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Many people prepare for a move by cleaning, organizing, packing, arranging movers, and much more. Being prepared and having the right moving professionals to help you are keys to a successful and stress-free move. There is a great deal of consideration and thought that people put into moving their tangible items into a new home. However, there is an entirely separate consideration for those who are keeping their current home but moving into a new place, especially if the home is in a low-tax or no-tax state for income taxes or estate taxes.In situations where you are becoming a multi-homeowner, it is very important to think about which residence will be your domicile because you can have multiple residences, but you can only have one domicile. Your domicile is the residence that you will call home and it is where you will center your life. Domiciling in a low-tax or no-tax state is a nice benefit of a move but there are some things you should do to ensure you do it successfully. We’re providing 6 tips to get you on your way to becoming a resident of your new state.
Get A New Driver’s License or ID
A good first step to establishing the home in your new state as your domicile is updating your license. Transfer your license or ID to your new state and turn in your other ID. This can usually be done at the DMV and most states will require you to forfeit your old ID when they give you a new one or at least give it some indication that the old ID is now void.
Register Your Car, and Insure it in Your New State
While at the DMV getting your new license, register your car in the new state to keep your records up to date. After it is registered, contact your insurance company and inform them your car is now registered in your new state and should be covered there. In addition to being good steps towards domiciling, these things are required by law in most states.
Settle Into Your New Place
Find new professionals in the area – doctor, lawyer, accountant, financial planner, dentist, etc. Register to vote in your new district and revoke your old voter registration, then go out and vote in the elections. Volunteer and get involved in your new community.
Update Legal Documents and Banking
Update the address on your personal accounts, your national address record, bank and brokerage accounts, health insurance, workplace records and any other important documents. While updating your address with the bank, move your account to your local branch. If they do not have one, establish a relationship with a new bank. Once you have your bank, move your safety deposit box.
Double Check Requirements For Your Old State
This is one of the most important parts of the process. It is not just about taking steps to make your new state home, it’s really about taking steps to revoke your residency from your prior state. A new state is usually happy to have you, it is great for them to have your money coming into the state. However, your old state will not want to see that money go, especially for high earners. You should be extremely thorough and diligent about taking all precautions necessary to leave your old state and minimize the chance of an audit.
Spend Time in Your New State
Make sure you are spending more time in your new state and less time in your prior. Many states will have a threshold to determine statutory residency. This means you could still end up a resident of your old state by just spending too much time there and then you would owe them income taxes. As an example, if you were to keep your home in New York or Connecticut and move into a new home in Florida, you could owe taxes to your old state if you spend more than 183 days there during the year. TaxBird is a great app to help keep track of this. It is simple to set up and is an easy, automatic way to keep counts of your days in each state and monitor your progress towards residency thresholds. You can find out more at taxbird.com.These tips are a really great start to establishing your domicile in your new state, but this list is not all inclusive. There are many factors that are used when considering residency of a state for income or estate taxes and it requires good standing in all of them to avoid residency in your former state, which is the real goal. It is important to understand all of the factors for your specific states and have a plan in place to mitigate the risks of an audit. Your new accountant and attorney should be able to help make sure you’re covered. Happy savings!What is TaxBird?TaxBird is the easiest way to keep track of how many days you spend in each state for state residency tax purposes. Quick, simple setup. Real-time, automated day counts. Detailed end of year reporting. Available now on the App Store. Coming soon to Android. More information at taxbird.com.Meet JaredJared Carr is a technology professional with a background in product development and marketing.
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How Patience and Practice Lead Students to Success
When I was in high school, I learned how to drive a car with a manual transmission. We drove our ’85 Land Cruiser halfway up the biggest hill in town, put the truck in neutral, and set the emergency brake. Then it was my turn to drive.I have a vivid memory of being completely overwhelmed by everything around me: How would I get both feet to work? How could I keep the car from rolling backward? What about the people in front of me? Behind me? I stalled out more times than I can count but, with practice, shifting that Land Cruiser became, well, automatic.As adults, we all have automatic processes that we’ve created to keep ourselves organized. Whether it’s the bowl by the door for our keys, the charging station on the kitchen counter for our phones, or the special place on a dresser for a purse or wallet, we complete these automatic actions without thinking. We’ve dropped our keys in the bowl and charged our phones on the counter hundreds of times before—so how hard can it be for our children to learn to do it, too?As it turns out, it’s very hard—just ask your seventh-grade son, whose dirty socks never land in the hamper, or your tenth-grade daughter, who can never seem to find her homework on the morning it’s due. In this high pressure, high intensity world, we expect children—particularly middle and high school students—to “get it” the same way we do. But learning these methods takes time and practice—though not as much as you may think.The good news is that the beginning of the school year is a great time to start. A return to a consistent daily schedule provides incredible opportunities for you to work with your children to get them situated and to help them learn to develop automaticity. Here’s one method that really works.
I spent the first six years of my teaching career working at a boarding school. One winter evening, I got a call from the mother of a boy named Anthony, one of the eighth-graders on my dormitory. Anthony's mom told me that he had called her again that evening to ask her to send him some more clothes—even though she was sure he had more than enough to get him through until at least April!When I went to Anthony’s room to check for myself, I was stunned by what I found: all of his clothes—his clean clothes!—had been shoved under the bed. When he got back to the dormitory, I confronted him. As you can imagine, he was embarrassed and ashamed, meekly explaining that he wanted to put his clean clothes away, but he was so overwhelmed by trying to figure out where in the dresser they went that he just gave up!So, I walked back down the hallway to my apartment, grabbed some yellow Post-Its, a Sharpie, and a roll of packing tape, and sat with Anthony for the next few minutes as we made signs for all his dresser drawers: “SOCKS.” “T-SHIRTS.” “SHORTS.” He chose which drawer corresponded with which article of clothing—remember, it had to make sense to him, not to me!—and by lights out, we had a system in place.The labels meant that Anthony didn’t have to think about what went where—he just had to acknowledge the t-shirt or sweater, glance at the drawer, and file it away. And the magic of automaticity meant that, a few weeks later, he was so practiced at putting his clothes away in their respective drawers that he was able to remove the labels completely…and his clothes never ended up under the bed again.The hardest part of helping our children get organized is realizing that what works for us may not work for them. But don’t despair: as psychologist Howard Gardner reminds us often, there are so many different ways to achieve the same goal. If signs with words don’t work, maybe pictures will. Or perhaps a traditional dresser, with those mysterious drawers and their mysterious contents, isn’t the answer. Whatever the system, trust, buy-in, and a little bit of practice can lead to a whole lot of success. But ultimately, what made Anthony’s system so successful is that, even though I suggested it, he was the one who built it. I put Anthony in the driver’s seat, gave him some tools and some encouragement, and let him take the wheel. Providing children the opportunities to chart their own courses is the best gift that caring adults can give—so welcome to a new school year, and let’s get to work!Ben Gott is an Education Specialist and Organizing Consultant at In Order To Succeed
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Founder, Denise Caron-Quinn, recently wrote a piece on how acting as if you're moving can help your business.
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Founder, Denise Caron-Quinn, recently wrote a piece on how acting as if you're moving can help your business.Office moves and renovations present many opportunities for a fresh start. Changing your office’s location or interior design are catalysts for giving your entire company a makeover — and not just an aesthetic one. For starters, change is invigorating! With a fresh new look and a sharp, modern design, it’s hard for anyone working or visiting a beautiful and uncluttered space not to feel inspired and energized. READ MORE HERE
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Summer often brings the opportunity of working remotely. Be it summer break for the kids or a flexible boss, working from home can be a wonderful experience for both employer and employee. However, it’s important to be fully prepared for the challenges you might face. READ MORE HERE
OUR PLANNING CHECKLIST FOR STUDENTS AND FAMILIES
When our children are off of school we have the pleasure and the pain associated with lots of free time. So we’ve created a checklist that we hope will facilitate your children’s time, activities and priorities! READ MORE HEREA Testimonial From Judy Grayson Hamilton, Psychospiritual Counselor"I have been very aware of what our move would have been without In Order to Succeed - it would have been chaos and stress at a level I can’t comprehend!!! I am so profoundly grateful to you for making our move such a seemingly seamless process. Your calm yet upbeat energies were the pitch-perfect tone for the five days of organizing things to five destinations - THANK YOU!!!!"
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In Order to Succeed® was critical to my husband and I while we built and moved into a large house and transitioned from one town to another. The organized, supervised, advised and orchestrated everything flawlessly. They enabled me to maintain my sanity and focus on running a business and managing kids while they handled the rest. I recommend them highly.
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Denise Caron-Quinn, the President at In Order to Succeed, wrote this article that was recently published on Forbes.com. Office moves and renovations present many opportunities for a fresh start. Changing your office’s location or interior design arecatalysts for giving your entire company a makeover — and not just an aesthetic one. For starters, change is invigorating! With a fresh new look and a sharp, modern design, it’s hard for anyone working or visiting a beautiful and uncluttered space not to feel inspired and energized. Running a firm that specializes in managing relocations for individuals and companies, I know firsthand the potential advantages for businesses that operate “as if” they are moving (even if they don't plan on vacating their current office). If you are an owner or manager of a company, you should consider targeting each of these seven areas — whether you are relocating or not.
Introduce New Innovations
Moving to a new location encourages companies to try out different methodologies and techniques to run their business. Relocations prompt evaluation of the way a workforce collaborates and communicates. I believe rethinking staff workspaces, conference and recreational areas and examining new ideas for working simpler and smarter should be a component of any companies’ ongoing practice. This requires that both management and staff evaluate ideas that break away from the status quo in order to try new solutions aimed at improving productivity, efficiency and use of space. For example, open floorplans, non-assigned seating and multipurpose workspaces are a departure from the traditional walled-in workspaces. One can also utilize adaptable furniture designs to improve workspace flexibility.
Declutter, Organize And Beautify
Offices eventually accumulate furniture, equipment and accessories that are damaged or no longer serving a purpose. And regardless of how well your cleaning crew cares for your space, furniture gets worn and stained. We often discard or recycle anything that’s damaged, mismatched or outdated when we move a client.I strongly believe that clearing office clutter and removing antiquated furnishings is a good investment that will give a fresh face to your company's image. Supply closets, kitchens and break rooms are areas that typically become untidy. These spaces are used by your entire staff, so a team approach is needed in addition to assigning someone responsible for daily maintenance. For assistance, consider allocating funds toward a professional who has office organizing and redesign experience. The National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (Full disclosure: I'm a member), as well as resources such as the American Society of Interior Designers andthe American Institute of Architects, can be utilized to find consultants experienced in reorganizing an existing space or designing your new one.
Evaluate Expenses And Build Energy Efficiency
Most of our clients take time to evaluate their financial outgoings as they prepare for a move. From utilities to office goods, they often will conduct a review of their suppliers to explore ways to save money. Energy costs represent a significant percentage of an enterprise's monthly expenditures. With the green market constantly expanding and offering a range of more energy-efficient products, it’s smart to investigate and implement "green" upgrades to your office. Simple improvements such as a programmable thermostat, double-pane windows and automatic bathroom faucets may reduce your annual energy costs. Energy assessments should be routine practice for all companies and not just those on the move.
Enhance Employee Satisfaction
When evaluating your office, please take into account your staff who work there every day. Unpleasant surroundings and uncomfortable furnishings can be a real downer and deterrent. Enhancing your employees’ environment and comfort will likely result in a morale boost that can lead to more positive feelings toward their work and the company. Remember that their happiness directly affects the quality of their work as well as your profits.Here are a few ways to enhance your employees' environment:
Research shows that exposure to natural daylight can have positive effects on one's mood, alertness and quality of sleep.Unfortunately, not every office space offers an unobstructed window view for each staff member. Installing skylights aren’t always an option, so keep windows regularly cleaned to maximize sunshine in and situate desks and workspaces within view of a window wherever possible. If an office has no windows, then the next best thing is indirect lighting. LED lighting and fluorescent lamps along ceilings, walls or floors can provide a hidden illumination source that can transmit light throughout the space. It’s less harsh than having the light shine directly on you, and it doesn’t reflect off of computer screens.
State-of-the-art office technologies are frequently a component of office renovations and relocations. With wireless devices and cloud-based programs, offices can drastically change their layouts and reduce space in areas that once contained hardware and wiring. Depending on your situation, you may find such areas can be converted for new purposes and you’ll be able to streamline traffic patterns to avoid time wasted traveling to places such as the printer.
A comfortable work area with quality furnishings lets staff know that your company cares about their well-being. Sitting on chairs that facilitate good posture and installing under-desk keyboard trays are measures that encourage proper body alignment and comfort. Some offices have taken their workspaces to the next level by introducing standing or movable desks. Standing desks are believed to provide impressive health benefits that include improved mood and energy. Most versions are adjustable, allowing the user to change the height of the desk and alternate between sitting and standing. If buying new desks isn’t feasible for your company, then consider a desktop adapter that will convert a traditional desk to a standing desk in minutes.All in all, a newly improved work environment can promote increased productivity and enhanced efficiencies, along with a variety of other personal and professional benefits. So why not start managing your company with the same mindset that you would if you were relocating or remodeling your office?To learn more about how to creating an organized office environment that enhances productivity and efficiency, please email or call us today!
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Sarah Stimson uses her background in teaching to help identify, create and implement personalized organizing solutions for client's of In Order to Succeed®. As first a third grade teacher, and then later as a special education teacher, Sarah Stimson developed individualized solutions to meet the varied needs of her students. Just as all students learn differently and require different supports, no two people or projects require the same organizational solutions. Now, as a professional organizer and life management specialist, Sarah enjoys applying the creativity and attention to detail that made her successful in the classroom, to transform cluttered and mismanaged areas into highly functional and beautiful spaces.A native of Rochester New York, Sarah came to New York City to obtain a graduate degree from Columbia University’s Teachers College. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the College of Wooster in Ohio, is a Phi Beta Kappa member and a member of NAPO.Although no longer employed as a teacher, Sarah continues to enjoy working with children as a tutor and also loves bringing order to children’s bedrooms, study and play areas. Sarah loves to run, bake and take on a variety of DIY projects such as building coffee tables and wine racks. Her patient, pleasant and creative personality makes her well suited for working with homemakers, busy professionals and retired seniors to bring new order and serenity to their lives.