Tax Savers, Social Media and Credit Scores

Tax savers
From tax savers and social media tools for your business, to how to protect your credit score, here are tips and news you can use.
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3 Simple Steps to Start Growing Your Savings

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You’ve probably heard the expression, “a penny saved is a penny earned.” Ben Franklin’s simple guidance has provided the foundation for savings plans for generations of Americans. His advice remains sound today, but economic conditions and financial demands may cause your savings to get off track.

Getting back on track – and sooner rather than later – is important. Why? You can reap benefits thanks to the effects of time. The earlier you put cash into a prudent savings plan, the more time can help increase its value. If you’re having problems getting started, Ben Franklin is credited with another saying that applies: “Be honest with yourself.”
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Major April 2016 Tax Deadlines

April 2016 tax deadlines

April 2016 tax deadlines

Is your tax return finished? If not, this year you have an extra day – or two – to file. April 18, 2016, is the due date to file your 2015 individual federal income tax return and pay any balance due. If you live in Maine or Massachusetts, you have until Tuesday, April 19, to file and pay.

Here’s why. The normal due date – Friday, April 15 – is Emancipation Day. That’s a holiday in the District of Columbia, so the tax filing deadline shifts to Monday, April 18. However, Monday, April 18, is also a holiday (Patriots Day) in Maine and Massachusetts. That means if you live in either of those states, your deadline moves to April 19. The extended due dates apply whether you file electronically or on paper.
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Rising Interest Rates – What You Need to Know

Rising interest rates

Rising Interest Rates

Will rising interest rates affect you?

For almost the entire past decade, interest rates held steady at near-zero levels. Then, in mid-December 2015, the Federal Reserve raised rates by one-quarter percentage point. Market watchers and economists expect further rate increases in the coming months.

How will you be affected?

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Social Security Benefits Changes 2016

Social security benefits

Social security benefitsPlan for Changes to Social Security Benefits

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 made two changes to social security benefits strategies. “File and suspend” was a way for married couples to allow the higher earning spouse to claim benefits at full retirement age but suspend the benefits until a later date. Under the Act, this strategy will no longer be available after April 30, 2016.
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Major Tax Deadlines for March 2016 & The myRA

March-2016-tax-deadlinesMarch 2016 Tax Deadlines
The following are the major tax deadlines for March 2016:
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Top Questions to Ask: Aging Parents and Finances

Talking to parents about financesDiscussing finances with your parents may be a talk you are not eager to tackle. But addressing the topic can benefit your entire family by clarifying your parents’ wishes and enabling you to help establish a joint plan for carrying those wishes to fruition. Here are questions that can start the dialogue.
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Upcoming Tax Deadlines – Inflation-Adjusted 2016 Tax Numbers

Upcoming Tax Deadlines

February and March 2016 Upcoming Tax Deadlines

Upcoming tax deadlinesThe upcoming tax deadlines for February and March 2016 include:
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2016 Standard Mileage Rates, Cash Management & Tax Deadlines

Standard Mileage Rates Reduced for 2016

Standard mileage rates - taxesThe Internal Revenue Service released the 2016 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes. On January 1, 2016, the following standard mileage rates became effective:
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Tax Extender Act Renews Tax Breaks

Tax Extender ActIn mid-December, Congress renewed a long list of tax breaks known as “extenders” that have been expiring on an annual basis. This year many of the rules are retroactive to the beginning of 2015, and you can benefit from them as you prepare your 2015 federal income tax return.
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