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Money Making Sense

Money Making Sense host Heather Kelly doesn’t like to use dirty words like "budget" and "frugal." Instead, she focuses on how to find financial peace by better allocating your paychecks and analyzing the impact of simple family decisions. Each episode approaches the topic of personal finance from both a cost-savings and revenue-generating perspective. Covered topics include: vacationing on a budget, accumulating retirement savings on a limited income, optimizing your 401k and insurance plans, reducing household expenses, the financial impact of owning a pet, maximizing value when de-cluttering and selling personal property. Money Making Sense will give you practical ideas on how to improve your bottom line. Money Making Sense is a 2017 Podcast Awards Nominee.
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Feb 22, 2017

Are you planning a trip or just going out to dinner at a local restaurant?  KSL News Radio reporter Mark Jackson https://twitter.com/KSLMarkJackson has the skinny on Apps that will save you money.

Do you need a hotel room for a last minute business trip, spring fling or just to get out of town?  HotelTonight will present you with a good deal... but you need to know when to book.  How about a concert, play or sporting event?  SeatGeek will get you great prices at almost any arena, large or small.  Or do you struggle to figure out how much tip to leave your server?  What if you're in a large group and need to split the bill?  TipCalculator can help.

And for all your shopping needs Flipp can help you find the best deals close to your location on groceries, clothing, and even fast food.  

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Feb 15, 2017

The most important thing to know before meeting a sales person is: 'What's the goal?'  Do you want the phone to ring, on-line website traffic, or people physically walking in your door.

Not sure where to advertise?  Should you advertise?  Can you really drive sales to your business?  These questions and more are discussed with KSL Account Manager Ryan Uffens.  

What questions should you ask a sales rep who wants to take your money?  What return on investment should you expect when paying out to bring people to your door?  And how much money does it cost for on-line advertising?  

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Feb 8, 2017

Winter weather has taken a toll on drivers, state troopers and road crews.  Find out how your tax dollars are impacted when Utah Highway Patrol Sergeant Todd Royce sits down with host Heather Kelly.

They discuss how bad behavior impacts the amount of crashes seen when people drive too fast for the road conditions.  Car repairs, medical bills, and loss of work productivity all effect your pocket book.

And don't forget about the costs of paying police and snowplow drivers overtime.  They get paid by the public and next year your tax rate could increase to pay depleted government funds.

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Feb 6, 2017

Did you come into an inheritance this past year?  It could be completely tax free.  Or, you may owe some fees.  Brandon Allfrey, a member of the Utah Association of Certified Public Accountants UACPA.org, has the info you need to help itemize your deductions.

Do you have to pay for a cell phone bill that you use for work?  You might be able to deduct the expenses.  Have you moved for a new job?  Find out why a CPA can help you get the biggest tax liability reduction or tax refund.

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Feb 6, 2017

Is my tuition tax deductible?  Can I claim my child as a dependent while they are in college?  CPA Mike Criddle from the Utah Association of Certified Public Accountants UACPA.org answers some of the questions you may have about paying taxes on a student loan your child has, but you co-signed.  Find out more on this episode.

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Feb 6, 2017

Is my tuition tax deductible?  Can I claim my child as a dependent while they are in college?  CPA Mike Criddle from the Utah Association of Certified Public Accountants UACPA.org answers some of the questions you may have about paying taxes on a student loan your child has, but you co-signed.  Find out more on this episode.

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Feb 6, 2017

The IRS will not call you.  PERIOD.  If you get a phone call from someone demanding immediate payment for taxes, hang up the phone.  CPA Garrett Koerner of the Utah Association of Certified Public Accountants UACPA.org walks us through the various ways scammers try to take your money.  He also explains how to protect yourself from getting that phone call.  But, there are other scams out there as well.  This show will help you identify the scams and find out how a CPA can protect you.

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Feb 6, 2017

The IRS will not call you.  PERIOD.  If you get a phone call from someone demanding immediate payment for taxes, hang up the phone.  CPA Garrett Koerner of the Utah Association of Certified Public Accountants UACPA.org walks us through the various ways scammers try to take your money.  He also explains how to protect yourself from getting that phone call.  But, there are other scams out there as well.  This show will help you identify the scams and find out how a CPA can protect you.

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Feb 6, 2017

Can you claim a child going to college as a deduction?  Did you know you might be able to claim a married child on your taxes?  CPA Angie Morris from Utah Association of Certified Public Accountants UACPA.org will guide us through some of the more interesting ways of claiming children, adult and under 17, as deductions.  Or better yet, getting a tax credit.  Are you sharing custody of a child?  Which parent gets to claim them on your taxes?  Find out on this episode.

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Feb 6, 2017

Can you claim a child going to college as a deduction?  Did you know you might be able to claim a married child on your taxes?  CPA Angie Morris from Utah Association of Certified Public Accountants UACPA.org will guide us through some of the more interesting ways of claiming children, adult and under 17, as deductions.  Or better yet, getting a tax credit.  Are you sharing custody of a child?  Which parent gets to claim them on your taxes?  Find out on this episode.

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Feb 6, 2017

Do you give to charities?  You may be able to deduct your donations, money & items, on your taxes.  CPA David Cash from Utah Association of Certified Public Accountants UACPA.org explains when charitable donations kick in.  He'll also discuss moving expenses.  Can you take deductions any time you move, no matter how close or far away?  And, don't forget about your car.  When it counts as personal property and when it doesn't for tax deductions.

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Feb 6, 2017

Do you give to charities?  You may be able to deduct your donations, money & items, on your taxes.  CPA David Cash from Utah Association of Certified Public Accountants UACPA.org explains when charitable donations kick in.  He'll also discuss moving expenses.  Can you take deductions any time you move, no matter how close or far away?  And, don't forget about your car.  When it counts as personal property and when it doesn't for tax deductions.

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Feb 6, 2017

What is the monetary penalty for not having insurance?  Did you only have health insurance for part of the year?  CPA Mariah Nielsen from Utah Association of Certified Public Accountants UACPA.org walks us through the complications of the Affordable Care Act.  There's a lot of extra paperwork for everyone whether you've carried health insurance or not; so having a CPA to guide you is important.  And how about business owners?  How does 'Obama Care' affect you?

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Feb 6, 2017

What is the monetary penalty for not having insurance?  Did you only have health insurance for part of the year?  CPA Mariah Nielsen from Utah Association of Certified Public Accountants UACPA.org walks us through the complications of the Affordable Care Act.  There's a lot of extra paperwork for everyone whether you've carried health insurance or not; so having a CPA to guide you is important.  And how about business owners?  How does 'Obama Care' affect you?

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Feb 6, 2017

Are you behind in saving for retirement?  How much can you contribute to an IRA fund to get caught up?  How will those contributions help my bottom line on my taxes?  CPA Robert Cole from Utah Association of Certified Public Accountants UACPA.org will walk us through the differences of a Roth & Traditional IRA.  And at what age can you add additional funds?

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Feb 6, 2017

Are you behind in saving for retirement?  How much can you contribute to an IRA fund to get caught up?  How will those contributions help my bottom line on my taxes?  CPA Robert Cole from Utah Association of Certified Public Accountants UACPA.org will walk us through the differences of a Roth & Traditional IRA.  And at what age can you add additional funds?

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Feb 6, 2017

Do you work from home?  Whether it's full-time, part-time, or you simply use one-drawer to keep office papers, you could qualify for deductions on your taxes.  CPA Mark Palmer from Utah Association of Certified Public Accountants UACPA.org  discusses some of the options available to you.

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Feb 6, 2017

Do you work from home?  Whether it's full-time, part-time, or you simply use one-drawer to keep office papers, you could qualify for deductions on your taxes.  CPA Mark Palmer from Utah Association of Certified Public Accountants UACPA.org  discusses some of the options available to you.

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Feb 6, 2017

 

You may know you can claim a child as a deduction but you can also get tax credits for them as well.  And what about grand kids?   Some grandparents may be eligible for an Earned Income Credit if they're raising their grandchildren.  Brandon Allfrey, a member of the Utah Association of Certified Public Accountants UACPA.org, has the info you need.

Do you have to pay for a cell phone bill that you use for work?  You might be able to deduct the expenses.  Have you moved for a new job?  Find out why a CPA can help you get the biggest tax liability reduction or tax refund.

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Feb 6, 2017

Hundreds of thousands of tax refunds were paid to thieves who stole Social Security numbers.  Kent Christensen, a member of the the Utah Association of Certified Public Accountants UACPA.org discusses what you can do to minimize the chances of someone getting a hold of your sensitive information.  That includes your children's names, credit card info, and place of residence or work.  Learn what the IRS is doing to protect people against identity theft and how a CPA can help.

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Feb 6, 2017

Hundreds of thousands of tax refunds were paid to thieves who stole Social Security numbers.  Kent Christensen, a member of the the Utah Association of Certified Public Accountants UACPA.org discusses what you can do to minimize the chances of someone getting a hold of your sensitive information.  That includes your children's names, credit card info, and place of residence or work.  Learn what the IRS is doing to protect people against identity theft and how a CPA can help.

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Feb 6, 2017

The CEO of the Utah Association of Certified Public Accountants, Susan Speirs, discusses the benefits of using a reputable CPA.  UACPA.org.  Why is a CPA better than a tax preparer from H&R Block, Jackson Hewitt, Liberty Tax, etc?  What deductions or credits are you missing that could get you a bigger refund?  How can a Certified Public Accountant help you moving forward for next year's taxes?  Watch this episode to find out.

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Feb 6, 2017

The CEO of Utah Association of Certified Public Accountants, Susan Speirs, discusses the benefits of using a reputable CPA.  UACPA.org.  Why would a CPA be better than a tax preparer from H&R Block, Jackson Hewitt, Liberty Tax, etc?  What deductions or credits are you missing that could give you a bigger refund?  How can a Certified Public Accountant help you moving forward for next year's taxes?  Tune in to find the answers.

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Feb 1, 2017

Fellow KSL News Radio podcaster Thomas McConkie joins host Heather Kelly to discuss how to change the inner conversation you have with yourself about money.  Thomas uses meditation to change his relationship with eating, sleeping, and stress.  https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/mindfulness+/id1156618440?mt=2

Thomas and Heather talk about how stress over money affects your health and how Mindfulness+ can be used to improve your self worth and reduce the need to overspend.  When stress levels are reduced it leads to reduced health care costs and lower credit card bills and leaves a fatter wallet in your possession.

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