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Tax Benefits for Soldiers and Veterans: Let Us Serve You

If you’ve ever had a family member serve in the armed services, you probably know the financial struggle and hardship that can be incurred for the service member and their family. Thankfully, the government and IRS have a series of tax credits and deductions to help those who defend our liberty. 

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By: Lauryn on 11/11/2014 04:30:00 AM

Cost of Living Higher Than Your Pay? Roommates are the Solution for Almost A Third of American Adults.

Although talks of recession recovery have cast a positive light on the economy, the cost of consumer goods, services, and living expenses still continues to edge out take-home pay.

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By: Lauryn on 11/6/2014 01:27:47 PM

5 Perfectly Acceptable Ways to Deduct Fall Flavors from Your Taxes In January

What seems like a small $4.65 expense once a week can quickly add up to $18.60 by the end of the month! Lucky for individuals who incorporate fall flavors into their business or their charitable deeds, they can experience fall and deduct the expenses from their taxes when they file this upcoming winter. The Daily Deduction takes a look at specific situations where fall flavors are a bonus for your bottom line.

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By: Lauryn on 11/3/2014 02:19:39 PM

I Think That I am in A Higher Tax Bracket for 2014. How Can I Avoid Paying More Taxes?

First and foremost, it’s not always a bad thing to be in a higher tax bracket. It means you made more money. If you know you made significantly more money this year than you did last year, you may pay more income tax than you estimated.

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By: lescobar on 11/1/2014 10:45:00 AM

Don’t Fall Victim to 2014 Identity Theft and Tax Scam Nightmares

As your tax knowledge resource, we want you to be aware of the current scams and how criminals are currently attempting to break or defeat the system. Arming yourself with knowledge can help you look for the warning signs of fraud and take action. The Daily Deduction gives an overview of the top scams for of 2014.

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By: Lauryn on 10/31/2014 02:45:00 AM

‘Tis the Season for Credit Card Data Breaches - Staples Announces Investigation

Another large retailer launched an investigation of a possible breach of customers’ payment card data. On Tuesday, Staples announced that the retailer contacted law enforcement to launch a data breach investigation after a security report tied instances of fraud to Staples stores in the northeast. The announcement comes, ironically, as National Cybersecurity Awareness Month draws to a close.

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By: Lauryn on 10/23/2014 01:11:17 PM

Long Term Financial Planning for Millennials:The Savers Tax Credit

According to the survey, over half of millennials have not started saving for retirement. This conclusion from the survey speaks more volumes about the economic crisis of the generation more so than the personal finance priorities of the current young adult generation.

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By: Lauryn on 10/13/2014 01:32:12 PM

This Weekend: Save up to $150 on Appliances in Virginia

If you’re in the market for a common home appliance, it’s a great weekend to buy it in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  If the appliance you’ve had your eye has a retail price of $2,500 or less and has the Energy Star® or WaterSense® label on it, you could avoid sales tax on your purchase this weekend. The Virginia Sales Tax holiday (where select products are exempt from sales tax) begins at 12:01 AM on October 10 and lasts until 11:59 PM on October 13.  Tax exempt purchases are limited to consumer use only (sorry, landlords, contractors, and salons, this tax holiday isn’t for you.)

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By: Lauryn on 10/9/2014 12:35:00 AM

Living On Freelance Income Series: Track Income

This third and final installment in our “Living on Freelance Income” series discusses tips on how to keep cash flowing for consultants and independent contractors. 

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By: Lauryn on 10/8/2014 01:30:00 AM

Living On Freelance Income Series: Plan for Tax Time

The following article is the second article in a series of three about making a sustainable living as an independent contractor.

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By: Lauryn on 10/1/2014 12:35:00 PM

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