Why You Should Be Excited for Tax Season: New Tax Credits for 2014

I love tax season, and finding out about new tax credits makes me giddy! It’s like auditing how good you are paying attention to your savings, and accounting during the year. Being an entrepreneur makes tax season a little more fun, compared to when I was working for someone else, but I have full control over all my expenses, deductions.

This is the first year that I’ve run 3 different businesses, one being a non-profit entity, so you can imagine how excited I get around this time of the year. It’s also no wonder that I jumped at the chance to come on board as an Ambassador for TurboTax Canada!



Not a fan of tax time? The good news is that being able to do your taxes yourself has become a lot easier with the use of online tools like TurboTax. You are guided step-by-step as you find all of your applicable deductions.  Not only that, but you get your return in as few as eight days. I mean who doesn’t want to be able to get done with tax time in 30 minutes or so?

While I know that most people have another month or two before you really start thinking about doing your taxes, but TurboTax and I wanted to share a few key tax credits for 2014 that you need to keep in mind before you starting filing.



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$900 GIVEAWAY: Turkey is blowing my mind

I’m not sure if I shared this already, but I’m in Turkey right now on a media trip. Its 4:05pm and I’m sitting on the 15th floor of the Conrad Istanbul taking in the sights and sounds of the city.

Seeing as its my third day in the city, I’m not quite sure if its actually the most exciting vacation I’ve ever taken, but its right up there. The other people that I’m travelling are beyond amazing and getting to know everyone is a treat.

I will post a full recap of Turkey, Chicago, and Niagara shortly, but for now enjoy some of the most of my favorite views.



iSTANBUL Turkey, #tototurkey

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Get Creative. Save Money. Win $10,000!

Yeah, you read that right. ING Direct and Walk off the Earth are partnering together to give away $10,000 in the Superstar #SaverSearch! All you have to do is show them your most creative ways to save money.

And because ING Direct is the best bank ever, they have not only 1, but 3 prizes.


1st place winner – $10,000

2nd place winner – $3,000

3rd place winner – $2,000


Here are some ideas. Yeah, it really is that easy!

How do you enter?

To enter the contest, all you have to do is create and upload a video that showcases the most original way you save your money. Your video entry can be a song, story, rap, dance, puppet show, poem or anything else you can think of – get creative!

All video entries must be submitted no later than May 30, 2013.

How do you win?

ING DIRECT will select 10 videos that showcase the most original ways to save money on June 2, 2013. The video semi-finalists will then be posted on this site for all of Canada to vote.

The video entry with the most votes will WIN an ING DIRECT Investment Savings Account with $10,000. The person whose video comes in second place will get $3,000 in an ISA and the person in third place will get $2,000 in an ISA.



Help me Win a Prize (Ipad Mini) for You.

Hi friends,

Sean from One Smart Dollar reached out to tell me that I’ve been selected as of the top Personal Finance Blogs. I’m humbled and surprised since I’ve been writing mostly about business and marketing recently, but I appreciate it anyway.

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They have some awesome prizes at stake, and since I don’t need an Ipad Mini or $100, I thought why not try to win it so I can give it away as a thank you?

So here we are. I promise to give away the prize if I come in the top 3. (1st- Ipad Mini, 2nd- $100 3rd- $50)

Its really easy to vote. Go here: http://www.onesmartdollar.com/top-personal-finance-blogs-of-2012/ and select Thirty Six Months.

There is no signups or anything crazy like that.

Leave me a comment saying that you have and I’ll automatically enter you in the draw.

Good Luck and thank you!!

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