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  • Is a Reverse Mortgage Right for You?

    As you reach your sunset years, you may want to remain in your house but still tap the equity you built up over the years. Click through to find out if a reverse mortgage can solve your problems and how to get started.

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  • Special Video Report: Know the Importance of Job Descriptions

    For businesses to survive and prosper, employees have to adapt quickly to changing situations. That's why it's more important than ever that job descriptions reflect employees' job duties. Click through to learn how to make sure management and staff are all on the same page.

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  • Local Entertainment And Events Calendar

    You’ll always know where the fun’s going on with our interactive local events calendar featuring social sharing, images, videos and ticket links. Click through to see what's happening or to add your own local events.

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  • Taking Care of the Family Business for the Next Generation

    In family-owned businesses, the family's wealthy and the company itself are bound together, financially and psychologically. Creating an estate plan is especially important in this situation, and complex. Click through to get a handle on your family business.

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  • Tax Advantages of Investing in Real Estate

    One of the biggest real estate tax advantages for investors is deductions, generally geared to rental properties. Click through to get more details on what can be a long-term investment.

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  • When Do You Need an HR Staff?

    When a business has only a few employees, it's easy to manage staff. But at a certain point, you need an HR manager in-house. Click through for some insights into when you'll reach that place.

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  • How to Create a Mission Statement for Your Company

    It's wonderful when you read a firm's mission statement and it defines the business so well that it feels like strategy. How do you do it? Click through to read the five steps to creating a mission statement that's not generic, stale and completely useless.

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  • Are Adult Children Responsible for Their Parents' Care?

    Are adult children responsible for their parents' medical care, not just morally, but legally? Click through to learn what the rules are if you're one of the many people who live in a filial care state.

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  • Consider Digital Assets in Estate Planning

    Who will let your professional online network know that you've passed away? How will your executor access your passwords and PINs? Click through to see the latest ruminations on estate planning for digital assets.

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  • What Must You Disclose About Your Retirement Plan?

    Do you have a pension plan for your staff? If so, do you know what you must disclose to them? Click through to learn more about the regulations that govern retirement plan disclosures to make sure you're following the complex rules.

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  • What's the Deal on the Earned Income Tax Credit?

    The earned income tax credit, which makes $55 billion available annually to the working poor, has been around since 1975, but is still often misunderstood. Click through to get the facts of this useful but complex tax break.

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  • Joint Tenancy: Good Idea or Bad Idea?

    Couples and business partners take title to each other's bank and brokerage accounts, as well as real estate and other personal property. They are joint tenants with rights of survivorship. Click through to see what you should consider before entering such arrangements.

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  • Don't Get Caught by IRA Rollover Rules

    You have a lot of flexibility with an IRA, but there are some important, and rigid, rollover rules. Don't find yourself accidentally violating them. Click through for information on a rollover rule many investors don't know about.

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  • The 401(k): Just the Beginning of Retirement Benefits

    Retirement plans are one of the most popular benefits companies can offer, and even small businesses can get in on the game. Click through for an introduction to retirement plans that are perfect for small businesses.

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  • Noncompete Agreements: Should You Insist on One?

    A noncompete agreement can help minimize loss if a competitor tries to lure one of your employees away. But there are limits to how these work. Click through to become aware of all the implications before you ask your staff to sign one.

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  • What's the Deal With Palimony?

    Marital property rights are in a state of transition, not the least because of recent developments regarding the rights of people who are not spouses at all but near-spouses. Click through to be privy to the debate on spousal rights.

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  • What to Do if You're Audited

    It's every taxpayer's nightmare: Your tax return has been selected for examination. Your response will undoubtedly be "why me?" Click through to get some tips on how to respond to get through this as painlessly as possible.

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  • Can You Leave Your IRA to Charity?

    Looking to give yourself a tax break and do some good? It's legal, and often advantageous, to leave your IRA to a charity. Click through to learn the rules behind this strategy.

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  • Get the Lowdown on Probate -- And How to Avoid It

    Almost everyone has heard the term "probate," but many have only a vague idea of what it means and all the steps involved. Click through for an introduction to the probate process, and tips on how to get through it or even avoid it entirely with trusts.

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  • Uncover the Tax Basics for Charitable Contributions

    Everyone knows that charitable donations are deductible, but there are a lot of subtleties. Before you add up your deductions, make sure they're eligible. Click through for some basics on charitable giving.

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  • Special Video Report: Estate Planning Is About Tax Savings and More

    Conventional wisdom holds that estate planning is just about making sure money flows smoothly to the next generation. But there's a lot more to it. Click through for a video that outlines the full range of estate planning.

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  • When You Should Take Social Security

    It's tempting when you reach your 60s to dip into Social Security as soon as you're able, but it may not be the best choice. Click through to learn more about timing your payments.

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  • Essential Business Data is Just a Click Away

    For business owners who want to make sure they're competitive, fresh, accurate benchmarking information is a must. How does your business compare with the industry as a whole? Click through to see how you stack up against your competitors.

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  • Some Thoughts on the Future of Employment

    Work no longer requires large numbers of workers: technological progress has made farms and factories more productive than ever. What does this mean on the employment front? Click through to see our future as workers.

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  • Ex-Spouses, Pensions and Social Security

    Dividing assets after a divorce can be difficult in the best situations, but when it comes to pensions and Social Security, it can be a nightmare. Click through for the "straight dope" on splitting retirement assets after a divorce.

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  • Working Philanthropy Into Your Estate Plan

    If you've been a philanthropist in life, you'll likely want to keep giving after death. Estate plans can provide the ability to do just that. Click through to learn about incorporating charitable gifts into your estate plan.

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  • How Small Businesses Can Use Newsletters

    A newsletter is a cost-effective medium for building relationships with customers and prospects -- and even for recruiting. Click through to see how a newsletter can increase your awareness of your company.

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  • Benefit Transfers When a Spouse Dies

    A spouse dies. What happens to their benefits? This tiny question becomes quite giant when bills start piling up and you never had to pay any of them before. Click through to get some tips on how to handle this.

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  • How to Plan for Special Needs Children

    It's always a challenge making sure your children are taken care of in the event of your death — but's it even more critical when you have a special needs child. Click through for some advice on the special estate planning provisions these children need.

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  • What You Need to Know as an Independent Contractor

    In today's economy, there can be a thin line between being an employee or being an independent contractor -- but there are still important differences. Click through for key tips on knowing your status.

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  • How to Choose a Financial Planner

    Financial planners advise clients on how best to save, invest and grow their money. Click through to see how they can help you tackle a specific financial goal like buying a house or getting a macro view of your money and the interplay of various assets.

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  • New Montgomery County, Maryland Building Energy Use Benchmarking Law

    Under Montgomery County’s Building Energy Use Benchmarking Law, certain nonresidential buildings must benchmark and verify. Click through to know what you need to do to comply!

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  • How to Avoid Micromanaging Your Staff

    You're a manager, and so you need to manage. But how much? Too many managers go overboard on the details. Click through to learn what some of the signs are that you're overmanaging, and how to stop doing so.

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  • Making Sure Your Homeowners Insurance Is Up to Date

    If you don't review and update your policy regularly, you could miss out on some substantial discounts and overlook glaring coverage gaps. Click through to review scenarios to consider when taking a second look at your policy.

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  • Working While Collecting Social Security Benefits

    Can you work while you're receiving Social Security benefits? Before you make a decision that could impact your future, it is important to know all the facts. Click through to learn more about Social Security rules for those still in the workforce.

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  • What's Up With the 'Cadillac Tax' Provision of the ACA?

    It's an oft-quoted provision of the ACA: the so-called Cadillac Tax. But what exactly does it mean? Click through to learn what the deal is, to separate the facts from the rumors.

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  • PREPARING FOR THE NEW OVERTIME LAW

    On March 13, 2014, President Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum directing the Department of Labor to update and modernize the regulations defining which white collar workers are protected by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) minimum wage and overtime standards. Click Through to learn more about this!

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  • Estate Planning Is NOT Just for the Wealthy

    There's a common perception that estate planning is only for those with vast wealth. But that's wrong. Click through to get a deeper understanding of the importance of planning for even modest estates.

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  • Know All About Your Miscellaneous Deductions

    Miscellaneous itemized deductions are deductible only if they exceed 2 percent of your adjusted gross income. You need to make sure that these deductions are ordinary, necessary and reasonable in amount, says the IRS. Click through to get specific details.

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  • Can You Trust the Cloud With Your Taxes?

    When it comes to taxes and other sensitive financial information, email is NOT the way to go. Click through to see how a secure cloud platform is the way to go to receive and review tax and other financial documents.

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  • How Do You Research Salary Rates?

    Whether you're running a company or working for one, you want to know what the market rate is for people with a specific skill set and experience in a particular region. Click through to powershift your salary rate research chops.

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  • Retirement: Looking Beyond the Financials

    Everyone is concerned with saving enough for retirement, and rightly so. But there's more to creating a successful post-work life than having sufficient funds. Click through for some advice on the nonfinancial aspects of retirement.

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  • Leave Your Estate to Your Grandchildren

    There may be reasons to skip your children and leave most or all of your estate to your grandchildren. This is possible, but there are pitfalls. Click through to learn about generation-skipping transfer tax.

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  • Does Your Company Need Key Person Insurance?

    In business, it's hard to find time to consider something that isn't really urgent but that can be incredibly important. Click through to learn how to protect yourself against the loss of a top employee.

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  • Alternative Minimum Tax: Know the Deal

    Is the most dreaded acronym not the IRS anymore but AMT? Alternative minimum tax is a different way of calculating your tax liability. Click through to get rid of the AMT willies.

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  • Watch Out for Reverse Mortgage Scams

    Reverse mortgages can be a great resource for older adults who want additional income for home care or other essential expenses. But you have to be careful when entering into an agreement. Click through to make sure you're not being cheated.

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  • Cross-Border Tax Issues With Canada

    If you do business in Canada, you need to understand how the U.S./Canada Income Tax Treaty may affect your business. Click through to see how to capitalize on doing business with our largest and closest trading partner.

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  • Don't Try to Be Funny with the IRS

    It's OK to disagree with the IRS. In fact, there's even a formal appeals process. But don't try to pull a fast one. Click through to find out what the IRS considers a frivolous argument, which can lead to severe penalties.

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  • How to Pick the Right 401(k) Provider

    You're ready to provide a company-sponsored 401(k) retirement plan -- for yourself and your employees. How do you choose a provider? Click through to learn how to select a service provider for the long haul.

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  • When an Employee Faces a Wage Garnishment

    It's not your fault, but you're stuck in the middle: a court has ordered you to withhold wages from an employee's paycheck. Click through to learn how to keep this from getting messy.

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  • Learn the Secrets of Key Performance Indicators

    How do you know if you're doing well? It's a more complicated question than you may realize. Click through to learn about the different ways to measure your company's performance, and which ones are right for you.

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  • Living Wills: Everybody Should Have One

    It's hard to contemplate, but there may come a time in your life when you can't make decisions for yourself. That's what a living will is for. Click through to find out how these work and why you need one.

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  • How to Work With the IRS Office of Appeals

    Tax audits are rough, but you have recourse even if they don't end up in your favor. If an auditor rules against you, but you believe the ruling to be in error, you can appeal the decision. Click through for details on how to make an appeal.

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  • In Search of a Financial Advisor

    Almost everyone could use some help managing their money, from the modest to the wealthy. How do you find someone reliable? Click through for some insights into choosing and working with a financial advisor.

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  • What to Know About 'Power of Attorney'

    A power of attorney allows you to appoint a person or organization to manage your affairs if you become unable to do so. Click through to discover the different types of powers of attorney with different levels of control.

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  • Want to Succeed? Become a Joiner!

    Becoming a member of professional organizations can help you strengthen your network, furthering your career. Click through to see how you can enhance your professional development through business associations.

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  • Should You Consider Owning a Franchise?

    Maybe you're tired of working for someone else. But starting your own business can be risky. A middle ground for many is the franchise -- be your own boss, but with the backing of a big company. Click through to see if this is the right move for you.

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  • How to Protect Your Estate From an Ex

    One of the most common motivations for using trusts is to minimize the risk that a future divorce will expose assets to the reach of your ex-spouse. Click through to become wise to practical steps to take to keep assets safe from your ex.

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  • What's the Best Payday Frequency?

    Depending on local rules, you might have a lot of leeway on how often to cut paychecks: every week, every other week, monthly. What is best for your company and your employees? Click through for the options, and the advantages of each.

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  • The Rise of Robo Trading

    Robo investing is a relatively new form of algorithmic trading. Click through to discover how it's providing new and easily accessible ways for individual investors to enter the stock market.

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  • What Insurance Do Small Businesses Need?

    The world of insurance is a complex one, and it's essential to make sure your business is covered. Click through to learn the basics of business insurance so you can make the right decisions.

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  • How Does the Gift Tax Work?

    Is it truly better to give than receive? Ask the IRS. Even if you give gifts to relatives and friends, the government wants its piece of the action. Click through for some details on the little-known gift tax.

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  • Deciding How and Whether to Pay Bonuses

    Additional remuneration in the form of performance bonuses or incentive payments can help retain good staff. Click through to get details on choosing how and whether the incentive or bonus should be paid.

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  • Permanent Life Insurance: Right for You?

    There are very few circumstances in which you will not need life insurance. Even single people use it to fund final expenses and medical bills. Click through for an overview of this essential financial product.

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  • The Future of Work: Digital Transformation

    Digital transformation is impacting all aspects of our lives. The typical office worker is becoming a thing of the past. Click through to discover the future of work and your place in it.

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  • Learn the Estate Planning Angle for 529 Plans

    Almost everyone knows that 529 plans can be a great way to save for college. In addition, they also have some powerful estate-planning features. Click through to learn the full story behind 529 plans.

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  • Don't Forget Your Military Tax Breaks

    Whether you haven't yet filed taxes for this year or are already doing tax planning for next year, consider these often-forgotten breaks. Click through for an introduction to the tax benefits the federal government offers to military personnel.

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