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Republican Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has ended all federal pandemic unemployment compensation programs in the state as of July 3.

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Benjamin Franklin famously wrote in 1789, “Our new constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”

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Primarily as a result of the countywide reappraisal program, certified tax roll figures presented by County Property Assessor Melvin Burgess show a 24.1 percent increase in assessed values for tax purposes in Shelby County.

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What should I do if I get a call claiming there’s a problem with my Social Security number or account?

If there is a problem, we will mail you a letter. Generally, we will only contact you if you have requested a call or have ongoing business with us. The latest scam trick of using robocalls or live callers has increased.

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The next several weeks will provide Memphis and Shelby County property owners with a much better picture of how the 2021 Reappraisal program will affect their individual values.

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 I’m retiring early, at age 62, and I receive investment income from a rental property I own. Does investment income count as earnings?

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Deductions reduce the amount of taxable income then filing a federal income tax return. In other words, they can reduce the amount of tax someone owes.

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Whatever it’s called –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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For retirees, that seasonal urge can fit neatly into their overall retirement plan – if they’re intentional about how they go about it.

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In this season of giving, Secretary of State Tre Hargett cautions Tennesseans to be wary of scams when making charitable donations.

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Medicare health and drug plan costs and covered benefits can change from year to year, so those who have Medicare should review their coverage and decide on the options that best fit their health needs...

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Depending upon your circumstances, refinancing your mortgage may be a great option for you. However, there are some things to consider before moving forward.

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Q: My spouse doesn’t have enough work credits to qualify for Social Security retirement benefits. Can they qualify on my record?

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The small business economy in the United States is extraordinarily competitive these days. Even if the coronavirus pandemic has brought about a setback in small business activity, the fact remains that the country is full of innovative, entrepreneurial spirit.

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During the 2021 Medicare annual enrollment period, October 15-December 7, U.S. seniors will be asked to choose from over 3,000 Medicare Advantage plans, with the number of plans available ranging from none in certain rural counties to as many as 31 in the most populous areas of the country. …

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The assessed value of property for tax purposes increased less than one-half of one percent this year in Shelby County as a decline was recorded in Memphis.

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My child, who gets Social Security, will be attending his last year of high school in the fall. He turns 19 in a few months. Do I need to fill out a form for his benefits to continue?

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Scam phone calls, emails and texts seem to be an everyday occurrence. But being fooled by scammers once taught a Memphis woman to be extra cautious when another scammer contacted her a year later.

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Social distancing, sheltering in place... phrases that express the seriousness of our “new normal”. But one thing that hasn’t changed is that fraudsters and scammers will use COVID-19 as a means to get their hands on your money.

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A Memphis woman reported to BBB this week that she had received an offer to be a secret shopper at Walmart. That in and of itself isn’t unusual. Employment scams ranked as the number one riskiest scam in BBB’s 2019 Risk Report and secret shopper job offers are quite common. However, this one…

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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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NEW YORK, July 29, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Buoyed by vaccinations, widespread economic reopening, and a new round of government stimulus, American consumers reported spending more—and cutting back less—across a range of categories in the second quarter of 2021. According to the US Consumer Dynamics Report: Q2 2021, part of a series drawn from The Conference Board® Global Consumer Confidence Survey, just 8 percent of respondents had no spare cash to spend in Q2—down from 17 percent in Q1.

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MILWAUKEE, July 29, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- ManpowerGroup today published its 2021 Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) plan Working to Change the World. The report highlights 2020-2021 progress and plans for creating value for shareholders while operating a sustainable business model that addresses the long-term imperatives of society. Working to Change the World outlines progress made in the areas of People & Prosperity, Planet and Principles of Governance- focusing on those areas of highest impact to the people, clients and communities ManpowerGroup serves.

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SAN JOSE, Calif., July 29, 2021 /CNW/ -- Skybox Security, a global leader in security posture management, today announced accelerated global expansion to meet increasing market demand for its Security Posture Management Platform, which includes its Vulnerability Management solution. Driven by customer demand to improve security efficacy and reduce exposure risk across hybrid cloud and critical infrastructure, Skybox Security increased new subscription customers by 86% in the first half of 2021. During the same timeframe, the company achieved 30% growth in key industries, including government, healthcare, manufacturing, and financial services.

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SAN JOSE, Calif., July 29, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Skybox Security, a global leader in security posture management, today announced accelerated global expansion to meet increasing market demand for its Security Posture Management Platform, which includes its Vulnerability Management solution. Driven by customer demand to improve security efficacy and reduce exposure risk across hybrid cloud and critical infrastructure, Skybox Security increased new subscription customers by 86% in the first half of 2021. During the same timeframe, the company achieved 30% growth in key industries, including government, healthcare, manufacturing, and financial services.

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ATLANTA, July 29, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- EarthLink, a leading internet service provider, today announced that is has been honored with the coveted Great Place to Work™ certification based on extensive employee feedback for the second year in a row.

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DALLAS, July 29, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- United Real Estate Group announced today better-than-guidance performance for all key financial and operational performance indicators across each of its business units through June 30th, 2021.  In addition, the company successfully completed the post-merger operational integration and initial Bullseye™ Agent and Brokerage Productivity Platform technology rollout to recently merged companies, resulting in average growth among those merged companies post-closing of 24% (agent growth), 44% (transaction growth) and 65% (EBITDA growth).

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LOS ANGELES, July 29, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- The Law Offices of Frank R. Cruz announces that a class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of persons and entities that purchased or otherwise acquired Kanzhun Limited ("Kanzhun" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: BZ) securities between June 11, 2021 and July 2, 2021, inclusive (the "Class Period"). Kanzhun investors have until September 10, 2021 to file a lead plaintiff motion.

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ROCHESTER, N.Y., July 29, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Elite Alliance®, the leader in luxury fractional real estate consulting and sales, vacation home exchange, resort hospitality management, and vacation rental, has announced a new partnership with 12 Ridges Vineyard, located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Ensconced within the 350-acre vineyard estate, 12 Ridges Residence Club combines shared ownership of dramatic and luxurious two-, three-, and four-bedroom residences, refined vineyard lifestyle, mountain recreation, and impeccable resort amenities and services.

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YORK, Pa., July 29, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Gateway Health Plan, Inc., ("Gateway Health"), a leading managed care organization dedicated to caring for the total health of its members, and WellSpan Health ("WellSpan"), a leading non-profit health system in South Central Pennsylvania committed to exceptional care for all, today announced that they have entered into a value-based partnership agreement.

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SAN FRANCISCO, July 29, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Ransomware and broader cyber risks threaten the wellbeing of every organization regardless of size, industry, or geography.  Some experts predict a ransomware attack will occur every 11 seconds through 2021, with global damages potentially reaching $6 trillion. Given the level of urgency and the need for a more responsible approach, Resilience Cyber Insurance Solutions calls for a Cyber Hippocratic Oath and is taking an innovative approach to cyber risk management. The Resilience "Insure and Secure" model, Cyber Primary Care, provides an in-depth level of support and partnership for middle-market organizations to go beyond preparedness and actively protect against cyber risk.

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ATLANTA, July 29, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- LexisNexis® Risk Solutions, a leading provider of data, advanced analytics and technology for the insurance industry, today released findings from a new research study revealing how disruption, innovation and the COVID-19 pandemic are impacting the U.S. home insurance industry. The Innovations Transforming the Home Insurance Buying Process report illustrates how consumer expectations are evolving. As a result, carriers need to streamline their insurance buying processes in order to modernize their customer experience.

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NEW YORK, July 29, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- REZI, the pioneer of the iRental market, today releases the results of their Market Insights Report, an analysis of NYC's rental market trends through real-time neighborhood performance data for the first six months of 2021.

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FOOTHILL RANCH, Calif., July 29, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- loanDepot, Inc. (NYSE: LDI), together with its sister company mellohome, today announced the launch of a proprietary bundle of home buying and selling services designed to give consumers a simpler, easier, and more affordable way to buy, sell and finance a home, eliminating the stress and friction that often come with one of the most important financial transactions of their lives.

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BOSTON, July 29, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Timothy Kastrinelis has been promoted to Vice President, National Partnerships at Purchasing Power®, a voluntary benefit fintech company that offers the leading employee purchase program through the convenience of payroll deductions. This newly-created leadership position will be responsible for overall management of the company's key strategic partnerships, driving new business development, new client launch, and oversight of on-going service and retention of national accounts. Kastrinelis is based in Boston and reports directly to Mike Wilbert, chief revenue officer for Purchasing Power.

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DENVER, July 29, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Denver Commercial Property Services ("DCPS") opens new office in the Denver Tech Center ("DTC"). This new location brings an additional 8,000 square feet of space with a warehouse, capacity of seating 50 more employees, a one-acre parking lot with available storage for equipment, a 100% renovation and parking lot resurfacing.

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ORLANDO, Fla., July 29, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Avanze Group, a mortgage-focused technology company providing technology-backed products and solutions spanning across the loan cycle — origination, title & settlement, servicing and valuations, announced two key additions to its executive leadership team.

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CHICAGO, July 29, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- JLL Income Property Trust, an institutionally managed daily NAV REIT (NASDAQ: ZIPTAX; ZIPTMX; ZIPIAX; ZIPIMX) with $3.9 billion in portfolio assets,  today announced its Board of Directors voted unanimously to increase the number of directors by one to a total of eight. Additionally, the Board voted to appoint industry veteran Robin Zeigler to fill the newly created vacancy as an Independent Director. Zeigler's tenure on the Board is effective as of July 26th. The addition of Zeigler adds depth of real estate knowledge and expertise to the Board. 

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NEW YORK, July 29, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Welcome Homes, the first-of-its-kind, online home building platform, today announced strong business momentum as demand for its custom, modern homes continues to accelerate. To meet the growing demand for its homes and support the company's growth strategy, Welcome Homes has brought on Benjie Burford as Vice President of Sales.

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WESTERLY, R.I., July 29, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- The Washington Trust Company has committed $200,000 over the next four years to support the STAR Campaign for San Miguel, a capital campaign that will enable the San Miguel School in Providence, RI to continue to provide a nurturing environment and exceptional education to their students for years to come.

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BOULDER, Colo., July 29, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Record-low inventory in markets across the U.S. made it easy to sell a home in the first half of 2021 — but increasingly harder to find and buy one. That made moving tricky for the 70% of sellers who also needed to buy a home.

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DALLAS, July 29, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- BenefitMall, the leading provider of next-generation broker services, today announced its expanded partnership with Ease, the No. 1 rated benefits administration software provider. Through this partnership, brokers will enjoy improved selling and renewal processes, as well as increased sales on new lines of coverage through a completely digital marketplace.

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MARLBOROUGH, Mass., July 29, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Communication Technology Services, LLC, (CTS), a leading telecommunications infrastructure solution and managed services provider, announces a strategic partnership with Druid Software, an enterprise mobile core cellular network software company. CTS will incorporate Druid's Raemis™ application into its managed service platform to deliver innovative private wireless network solutions for enterprises using the Citizens Band Radio Services (CBRS) band. The CTS solution gives enterprises unparalleled performance and control of their wireless networks.