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Will I Get a Raise This Year? And What Is The Average Raise?

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Unless you are a senior executive of a Fortune 500 company you probably won’t be seeing a double digit raise this year. According to the seventh annual Compensation Planning Survey by Buck Consultants, workers who were among the highest-rated at their firm got average raises of 4.3%, an increase of just 0.2% from a year […]

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The Most Overlooked Tax Deductions You Can Claim This Year

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The folks at Turbo Tax have provided a list of the most overlooked deductions that may save you a few bucks when filing your tax return this year: 1. State sales taxes This write-off makes sense primarily for those who live in states that do not impose an income tax. You must choose between deducting […]

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Tax Tips If You Are Looking for a Job – Deducting Moving, Education and Job Search Expenses

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With almost 10 percent of the United States workforce currently unemployed, the idea of owing money at tax time is downright scary. If you are actively looking for a job, there are a number of tax benefits – including some sizable tax deductions available to you – that should help minimize your tax implications during […]

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Am I a Cheapskate or Just Frugal?

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In an argument with my wife over our holiday spending on gifts, travel and entertainment, I got accused of being a cheapskate because I refused to put aside money/budget worries during the holiday season. “What’s the point of saving if we cannot spend the money on the ones we love?” she said, but the worst […]

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21 Signs You are Losing Interest in Your Job That Could Get Your Fired

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At some point in time most of us have been through periods where we lose interest in our jobs or occupation. This is only a problem if the lack of interest persists for more than a few weeks and noticeable changes in behavior occur. But if you are feeling this way for weeks on end […]

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Preparing For a Layoff – Steps to Take Ahead of Time

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You get into work tomorrow and you are told that your position has been made redundant. Are you prepared for this scenario and its likely impacts on your financial security? In these weak economic times with lower company profits and unemployment rising, you need to be prepared for adverse circumstances such as losing your job. […]

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