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Tuesday, 26 May 2015 17:37

Rethinking money for college

Written by Marion Syversen

When it comes to money for college, we sometimes get so overwhelmed that loans seem like the only way to go. But how about some of these ideas? They may not cover all of your needs, but depending on where you go to school and what talents you have, these ideas could help you earn some serious money towards your schooling.

Sell online. Are you an expert or well-versed in an area that might translate into selling awesomeness? Items such as toys, cameras and textbooks may be purchased for enough less than they could be sold that you may reap a nice margin. Can the things be found at local yard sales and sold online? There are people who make good money at this because they know their field and they work hard.

Tuesday, 12 May 2015 20:55

Summer jobs withhold or not?

Written by Anne Powelson

Looking for a summer job? I hope you find one! If you do, you'll be asked to complete form W-4 requesting how much withholding you want from your income. How should you fill that in? The decision is up to you, but here is some guidance.

Will you need to file federal taxes? I'm going to assume that you are someone's dependent, which means, except for temporary absences, you live with a parent or other guardian and you don't provide over half your support. In 2015, a dependent needs to file if any of these conditions apply:

Tuesday, 21 April 2015 22:31

Financially savvy adult

Written by Katy England

In adulthood there are financial things that you need to know because you realize with freedom comes responsibility. After all those antsy years in childhood waiting to be the boss of you, YOU are finally in control of your activities, where you live and your money.

I can't help with all of life's advice, but I've been a financial professional for 15 years so I might be able to assist with your financial matters. And here are three things you need to know to make you a more financially savvy adult.

Did you know Maine has a credit for recent graduates of Maine colleges who are paying on student loans? Though use of the Maine Credit for Educational Opportunity is growing, from 710 filers in 2011 to 1,157 in 2012, many people still don't know about this wonderful credit.

What is the Maine Credit for Educational Opportunity?

You've always thought that you would make an awesome millionaire. I totally agree!

And you know that not everyone who has a lot of money KEEPS the money. And some folks who have modest means have plenty saved.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015 13:09

Do-it-yourself investing

Written by Marion Syversen

I am a do-it-yourself gal. I would love to be able to pay for every type of expert and service. But if necessity is the mother of invention, a gal on a budget who wants what she wants becomes a DIY gal.

Many of us have had to become do-it-yourselfers on investing, managing our own 401ks or other tax-deferred retirement accounts at our workplace.

Tuesday, 10 February 2015 18:47

Oops, I'm self-employed

Written by Anne Powelson (AP)

Some people dream of opening their own restaurant, running a construction company or developing a killer app. Others fall into self-employment when they agreed to lead lessons on a favorite topic, perform beta testing for a software company or install wiring at a house construction site. Planned or not, being self-employed is an entry in to a whole new level of taxes. If you find yourself self-employed here are some things to watch out for:

It's not your imagination; taxes are a bigger bite than before

Wednesday, 28 January 2015 11:49

ACA comes to your tax return

Written by Anne Powelson

Welcome to 2015 - the first year when questions about whether you have health insurance will impact your federal tax return. A quick summary of the major impacts:

You will be asked if you have health insurance. You will be asked to confirm you had qualifying health insurance all year for yourself, your spouse and each dependent listed on your return. On the paper copy of returns, there's a simple checkbox near the end. How that checkbox gets filled in (or not) will vary depending on how your taxes are prepared, but you should expect questions about insurance. Qualifying health insurance is defined at irs.gov (search for 'minimum essential coverage'). Employer-sponsored, individual and government-sponsored plans all are acceptable plans.

Monday, 19 January 2015 13:39

Making the most of Social Security in 2015

Written by Marion Syversen

Social Security is often the largest source of income for retirees. How can you get the most from your Social Security?

Generally, the way to get the most monthly benefit is to wait. The longer you wait to begin taking income, up to age 70, the more money you will have in benefits.

With the flurry of year-end holiday fundraising, many nonprofits may not have much time to dwell on their development campaigns for the next year. To make a successful impact in 2015, however, it's important to look ahead and a marketing plan is the first step to keeping your campaigns on track. A well-defined strategy has the same benefits for nonprofits as it does for any for-profit businesses: it creates guidelines to set goals, organize resources and effectively reach out to your target audience.

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