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Smart Disaster Planning Steps

Too often natural disasters strike and serve as reminders that it’s important for both individuals and businesses to protect themselves against the potential financial consequences of such events. A few smart steps we recommend include making electronic backups of important records, including your insurance policies, tax returns, bank and credit card account information, and vital

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Seeking a Job? You May Be Able to Deduct the Expenses

Did you know that if you are trying to find work in your current occupation, the costs of your search, including expenses for preparing and sending resumes, employment agency fees and related travel expenses, should be deductible? The deductions aren’t available in all cases. For example, you’re not eligible to use them if you are

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DOMA Decision’s Impact on Financial Planning for Same-Sex Couples

If you are a member of a married same-sex couple, then the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act could have a substantial effect on many aspects of your financial life. You may want to consider, for example, filing an amended income tax return if you now qualify for deductions

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Do You Qualify for the Health Care Premium Tax Credit?

Beginning next year, individuals and families can buy private health insurance through Affordable Insurance Exchanges, which are marketplaces where individuals can find private health insurance. (This is a new program created by the Affordable Care Act.) If you purchase health insurance through an exchange, you may be eligible for a tax credit that will make

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Take the Uncertainty Out of Health Care Reform

If you’re not sure what the new health care law means to you, you’re not alone. A poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation revealed that just over a third of the public had tried to find out more information about the law—the Affordable Care Act—in recent months. About half of the respondents to the survey

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Did You Hire a Veteran Prior to Jan. 1, 2014?

The Work Opportunity Tax Credit offers employers a tax credit for hiring members of certain groups, including many veterans and those who have received vocational rehabilitation. The maximum credit can be as high as $9,600, depending on the employee, but it only applies to hires who begin work before January 1, 2014. Tax credits are

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Will You Pay Higher Taxes on this Year’s Return?

Recent tax laws have increased the highest income tax rate for individuals, raised the dividend income and long-term capital gains tax rates for wealthier taxpayers and made planning for the alternative minimum tax a little more complicated for some people. At the same time, those who run their own shops also had to pay a

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How Will the End of Some Popular Credits and Deductions Affect Your Business?

Did you know that bonus 50% first-year depreciation will no longer be available to your business in 2014 and beyond? And that the Section 179 expensing limit, which allows you to deduct qualified costs immediately instead of expensing them over time, will tumble to $25,000 from $500,000, where it’s been for the last four years?

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The End of the Line for Some Popular Credits and Deductions

Did you know that while many tax rules are permanent, others are written to expire at some point in the future? These expiring items are often granted a temporary extension, but a significant number of popular “extenders” terminated at the end of 2013, including both credits and deductions. A number of credits for qualified energy

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Obama Orders Creation of ‘MyRA’ Savings Accounts

“Making good on a State of the Union address promise, President Obama on Wednesday ordered the creation of new employer-sponsored savings accounts intended to help more people get started saving for retirement. The plan, announced on Tuesday night, was in keeping with his theme of providing financial relief to the middle class to try to

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