very next day, just to sit and watch everyone train. So I asked her if she would like to work out with me. Her answer was “sure.” From that day forward, we maintained a relentless training schedule, focusing on enduring pain and never giving up in a match. She was able to do it all- fight, forms, you name it. Everyone inside and outside our dojo could see the same thing I saw. She was special and demanded respect from the entire community, When I began to take her to compete, she did not like it at all. She didn’t like all the attention and she would say to me, “Sensei, why cant we just train?”…..

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The Importance of Martial Conditioning | Malik Shabazz

Written by: Malik Shabazz GM

Let’s address The Importance of the Tsuki (Punch):

Most, if not all Karateka’s started off doing Knuckle Push-ups in their training.

In the beginning, it was challenging and at times difficult because our Knuckles / Hands became sore until we strengthened not only our hands, but also our wrists and shoulders alike.

In Time, our knuckles became rounded off calloused and discolored.

A handful of us began to up-grade by striking walls, etc.….

Then there was those of us who began to “take it up a notch” by striking The Makiwara (A padded striking post used as a Training/Conditioning Tool by various styles of Traditional Karate).

It was there that we would begin to understand and develop the importance of the Body’s Alignment, Hip Rotation, and Breath.

This was just another level of Karate’s growth and development. Yes, this is but a small part of a much larger factor of karate Training – “Agreed”

Factually, there was a reason for doing Knuckle Push-ups in the beginning of Karate Training, other than it being a matter of punishment or discipline. Sadly, this type of conditioning has/is becoming extinct for many different reasons. Many say this type of conditioning causes arthritis. The truth is, any kind of unsupervised or incorrect training of any kind will cause setbacks!

Due to the World in which we live, having or developing “Stopping Power” is a necessity!!

“If you can imagine the impact of a bullet hitting a vest, that’s “Stopping Power”.

It’s called “Ikken Hissatsu”, a Term used in Traditional Karate, meaning “To Annihilate with one blow”

Note: (DIT DA JOW) Mandatory

MALIK SHABAZZ

STREETOLOGY – JUTSU

“World Peace Through Training”

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