Laugh At Work Week is a week dedicated to building more fun into our workplaces. Work should always have an element of fun. Fun keeps us engaged, increases our creativity and helps us to problem solve. However, we know that you are a very lucky person, if you can get your work done and have fun doing it. As supervisors, leaders, owners and team members, we need to think of ways to make our job and our workplace more fun and exciting especially in these chaotic times.
Twist’s Hot Tips For Celebrating Laugh At Work Week
Remember when you were little and your mom would leave notes in your lunch box? Me too. So does Emma Callaghan. Every day, her father, Garth, writes a little slice of wisdom on a napkin in Emma’s lunch. Known as The Napkin Notes Dad, Garth has cancer and may not live to see Emma graduate from high school. He hopes his notes – which range from well-known quotes like “Life doesn’t have to be perfect to be wonderful” (Annette Funicello) to his own inspirational snippets like “Life doesn’t always give you second chances, so take the first one” – will help guide his daughter after he’s gone. Other parents, especially those burdened by long work days or frequent business trips, are taking Garth’s lead and striving to open lines of communication with their children through daily notes.
Unexpected hand-written notes have always hold a certain fascination. Who doesn’t smile when they receive one? So, grab a pencil, pen or sharpie and a scrap of paper or post-it and write a note to connect to someone. It could be someone you know, or a complete stranger. Leave “Have an awesome week!” on a coworker’s desk or tuck “Smile like you mean it” into the pocket of an unattended coat. Then, when you’ve done your note-leaving homework, come back and give us a full report in the comments. I’m excited to see what you come up with!
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Did you know that the Oxford English Dictionary added over 900 new words this month? Amazing that words like "bestie", "DIYer" and "do-over" have been granted membership into the dictionary.
Here's a few of my favorite new words and their meanings:
bestie (n.): a person’s best friend; a very close friend.
DIYer (n.): A person who engages in do-it-yourself activities; an amateur (in construction, repair, etc.).
do-over (n.): an instance or chance of doing something for a second or further time, after an unsuccessful or unsatisfactory first attempt.
wackadoodle (adj.): crazy, mad; eccentric.
bathroom break (n.): a short period of time within the duration of an activity (often of a prescribed or limited duration) taken to use the toilet.
It's an honor for a word to be added to the dictionary, but it's funny that some of these words added this month have been around for decades. A new twist on words.
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Tax time doesn't have to bring on the blues. Think about all the green you could be saving, yes, saving. Follow these steps from Turbo Tax to put more money back in your pocket.
1. Organize Your Records
Good organization may not cut your taxes but it can help you save money in the long-term. Keep all the information that comes in the mail in January, such as W-2s, 1099s, and mortgage interest statements.
Collect receipts and information that you have accumulated during the year.
Enter the amounts from all these documents into a computer program like Quicken or total them by hand and give the list to your tax preparer.
Make sure you know the price you paid for any stocks or funds you have sold. Know the details on income from rental properties.
You could save $300 to $400 with your tax preparer plus plenty of your time. In the event of an audit, you could save on assessments and penalties because you'll have all your back-up on hand.
2. Find the Right Forms
The library won't always have all the forms you need. Go online to view and download a large catalog of forms and publications at the Internal Revenue Service's Web site, www.irs.gov, or call 1-800-829-3676 to have them sent to you by mail.
Need a state form or publications? Visit www.taxadmin.org/fta/link/forms.html.
It's easier to take the standard deduction, but you may save a bundle if you itemize, especially if you are self-employed, own a home or live in a high-tax area.
4. Contribute to Retirement Accounts
If you haven't already funded your retirement account, do so by April 15. That's the deadline for any kind of IRA, deductible or not. If you have a Keogh or SEP, though, and you get an extension, you can wait until your extension deadline to put money into those accounts.
5. Consider a Home-Office Deduction
In the past, many taxpayers have avoided the home-office deduction because it has been regarded as a red flag for an audit. If you legitimately qualify for the deduction, however, there should be no problem. Check with your tax advisor. You could save thousands of dollars.
6. Provide Dependent Taxpayer IDs on Your Return
Be sure to include the Taxpayer Identification Numbers (tax lingo for social security numbers) for your children and other dependents. Otherwise, the IRS can deny the personal exemption for each dependent and the child tax credit for each child under age 17
After you have a baby, be sure to file for a social security card right away so that you have the number at tax time.
You could save hundreds or thousands of dollars, depending on the number of dependents and your income.
7. Pay on Time
Pay on time and you can avoid interest and penalties. The IRS doesn't really care when you file, as long as you request an extension using Form 4868.
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