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Phil Liberatore’s 5 Top Tips for Winning on Your Taxes!

Posted by Levine Communications Office on April 6, 2011

Liberate yourself from tax woes with trusted CPA Phil Liberatore                               
His 5 Top Tips for WINNING on your taxes:                  

1)       Health insurance premiums help lower the self-employment tax: When a person is self-employed, s/he generally has to pay his/her own health insurance premiums as well as both the employer and employees’ portion of Social Security and Medicare Tax (AKA self-employment tax).  For 2010 and 2011, the self-employed are able to lower their self-employment tax by paying their health insurance premiums.  Basically, they premiums reduce the income that the s/e tax is calculated from. This saves BIG money!

 2)       Starting in 2012, every person, corporate or otherwise, engaged in a trade or business, must file 1099-misc to persons or corporations that they pay $600 or more in a calendar year.  So, if you own your own business (self-employed, S-corporation, LLC, etc.), you now need to issue anyone you pay $600 or more to a 1099-misc.  Got a utility company? You’ll have to 1099 them. Bulk store? You’ll have to 1099 them. Office supply store? You’ve got it! You’ll have to 1099 them.  On the plus side, if you pay with your credit cards, the credit card company will take care of this filing for you. On the down side, if you mix up paying cash and credit, you’ll be responsible for 1099-ing the company for the cash portion.  Confused yet?  3)       Do you have an online account where people can pay you (i.e. Paypal)?  Starting in 2012, they are going to start reporting your income to the IRS. Sell a bunch of items on e-Bay or Amazon? That’s going to get reported, too. 

 4)       Currently, not all tax preparers are required to be licensed.  That’s going to change. Soon.  Preparers who aren’t CPAs, EAs, or attorneys will eventually have to satisfy a competency test and continuing education requirements to attain and keep their PTIN (an annual user fee for online registration).

 5)       IRS Audits are on the rise. The IRS has hired 5,000 new auditors and are currently focusing on taxpayers with Schedules A, C, and E.

For more information click here. 

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LCO needs YOU!

Posted by Levine Communications Office on April 6, 2011

Levine Communications is offering Entertainment PR Internships!

We are a top entertainment PR firm with well over two decades of experience and a client roster consisting of some of the most powerful names and brands in Hollywood. We are seeking bright, new administrative interns to join our hardworking team.

Interns participate in an intense program working closely with our publicists and CEO. We ask that you come in 2-3 times a week for 3-4 months, but hours are flexible to accommodate varying schedules.

Duties include:

– filing of documents
– supporting a team of publicists
– corresponding through phone and email with clients
– answering and screening incoming calls
– make outgoing calls
– scheduling meetings
– coordinating events
– acting as a liaison between clients and the publicists
– supervising or supporting groups of other interns on various assigned projects

Interns must be:

– highly organized, professional, hard-working, flexible, and responsible
– knowledgeable in Microsoft Word, Excel, social media, and Windows
– able to work well independently and in groups
– able to adapt to a high-paced, dynamic, and competitive work environment

We ask that all qualified and immediately available candidates send a cover letter and resume.

Please feel free to email us for more information on this posting. Please note that this internship is only open to candidates located in Los Angeles.

MUST be over the age of 18

Not limited to only students. This internship is available to anyone motivated to get started.
Hiring Organization: LCO PR

Levine Communications Office
1180 S. Beverly Dr., Suite 301
Los Angeles, CA 90035
(310) 300-0950 x230

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What’s For Dinner? Saving Dinner Has An App For That

Posted by Levine Communications Office on February 1, 2011

Ever needed a little guidance around the kitchen?  Maybe you want to “freshen up” your culinary skills?  Well, LCO Client and Dinner Diva Leanne Ely has an app that can help guide you through the wonderful world of cooking.  Check out her free app Saving Dinner with Leanne Ely on iTunes now!

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Ali Brown One of Forbes’ Women to Watch

Posted by Levine Communications Office on February 1, 2011

Congratulations to LCO Client and Self-Made Millionare Ali Brown for being named one of Forbes’ women to watch.  Check out this interview between Moira Forbes and Alitalking about her leap from being a corporate executive to an entrepenuer.

Check out the video here


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Just Another Day at the Office

Posted by Levine Communications Office on January 26, 2011

Courtesy of Joni Rubin’s Blackberry….

Some of our interns hard at work.

One of our publicists, Edmond, styling for the camera. Suave Edmond. Suave indeed.

Superstar publicist Joni Rubin holding the latest issue of Locale Magazine featuring her client Kevin Michael Richardson


Would YOU like to work for one of Hollywood’s TOP PR firms?  We’re currently accepting submissions for an  Account Executive and Interns. visit lcoonline.com/employment for more information.

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Would You Watch Father Cutie’s New Show?

Posted by Levine Communications Office on January 26, 2011

As we reported yesterday, LCO Client Father Alberto Cutie is headed to daytime TV.  Cutie’s talk show, focusing on a variety of issues, will debut in test markets this summer.  We want to know from YOU if you’ll tune in?  Take our poll and please leave comments below.



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Quote of the Day

Posted by Levine Communications Office on January 25, 2011

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Father Cutie Heading to Daytime TV

Posted by Levine Communications Office on January 25, 2011

LCO Client and New York Times Bestselling Author Father Alberto Cutie will be joining the likes of Dr. Phil,  Ellen and other daytime heavyweights on the talk show circuit.  He’s just landed his own nationally syndicated show that will focus on a variety of life issues.  The show will debut in test markets this summer.

Cutie told The Hollywood Reporter, “It’ll be everything from sex to salvation. Hopefully it’ll invite ‘greater dialog’ with the audience”, he added.

Father Cutie is a former Roman Catholic priest who left the faith after his conflicts with the religion and falling in love with Ruhama Canellis, whom he married in 2009.  In 2008 he left the Catholic faith and is now Episcopalian priest.

To learn more about Father Cutie and his new book Dilemma: A Priest’s Struggle with Faith and Love, visit padrealberto.com.  And follow him on Twitter @padrealberto



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A Good PR Consultant is Worth the Money

Posted by Levine Communications Office on January 19, 2011

Luke Johnson, in a Financial Times article entitled, “A Good PR Consultant is Worth the Money,” writes about how companies can utilize public relations to promote their business. He points out that while nobody knows the company’s story better than the CEO, an outside consultant can often bring a fresh and objective perspective to a PR campaign.

If you would like to arrange a time to speak about how to get your story out to the media call (310) 300-0950 x230.


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CMO Club Founder Pete Krainik on Fox Business

Posted by Levine Communications Office on January 18, 2011

Frito Lay coming to your local Whole Foods?  Well…maybe.  The company just announced its new initiative to make 50 percent of its products from all-natural ingredients.  LCO Client and The CMO Club Founder Pete Krainik talked to Fox Business about why this may be a risky move for the snack food giant.

Check out the video

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