Wage War Wages On

March 3, 2015

The hacking incidence at Sony may have hurt actor Seth Rogen and the release of his film, “The Interview,” but it was a boon for actress Charlize Theron. After leaked emails revealed her male co-star Chris Hemsworth was being paid $10 million more than her in their film, “The Huntsman,” she successfully renegotiated equal pay…

IRS Online Assistance

February 26, 2015

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 at the correct forms and inputs on your tax return.…

Political Environment: The Battle Begins in Earnest

February 24, 2015

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 Affordable Care Act and reversing the president’s executive action enabling…

Remodeling For Dollars

February 19, 2015

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 with a new steel entry door offers the No. 1…

2015 Financial Outlook

February 16, 2015

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 economy is in a mid-cycle expansion with solid employment gains…

Beware IRS Phone Scam

February 12, 2015

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 definitely a scammer. If this does happen to you, report…

Where Does the Money Go?

February 10, 2015

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 opposed opinions on how money should be spent — who…

Social Security Maximization

February 5, 2015

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 our clients maximize their retirement income. “Proper solutions are key…

American Pride

February 3, 2015

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 jobs between 2000 and 2009. Yet since the financial crisis,…

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