DOL Updates Guidance on Independent Contractor Status

The so-called "gig economy" challenges conventional practices between companies and the people who perform the work. A key question is: Are these workers independent contractors or employees? The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently published a new wage and hour...

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Summer Loving? Think About Taxes Before You Tie the Knot

For many couples, summer is the quintessential time to tie the knot. The weather is warm, the flowers are blooming and nature offers plentiful backdrops for photos. But there's more than the ceremony to consider when a couple merges their lives, including taxes and...

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Are Pop-Ups a Fresh Marketing Concept – or Merely a Fad?

Pop-up retail stores, restaurants and events promise numerous benefits. They can be less expensive and more flexible to operate than traditional brick-and-mortar operations. And they may appeal to consumers who crave fun, memorable events. They're also great for...

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Invest Wisely With Qualified Opportunity Zones

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) brought many changes. One of them might benefit both the community and investors. It’s the Qualified Opportunity Zone (QOZ) credit. Investors have an opportunity to invest in low-income business communities, defer capital gains and...

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When to Update Your Estate Plan

Estate planning isn't just for the rich and famous. Many people mistakenly think that they don't need an estate plan anymore because of the latest tax law changes. While it's true that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) provides generous estate tax relief, even for...

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5 Financial Tips for New College Graduates

Congratulations to the graduating class of 2019! As soon as a new graduate switches his or her tassel to the other side of the cap, it's time to plan for the future — and there's more to do than finding a good-paying job. Smart financial planning in the first few...

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Exploring the Cashless Movement in Retail

Cash as a form of legal tender isn't yet as obsolete as 8-track tapes and VCRs. But it's definitely less popular with certain demographic groups than others. Only 30 percent of all retail transactions were completed using cash in 2018, down from 40 percent in 2012,...

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5 Last-Minute Ideas to Lower Your 2018 Taxes

It's almost Tax Day! But don't despair; there still may be time to make some moves that will save taxes for your 2018 tax year. Here are five tax-saving ideas to consider. 1. Choose to Deduct State and Local Sales Taxes If you live in a jurisdiction with low or no...

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