Should You Pay Summer Interns? – June 2016

By |June 8th, 2016|

Each year, many companies–large and small–offer summer internships. The interns are frequently college students between academic years, and they usually are unpaid. Recently, such arrangements have come under fire from those contending interns should be put on the payroll. June 2016|Categories: Newsletters Download

Health Insurance and Divorce – May 2016

By |April 22nd, 2016|

Going through a divorce can be a stressful experience, and some items may be overlooked. Nevertheless, if you are in this situation, you should be sure to pay some attention to future health insurance. Medical bills and health insurance premiums can be extremely expensive; any lapse in coverage might lead to a financial crisis. May

Special Report on the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 – April 2016

By |April 2nd, 2016|

Last December, President Obama signed the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015 into law. The new law contains several tax benefits for individuals and companies. April 2016|Categories: Newsletters Download

Deducting Charitable Gifts – March 2016

By |March 22nd, 2016|

Charitable donations usually can be deducted on Schedule A of Form 1040, along with other itemized deductions. You should have the required support materials, in case your charitable deduction is questioned. March 2016|Categories: Newsletters Download

Deducting Interest Paid – February 2016

By |February 24th, 2016|

Among the itemized deductions on Schedule A of Form 1040, you’ll find “Interest You Paid.” As you get your records together for tax preparation, you should realize that not all interest can be deducted on your return. Interest you paid last year on credit card debt generally isn’t deductible, for example. February 2016|Categories: Newsletters Download

Deducting Taxes Paid – January 2016

By |January 29th, 2016|

When you file your 2015 federal income tax this year, you can take a standard deduction. For 2015, that’s $6,300 for single taxpayers and for married individuals filing separately; $12,600 for couples filing jointly and for certain widow(er)s; and $9,250 for those filing as heads of household. The beauty of taking the standard deduction is

Investing for the Long Term – December 2015

By |December 29th, 2015|

August 2015 was a brutal month for stocks. There were constant reports that the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) was down hundreds of points for the day, even down by 1000 points during one daily trading session. Ultimately, where do you think August 2015 wound up as far as historical comparisons? As bad as the

Will the Third Shoe Drop? – November 2015

By |November 29th, 2015|

As of this writing, major U.S. stock market indexes are extremely volatile. They're in the negative column for 2015, but that could change by the time this issue goes to press. In any case, it's likely that stock market values in late 2015 will still be much higher than they were in the dark days

Cons and Pros of Roth IRAs – October 2015

By |October 29th, 2015|

Annual contributions to IRAs, includingRoth IRAs, are now capped at $5,500($6,500 if you’re 50 or older). RothIRA contributions aren’t tax deductible,they’re available only to workers and theirspouses, and they’re off-limits to high-income taxpayers. October 2015|Categories: Newsletters Download

Past Losses Offer Winning Opportunities – September 2015

By |September 29th, 2015|

For nearly two decades, investors have been riding a stock market roller coaster. The late 1990s tech stock boom turned into a bust in the early years of this century, as the Dow Jones Total Stock Market Index fell by nearly 45%. After a real estate-led recovery pushed stocks to new highs, a real estate