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  • IRS Releases New Projected 2019 Tax Brackets and More

    Posted Date September 8, 2019 Posted Time 12:17 am Published in

    IRS Releases New Projected 2019 Tax Rates, Brackets and More Bloomberg recently released projected tax rates, brackets and other numbers that apply to the 2019 tax year (the IRS will release the official numbers later this year). Note, these are NOT the numbers that apply to the 2018 taxes you file in 2019, but to the income and activity that occurs during the 2019 tax year that starts January 1, 2019. A big part of the IRS’s consideration in formulating 2019 numbers is the inflation index. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) replaced the normal Consumer Price Index with... View Article

  • Extending Medicaid Funding, the Debt Limit, Membership into the American Legion, and Support For 9-11 Victims, Law Enforcement Officers, and Breastfeeding Moms

    Posted Date September 1, 2019 Posted Time 12:00 pm Published in

    Sustaining Excellence in Medicaid Act of 2019 (HR 3253) – This bill authorizes appropriations through fiscal year 2024 and makes changes to several Medicaid programs and funding mechanisms. Some of the provisions include allowing state Medicaid fraud control units to review complaints regarding noninstitutionalized patients; temporarily extending Medicaid eligibility to protect against spousal poverty for recipients of home and community-based services; repealing the requirement for drug manufacturers to include the prices of authorized generic drugs when determining the average manufacturer price (AMP) of brand name drugs; and excluding manufacturers from the definition of “wholesalers” for purposes of rebate calculations. The... View Article

  • The Rise of Biometrics Security and Why You Should Take Precaution

    Posted Date September 1, 2019 Posted Time 12:00 pm Published in

    Biometric technology has been on the rise as it promises to make the authentication process more secure and convenient. Unlike passwords and key cards, biometrics are something you will always have, can’t share and can’t forget. This makes the biometric approach convenient and at the same time it has lower password management costs. Biometrics also are said to be difficult to steal or hack; difficult, but not impossible. Any technology can have loopholes that can be exploited, and that’s why you need to understand it well and take precautions if you decide to use this approach. The use of biometrics... View Article

  • 5 Money-Saving Ideas for Back-to-School Shopping

    Posted Date September 1, 2019 Posted Time 12:00 pm Published in

    Just when you’ve finished spending a bunch on swimsuits and stuff for grilling out, summer’s over and it’s time for the kids the head back to school. How did this happen? Here are some ways to cut expenses while shopping for all those inevitable, seemingly never-ending things that the season demands. Create a Budget This might seem like a no-brainer, but it’s worth mentioning and well worth it before you enter headlong and breathless into the frenzy of a superstore. Make a list of the things you need before you leave the house, then let your fingers do the walking... View Article

  • Lost Inheritance: How To Find a Deceased Parent’s Assets

    Posted Date September 1, 2019 Posted Time 12:00 pm Published in

    If you have a relative who recently died and left you in charge of his or her finances, you are not alone. You probably have colleagues at work in the same boat. A neighbor or two (or 10) and even your millennial yoga teacher might very well be working through a quagmire of wills, probates and assets nobody can find. You are definitely not the only one. The internet has made it much easier to keep track of our checking, savings and investment accounts. But the elder generation generally missed out on the convenience of dashboard consolidation and app trackers.... View Article

  • How Will Tariff Developments Impact the Stock Market Going Forward?

    Posted Date September 1, 2019 Posted Time 12:00 pm Published in

    According to an Aug. 13 press release from the office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), there will be a 10 percent tariff levied against $300 billion of Chinese imports effective Sept. 1. The same press release announced a modification, after hearing from the public and business owners, exempting some of the $300 billion in Chinese imports from the 10 percent tariff until Dec. 15. Items Subject to the 10 Percent Tariff on Sept. 1 Highlights from the USTR’s list include select types of coffee, fruit, vegetables, insects and bees. Along with dairy products, livestock such as sheep, horses... View Article

  • Payroll Management Tips

    Posted Date September 1, 2019 Posted Time 12:00 pm Published in

    When it comes to an employer’s responsibility for non-exempt workers, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, there are many requirements businesses must follow related to payroll. In one example, there are strict regulations on what information employers must document for each non-exempt worker. While there’s no requirement on how the information is recorded, there are three main categories. Personal details: This should include the employee’s name, complete address, Social Security number, date of birth and gender. Job details: This must include the worker’s job description and hours clocked in each day and week. Pay details: The employee’s hourly wage... View Article

  • The Five Key IRS Rules of Taxation for Lawsuit Settlements

    Posted Date September 1, 2019 Posted Time 12:00 pm Published in

    Coming out on the winning side of a lawsuit as a plaintiff can be a gratifying feeling, especially if there is a financial settlement involved. There is likely a sense of both relief and vindication. Unfortunately, far too often people are in for a shock when they realize that they must pay taxes on the award. You can even be taxed on your attorney fees! However, a little tax planning can go a long way, especially if you do it before the settlement is finalized and the award is substantial. Below are the five key rules to know so you... View Article

  • 2017 vs. 2018 Federal Income Tax Brackets

    Posted Date February 8, 2018 Posted Time 12:16 am Published in

    Single Taxpayers 2018 Tax Rates – Standard Deduction $12,000 2017 Tax Rates – Standard Deduction $6,350 10% 0 to $9,525 10% 0 to $9,325 12% $9,525 to $38,700 15% $9,325 to $37,950 22% $38,700 to $82,500 25% $37,950 to $91,900 24% $82,500 to $157,500 28% $91,900 to $191,650 32% $157,500 to $200,000 33% $191,650 to $416,700 35% $200,000 to $500,000 35% $416,700 to $418,400 37% Over $500,000 39.60% Over $418,400   Married Filing Jointly & Surviving Spouses 2018 Tax Rates – Standard Deduction $24,000 2017 Tax Rates – Standard Deduction $12,700 10% 0 to $19,050 10% 0 to $18,650 12%... View Article

  • The Power of Gold

    Posted Date August 30, 2013 Posted Time 6:25 am Published in

    “It glitters and shines, it badgers and blinds” – Dan Fogelberg. Lately, I can’t get gold out of my mind. Perhaps it’s from the unrelenting barrage of gold commercials on the tube, in the print media and almost every time I pull up an app. And I wonder if William Devane really does buy gold. Here are some thoughts I’ve jotted down about gold. Jot #1 – Why is gold so valuable? Gold is one of the heaviest elements found on earth right up there with platinum, uranium and silver. But, gold and the other heavy elements weren’t made on... View Article

 

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