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Working From Home Is More Productive Than Being in The Office

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Great article from Bloomberg Businessweek on what employees really do when they are working from home. This includes: 43 percent watch TV or a movie and 20 percent play video games while officially working from home. Parents are more likely than those without children to partake in these two activities, which aren’t work-related. Employees might […]

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Do I Need Disability Insurance Policy To Protect My Income

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Ask yourself this question. What is your most important and valuable asset? Think about it for a minute. Is it your house? Your savings or your 401(k) retirement plan? Your sports car or rare memorabilia? While all of these things are both important and valuable, none of them truly represent your MOST valuable asset – […]

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Understanding Your W2 Employer-Employee Reporting Form

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The IRS has just released the 2011 W2 Form which employers use to report employee wages, bonuses and other benefits received during the year; along with taxes (federal, state, medicare and social) that were withheld. It also shows voluntary pre and post tax contributions made to your 401K and company health programs. W2 Changes in 2011 […]

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5 Insider Tips for Starting a Small Business

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This is a guest post from small business owner and great personal finance blogger, Phil Taylor of PT Money: Personal Finance. I spend every day writing on the subject of personal finance. So it’s rare that I get to discuss straight-up business tips. But because of the growth of my once little known blog, I’m […]

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10 Ways to Boost Your Retirement Savings Starting Now

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With longer predicted life expectancies, a roller coaster stock market, and more pending job losses, it’s more important than ever to find ways to boost your retirement savings now. Although there may be many obstacles to doing so, even just the few simple tactics outlined here can go a long way to increasing your bottom […]

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Fiscal Cliff Deal and What’s Ahead in 2013 for Taxes on Income, Capital Gains, Dividends and Estates

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Congress and the Obama administration’s fiscal cliff deal means that 2013 federal tax rates will remain fixed for nearly 99% of the population. Only those earning $450,000/$400,000 (married/single) AGI will have a higher marginal tax rate in 2013, relative to 2012 levels. Below are the likely 2013 tax rates and inflation adjusted tax brackets (a slight […]

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Updates on 2010 Government Tax Credits – Home Buyer Credit Filing Extension, $250 SSI and Medicare Gap Payments, Teacher Credits and Unemployment Insurance

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I have posted updates to a number of articles covering the spectrum of government stimulus funded tax credits and deductions. Here is a summary of the updates with a link to the detailed articles for more detailed information, qualification criteria and latest status. If you haven’t already, join 6000 plus subscribers to get the latest […]

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If Salary and Living Expenses Were Covered, What Would You Do For a Living?

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The title of this post was the basis for an MBA application question I recently answered. It really got my thinking about my career goals and aspirations. Here’s my response to the question, followed by some thoughts. What do you think and how would you spend your life if money was not a factor? If […]

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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

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[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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Free Money From The Government – More Stimulus Checks, Social Security Payments and Tax Credits in 2010, 2011 and Beyond

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[Updated] : Is a 2012 jobs and stimulus package on the cards? As discussed in this article, President Obama has indicated that his new economic recovery plan will be released soon; which will aim to provide benefits for a number of groups struggling under tough economic conditions. No New Taxes with Tax Extensions Approved. President Obama has now signed into law […]

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