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    1. IRS reminder: Tax scams continue year-round

      IRS reminder: Tax scams continue year-round

      Although the April filing deadline has passed, scam artists remain hard at work, and the IRS today urged taxpayers to be on the lookout for a spring surge of evolving phishing emails and telephone scams.

      The IRS is seeing signs of two new variations of tax-related scams. One involves Social Security numbers related to tax issues and another threatens people with a tax bill from a fictional government agency. Here are some details:

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    2. Life insurance: Why understanding benefit illustration is important when buying life insurance?

      Life insurance: Why understanding benefit illustration is important when buying life insurance?

      Misselling in the insurance sector is rampant where unaware customers are sold products not suitable for them. Although there are insurance sales agents that help you choose the right policies as per your need and lifestyle, there are many unscrupulous insurance sales agents who try to sell life insurance by misrepresenting facts in the benefit illustration.

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    3. Millennials guide to buy life insurance

      Millennials guide to buy life insurance

      Millennials are many times accused of being a spendthrift as they tend to focus on buying the latest gadgets, accessories and bespoke clothes. For many people, investments are only to set aside some money to save tax under Section 80C of the Income Tax Act. But the younger tech-savvy generation has started to look at investing in life insurance products, but more needs to be done to attract more people to attract towards life insurance, which can help them have financial freedom.

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    4. Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos Would Pay $7 Billion Under Elizabeth Warren’s Medicare For All Tax Plan

      Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos Would Pay $7 Billion Under Elizabeth Warren’s Medicare For All Tax Plan

      Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos Would Pay $7 Billion Under Elizabeth Warren’s Medicare For All Tax Plan  Jeff Bezos will be getting a hefty tax bill if Elizabeth Warren gets her way. The Massachusetts Senator on Friday released a detailed plan for how she would pay for her Medicare for All proposal, a sweeping health care plan that her team of economists said will cost about $20 trillion over the next decade.

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    5. How Much Does a Nursing Home Cost?

      How Much Does a Nursing Home Cost?

      Nursing home cost may work their way into your retirement plan . You may have to help pay nursing care expenses for an aging parent, for example. Or long-term care may be necessary for your spouse or yourself as you grow older. Understanding nursing home costs and how they may vary can help you prepare for the expense. What’s the National Median Cost of a Nursing Home? The median cost represents the middle ground between the high and low ends of nursing care expenses.

      • Median cost per month for a semi-private room: $7,441
      • Median cost per month for a private room: $8,365
      • Annual median cost for a semi-private room: $89,297
      • Annual median cost for a private room: $100,375
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    6. Here Are the 2020 Traditional IRA Contribution Limits

      Here Are the 2020 Traditional IRA Contribution Limits

      For those looking to save for retirement, individual retirement accounts remain a great way to take advantage of some favorable tax provisions. IRAs don't require you to pay any taxes on income on gains until you start taking money out of the account. For many people, an upfront deduction lets you save on taxes when you're in a relatively high tax bracket and then pay lower tax rates when your income is lower in retirement.

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    7. In corporate tax, the pressure is rising

      In corporate tax, the pressure is rising

      Growing complexity in the world of tax, and corporate pressures to do more with less, are creating opportunities for accountants to bring some much-needed relief to business clients, according to leaders at Deloitte Tax LLP.

      “There’s been a 40 percent reduction in the corporate tax rate – but at the same time, our clients in tax departments are under pressure to deliver the same value in a more cost-efficient fashion,” Deloitte Tax LLP chairman and CEO Steve Kimble told a recent gathering in New York City. “The complexity of the law is going up, but the pressure to drive costs down is also going up.”

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    8. Don’t believe Democrat promises on health care

      Don’t believe Democrat promises on health care

      Sen. Elizabeth Warren refused on at least five occasions at last week’s Democratic presidential debate to explain how much “Medicare for All” would cost and how it would be paid for. Sen. Bernie Sanders said, “At the end of the day, the overwhelming majority of people will save money on their health care bills. But I do think it is appropriate to acknowledge that taxes will go up.” Think about that. We will tax you more, but the tax increase will be offset with lower medical costs.

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    9. Annuities Can Help Combat Inflation Risks In Retirement

      Annuities Can Help Combat Inflation Risks In Retirement

      Today it's common for Americans to spend two, three or even four decades in retirement. This means people have ample time to relax and achieve a bucket list of dreams. However, the flip side is that retirees need to ensure they have enough savings to last through their lifetime. One complicating factor is that inflation is a fact of life, and it can result in meaningfully higher expenses over time.

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    10. New benefits are coming to Medicare Advantage plans

      New benefits are coming to Medicare Advantage plans

      As we have explained before, Medicare health insurance plans can be divided into two main types. The federal government’s Medicare program directly offers the first type, Original Medicare.

      Private insurance companies approved by the government’s Medicare program offer Medicare Advantage plans. These plans must cover the same services as Original Medicare, but also can cover other expenses.

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    11. 55 Plus: What you need to know about Medicare

      55 Plus: What you need to know about Medicare

      More than 100,000 of us in Orange, Sullivan and Ulster counties use it for the one thing we can’t live without – our health. That number will soar as 10,000 Americans turn 65 every day and become eligible for it. It’s Medicare, the government health insurance plan for folks 65 and over – as well as for those of us on disability and/or suffering from ALS.

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    12. Now, California Can Assess Taxes No Matter Where You Live...Really

      Now, California Can Assess Taxes No Matter Where You Live...Really

      If you live in California, you probably know how aggressive California’s state tax agency can be. In fact, even if you live somewhere else, you might have heard of the Golden State’s aggressive tax rules. Buy a vacation home in California, and stay a little too long? Come into the state and do some work for your non-California employer? Travel to California trying to sell some products or collect data that you’ll use out of state when you get back home?

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    13. 3 retirement savings options for the self-employed — and which is best for you

      3 retirement savings options for the self-employed — and which is best for you

      Whether you are an entrepreneurial mogul in the making or a just-getting-going gig worker, you have the extra job of having to run your own personal HR department. That means you’re in charge of your retirement savings plan.

      There are special retirement accounts for the self-employed. What’s best is a function of where you are in your career, and your cash flow.

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    14. Social Security's Latest Raise Is Nothing to Write Home About

      Social Security's Latest Raise Is Nothing to Write Home About

      Sorry, seniors -- looks like you won't be getting a big boost for 2020. Maurie Backman Oct 11, 2019 at 7:01AM Each year, millions of Social Security recipients eagerly await news of a cost-of-living increase, or COLA . The COLA has been around for decades, and its purpose is to help seniors on Social Security retain their buying power in the face of inflation.

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    15. Open enrollment: 8 things to keep in mind when choosing health insurance

      Open enrollment: 8 things to keep in mind when choosing health insurance

      Picking a health plan used to be easy. Not anymore. Today, whether you receive coverage through your employer , buy insurance on your own or are covered by Medicare , you likely face a slew of choices. Problem is, just as too many investment options in a 401(k) plan can paralyze employees, the same happens with health care. Indeed, a third of employees say they either don’t understand or know nothing about their health care coverage, according to one survey .

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    16. IRS Reveals The Top Tax Scams Of 2019

      IRS Reveals The Top Tax Scams Of 2019

      The Dirty Dozen — a 1967 war movie starring Lee Marvin, Charles Bronson, and Jim Brown, or a list of the top twelve tax scams as identified by the Internal Revenue Service? How about both?

      Each year, the IRS releases a list of the 'Dirty Dozen' tax scams to watch out for during tax season. This year's list, shown below, includes classic scams as well as some new twists.

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    17. 4 Questions You Should Ask Before Buying an Insurance Policy

      4 Questions You Should Ask Before Buying an Insurance Policy

      Insurance protects you from life's calamities. You want to make sure you have the right coverage so an accident, illness, or other disaster doesn't lead to financial ruin -- but how exactly can you figure out what policy is the right one? 

      No matter what kind of insurance you're buying -- whether it's health, home, auto, renter's or life insurance -- there are a few key things you should look at to be sure the coverage you're getting is well-suited to meet your needs.

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    18. Next Social Security raise could be low, and that's not even the worst part

      Next Social Security raise could be low, and that's not even the worst part

      Social Security’s cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, likely won’t rise much next year, but retirees may not feel any change — especially a positive one — at all.

      The COLA for 2020 won’t be announced until next month, but one analyst expects just a 1.6% adjustment next year, down from 2.8% in 2019. Mary Johnson, the Social Security and Medicare policy analyst at the Senior Citizens League, a nonpartisan advocacy group for retirees, has been tracking COLA since 1996. She anticipated the 2.8% adjustment for last year the month before the Social Security Administration announced its COLA (and estimated correctly).

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