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Tax Time

Tips to Get You Out of the Tax Time Crunch

By Bob Sadowski, APR, Public Relations & Social Media Manager, ACCO Brands

It may be late in the game, but the cold, hard facts are these: Tax day is less than a week away, and if you’ve yet to file your return, you’re not alone in the procrastination pool.

While that’s not necessarily a comforting thought, it’s not uncommon for many Americans to wait until the last minute to file their taxes. If you’ve procrastinated this long, panic is certain to be setting in. But all hope is not lost—with a little planning and organization, you can get your return in under-the-wire. Continue reading

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Making Cluttered Tax Documents a Thing of the Past

By Lissa Cupp, vice president, e-Commerce & Consumer Marketing, ACCO Brands

Getting your home office organized and straightened up—and keeping it that way—is a year-long task. A perfect example is tax documentation. While many of the forms and statements for your annual return generally arrive in January and February, other documents that are important to the process filter in during the entire 12 months of the year.

Be it medical receipts or statements from making charitable donations, the paperwork needed for your tax return is continuously on the rise. In order to keep your living and working space from being littered with these papers, you must plan accordingly and establish a process. Let’s look at these in more detail. Continue reading

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Filing Taxes Stress-Free: It’s All About Organization

Planning and Productivity Experts at ACCO Brands Provide Tips on the Three P’s of Tax Organization: Planning, Paper and Process

Filing Federal and State taxes is a major task weighing in on many American’s to-do lists this time of year—and it’s one that is typically procrastinated upon. ACCO Brands is helping alleviate the stress of this annual endeavor with several tax organizing tips.

“Disorganization can be very costly to all of us, eating into our valuable time and causing heightened stress levels. Disorganized tax documents are no exception,” says Lissa Cupp, vice president, e-Commerce and Consumer Marketing, ACCO Brands. “By getting organized and planning ahead, not only can filing your taxes be virtually stress-free, but it also could result in significant time and money savings.” Continue reading

Don’t be a Turkey—Get More Done this Week

By Bob Sadowski, APR, Public Relations & Social Media Manager, ACCO Brands

With Thanksgiving coming up this Thursday, most of us are already facing “one of those weeks.” Despite the fun, festivities and traditions that come with it, typically this week represents hectic schedules, sometimes chaotic atmospheres and a general need for more hours in the day.

There are, of course, simple steps you can take to make the upcoming extended holiday weekend one of joy. It takes good planning a little discipline, but in the broad scope of things, it is well worth the effort.

Just like other weeks, you need to start each day creating a to-do list. The to-dos of this week, however, are certain to eclipse those of a typical week, so planning and prioritizing is a must. The best way to do this while saving plenty of time to actually enjoy Thanksgiving is to estimate and stick to task times. This will allow for a more precise daily schedule to be developed and followed. Continue reading

Inside and Out: Planning Home Clean-up for the Fall

By Bob Sadowski, APR, Public Relations & Social Media Manager, ACCO Brands

We’re all familiar with Spring Cleaning, but equally important is Fall Cleaning. Just as you need to prepare your home, lawn and gardens for the spring and summer seasons, it’s critical that you do the same for fall and winter. Plus, with the latter seasons come the holidays, and we all want our homes—both inside and out—to look their best for guests.

Cleaning and preparation for cold weather should be incorporated on every homeowner’s calendar and planner. If you haven’t already done so, start blocking some time to get your homestead in shape. And to help you in determining what exactly needs to be done during your preparations, we’ve pulled together a couple lists that include tasks for both the interior and exterior of the home. Continue reading