Category Archives: Personal Finance

IRS Issues Standard Mileage Rates for 2019

The following article was published by the IRS. The Internal Revenue Service has issued the 2019 optional standard mileage rates used to  calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes. Beginning on Jan. … Continue reading

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Best Money Gifts for Kids

As parents, it’s important to help lay a solid foundation for our children, especially when it comes to finances. While you can’t avoid challenges in your child’s life, you can significantly lessen financial stress if you teach them how money … Continue reading

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Ways to reduce your tax burden before year-end

The new tax law has added some wrinkles to how many Americans deal with their tax returns. In the past, it was common to try to maximize deductions during the year and then itemize on your return. However, with the … Continue reading

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Simple Steps to Avoid Rip-offs

Now that holiday shopping season has officially begun, it’s important to be on the lookout for scams. We are going to take a brief look at some simple rules of fraud prevention to help this process along: Haste Makes Waste … Continue reading

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Plan Now to Use Health Flexible Spending Arrangements in 2019

The following article was published by the IRS. The Internal Revenue Service is reminding eligible employees that now is the time to begin planning to take full advantage of their employer’s health flexible spending arrangement (FSA) during 2019. FSAs provide … Continue reading

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How to budget for holiday shopping

It’s really amazing how so many people handle their finances with discipline for most of the year, only to let things completely fall apart when the holidays arrive. Part of the reason is that we spend a lot more time … Continue reading

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IdentityTheft.gov Helps You Report and Recover from Identity Theft

Today’s world is more connected than ever. While this is generally a good thing, it also increases the likelihood that your personal information can end up in someone else’s hands, which can lead to identity theft. The first signs of … Continue reading

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