April 15th, tax day, looms closer and closer. If you’re self-employed, or have a side-gig, such as making deliveries or driving for Uber, you might want to check if you can deduct vehicle expenses from your Self-Employed taxes.
To do this, you first calculate how many miles you drove all year. Then you choose between taking the standard rate, or the actual expenses you incurred with your car. To do this, figure the percentage that was personal driving, and how much was for business. Say you drove 100 miles a week, and 40% was for business. That’s the percentage of car expenses you can deduct. Keep in mind, driving to your work place is commuting, so that’s not deductible, but driving to do business banking or buy supplies is deductible.
Television personality Marie Kondo is creating a craze in society – convincing us to “unclutter”. Her filtering philosophy for cleaning out closets and garages is, “Does it bring you joy?”. You could ask this of the car you are currently driving. Does it make you happy? Is it fun to drive or you look good in it? Is it an expression of your personality and lifestyle? Our father drives a maroon Honda Civic. Nothing about this vehicle says “Joy” or personal brand. He doesn’t care- that’s not why he owns a car. He was looking for reliability, good gas mileage, and low monthly payments. He found all of that in a Honda Civic.
But then there’s our nephew, Emiliano. He drives the world’s most impractical car – a Nissan Skyline. There are very few of these in the United States, and they are barely legal. The [...]
This season’s rain and snow are leaving behind a bevy of blooms in the desert. Come by Finn’s Discount Auto and buy a comfortable car to take your family on a spring road trip. Heading north from El Paso into New Mexico, there are many options for hiking, enjoying a picnic and marveling at the colorful gifts left by winter rain.
Starting in El Paso, hit the Franklin Mountains State Park at 1331 McKelligon Canyon Road. If your timing is right, a blanket of Mexican gold poppies will be spread out around the base. You may see claret cups in April.
Pack a picnic and head to the Organ Mountains National Monument in Las Cruces. Here you’ll see a smattering of the Mexican gold poppies, along blue lupine. The magnificent Saguaro cactus and the Organ Pipe cactus also bloom in [...]