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Tax season is here, and that means like any year, Tax– particularly those filing without the help of a professional – will be exposed to a number of complexities when filing before the April 15 deadline.
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(BPT) - Doing your taxes doesn’t have to be taxing. There are many programs available to help you process – and file - your taxes.
(NewsUSA) - If you're like most Americans, you don't have all of the answers when it comes to tax filing. That's why it's important to do as much research as possible to get up to speed on the latest adjustments and myths surrounding the tax code.
(NAPSI)—Jackson Hewitt Tax Service® and GetInsured, a leading health insurance online marketplace, are joining forces for a second year to help consumers understand how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) may impact them. By answering a few simple questions during the tax interview, clients will understand if they qualify for money-saving tax credits, and with the help of GetInsured, can enroll in a health insurance plan that fits their budget.
(BPT) - The Affordable Care Act (ACA) brings a lot of changes to this year’s tax code. Do you know if and how it will affect your tax refund?
From the back of a packed Oro Valley Town Council chambers, near the doors ordered open by the town fire marshal, one of the many skeptics of the town’s proposal to purchase the Hilton El Conquistador’s country club couldn’t contain his irritation.
With the election results a distant memory, the Mayor and re-elected members of the City Council have secretly made the decision to purchase for $1,000,000, the money losing entities of El Conquistador. Under the secret negotiations, the Town would purchase 45 holes of golf, two swimming pools, 31 tennis courts, a restaurant, and a building it will convert to a community center. The community center will house, among other things, exercise equipment that will help to decrease the revenue and taxes of such businesses as L.A. Fitness, 24 Hour Fitness and other fitness companies in favor of a non-taxpaying entity. Will Oro Valley also get into the restaurant management business? The Mayor indicates the golf course will lose money at first—$1,000,000 to $1,300,000 in the first year but he expects it will become a money maker in a few years. Of course that is pure speculation. The Mayor’s finance people indicate all of the repairs and upgrades will cost no more than $1,500,000 even though members of the existing club’s Grounds Committee provide information that the upgrades will cost between $6,000,000 and $10,000,000 with an additional $400,000 needed to restore the cart paths. We should also remember that the way to finance this boondoggle is an increase in the sales tax for Oro Valley businesses. Wasn’t it Mayor Hiremath who indicated in his re-election campaign rhetoric he was going to put effort into increasing the number of retail businesses in Oro Valley? These are the same businesses that could lose market share because it would cost less to make a major purchase in Tucson, Oracle, etc. to the detriment of Oro Valley businesses. Why shop in Oro Valley if a short distance away, we can save our hard earned money by paying less sales tax?
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(NewsUSA) - No one wants a big surprise at tax time, which is why tax professionals recommend that clients review their tax situation early to make any necessary adjustments to withholding or estimated tax payments.
Oro Valley’s top officials know the town’s recently unveiled plans to raise sales taxes and to purchase the El Conquistador golf and recreation facilities seem rushed and unorthodox – but it’s a rare opportunity that may never come around again, they say.
(BPT) - When is the last time you checked in on your retirement plan? A month? A year? Can you even remember? If you can’t, you’re not alone. Many people find the idea of reviewing their retirement plan intimidating, so they put it off. You can’t avoid reviewing your plan forever, though, and there are some real benefits to doing so right now.
When anglers head to two eastern Arizona rivers this spring for trout season, that lunker fit for the frying pan may look surprisingly high-tech, starting with a 6-inch wire hanging from its belly.
(BPT) - Holiday sales are expected to reach more than $600 billion this year, an increase from 2013 according to the National Retail Federation. For the average household, that equates to spending $804 on gifts - up 5 percent from last year. And rest assured retailers will be pulling out all the stops to get you to spend more than you initially planned. That is why it’s easy to get carried away with the spirit of the season and overspend. But before you let Scrooge-like tendencies get the best of you, here are three tips to stress-free holiday spending.
(BPT) - More Americans than ever are going back to school, continuing their education to add skills and credentials to their work portfolio. For many, keeping their expertise current with continuing education gives them the edge in a competitive job market.
(NAPSI)—Wherever your children are in their educational paths, it’s never too early—or too late—to save for college. The FINRA Investor Education Foundation has put together these five tips that can help you save for higher education.
(BPT) - The end of 2014 is shaping up to be relatively quiet compared to the challenges of recent years - such as the fiscal cliff. After this year’s mid-term elections a lame duck Congress needs to fund the operations of the federal government, so it is possible new tax law changes could affect current income tax and financial planning. For the time being, though, the current laws provide the guidelines of how taxpayers need to plan.
A long-running debate over two major General Plan amendments in Oro Valley has moved beyond the Planning and Zoning Commission after each passed in a 6-1 vote on Nov. 20.
It was a busier than normal night at the Marana Town Council last Wednesday, and it could have been an even busier session had a council action agenda item not been taken off the board. As it was, the council held the first of two public hearings over the possibility of building a new police station.
(BPT) - The Affordable Care Act has changed the health care insurance landscape since last year, and for the first time, health care and your taxes are now directly related. Millions of Americans will have to start making decisions about health care insurance now to be able to save more of their hard-earned money come tax time. The good news is that people have more options than ever for affordable health insurance and now is the time to find out what works best for you and your family.
(StatePoint) Climate control accounts for almost half the energy use in a typical U.S. home and is also the largest energy expense for most people -- but it doesn’t have to be. With a few simple solutions, you can be friendlier toward your wallet and the environment this winter.
(NAPSI)—Everyone from the baby boomer to the fresh-out-of-college millennial should think about retirement. More important, they should plan for retirement. Recent polls have shown that outliving retirement savings is one of the prime concerns for retirees.
(NAPSI)—Although the U.S. federal tax code has undergone over 4,600 changes since 2001, most changes are unlikely to affect the average taxpayer.