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September 4, 2012

Written by Bob Meyer, Editor of BarterNews

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From the desk of Bob Meyer... 09/04/2012

Free World-Class Education For Anyone, Anywhere

A dramatic improvement with online education is now available worldwide via the Internet. Bill Gates’ children are among those using it, as well as some 4 million other students (mostly Americans) taking advantage of the free, incredible services in the form of 10-minute educational sessions.

This movement, according to Gates and other experts, offers tremendous potential for a more efficient way of learning. This new opportunity promises the potential to make the world a better place through education for the masses.

Check this out at www.KHANacademy.org.

Green Apple Trade Show

The 21st Annual Green-Apple Trade Show & Charity Gala is scheduled for Wednesday, October 17, at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh.

For more information call Diane Gasper at 412-821-0280.

Southwest Airlines Earns Big Money By Selling Frequent-Flier Miles

Airline consulting firm IdeaWorksCompany, says Southwest is among the top 10 airlines around the world that generate the most revenue from extra passenger charges. A big chunk of their extra $1.18 billion (money earned outside of ticket sales) comes from the sale of frequent-flier points to credit card companies.

More Money Spent On Vacations Suggests Times Getting Better

Americans are more interested in having a good time on vacation, than in saving money, according to a new survey by MMGY Global. The study found the average spent on vacations over the past twelve months has grown to $4,461 compared with $3,874 during the same period two years ago. Today more travelers are spending time to choose the destination of their trip versus first setting up a budget for the vacation.

Highest In 50 Years: Americans Over 65 Looking For Work

Many older workers are not claiming their Social Security benefits just yet. In fact, seniors claiming Social Security benefits fell last year to the lowest level since 1976. That’s because nearly 20% of Americans ages 65 and older are working or looking for jobs — the highest in half a century.

New Canadian Listing information …

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Hamilton, ON L8R 1G9
Canada
Ph: (905) 512-5890
Fax: (905) 528-9119
www.bartrex.ca

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Middle Class Thinks Rich Americans Are Smarter & Greedier

Some 2,500 middle-class Americans were recently polled by Pew Research. The condensed findings are as follows:

Overwhelmingly they believe the growing wealth divide is a “bad thing” for the country.

Wealthy Americans are viewed (by their peers) as more intelligent and hardworking, and also viewed as greedier and less honest.

Wealthy is defined as an annual income of at least $100,000 for a family of four. Different regions had higher figures — a median income of $150,000.

Of the poll respondents:

48% say the rich pay too little in taxes

37% say lower-income Americans pay too much in taxes

34% say lower-income Americans pay their fair share

20% felt lower-income pay too little in taxes


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Barter More Important Than Ever In Tepid Economic Environment

Signs of a slow-growth economy are everywhere, and the recent disappointing reports suggest the nation’s economy barely grew at the end of last year, which is raising concerns about an already disappointing recovery. In addition, every day all around the country there is pressure to hold the line on prices. Because increasing competition, combined with low levels of inflation and the consolidation of purchases, make it detrimental to increase prices.

If it is impossible to raise prices to cover your cost increases, what are you to do? Certainly you should be adding sales whenever possible, but let’s face it, it is not going to be a piece-of-cake in today’s economy. Especially when your competitors are more determined than ever to retain their own market share.

That’s why it is important to work the other side of the ledger. Give more attention and serious focus on saving dollars.


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Tax-Deductible Travel Ideas

If you’re planning a late summer vacation there are ways you may be able to use the tax code to help subsidize that summer trip to some popular tourist haven. Here are some possibilities:

Mixing vacation with business. One ticket to tax-deductible travel is to tack some vacation onto a business trip you’re scheduled to take this year.

If the primary purpose of your trip is business, you can deduct the cost of getting to and from your destination. For example, say you have a five-day professional convention in Honolulu this summer and you plan to stay an extra few days to lie on the beach and sample the sea breezes.

You could deduct 100% of your round-trip airfare to Hawaii. There is no need to prorate the costs based on the proportion of time you spent vacationing.

In contrast, food and lodging costs usually must be prorated — only those attributable to your five-day business convention would be deductible. There are, however, a couple of situations where you can deduct living expenses for your vacation days. In you have business to conduct on a Friday and Monday, you can deduct food and lodging for the Saturday and Sunday in between, even if you spend the entire weekend sightseeing.

Family travel. Taking your family on a deductible trip won’t diminish your write-offs. The IRS allows you to deduct whatever it would have cost you to travel alone. So when figuring your deduction for lodging, you can deduct the single-occupancy rate for your room, which will usually be just slightly less than the double-occupancy rate you actually pay for you and your family.

If you drive to your destination, you can deduct the full cost of your round-trip transportation, because you would incur the same cost traveling alone in the car. Of course, if you’re traveling by plane or train, only your fare is deductible.

Summer school. Professional seminars offer another chance for deductible travel. Continuing-education courses and seminars for doctors, lawyers and other professionals are often held in popular tourist areas. Travel costs are deductible if the education is needed to maintain or upgrade skills in your job, and if education is the main purpose of your trip.

Charitable trips. Volunteer charity work can also lead to deductible travel opportunities. Travel to an out-of-town convention of a charitable or religious organization can be deductible — but only if you’re an official delegate to the convention. If you’re performing charitable work away from home, you may be able to deduct the travel costs. For example, scoutmasters who take Boy Scout troops on summer camping trips can deduct travel expenses as a charitable contribution.

Investment trips. If you own an out-of-town rental property, you can deduct trips to look after your investment. But be prepared to prove that the primary purpose of your trip was to manage or work on the property — not to just vacation there.


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