You’re working at the office, getting stuff done around the house, or hanging out with family when – wham! – a phone call, email or text alerts you that something is wrong with your finances. When a negative financial event hits, don’t let it take you down. Here are some common mistakes and steps to…

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According to a recent announcement by the IRS, retirees might not be withholding enough for taxes this year. This is due to vast tax changes in 2018, making old withholding levels obsolete. The IRS is urging retirees to check their withholdings now and make adjustments if needed to avoid penalties. Could it be you? How…

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The U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling in the South Dakota vs Wayfair case that opens the door for states to impose sales tax on sellers outside their borders. The case highlights a new standard of business presence called “economic nexus” that may have major implications for businesses and consumers alike. Economic nexus explained The…

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Mobile phones not only contain our personal details and information about everyone we know; they are used to verify our identities and unlock access to our financial accounts. Now scammers are using a process called a “port-out” to hack into our phones to change our passwords, steal our personal data and even empty our bank…

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With all of the headlines about the changes to tax law, you probably have lots of questions. Here are answers to some of the most common questions taxpayers have this year. I’m hearing about a lot of changes to 2018 taxes. What should I do? A. You’re right, there are a lot of changes in…

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  Your First Hour with QuickBooks Online Your first hour with any web-based application is probably spent exploring and clicking buttons, links, and other navigation tools to get the lay of the land. Whether you’re just launching a business or you’re going online with an existing company, take some time to get acquainted with QuickBooks…

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buy-or-lease

The buy or lease question is a common dilemma, whether you’re asking as a homeowner, or for your business. For perspective, think of the big picture. In either case, you’re paying for the exclusive use of an item over a set period of time. With that as a point of reference, the difference boils down…

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QuickBooks Online

In a previous column, we talked about setting up bills in QuickBooks Online. Now it’s time to pay them. We recently laid out the benefits of using QuickBooks Online for bill entry and payment. It’s faster than manual methods. It leaves an electronic record of your accounts payable. And it helps ensure that bills are…

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Simple Ways to Establish Good Credit

A good credit history is nearly indispensable. Without it, you’ll have trouble buying a car, renting an apartment, and perhaps even getting a job, since some employers order job applicants’ credit reports. Here are ways to establish a good record. * Start by ordering free credit reports from the three major credit bureaus. What’s the…

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Real Estate Matters: Know the Tax Rules

Taxes are an important part of the decision to own real estate. Here’s a brief overview of tax benefits you can realize while you own real property, as well as when you sell or otherwise dispose of the property. Current expenses. As a rental property owner, you can deduct current expenses to offset the tax…

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