IRS Online Assistance

If your individual income is less than $60,000 a year, you can file your tax return for free at the IRS website. Should you need help, the IRS provides an “Interactive Tax Assistance” (ITA) tool that walks you through various topics to help you arrive…

Political Environment: The Battle Begins in Earnest

The economy is in good shape for starting a new year, but lines have already been drawn in the sand where our political engine is concerned. Republicans have a long list of pent-up priorities, including the Keystone Pipeline, repealing portions of the Patient Protection and…

Remodeling For Dollars

Each year, Remodeling magazine publishes a “Cost vs. Value Report” comparing the cost of certain remodel projects with Realtors’ perceptions of how those upgrades translate into resale value. The recent 2015 report reveals that if you’re in need of a new front door, replacing it…

2015 Financial Outlook

Last year left the U.S. in decent financial shape. Oil prices tanked and the U.S. dollar surged. Inflationary pressure is low, and the stock market ended the year strong. The analysts at Fidelity believe this positive environment should continue at least early into 2015. The…

Beware IRS Phone Scam

Have you ever gotten a call from someone claiming to be with the IRS? If you haven’t been contacted via regular mail first, then it’s probably a scam. If the caller asks you for immediate payment by phone via your credit or debit card, it’s…

Where Does the Money Go?

In December, Congress passed the federal budget for fiscal year 2015 at the last possible moment, avoiding yet another government shutdown. You have to wonder why this is such a difficult process. Within our own households, there are often two people — sometimes with diametrically…

Social Security Maximization

B.O.S.S. Retirement Solutions is a leading expert in retirement income maximization as well as an industry leader in helping retirees and pre-retirees maximize their Social Security during retirement. Our firm customizes plans for when and how to receive Social Security benefits in order to help…

American Pride

After years of slow economic growth, has America truly recovered? Perhaps not for every single person in the country, but pride in Americana appears to have rebounded nicely. Take the manufacturing industry, for example. Cheaper labor overseas resulted in the loss of 5.8 million factory…