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(NewsUSA) - Hiring a tax professional is a solid investment, but first you should know what to look for. For example, an enrolled agent (EA) can fit the guidelines perfectly. In fact, enrolled agents are the only federally licensed tax practitioners who specialize in taxes and have unlimited rights to represent taxpayers before the IRS.
(BPT) - Whether you’re hosting guests, traveling to family or simply purchasing gifts, the holidays can put household finances to the test. This year, Americans aren’t letting short-term stresses like the holidays affect their long-term financial aspirations. According to the latest Merrill Edge Report, many Americans now rank saving for retirement as their top priority and short-term concerns like paying off debt are falling lower on the to-do list. To enjoy the season of giving without sacrificing your financial goals, it’s time to make a plan.
(BPT) - Businesses of all sizes, especially small and mid-size businesses, have faced a number of divergent economic headwinds since the onset of The Great Recession in late 2008. Chances are good that during that time, a business held on tightly to the cash it had, put its growth plans on hold or both.
Borough President-Elect Melinda Katz has tapped a longtime associate and a former rival for key positions in Borough Hall come January.
Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans), who dropped out of the borough president race this past summer, will serve as deputy borough president, while Jay Bond, a former policy advisor to Katz during her tenure on the City Council and in the state Assembly, will be brought on board as chief of staff.
(StatePoint) With the holiday season in full swing, minding one’s budget can sometimes be as much of a challenge as watching your waistline. Despite signs of an improving economy, consumers have identified managing spending at the top of their holiday stress list, according to a recent poll conducted by Ally Bank, Member FDIC.
(BPT) - With the economic ups and downs of the last several years, many Americans are more motivated than ever to get their finances on track. With some financial alternatives expiring before the year’s end, there’s no better time than the present to start.
(BPT) - The holidays are just around the corner and with the big holiday season comes big spending. Americans spend an average of $737 on holiday gifts, decor, food and more, according to the National Retail Federation.
Jordan Brown grew up in a suburb of Sydney, Australia. Javier Uanini was also raised in the Southern Hemisphere, but on the other side of the world in Argentina. Yujin Park, Boram Kim and Adalla Kim all come from South Korea.
The five of them don’t work or live together, but last Friday, they all sat at a table in the library of PS 254 in Richmond Hill preparing to speak to fourth-graders about where they come from, how life there differs from America and how it is similar.
A father and son duo of used car dealers have been charged with more than $530,000 in state sales tax theft for allegedly underreporting sales and neglecting to turn over money collected as sales tax.
The two men, Yunas Khan, 52 and Tabraiz Khan, 27, were charged last week by Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.
(BPT) - Americans will spend more than $6 billion this holiday season, according to the National Retail Federation. How much of that will be overspending or outright wasted money? It’s possible to control holiday spending and make smart money decisions this holiday season, if you keep in mind the “three P’s”: plan, purchase and protect.
(Family Features) We all want a clean and tidy home, without having to spend the time and effort to make it clean and tidy. But the truth is - if you don't keep it maintained, it takes much longer to sort and organize. Here are some tips to keep your home organized as you go:
(BPT) - Engagement season is officially here, with couples around the country saying “yes” to proposals and starting to plan their weddings. In fact, 39 percent of marriage proposals happen between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day, according to WeddingChannel.com. While immediate discussions with your partner might be focused on the ceremony venue or honeymoon location, there’s another important consideration before saying “I do:” having the “finance talk.”
(BPT) - Festive decorations, twinkling lights, seasonal foods and the company of loved ones – everyone has that special something they enjoy most about the holiday season. Avoiding sticker shock when you see your January credit card bill might be one of them. It can be a challenge to keep costs down, however, when you have a lengthy gift list to get through.
Austin Shafran, who ran unsuccessfully for the District 19 City Council seat in September’s Democratic primary, has been named New York legislative director of the Working Families Party.
Shafran, 32, of Bayside, lost to Paul Vallone by only 193 votes in a five-person race. It was the first time he ran for office, although his career has centered around working for Democratic Party officials.
Representatives of Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit ecumenical Christian housing organization which recently hosted a visit to Southeast Queens by former President Jimmy Carter, marking a return to New York for the 30th annual Carter Work Project, were on hand at Monday’s Community Board 13 meeting to acknowledge the panel for its support and ask for its “formal support” in the future, as well as to encourage residents to get involved in future projects planned for the area.
“We’re here to say thank you,” said Neil Hetherington, the chief executive officer for HFH.
(BPT) - A college education is a lifelong investment. College graduates are more likely to be employed and earn more throughout the course of their lives, according to a recent report by the College Board. While the benefits of a college education may be clear, figuring out the true cost and how to pay for it isn’t always as obvious.
(NewsUSA) - Are your home energy bills high? If the answer is yes, consider participating in Home Performance with Energy Star. This national program provides comprehensive home energy assessments, incentives and low-interest loans to help homeowners reduce their energy use and costs.
This year’s elections and a lawsuit filed this week against the city together demonstrate the need for two reforms in the electoral process.
First off, voters are entitled to privacy when voting, but under the system being used now, they’re not getting it. Mayor Bloomberg himself said that a poll worker had seen his ballot.
Blaming the city for holding back roughly $3.5 million in matching funds for his mayoral run, Comptroller John Liu announced last Friday that he is suing for damages.
The former Flushing city councilman filed a notice of claim that seeks an unspecified amount of money from the city. The papers were filed in the Comptroller’s Office, which is the legal channel when suing the city. He will recuse himself from the case.
The owner of seven Papa John’s pizza franchises in Queens and Brooklyn last Friday became the second Queens-based Papa John’s owner since August to be arrested on charges stemming from alleged sales tax theft.
Uchenna Onuaguluchi, 46, of Rosedale, was charged last week with allegedly withholding $610,000 in state sales taxes according to a joint statement issued last week by Queens District Attorney Richard Brown and state Taxation and Finance Commissioner Thomas Mattox.