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Here’s what taxpayers should know about doing a paycheck checkup

Everyone should check their withholding by doing a Paycheck Checkup ASAP, even if they did one in 2018. The federal income tax is a pay-as-you-go tax. This means that taxpayers pay the tax as they earn or receive income during the year. This also means that taxpayers can avoid a surprise at tax time by checking their withholding amount the …

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IRS reminder: Get tax withholding right; do a paycheck checkup at least once every year

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today urged taxpayers to review their 2019 tax withholding using the IRS Withholding Calculator and make any changes with their employer as soon as possible. This is especially true for anyone who adjusted their withholding during the middle or later parts of 2018. That’s because a mid-year withholding change, only affecting part of 2018, …

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5 Tips to Manage Money Smarter

By Family Features There’s more to managing your money than paying your bills and successfully avoiding overdraft charges (although those are definitely steps in the right direction). Effectively managing your money takes time and planning, but the payoff may be a stronger financial future. Create a budget. Some people avoid making a monthly budget because they think they don’t need …

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Dave says – Finance Colum

Dear Dave, I’ve started following your plan, and I’ve got a beginner emergency fund of $1,000 saved. Now that I’m ready to start paying off debt in Baby Step 2, do you recommend paying off credit card balances before or after closing the accounts? Maeve Dear Maeve, I’m really proud of you. Congratulations on starting the journey toward getting out …

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Dave says 04.18.19

Dear Dave, As a business owner, how do you find a life balance between work and home? I have my own small business, and sometimes I feel like I’m putting in too much time at the shop and not spending enough time with my husband and kids. Molly Dear Molly, The idea of everything being in balance, on an everyday …

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JPMorgan Chase to open two branches in KC area

JPMorgan Chase Bank announced on Wednesday (March 13) that it will be opening two branches in the Kansas City area before the end of 2019, as part of its plans to expand its retail branches into nine top U.S. markets. “We’ll be opening branches in the Kansas City region, bringing the full strength of our financial services to consumers and …

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“What if the money didn’t matter?” 

QUESTION: I’ve had two or three jobs since graduating from college, and I haven’t felt like any of them were what I’m supposed to be doing with my life. Do you have any advice to help someone find their true calling? ANSWER: Believe it or not, many folks out there are in the same position. We all want to be …

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Dave says: Finance column 03.07.19

Dear Dave, I’m single and a firefighter, and we have a pension plus a 457(b) retirement plan. I’m not contributing to the 457(b) right now, because I’m following your plan and in Baby Step 2, which is paying off debt. Our retirement plan is managed by a big life insurance company, but I know you don’t like the idea of …

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Aguilar turns youthful interest into nationwide business

By Katherine Diaz Jorge Aguilar’s ambition when he was a young entrepreneur has helped him expand a Kansas City area-based window cleaning business into a nationwide specialized service provider. As an 18-year-old working for an area company, Aguilar discovered an interest in window cleaning that led to furthering his career in the trade. At age 20, he set off to …

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A new work year: High-demand jobs for 2019

Analysis by Tere Siqueira For many Americans, a new year means pursuing a new job or career. According to U.S. News and World Report, some of the best jobs for 2019 and beyond include the following: *Software developer: Steadily in demand since last year, software developers work on aesthetics and analytics to create and troubleshoot applications and software. Software developers …

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