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Do these 5 things by Dec. 31 to cut your tax bill

Source: seattletimes.com - Nov 29, 2018

It may seem too early to start thinking about your tax return, but procrastination could cost you thousands of dollars. Here are a few simple maneuvers that could save you a bundle on your taxes... Read more >

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Mayor LaToya Cantrell’s first budget, topping $700 million, is approved by City Council

Source: nola.com - Nov 29, 2018

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell’s first budget passed the $700 million mark on Thursday (Nov. 29) as City Council members approved the spending plan that prioritizes public safety, criminal... Read more >

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All About Gift Taxes: Do I Pay Tax on Gifts From Parents?

Source: finance.yahoo.com - Nov 29, 2018

If you recently received a sizable gift from mom and dad, don’t fret. When it comes to gift tax, the IRS generally holds the giver liable. And unless the person is handing over a small fortune,... Read more >

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How We Help Employees Pay Down Student Loans and Save for Retirement at the Same Time

Source: hbr.org - Nov 28, 2018

A small percentage of U.S. companies — including PwC, Fidelity, and Aetna — have stepped up to help their employees cope with the education loans weighing them down by offering them cash to... Read more >

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There's a delay in charging sales tax on Louisiana residents' online purchases; here's why

Source: theadvocate.com - Nov 28, 2018

Louisiana had planned to require online retailers in other states to collect sales taxes come Jan. 1. But that’s not likely to happen as the commission setting up the system to do so is still... Read more >

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Get Ready for Taxes: Safekeeping tax records helps for future filing, amended returns, audits

Source: irs.gov - Nov 28, 2018

IR-2018-232, November 26, 2018 WASHINGTON — With the tax filing season quickly approaching, the Internal Revenue Service wants taxpayers to understand how long to keep tax returns and other... Read more >

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Louisiana lawmakers hope to give teachers raises next year; how to pay for it remains uncertain

Source: iberianet.com - Nov 21, 2018

Louisiana lawmakers from both parties want to give public school teachers their first meaningful pay raise in a decade. But the big questions – how much, and how will it be paid for – won’t... Read more >

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http://www.wbrz.com/news/new-orleans-minister-convicted-of-stealing-katrina-grant

Source: New Orleans minister convicted of stealing Katrina grant - Nov 21, 2018

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A New Orleans minister has been convicted of stealing a $33,000 home repair grant after Hurricane Katrina. District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro's office says a judge found... Read more >

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Why States Hoping for Online Holiday Sales to Boost Budgets May Not Get Their Wish

Source: governing.com - Nov 21, 2018

Retail experts are anticipating that the Thanksgiving shopping weekend will once again be record-breaking, particularly for online sales. Last year, the Monday after Thanksgiving -- nicknamed Cyber... Read more >

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Opinion: Here’s how to flip houses without paying taxes on the profits

Source: marketwatch.com - Nov 21, 2018

Everyone would like to claim they are engaged in an activity that results in a profit that is non-taxable. Here is one activity that has the potential of generating tax-free income – but if not... Read more >

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LSU forecasters downgrade job growth outlook for Louisiana oil and gas sector

Source: theadvocate.com - Nov 16, 2018

LSU forecasters are downgrading the employment growth projections for Louisiana’s oil and gas production sector for the coming years, but energy companies here are expected to continue adding... Read more >

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178,815 tax bills being mailed to Jefferson Parish property owners

Source: nola.com - Nov 16, 2018

Tax bills for Jefferson Parish property owners hit the mail next week, the Sheriff’s Office said Thursday (Nov 15). Taxes are due on receipt and become delinquent Dec. 31. The Sheriff’s... Read more >

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PayPal and Square quietly grow small business lending using data as their edge over banks

Source: cnbc.com - Nov 16, 2018

Moving a bakery from Staten Island to Brooklyn is not cheap. French chef Laurent Chavenet, a food industry veteran, knew this. But he didn’t anticipate how hard it would be to get a $30,000 loan... Read more >

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Why Can’t Allyson Get Ahead?

Source: rollingstone.com - Nov 15, 2018

Allyson Costello stared at the two lines on her pregnancy test and knew — immediately and beyond a shadow of a doubt — that she would get an abortion. She was 21 years old. She was on the pill,... Read more >

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Why recent market turmoil might be a good thing for your tax bill

Source: cnbc.com - Nov 15, 2018

If this fall’s market turbulence is giving you vertigo, here’s a thought that might make you feel a little better: your losses could help you save on 2018 taxes. Say hello to tax-loss... Read more >

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