Monday, April 6, 2015

Tax Season Help: Choosing the Right Professional to Prepare Your Taxes

April is here. That means time is running out to file your taxes. Whether you’ve put it off because you think you may owe money or because you’re not sure where to begin, April 15 will be here before you know it.

However, tax season doesn’t have to be scary. In fact, there’s one thing you can do to make the whole process simple. According to a recent article on the Equifax Finance Blog, all you need to do to make your life easy is to choose the right professional to prepare your taxes. However, you need to make sure that you use a person who is certified and knows how to prepare taxes for individuals like you.

When choosing the right tax professional, there are several things you can do to make sure the professional you’ve chosen is experienced. First, ask if that person belongs to any professional associations that require minimum continuing education hours. Why is this important? Well, did you know that there are currently 46 states that do not have any standards for licensing, training or experience for tax professionals? So, you may end up hiring someone without proper credentials to prepare your taxes. That is, of course, unless you ask.

After you’ve chosen an experienced professionals, it is also important to understand what his or her title means. If you’ve chosen a CPA, or Certified Public Accountant, you need to know that many states do not require a specific number of continuing education hours on taxes. However, many CPAs have a lot of experience preparing taxes and are the best option for business owners or those with complex tax issues.

Another title you may see when you hire someone to prepare you taxes is Enrolled Agent, or EA. This is the highest credential given by the IRS and requires an average of 24 hours of federal taxation education every year.

If you don’t own a business or have complex tax issues and are still unsure about the tax preparation process, you may qualify for free tax preparation. If you earn less than $53,000 a year, you can participate in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. Also, those 60 and older can use the Tax Counseling for the Elderly program. Both options usually employ CPAs or EAs. However, these tax professionals can only prepare tax returns and do not offer tax advice.

For more information on choosing the right professional to prepare your taxes, visit the Equifax Personal Finance Blog.


Thursday, March 5, 2015

Cumming Community Sells 65 Percent of Homes in First Six Months

The Orchards of Stoney Point has only been open for six months, but with a remarkable 65 percent of their 130 homes already sold, the community is filling up fast! Located in Cumming, this active adult community still has 46 available homes priced from the $270,000s to the $380,000s.  

The Orchards of Stoney Point offers several home design options for home buyers, including The Orchard Group's signature Southern Heritage and Arbors collections.

The Arbors collection features five spacious floor plans with a master suite and bathroom on the main level. Homes in this collection also include vaulted ceilings, a screen porch or option sunroom, a two-car garage and a choice of a den or secondary bedroom.

The Southern Heritage collection includes four home designs for ranch-style condominiums. Each of these homes include two bedrooms with a luxurious master suite, two bathrooms, a den, an attached two-car garage, a screened porch or optional sunroom, and an activities suite with a full bathroom above the garage.

The Orchards Group is nearing completion on several shared amenities for this new home community. The Orchards of Stoney Point will soon include a clubhouse with a gourmet kitchen, spacious common room with a fireplace, fitness center and areas to play cards and games. 

Additionally, the community will feature a saltwater swimming pool outside of the clubhouse.
The community currently features two model homes, featuring the Charleston and Ashwood designs from the Southern Heritage collection. In the coming weeks, three more model homes will be available showcasing the Birch, Cypress and Dogwood floor plans from the Arbors collection.


To schedule a model home tour or learn more information about The Orchards of Stoney Point, contact the community sales center at 678-513-8879 or visit www.OrchardsGroup.com

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

You're Invited to a Cambria Celebration

Construction Resources is excited about its upcoming Cambria Celebration. Hosted on Thursday, September 25, the event will showcase Cambria's new designs and "Jumbo"-sized slabs. Attendees will also be able to dine on delicious food, sip on refreshing cocktails and enjoy live music by Francisco Vidal.

Cambria's 20 new designs have been added to its current Marble, Desert and Waterstone Collections. These new countertop designs, such as the Fairbourne, Ramsey, Manchester, Dunmore, Kirkstead and Nevern bring Cambria's design palette to a total of 109 designs.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

New Quality Control Manager Joins Construction Resources



As the company expands, Construction Resources is working hard to keep quality high. That's why the company is excited to announce the newest member of the Atlanta Glass & Mirror, Inc. team. Chadd Hilty of Covington, Georgia has returned as the new quality control manager and frameless shower door specialist.

His expertise in glass work will help Atlanta Glass & Mirror keep quality at its best. Hilty has 27 years of experience in the industry, six of which were working at Atlanta Glass & Mirror. As the quality control manager, he will be responsible for analyzing the work of the installers to make sure that the quality is good before each project is complete. Additionally, as the frameless shower door specialist, Hilty is tasked with measuring all of the frameless shower doors for the whole company and making sure that the products are installed properly.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Final Homes Available Now at Cherokee County Active Adult Community

With the incredible sales pace that has been seen at The Orchards Group’s Cherokee County active adult community this year, it’s no surprise that the builder has just 10 homes remaining! Since June 1, 2014, 13 homes have sold at The Orchards of East Cherokee, bringing the total number of homes sold so far in 2014 to 31.

Prospective home buyers have just 10 ranch condominium homes remaining to choose from that have varying completion dates from August through December. Priced from the low- to mid-$200,000s, these homes feature exceptional maintenance-free living and a variety of optional features, including screened porches and sunrooms.

Thanks to the community’s maintenance-free lifestyle, homeowners will have plenty of time to enjoy the community’s amenities. These amenities, which perfectly complement the active adult lifestyle, include a sparkling swimming pool, relaxing waterfall plaza and a clubhouse, which is home to a fitness center, media room and gourmet kitchen.

The Orchards of East Cherokee also provides its residents with a convenient location between four of metro Atlanta’s most popular downtown areas, including Roswell, Canton, Woodstock and Alpharetta. In addition, the community is close to the new Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta, which offers a unique mix of shopping opportunities.

An additional advantage of this community’s Cherokee County location is its affordable property taxes for active adults, as homeowners aged 62 and wiser are exempt from paying the school tax!

For more information on these final 10 homes that are available at The Orchards of East Cherokee, contact the sales center by calling 770-345-5409 or visit www.OrchardsGroup.com

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Big Spenders, Big Rewards



At Construction Resources, we value our customers greatly and believe our big spenders should be rewarded. This summer, we are offering fun summer incentives for our Cambria countertop purchasers. When customers make a high-end quartz countertop purchase between $5,000 and $20,000, they will receive a fun gift as a token of our appreciation for their business.

The gift each qualifying customer receives is determined by how much they spend. When a customer makes a purchase of $5,000 or more, they will receive Sterling Stainless Steel Sink by Kohler. When a purchase of $10,000 or more is made, customers have the choice between a 250 American Express gift certificate or a free YETI Roadie 20 cooler. With a purchase of $15,000 or more, customers will receive their choice of a $400 American Express gift certificate or a YETI Tundra 45 cooler. YETI coolers are known for their high performance and quality. They are extremely durable, and can even withstand drops off cliffs.

Finally, the highest level of customer incentives is for those who purchase over $20,000 worth of Cambria. With a purchase of this size, Construction Resources will give the consumer a large Big Green Egg cooker. This outdoor cooking tool is a favorite among grillers, perfect for summer barbeques!

Cambria offers a wide variety of styles and colors of high-end quartz countertops that are sure to appeal to the tastes of all our consumers. To learn more about Cambria quartz countertops and Construction Resources other products, visit our website at www.crhomeusa.com.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Construction Resources Gets Mellow in Cartersville

On June 2, 2014, Georgia’s newest Mellow Mushroom location opened in downtown Cartersville. Building the trendy pizza joint called upon the services of Construction Resources to provide and install countertops into the restaurant’s kitchen and bath areas. Management selected six different varieties of countertops to be featured in the restaurant.

Mellow Mushroom sought out Construction Resources’ Atlanta location, Atlanta Kitchens, to help them find the perfect countertops for their facilities. The restaurant decided to feature six different styles of Cambria countertops, which have a similar look and feel to granite but with greater strength and durability. Cambria countertops are stain-resistant and nonporous, making them the idea choice for food preparation and dining.

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