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The purpose of a special needs trust is to help a person living with a disability live a good quality of life while preserving personal assets. Who determines what a person’s quality of life is? When does someone know that a good quality of life is reached? How can a special needs trust bene…

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By late March, more than 33 percent of the nation’s households had responded to the 2020 Census through the Internet or by telephone as a federal agency seeks to carry out its once a decade task to count the number of people who live in the United States and its territories.

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Whether it is referred to as planned giving, gift planning or legacy giving, it is a method that allows people to make larger philanthropic gifts than they could make from ordinary income.

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SRI (Socially Responsible Investing), Impact Investing, and ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) Investing belong to a growing category of investment choices that use traditional investing practices to responsibly impact society.

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As director of planned giving for the University of Memphis, I am privileged to talk with people not just about their giving, but about why they give and how they want to be remembered.

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“What is your greatest retirement fear?” If you ask any group of retirees and pre-retirees this question, “outliving my money” will likely be one of the top answers. In fact, 51% of investors surveyed for a 2019 AIG retirement study ranked outliving their money as their top anxiety.

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For many, the holiday season sparks the spirit of giving – not only among family and friends, but to those living in need and the organizations working to help them. If you’re committed to helping improve the lives of others in your community, it may mean thinking long-term.

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The health care landscape in America is ever-changing and often confusing. It’s hard to know exactly what health insurance covers, eligibility requirements, how to access government subsidies and even when to pay penalties.

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao today announced that the Department will award $157 million in airport infrastructure grants to 34 airports in 19 states, plus the U.S. Virgin Islands. This is the sixth allotment of the total $3.18 billion in Federal Aviation Adminis…

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The Better Business Bureau of the Mid-South (BBB) is warning consumers about two local apartment complexes that have earned F ratings from BBB due to unanswered and unresolved complaints from their tenants. In addition to sending individual complaints to the companies, BBB sent each company …

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Financial exploitation (FE) in older adults is the “illegal taking, misuse, or the concealment of funds, property or assets of a vulnerable elder,” according to the National Center on Elder Abuse, and poses a serious public health problem.

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With Memphis City Council elections coming up in October, it is a good time to call on candidates to pledge to drop the unfair practice of declaring that actions of the council are not final until the minutes of a meeting are approved.

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A Certificate of Deposit, commonly referred to as a CD, is a financial product that is offered by banks and credit unions, which makes them a secure and safe place to keep money that you aren’t planning to spend anytime soon. To initiate a CD, there is usually a minimum amount you need to deposit.

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Shelby County had a better than usual growth in its property tax base this year, according to assessed value figures reported by Property Assessor Melvin Burgess’ office.

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An in-depth investigative study by the Better Business Bureau (BBB) finds that fraudulent consumer goods are ubiquitous, difficult to tell apart from the legitimate products they are counterfeiting, and stem from a large network of organized criminals and credit card processing mechanisms th…

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Weighted average daily attendance (ADA) numbers for this school year will again result in a shift in county funding from Shelby County Schools and other publicly funded schools in the county district to five of the six suburban school systems.

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When creating a will, there’s one question that each of my clients has in common. That is: “What do I do with my stuff.”

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Construction has begun on Avenida Watermarq at Germantown, a new lifestyle community of apartment home residences for adults 55 and older.

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It is important to have a plan for your retirement, but where should you begin? The first step that you should take is to estimate the income that will be required to fund your retirement. However, it is not as easy as it sounds since retirement planning is not an actual science. Your needs …

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The Instagram message seemed to come from an old classmate. But it wasn’t an old classmate at all. It was a scammer trying to get chummy in order to steal money from the Olive Branch woman she was targeting.

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Memphis University School supporters Dot and Bill Halliday planted a seed for the future when they decided to support the school with a longer-term endowment years before they died.

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Known variously as planned giving, gift planning or legacy giving, it is a method that allows people to make larger philanthropic gifts than they could make from ordinary income.

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Do you have an email account? Are you on social media? If you answered yes to either of these questions, chances are you’ve been sent a link to a crowdfunding site to support an individual, organization or cause. Crowdfunding sites such as GoFundMe, YouCaring, Kickstarter, and Fundable all a…

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Fraudsters and scammers come at us from every angle - email, social media, phone calls, etc. -- and at times it can be very hard to determine what’s legitimate and what’s not. Here are some tried and true methods to keep your accounts and other personal information out of the hands of frauds…

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Whenever you read about important topics like long-term care, health care or retirement, you’re likely inundated with facts and numbers. The cost of care, the likelihood you’ll experience various diseases, how much you’ll need in retirement to live and pay for care — these are some facts you…

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Brenda Mundaca, a medical administrator in Colorado, speaks to CNN.

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Another 6.6 million people filed for unemployment benefits in the week ending April 4. Altogether, more than 16 million Americans have sought aid in the form of jobless benefits in just the prior three weeks alone.

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., April 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- In response to changing conditions resulting from COVID-19 (coronavirus), Taylor Morrison Home Corporation (NYSE: TMHC), a leading national homebuilder and developer, outlined the strategic and immediate actions being taken for the common good of team members, customers, shareholders and the company during this global crisis. Additionally, the company is sharing a preliminary unaudited Q1 2020 earnings update.

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Wouldn't it be nice if you could deduct your credit card debt from your taxes? For most Americans, that's just a dream that will never come true. However, some circumstances allow you to deduct some credit card debt – all related to using your card for business purposes.

The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act raised the standard deduction and eliminated or reduced certain itemized deductions as part of a tax simplification effort. It's critical for those who still itemize to take advantage of all possible deductions. Self-employed taxpayers and small business owners who rely heavily on credit cards may be able to save by taking advantage of credit-related deductions.

Credit card debt on personal purchases is not tax-deductible, thanks to the 1986 Tax Reform Act. However, three varieties of business-related credit card debt may be deductible.

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PHOENIX, April 8, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Prevalent, Inc., the company that transforms how you manage third-party risk, and Shared Assessments, the member-driven leader in third-party risk assurance, today announced a new report, Third-Party Risk Management: The 3(rd) Rail of Security & Compliance, which provides deep insights into current trends, challenges and initiatives impacting third-party risk practitioners. The findings clearly illustrate that many companies are not dedicating proper resources to assess third-party risks, and those that are still lack confidence in their programs. As a result, there are real consequences including loss of revenue, loss of productivity, and loss of reputation - all of which can jeopardize resiliency and are amplified given today's supply chain concerns related to COVID-19.

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From that $1,200 check to student loans, here's everything you need to know about the federal stimulus package. CNN Chief Business Correspondent Christine Romans explains. Watch the latest videos on Covid-19

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Tax preparation software has improved significantly over the past several years, and more and more people are using it to file their own taxes. If you are debating whether doing your own taxes is right for you, consider the following factors:

  • Simplicity of your Tax Situation – If you have relatively few deductions, few sources of income, and limited investments, tax preparation software should be able to handle your taxes with relative ease. If you have a complex tax situation with business interests, rental properties, multiple investments, or estate issues, it's probably best to use a CPA or licensed tax preparer.

  • Familiarity with Taxes – The less familiar you are with taxes, the more questions a CPA will have to ask about your situation to help you find applicable deductions. Most of the tax software programs have information prompts...

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., April 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- GoDaddy Inc. (NYSE: GDDY), the company that empowers everyday entrepreneurs, today introduced Venture Forward, a multi-year research project that demonstrates and quantifies the positive impact these entrepreneurs and their microbusinesses, have on their local communities, as well as how they strengthen the U.S. economy as a whole. As the economic fallout from COVID-19 continues, Venture Forward will shed light on how this group is recovering, and the effect they are having on their communities and economies. The Venture Forward research is available to download and to explore with data visualization tools at www.godaddy.com/ventureforward.

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., April 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- GoDaddy Inc. (NYSE: GDDY), the company that empowers everyday entrepreneurs, today announced it is acquiring Neustar Inc's Registry business. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed. The deal is expected to close in Q2 2020.

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Inefficient supply chains often drive prices at the grocery store up. CNN's Eleni Giokos sat down with Twiga Foods CEO, Peter Njonjo, to see how his company is creating infrastructure and implementing technology to keep consumer costs low.

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For grocers across Africa, maintaining a supply of essential goods for everyday living requires infrastructure that includes everyone from farmers and port workers to truck drivers. CNN's Eleni Giokos reports on how supply chains across Africa are gearing up to keep shelves stocked for the l…

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OPEC and Russia postponed a meeting that could end a price war and reduce a supply glut that has driven oil futures to their lowest in decades. CNN's Julia Chatterley reports on the turmoil in energy markets.

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In 2017, credit-reporting company Equifax disclosed it had experienced a major data breach, affecting up to 143 million people. The company joined Yahoo, Myspace, Target, LinkedIn and more on the list of largest data breaches in history.​

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As much fun as it is to hold your tax refund check in your hands as you rub them together with glee, direct deposit is a simpler and faster method of receiving your refund. It may be safer as well. Not only will you be spared the possibility of someone stealing your check out of the mail, you will also be less tempted to spend it.

However, there is an even better way to avoid spending your refund. You can have it directly deposited into an individual retirement account (IRA) or purchase U.S. savings bonds with it. Some institutions may allow you to directly deposit your refund into other types of accounts such as 529 College Savings Plans or mutual funds.

IRS Form 8888, "Allocation of Refund," allows you to split your refund into a...

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Mako Energy's underwater turbines capture the power of Australia's coastlines in an effort to provide an alternative to the country's dependence on fossil fuels.

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Some doctors and nurses have been warned not to speak about the Covid-19 pandemic without authorization. Dr. Nisha Mehta is hearing from them through a Facebook group. "I've got physicians calling me saying I don't know if I'll ever see my child again," she says. "We're scared for our own he…

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New York Times reporter Sarah Maslin Nir recounts how she contracted the virus while on assignment covering the outbreak in New Rochelle, New York. "I wanted to keep going out into the field to keep reporting for the American public," she says. But she is now at home, recovering and quarantining.

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Oliver Darcy discusses the parallels between Fox's talking points about the pandemic and President Trump's public remarks. Trump's "misleading" claims and ideas "that may be giving false hope" often emanate from TV and radio, Darcy says. Susan Glasser also weighs in.

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Gregg Gonsalves says TV networks should stop airing White House briefings when the president spreads misinformation. Susan Glasser says it is a difficult decision, but journalists "have an enormous responsibility to bear witness."

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Washington Post executive editor Marty Baron tells Brian Stelter that the free press must "hold powerful officials accountable." The Post's new review of the federal government's response to the pandemic "found that the government had failed all along the way," Baron says. "Everything stems …

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"It's been a colossal management and leadership failure," remarks Gregg Gonsalves of the Yale School of Medicine. "As somebody who watched the AIDS epidemic unfold in this country, I recognize it as a political crisis first and foremost," he says.

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., April 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Sales Planning Xperts LLC (SPX) announced that it will conduct trade promotion spending assessments at no cost to manufacturers of consumer packaged goods while they weather heavy economic pressure. These assessments provide a custom scorecard against best-in-class industry standards and will highlight missed opportunities for revenue growth and expense savings.