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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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Are you making charitable donations this holiday season? If so, you should know about some of the financial “fine print” involved, as the right moves could potentially bring more of a benefit to the charity and to you.

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Seniors got a little good news last fall. It will help retirees out, but it will not help them get ahead.

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In the past few years several major companies have experienced data breaches, exposing millions of consumers’ personal information to fraudsters. In the wake of each breach many consumers will contemplate putting some kind of freeze or lock on their credit file.

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This month the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are automatically mailing new Medicare cards to more than 1.3 million people with Medicare in Tennessee.

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Today’s philanthropists face a wealth of worthy causes. Memphis alone has more than 5,000 nonprofit organizations that may be vying for your attention, including hospitals, arts groups, social services, colleges and universities, and yes, even your high school alma mater.

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Identity theft can happen to anyone, but consumers now have a new free tool to help protect themselves against scammers who would steal their financial information.

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For the first time in a one year period, charitable giving in 2017 exceeded $400 billion, according to Giving USA 2018: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2017.

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A gift to charity may prove to be a great financial favor to you. Some charitable gifting methods offer you notable tax advantages. Here’s a brief look at some popular options.

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Although the message may not have gotten out clearly to taxpayers, Memphis and Shelby County property owners are getting tax cuts this year.

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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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WASHINGTON -- BBB Wise Giving Alliance (Give.org), the charity monitoring organization affiliated with the Better Business Bureau, recently joined with the Federal Trade Commission, state attorneys general and state charity regulators to help the donating public avoid misleading charity appe…

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The annual sales-tax holiday in Tennessee will start this year at 12:01 a.m. July 27 and end at 11:50 p.m. July 29.

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The assessed value of property for tax purposes increased $88 million in Shelby County outside Memphis this year while it dropped $60.9 million within the city, certified tax roll figures released in April by the County Assessor’s Office show.

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A new report by Better Business Bureau (BBB) says sweepstakes, lottery and prize schemes are devastating victims financially and emotionally with ever-evolving methods.

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There can be many events that happen that can make someone consider refinancing a mortgage -- a change in market rates, a significant life event or a need for major home renovations. Depending upon your circumstances, this may be a great option for you. However, there are some things to cons…

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The mayors of Memphis and Shelby County governments have recommended property tax cuts this year that will be considered this month by the City Council and County Commission.

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