Thursday, December 18, 2014 Kislev 26, 5775
Your house value may depend on the guy next door and his overgrown jungle of a lawn
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Frank Rosci, JE Feature
As the mortgage mess continues, with more foreclosures expected in 2008, another factor -- while usually not nearly as dramatic and tragic as losing one's home, but one that affects a homeowner's wallet nonetheless -- is living either next door to bad neighbors or within very close proximity to them. Bad neighbors are like perpetual doses of bad karma because...
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Michael L. Schwartz, JE Feature
Careful estate planning is important for so many reasons. The fact is that leaving a legacy is about much more than just figuring out a way to avoid taxes. First, you need to start by avoiding some common pitfalls. After more than two decades in this practice, I have yet to work with a client who had all his beneficiary...
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A key decision taxpayers face when filing is whether to take the standard deduction or to itemize on their tax returns. Here are some answers: The standard deduction is a flat amount established by the IRS that you deduct from your adjusted gross income. When you itemize, you deduct your actual qualified deductions. The best method depends on how much...
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Craig G. Langweiler, JE Feature
In May 2006, a new tax law went into effect that has the potential to affect investors of all stripes. Because the Tax Increase Prevention and Reconciliation Act of 2005 received only brief attention from the news media, you may have overlooked some of the changes. It's important to understand how this new tax law applies to your situation. The...
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The Internal Revenue Service is urging taxpayers to take a moment before they file their income-tax returns to be sure they received all benefits to which they are entitled. "Many taxpayers are missing out this year on the special telephone-excise tax refund and other benefits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit," according to IRS Commissioner Mark W. Everson. "If...
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