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Security Breaches Found at Payroll Services Firm

By: Matthew Barrett Payroll Views: 4943 | Comments: 0 | Votes: 0

Matthew Barrett

Security Breaches Found at Payroll Services Firm A payroll service provider is working with federal investigators to uncover the cause of two security breaches that recently compromised the company's systems through phishing e-mails and phantom employees. The breaches caused the provider to shut down its web service twice over the past several weeks. 23 and Oct. 14. 1. 5. More

Some planning could qualify you for this 0% tax rate

By: Steven Leibold, EA Tax Planning Views: 4926 | Comments: 0 | Votes: 0

Steven Leibold, EA

This year, one of the biggest tax changes is the zero tax rate on long-term capital gains and qualified dividends for those who are normally in the 10% or 15% regular income tax brackets. Single taxpayers whose 2008 taxable income falls under $32,551 and marrieds with income under $65,101 meet the requirements.   Steven C. More

What is a “Reasonable Salary Compensation?”

By: Steven Leibold, EA Tax Planning Views: 4924 | Comments: 0 | Votes: 0

Steven Leibold, EA

  Who's an Employee of the Corporation? Generally, an officer of a corporation is an employee of the corporation.   Treasury regulations provide an exception for an officer of a corporation who does not perform any services or who performs only minor services and who neither receives nor is entitled to receive, directly or indirectly, any remuneration. More

Scholarships: The Top 10 Strangest Ways to Pay for College

By: Art Of Saving Education Planning Views: 4892 | Comments: 0 | Votes: 0

Art Of Saving

Scholarships are a great way to pay for college education. The problem is that scholarships are typically merit-based, which means they are usually reserved for students with 4.0 GPAs or star athletes. Thankfully, there are scholarships that rely on other kinds of distinction. Some of these scholarships might be called "non-traditional"; others are downright strange. Well, not anymore. More

Women are better savers, but we should all realize the importance of putting a bit away each month

By: Tax Advisors Personal Finance Views: 4873 | Comments: 0 | Votes: 1

Tax Advisors

that a nation also looks to be battling its way out of recession quite successfully – and that more people may now be aware of the importance of savings. More

The Making Work Pay Tax Credit

By: Tax Advisors Tax Planning Views: 4855 | Comments: 0 | Votes: 0

Tax Advisors

In 2009 and 2010, the Making Work Pay provision of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will provide a refundable tax credit of up to $400 for working individuals and up to $800 for married taxpayers filing joint returns. These changes may result in an increase in take-home pay. More

Are First Time Homebuyer Tax Credits a Benefit?

By: Mark Goldman Real Estate Views: 4828 | Comments: 0 | Votes: 0

Mark Goldman

One concern that I had from the inception was that the tax credit could not be used at the time of sale.  This limited the "stimulus" effect. FHA did allow some kind of loan so that the credit could be borrowed (we need to start to shudder when the word “borrow” comes into the conversation.) in advance and used for closing costs. And so on. More

Commuter Spending Accounts

By: On My Own Two Feet Personal Finance Views: 4788 | Comments: 0 | Votes: 0

On My Own Two Feet

Recently a friend emailed me a photo from a gas station. It showed a $100 price tag for filling up the tank on his 2004, fully-paid-for SUV. The message said:  “Holy Cow – I have never seen a bill like this before.” Welcome to the new normal in transportation. So what can you do to help ease the financial pain? Last but not least—let’s talk bottom line. More


By: WiseSaver Personal Finance Views: 4782 | Comments: 0 | Votes: 0


Travel can be a wonderful thing, until you are hospitalized away from home. What kind of treatment would you receive? How would you get back to your physician and loved ones? With MedjetAssist membership, you are in control. Be a savvy traveler. Put your MedjetAssist card in your wallet. More

Time to Concede Home “Ownership” Is a Fraud.

By: Mike “Mish” Shedlock Home Loans Views: 4768 | Comments: 0 | Votes: 0

Mike “Mish” Shedlock

Every week someone sends me an idea on how to fix various housing problems. Many want home prices to stop falling and many others want to bail out homeowners because banks were bailed out (as if two wrongs make a right). Others want to stop foreclosures even though the very best thing for most of the people in trouble would be to shed the albatross by walking away. More