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Tax software is OK, but only if your taxes are simple (access required)

Q: I have been preparing my tax return for the past few years using tax software I found online. Do you think the low-cost tax return preparation packages do a decent job, or am I asking for trouble? I really ...

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What will employers do with the insurance exchange?

When President Barack Obama laid out his agenda for the next four years during his State of the Union address, he barely mentioned the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, his legacy legislation from his first term. But it is ...

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Frequently asked real estate tax questions – answered (access required)

My friend Darrin Jaszkowiak, real estate agent with RE/MAX West, called me the other day asking questions I hear often. Here is an edited version of our conversation. Darrin: First, the Mortgage Debt Relief Act: My understanding is it was ...

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Disclosing the cost of health care

Many American employees are in for an eye opener when they get their W-2 forms this year. For the first time, as a part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly known as the health care reform law, ...

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Avoid your own personal ‘Nannygate’ scandal

Q: We have a lady come into our home twice a month to help clean. She has now asked us for a Form W-2 saying she needs it to fill out her tax return. Is this something we really need ...

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Health care spending increases slowing

It is one of the most confusing topics to talk about in business: Controlling the rising cost of health care. Ordinarily in business, the objective is to stop cost increases altogether. But that hasn’t been the case when it comes ...

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