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Why Is The State In Our Bedrooms & Living Rooms As Well As Our Bank Accounts?

Authored by Charles Hugh-Smith via OfTwoMinds blog, There's a word to describe a state with unlimited power over the private lives, spaces, choices, behaviors, communications and accounts of its citizens: totalitarian. A limited government is concerned with proscribing the exploitation of citizens by elites and criminals. A Totalitarian State seeks control of everything--including what goes on in the ...

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Concerned about White House infighting, Trump eyes shake-up: WSJ

U.S. President Donald Trump, concerned about infighting among his team, is considering a major shakeup of senior officials on his staff in an effort to eliminate some of the White House drama, The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. The crisis in Syria sharpened Trump's desire to reduce the infighting and he is expected to make some staffing decisions soon, the Journal said, citing a senior administration official.

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New Features from Twitter, Pinterest, Plus More Small Biz Headlines

Social media isn’t just for promoting your small business — it can also be a great resource for providing customer service. And this week, Twitter added a location sharing feature that can make it easier for some businesses communicating with customers using direct messages. And Twitter wasn’t the only social media platform to add new features this week. Pinterest also added an instant download option for those looking to ...

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Don’t Trust Your Student Loan Servicer, Especially Navient

If you don’t understand why having a fiduciary requirement matters in terms of financial advice, read this Bloomberg article about student-loan servicer Navient. Learn about the sad behavior of a company that services the student loans of over 12 million people. Here’s what Navient CEO Jack Remondi says in public: At Navient, our priority is to help each of our 12 million customers successfully manage their loans in a way that works for their individual circumstances. Helping our...

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Can I claim a charitable deduction if I received a gift in return?

Charitable donations and your taxes If the item you received in return was worth less than the amount you donated, you can still take a deduction for it on your tax return. For example, if you attend a charity silent auction and pay $10,000 for a vacation package that is worth $5,000, you can deduct $5,000 as a charitable donation. ...

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H&R Block Desktop Tax Software Discounts: Free $20 Nike Gift Card

Updated with new deal. If you are still looking for downloadable desktop tax software that doesn’t require your Social Security Number and financial details to be stored in the cloud, here’s a limited-time deal on H&R Block Tax Software 2016. NewEgg has H&R Block Deluxe Federal + State for $29.99 plus a free $20 Nike Gift card. If you can actually use that $20 Nike gift card, your net cost would be close to...

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Free State Income Tax E-File Options For All 50 States (Updated 2017)

Links checked and updated for 2017 (Tax Year 2016). With commercial tax prep software, it is always wise to note the cost of your state return and e-File as it may actually cost more than your federal return (especially if you wait until April to file). As such, you may wish to do your state return separately. Based on their current, regular published prices at time of writing: TurboTax Online Deluxe and Premier charge $39.99 for a single...

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Bank of Canada survey Shows Companies are Optimistic About Future

Canadian companies are more optimistic about future sales and exports, and plan to boost hiring and investment to meet demand despite lingering uncertainty about U.S. protectionism, the Bank of Canada said on Monday. Firms expect some increase in sales growth over the next 12 months amid rising domestic and foreign demand, with a growing number of companies expecting strong growth in the United States, Canada’s largest trading partner. “Nevertheless, firms remain wary in ...

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The Forgotten North

Monday, April 3, 2017 Today's Spotlight Market The most recent meeting of the Bank of Canada ("BOC") was held on March 1, and the BOC elected to leave interest rates unchanged at 0.5%. The BOC noted that inflation was higher in January, at 2.1%, but they felt that was a temporary increase related to the introduction of carbon taxes in Alberta and Ontario. Canadian 4th quarter GDP also came in higher at 2.6%. Fundamentals While relations with ...

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