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  • Memorial Day
    Memorial Day 2016: Honor, sadness, hope
    Every Memorial Day weekend since 2002, Harold Butler of the Capital Region gathers his family into the four-wheel vehicle of his home-building business and makes the sad but proud journey to Washington, D.C. He and his remaining sons and wife...
  • H&R Block names Budget Challenge winner
    H&R Block names winner of national Budget Challenge
    Last week at a surprise ceremony, Texas high school student, Angela Lin, 18, was named the grand prize winner in the H&R Block Budget Challenge, a national financial literacy competition, which I wrote about last month in my article, Actress...
  • Office furniture
    Buying office furniture to accomplish your business
    For every man, starting a new business will be very interesting and also it may involve some tasks to be accomplished by us. One should consider needs to be made to fulfill the presence of office. There are few things while you are buying...
  • Health Insurance
    COBRA vs an individual health plan
    Under current Special Election Period (SEP) rules governed by the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) those who lose a job and coverage at that job can opt to have either COBRA (state continuation when group is under 25 employees) or individual...
  • Natural Gas Spot Prices
    Natural gas market update
    The United States Natural Gas Fund, LP (UNG) took a hit today of2.26% today, and continues to trend down 0.3% in after hours trading. UGAZ, which is VelocityShares 3x Long Natural Gas ETN, fell6.07% during the day, and an additional1.82% in after...
  • Burger Feast in San Antonio
    Burger Feast in San Antonio
    For the local chefs in San Antonio, Culinaria is well known as the non-profit support for the culinary arts and wines in the area. For the rest of us, with eager appetites, Culinaria is the sponsor of many fun food events throughout the year. This...
  • IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, 2015.
    Tax chief Koskinen faces censure 'must be held accountable for misconduct'
    Believing that Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen "must be held accountable for his misconduct," House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz introduced a resolution to censure Koskinen, somewhat suspiciously...
  • LinkedIn breach once thought to be 6.5 million, now reported at 117 million
    LinkedIn breach once thought to be 6.5 million, now reported at 117 million
    LinkedIn, a giant business networking and social media website, suffered from a data breach in 2012 along with EHarmony when a hacker stole login info. At the time LinkedIn reported that 6.5 million hashed passwords for users had been impacted. On...
  • Transfer of property during divorce can incur taxes, penalties
    Transfer of property during divorce can incur taxes, penalties
    As a general rule, the transfer of property or assets from one spouse to the other in a divorce is a tax-free event. However, there may be tax ramifications or other financial considerations in that division of property that impact the full value...
  • bad credit
    A look at how millennials are increasing bad credit scores
    Did you know that millennials have the lowest credit scores by demographic? If you fall into the millennial category, then it’s highly possible your score is suffering and you don’t know what to do about it. While it may not have any...
  • Obamacare
    THE ACA AND TAXES: Higher Penalties, More Confusion
    As I shared in our two prior articles [http://www.examiner.com/article/health-insurance-1095-forms-and-federal-income-tax-1;http://www.examiner.com/article/affordable-care-the-1095a-and-tax-season] I prepare income tax returns for folks between...
  • Assisted living
    Driving Miss Daisy and the realities of long-term care
    In the acclaimed movie “Driving Miss Daisy,” the maid dies suddenly while doing kitchen work. Presumably the cause was a stroke or another cardiovascular accident. Daisy, played by Jessica Tandy, later remarks to the butler that &ldquo...
  • Assisted living
    Miss Daisy and the realities of long-term care
    In the acclaimed movie “Driving Miss Daisy,” the maid dies suddenly while doing kitchen work. Presumably the cause was a stroke or another cardiovascular accident. Daisy, played by Jessica Tandy, later remarks to the butler that &ldquo...
  • Mortgage rates fall to new levels
    Mortgage Rates: Can they get much lower?
    Mortgage rates have been riding a wave of affordability for consumers. Just when some have pondered if they could go lower, based on the recent rate survey provided by Freddie Mac (Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation) the response is yes, as...
  • John Koskinen, IRS Commissioner
    IRS hiring new employees to do more audits
    After years of budget cuts and a well-publicized decline in service, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced that it will be hiring 600 to 700 new employees to increase tax audits of small businesses and self-employed taxpayers.Independent of...
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