Obama’s 2012 Job Creation Stimulus and Tax Cuts – Can the New Economic Plan Really Boost The Economy and Lower Unemployment?


[Update – American Jobs Act a.k.a 2012 Economic Stimulus] In what is essentially the 2012 stimulus package, President Obama has released details on the American Jobs Act which involves spending over $400 billion dollars to boost economic growth. The key provisions are: – Extension of employee payroll tax cuts into 2012, which were due to […]

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Job Outlook and Prospects: The Usual Suspects and Some Surprises


There is little more on the minds of college students or those considering getting a higher education degree than what occupation will offer decent career opportunities after graduation. Some look at income, and others look toward landing that first job and paycheck. Others look longer term to find a job with a defined career path […]

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2013 Business Tax Changes and Credits in Fiscal Cliff Deal Extend Small Business Jobs Act Tax Changes


[2013 Small Business Tax Breaks Extensions] Congress and the Obama administration have reached an agreement that will extend a number of small business tax breaks through 2013 following the fiscal cliff deal which was legislated through the Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. This includes: R&D credit extended: The Research and Development (R&D) tax credit was extended for another year and reinstated retroactively for […]

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Being Laid Off? Negotiate That Severance Package


Just about anything involving money is a source for negotiation, but many people don’t think about the fact that their severance package is as well. Although we don’t want to think about that day when we may be laid off, it’s important to be prepared to negotiate our compensation package. Especially if you’re in a […]

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2013 Small Business Tax Deductions, Bonus Depreciation and National Transportation Projects


[Update Jan 2013] Congress and the Obama administration have reached an agreement that will extend a number of small business tax breaks through 2013 following the fiscal cliff deal which was legislated through the Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. You can see details of the extended tax breaks in this article. ________ [Update Sep-Oct 2010] Obama’s Small Jobs Bill has been approved […]

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American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act of 2010 (HR 4213) Update – New Tax Breaks, Unemployment Insurance and Home Buyer Credit Extension


[Update July 2010] – This bill – HR4213 – was passed by Congress and is expected to signed into law by the President. The bill, also known as the American Jobs and Closing Loopholes Act of 2010 originally contained a provision to extend unemployment benefits, as well as a number of expiring tax provisions, which […]

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2010 HIRE Act – Small Business Health Care Tax Credit, Payroll Tax Incentive and Business Credit For Employers Hiring and Retaining Unemployed Workers


[Updated with New IRS provisions] The IRS has released more details on tax-saving opportunities included in recently enacted HIRE act federal legislation (see details in previous update below). A variety of business tax deductions and credits were created, extended and expanded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), this year’s Hiring Incentives […]

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Best Job Prospects, Occupations and Professions in the Next Decade – 2010, 2011, 2012 to 2018


There is no doubt that the nation is going through one its toughest employment periods in a long time. With unemployment rates close to 20% across many regions, it’s tough for current job seekers and new graduates trying to get into the workforce. This is why it is even more important to arm yourself with […]

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2014 or 2015 Unemployment Benefits Insurance Extension Unlikely


[2015 Update] With the Republicans taking control of Congress after the mid-term election it looks highly unlikely that any further unemployment benefits extension will be approved in 2015. Particularly as the unemployment rate and economy continues to improve. I will though continue to monitor any bills the new Republican Congress brings up and encourage you to subscribe […]

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The Beginning of the Recession’s End and Why the Unemployment Rate is Key


Recent economic figures released confirmed what most had expected: America’s economy is still contracting. The world’s largest economy shrank at an annual rate of 1% in the latest quarter (compared to 6.4% in the previous one) meaning that while the country’s deepest post-war recession was not over, the rate of decline is most definitely slowing. […]

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