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Homeschool Co-ops: How to Start Them, Run Them and Not Burn Out

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This podcast covers tips to starting a homeschool co-op from Carol Topp, CPA the author of Homeschool Co-ops: How to Start Them, Run Them and Not Burn Out.

Carol covers the 4 W’s and 2 Cs that leaders need to answer in launching a new co-op:

What, Where, When and Who and Cost and Curriculum

This is Part 1 of a two-part podcast. To hear Part 2 where I cover the basics of business structure and getting nonprofit and tax exempt status for your co-op click here.

For more information on starting and running a homeschool co-op visit Carol’s website HomeschoolCPA.com

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Homeschool Co-ops: How to Start Them, Run Them and Not Burn Out has helped more than 1,000 readers run their homeschool co-ops. Get your copy here.

The Homeschool Co-ops book is on sale during the summer of 2016!

Only $7.50 for the print version or $3.99 for the ebook version.

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More Micro Business Ideas. Episode #51

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In episode #50 of the Dollars and Sense podcast, Carol Topp shared more than 30 micro business ideas for teenagers and parents.

In this continuation Carol answers audience questions and shares some pitfalls to avoid when starting a micro business.

Listen to Part 1 of 30+Micro Business Ideas for Teens

To celebrate the 50th episode ( and now 51st episode) of the Dollars and Sense podcast, the Micro Business for Teens books are on sale at 25% off

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The sales on the Micro Business for Teens books lasts through September 30, 2015, so grab your copies today!

30+ Micro Business Ideas for Teens (Part 1) #50

Welcome to episode #50 of the Dollars and Sense Show! In this episode, Carol Topp, author of the Micro Business for Teens book series, shares more than 30 ideas of micro businesses that a teenager (or a parents) can start quickly and easily.

Here’s a helpful handout

To celebrate the 50th episode of the Dollars and Sense Show, Carol has put her Micro Business for Teens books on sale.

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The sales runs through September 2015, so grab your copies today.

How the IRS Sees Homeschool Co-ops Episode #42

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Who’s afraid of the IRS? You?

In this episode of the Dollars and Sense Show, host Carol Topp continues her discussion how the IRS sees homeschool organizations and homeschool co-ops in particular.

Listen to the first part of this presentation where Carol discussed homeschool support groups and IRS 501(c)(7) tax exempt status as a Social Club.

Get a copy of the handout.

Carol also mentioned the article “Do You Know About IRS Required Filings for Homeschool Organizations?” Get it here.

The IRS and Your Homeschool Organization

Carol’s book, The IRS and Your Homeschool Organization, is available here.

 

Who’s Afraid of the Big, Bad IRS? Episode #41

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Are you afraid of the IRS? Should you be?

In this episode of the Dollars and Sense Show, host Carol Topp discusses how the IRS sees homeschool organizations. In this first part Carol will discuss homeschool support groups and IRS 501(c)(7) tax exempt status as a Social Club.

Carol gave this presentation at the Homeschool Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) Leaders Conference in 2014.

Get a copy of the handout.

Carol also mentioned the article “Do You Know About IRS Required Filings for Homeschool Organizations?” Get it here.

The IRS and Your Homeschool Organization

Carol’s book, The IRS and Your Homeschool Organization, is available here.

This presentation will be continued in the next episode of the Dollars and Sense Show when Carol Topp will discuss how the IRS sees homeschool co-ops.

We’re Raising Grown Ups (Not Children!) Dollars and Sense Show #40

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Carol Topp shares a workshop she presented at the Great Homeschool Convention in Cincinnati last year in this episode of the Dollars and Sense Show titled, “Were Not Raising Children, We’re Raising Grown Ups.”

In Part 2 of this podcast Carol six topics your teenagers need know for adulthood, but are rarely covered in a textbook, such as:

  • Academic growth
  • Spiritual growth
  • Relationships
  • Career choice
  • Money management
  • Living independently

She will share tips on how to impart important lessons in a natural way and share resources to help you raise a grown up!

 

Get a copy of the handout

Carol mentioned several books  and resources including:

Catch Part 1 of this podcast here.

5 Warnings Against Frugal Homeschooling

Frugal homeschool can be dangerous to your child’s education!

My guest, Cindy West of Our Journey Westward blog and Shining Dawn books warns homeschool parents against using too many free materials in homeschooling.

What could be wrong with using free materials? Listen to the podcast for Cindy’s insights.

Cindy’s blog post Homeschooling Frugally: A Cautionary Tale

  • Just because a freebie is posted on an “educational” website or blog doesn’t automatically mean it has great educational value.
  • Cute doesn’t mean it has educational value.
  • New and important skills may not be taught.  Sometimes your child will just keep practicing the same (already mastered) skills over and over again.
  • Unit studies may not be full, complete or goes into enough depth.
  • Freebies may only be samples of a complete curriculum or complimentary to the real curriculum.

Thank you Cindy for your cautions!

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Check out Cindy’s Natrure studies and books on homeschooling using the Charlotte Mason style at Shining Dawn Books.

Has Your Homeschool Group Lost Its Tax Exempt Status?

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HomeschoolCPA, Carol Topp, explains that homeschool groups may have lost their tax exempt status and not even know it in this episode of the Dollars and Sense podcast.

Many nonprofits did not know that in 2006 the IRS made filing an annual report (Form 990/990-EZ, 990-N) mandatory. Nonprofits that failed to file the Form 990 for three consecutive years had their tax exempt status automatically revoked.

Carol discusses how to know if your tax exempt status was revoked and how to get it back.

If you would benefit from a personal phone consultation, Carol would be happy to help your homeschool organization. Contact Carol.

Need to know more about the IRS annual report, Form 990/990-EZ/990-N? Carol’s podcast episode #36 Required IRS Reports for Homeschool Groups explains the Form 990.

Carol mentioned her book The IRS and Your Homeschool Organization. Available here.

 

Required IRS reports for homeschool groups

Did you know that your homeschool group should be filing some reports every year with the IRS?

In this episode of the Dollars and Sense Show, host Carol Topp, the HomeschoolCPA, explains what forms homeschool groups should be filing with the IRS.

She’ll answer common questions such as:

  • We were told if our income is under $25,000 a year, we don’t have to file anything with the IRS. Is that true?
  • What changed? We never had to file anything with the IRS before!
  • But we’re not a 501c3 organizations (or don’t want to be), so why do we need to file anything with the IRS?
  • We don’t like government intervention. Why do we need to have anything to do with the IRS?
  • Our homeschool group doesn’t make any profit, so why do we have to file a tax return?
  • We’ve never filed anything with the IRS? We didn’t know we had to! Now what? Will be owe back taxes?

For help understanding your required IRS filings, visit Carol Topp’s website, HomeschoolCPA.com

Here’s a helpful FAQ page explaining the IRS Form 990-N.

How to get added to the IRS database to file the Form 990-N.

 

Carol is also willing to arrange a phone consultation with your homeschool leaders. Contact her here.

 

 

Business Tips for Writers Part 1. Dollars and Sense Show # 34

If you’re a writer, author or blogger you are a business owner!
This podcast by Carol Topp, CPA will help you understand the business side of writing.

This podcast was recorded at the International Business of Writing Summit in Louisville, Kentucky in 2014.

Topics covered in this podcast include:

  • Business structures, especially LLC status for your business
  • Hobby  writing
  • Start up expenses and how to deduct them
  • Using a Doing Business As (DBA) fictitious name

Here’s a handout of the slides.

Podcast host Carol Topp mentions her book, Business Tips and Taxes for Writers. Get a copy here.

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In the next episode of the Dollars and Sense podcast, Carol will finish this workshop on business tips for writers and share tips on record keeping, taxes, and software.

 

 

 

 

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