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How to plan for you children’s winter break

Commentary by Carey Juez-Perez Within a few weeks, Kansas City area schoolchildren will be out of school for their winter break. If you’re a parent with children who are about to go on winter break, make sure you’re prepared. Here are a few issues you should consider in planning – and some strategies you can try to address those issues: …

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Comments about tax plan are exaggerations and false statements

Commentary by Dermidio Juez-Perez On Nov. 29, President Trump announced during a rally in Missouri what he claimed to be one of the “biggest tax cuts in history.” The president also claimed that Congress hadn’t gotten tax cuts approved for “many, many years – since Reagan.” The first statement is an exaggeration. The second statement is false and misleading. President …

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National Tax Security Awareness Week: Eight Steps to Keep Online Data Safe

During the holiday shopping season, shoppers are looking for the perfect gifts. At the same time, criminals are looking for sensitive data. This data includes credit card numbers, financial accounts and Social Security numbers. Cybercriminals can use this information to file a fraudulent tax return. This tip is part of National Tax Security Awareness Week. The IRS is partnering with …

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A few gift-buying tips for this Christmas

Commentary by Yanis De Palma For some people, buying holiday gifts can be overwhelming. They don’t know what to buy or how much to spend. So here are a few tips to avoid the overwhelming feeling that can come with buying Christmas presents: *Make a list: Making a list will help you create a budget and save you time. Don’t …

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5 Ways to Save Money While Shopping

By Family Features There’s shopping for pleasure, then there’s shopping for purpose. The latter is never quite as fun, but taking a practical approach to buying household necessities can help save money so there’s more to spend on the shopping you enjoy most. Tackle your household shopping with these cost-conscious tips from the experts at Scott Brand: Keep a list. …

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Ending NAFTA would bring considerable consequences

Commentary by Tere Siqueira President Trump keeps threatening to withdraw the United States from NAFTA. He should reconsider and withdraw his threat instead. Withdrawing from the agreement with Canada and Mexico, which took effect in 1994, would produce serious economic and social consequences, including the following: *It would negatively affect the bilateral cooperation against drug trafficking and illegal migration: Mexico …

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Extension Filers: Deadline is Monday, Oct. 16; Prior-Year

Cortesy by IRS WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service has an important reminder for taxpayers who filed for an extension and face an Oct. 16 filing deadline: The adjusted gross income (AGI) amount from their 2015 return may be needed to electronically file their 2016 tax return. For those taxpayers who have a valid extension and are in or affected …

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America’s childcare crisis

Commentary by Dermidio Juez-Perez There are few topics upon which America’s major political parties agree. However, there are three things Republicans and Democrats have in common: Both parties claim to love the United States, both wish to control Congress and both agree that the cost of childcare in the United States is outrageous. During the last presidential election campaign, the …

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Heed some personal finance advice before starting college this fall

Commentary by Melissa Arroyo If you’re a student preparing to start college soon, congratulations! But know this: You’re off to learn more than information for your future career. If all goes well, you’ll learn more about money and how to manage it. So before you embark on this exciting – and possibly frugal – part of your life, here are …

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Remittances to Latin American countries increasing

By Emiliano Gross According to recent statistics, Latin Americans living abroad are sending more money back home. A report called “Sending Money Home” stated that remittances in all of Latin America reached $73 billion in 2016 – an 18 percent increase since 2007. A U.N. agency reported that the Latin American countries benefitting the most from remittances were Mexico (more …

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