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Mistakes on your tax return could lead to an audit

by Nathaniel Sillin You’re not alone if your heart pounds when you see a letter from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in your mailbox. While some lucky filers get sent a letter because they’re due a larger refund, most of us fear the worst: an audit. Those fears may be largely unfounded for the average household. Only about 1 percent […]

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Building prosperity for working families at tax time

by Scott Anglemyer Kansas Center for Economic Growth Economists don’t agree on much. As George Bernard Shaw said, “If all the economists were laid end-to-end, they’d never reach a conclusion.” One of the few things that most economists agree on, however, is that the Earned Income Tax Credit is an example of smart policy. The EITC is a common-sense tax […]

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Rewarding the soil keepers

Rewarding the soil keepers

More than 100 ranchers, landowners and people interested in protecting wildlife and the environment, attended the 71st annual meeting of the Marion County Conserva­tion District Feb. 24 at East­moor United Methodist Church in Marion. In addition to the annual poster contest, a new contest was added. Jackie Hett presents the first-place award in conservation photography to Karsen Kroupa. This was […]

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Family donates pet respirator to local fire dept.

Marion firefighters will now have a better chance of rescuing animals suffering from the effects of smoke inhalation, and revived with oxygen, thanks to Cristi Soyez of Cedar Point. “I have a tendency to buy my grandkids something at Valentines Day, and I tend to go crazy (on what I get them),” she said. “But, this year, I decided to […]

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Reye Syndrome is still a rare but serious disease

by Debbie Linder The Free Press Have you ever experienced a warning bell going off in your head? I have periodically. The most recent one was triggered by a teenage girl who was telling me about her cold symptoms. She was miserable. Unfortunately, her mother was having trouble finding medicine that she would take. Apparently, the girl could not swallow […]

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Three steps to reach 100 feeling youthful and healthy

What will your life be like when you turn 100? A century ago the question seemed almost flippant, a needless consideration for most people, but today it’s very real. The percentage of people living to 100 has grown almost 66 percent in the last 30 years, according to U.S. News and World Report. The MDVIP Health and Longevity Survey reveals […]

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Common tax mistakes to avoid in 2018­

Life changes – getting married, having a baby, buying or selling a home, sending a child off to college or retiring – often come with changes to your tax situation. Overlooking these changes when filing your taxes can lead taxpayers to make mistakes that leave money on the table, potentially impacting their refund at a time when the average refund […]

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Important items to gather for your tax preparer

For many working Americans, April 15 is synonymous with taxes. But taxpayers may be happy to learn that they have two extra days to file their returns in 2018. That’s because this year April 15 falls on a Sunday, and April 16 is Emancipation Day, when the District of Columbia celebrates Abraham Lincoln’s signing of the District of Columbia Compensated […]

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How the tax reform plan could affect you

With the newly passed tax reform bill, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), now is the time to start thinking about how this will affect you so that you can plan ahead for the outcomes you will start to feel in your paycheck as early as February 2018. This tax reform affects virtually everyone; however, families, homeowners, residents of […]

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Practical and fun tips for using your tax refund

It’s that time of year again when you may find a little bit of extra money in your pocket, thanks to your annual tax refund. There are plenty of practical ways to spend it, such as putting it toward paying off credit cards, loan payments or even starting a college fund, but there is always something tempting about taking that […]

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