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Change Your Passwords Now

New internet vulnerability discovered A recent internet attack in the eastern United States by hackers opens up a new area of vulnerability for all of us. Here is what you need to know. What is new This recent cyber attack hijacked many computing devices. The attack took over these devices… Read More

NEW! College Aid Financial Package (FAFSA) Timing

Annual FAFSA filing availability is now If you have a child in college or entering college during the next school year, you need to read this. The time to apply for federal financial aid is now. The new application timeframe The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is now… Read More

Want to Deduct an Event Ticket?

Things to consider As an employee, can you ever deduct the cost of a sporting event or other ticket on your expense report? Surprisingly, the answer can be yes, but only if you know and abide by the rules. The accountable plan If your employer uses accountable plan rules for… Read More

Stop Price Creep

Review your household vendors One simple idea could save you hundreds in your monthly expenses. It has to do with the tendency for inertia. When you are looking for a supplier of basic services, you tend to shop alternative companies, ask friends for recommendations, and get quotes from alternate choices…. Read More

Recovering from Identity Theft

There are now millions of victims of the identity theft epidemic. From stolen credit cards to fraudulently filed tax returns, a vast swath of the U.S. is trying to figure out how to repair the damage. To help, the Federal Trade Commission has created a nice tool to work through… Read More

Preview of Some Key 2017 Tax Figures

While official numbers for 2017 are not yet released by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), many figures are based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI) published by the Department of Labor. Using the release of recent CPI figures, a number of sources are projecting key figures for 2017. Tax Brackets:… Read More

Taxation Without Representation is Alive and Well

Our forefathers launched the Revolutionary War with the claim “taxation without representation.” What few of us realize is that taxing the other guy who has no say in the matter is now a prevalent technique. Here are some examples. Hotel taxes to fund sports stadiums. New professional sports stadiums across… Read More

What to Do With Your Social Security Statement

The Social Security Administration is now doing a better job in sending out earnings reports by mailing paper statements to workers every five years beginning at age 25. The reports are also available online. These reports recap historic earnings and contain an estimate of potential benefits. When you receive your… Read More

Tips for Early Retirement

When would you like to retire? Even if the answer is later versus sooner, most of us would like the freedom to decide. To do this, consider what it would take to create financial independence in retirement. Here are some ideas to help plan for an early retirement. Start early…. Read More