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Tax Tip

Tax Tip: Gather Those Receipts!

Before you start preparing your taxes, make sure you gather all the necessary documents. Keep all information that comes in the mail such as W-2s, 1099s and bank or mortgage statements, and store it in one place. Save receipts and documents from donation forms in order to itemize your tax deductions. Not sure what to include? It’s better to have more documents at your disposal than miss a potential item….

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5 steps to collecting art

5 Steps to Start Collecting Art

You have the house and furniture. You are in tune with your tastes and want to add interest to your surroundings. You don’t need a home decorator: All it takes is a few pieces or well-chosen art. Not sure how to do this or where to start? Here’s the beginner’s guide to start collecting art: 1. Seek out what you like: Does modern, photography, charcoal, or sculpture move you? When…

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Tax Tip

Tax Tip: Report Name Changes

Did you change your name since the last tax season? According to the IRS, the name on your tax return MUST match your Social Security Administration (SSA) records. Tax tip to save time: Make sure to notify the SSA of any name changes before you file your taxes, or you may receive a letter from the IRS about the inconsistency. Tax tip to save money: The interest on your mortgage…

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host a party for sunday's big game

How to Host a Killer Party for Sunday’s Big Game

What are you doing this Sunday? You don’t have to leave your couch to have a great time! The big game (number XLVIII) is the perfect excuse to invite friends over, indulge in food and watch the biggest game of the year. Before the festivities begin, create party checklist to make sure your party is touchdown success. Here are 7 tips for a successful Big Game gathering: Coolers: Keep guests…

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snow day

Let it Snow! 6 Snow Day Activities

Winters are notoriously known for bad weather and snow days, but this winter season has seen extremes in polar vortex temperatures and snowfall. For children, snow days are an excuse to stay home, play in the snow, and lounge by the TV. What can adults do when the weather gets frightful? Here are 6 ways to spend your snow day: Hit the kitchen. A snow day is the perfect excuse…

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Colorful Front Doors

Does your home need a dash of personality? Do you want your home to convey a certain vibe? Are you on a budget? Do you like to play with color? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then you might want to jump on the latest style trend in home exteriors – colorful front doors! A coat of vibrant fresh paint gives an instant face-lift to any house…

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