February 24, 2014 // Franchising.com // Coral Springs, FL - As one of the top franchises to own, Cruise Planners - American Express Travel, the nation's largest home-based travel agent franchise network in the travel industry, is providing entrepreneurs with a list of tax benefits of being self-employed.
"The main thing to consider is reducing taxable income by claiming legitimate taxable deductions and business expenses," said Cruise Planners CFO Tom Kruszewski. "When someone owns a franchise, they are their own boss, can work from home and gain financial independence and their tax benefits should reflect that."
Since Tax Season officially started on January 31st, Kruszewski offers the following tips and common tax deductions for self-employed people who are filing their taxes or those who are exploring the benefits of being their own boss.
Regardless of individual deductions be sure to keep complete and accurate records, save receipts and seek professional help with tax returns from a tax professional or CPA. This list serves simply as a guide to get people thinking about the tax benefits they may qualify for. Consulting a professional is always recommended.
Cruise Planners-American Express Travel is the nation's largest home-based travel agent franchise network in the travel industry. Cruise Planners positions franchise owners for success by providing them with innovative marketing, booking and lead-generating tools as well as professional development and hands-on training with the industry's top executives. The company continues to be lauded and was named No.1 Cruise Tour / Travel Agency by Entrepreneur for the past 11 years and recently featured in Entrepreneur as one of the top 30 franchise innovators in technology.
Headquartered in Coral Springs, Fla., Cruise Planners has achieved top producer status with every major cruise line. Accolades include a record 11 Magellan Awards from Travel Weekly in 2013, Special Needs Group Accessible Travel Advocate Power Partners™ for 2012, American Express Travel Representative Excellence Award for eight years in a row (2004 – 2011), American Express Agency of the Year (2010), Royal Caribbean International Home-Based Partner of the Year (2007 – 2013), Royal Caribbean International President's Award for Overall Achievement for 2012, Norwegian Cruise Line Franchise Agency of the Year (2011-2013) and Home-Based Agency of the Year (2010), Celebrity Cruises Home-Based Account of the Year (2013) and Southeast Region Travel Agent Partner of the Year (2010), American Express Vacations Globe Award (2008 – 2012), Globus Family of Brands Premier Agency Partner (2009- 2012), Platinum Circle Member with Viking River Cruises (2009-2012) and Regent Seven Seas Cruises Top Producer. Cruise Planners supports veterans, has been named one of the Top 25 franchises for African-Americans by Black Enterprise magazine and is a member of the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association. For information, visit http://www.cruiseplanners.com.
Director of Public Relations
Cruise Planners-American Express Travel