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Three big ways small-business owners can save on taxes
(BPT) - If you own a small business, every dollar matters - especially when it comes to taxes. Whether your business is a partnership or corporation, Uncle Sam offers some sizeable deductions to lower your liability, allowing you to put those dollars toward capital and employees. Easy-to-use tax preparation solutions hav...
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Tips to prepare your vehicle for winter travel
(BPT) - Now that frigid temperatures and stormy days have come back in earnest, it's time for car owners to think seriously about the road conditions ahead and take the simple but important steps to ensure safe winter travel this year. Bad weather is linked to 7,000 deaths, 800,000 injuries and more than 1.5 million cras...
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Geothermal systems provide energy independence for more homeowners
(BPT) - For years Dwight Nadig and his wife suffered through the cold winters in their York, Pa., ranch-style home, originally built in 1979. 'We have no access to natural gas in our neighborhood, so we had oil heat,' says Nadig. 'The price of oil has gotten extremely high and we found ourselves keeping the thermostat fa...
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Key tax law changes that could impact your return
(BPT) - The majority of this year's key tax law changes were the result of two acts - the Affordable Care Act of 2010, also known as Obamacare, and the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. The easiest way to navigate all the tax law changes and determine if you qualify for hundreds of tax benefits, is to use an online o...
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Holiday dog grooming 101: How to get your pet ready for the party
The holidays are going to the dogs. More than 60 percent of owners include their pets in holiday cards or give them a gift, according to petfinder.com. Furthermore, 80 percent of pets participate in holiday celebrations. No matter what festivities your dog partakes in, grooming is essential to avoid smelly pet odors and ...
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Coming clean: tips to keep on top of your home's dirtiest rooms
(BPT) - Household chores are a never-ending reality of life. In fact, on average women spend more than two hours a day on household activities, which include housework and cooking, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Time Use Survey. Yet, keeping up with kids, pets and a hectic schedule make it seem like there's ...
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Top technologies guide for mature drivers
(BPT) - The shiny paint. The new car smell. Many aspects about buying or leasing a new vehicle can excite your senses. Once you are inside your new vehicle, you are probably asking yourself a lot of questions. Where will I put my sunglasses? Is the trunk big enough for my groceries? What does this button do? Chances are ...
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Doing your own taxes? Here's what you need to know
(BPT) - More than 43.6 million Americans prepared and e-filed their own income tax returns in 2013, up 4 percent from the year before, according to the IRS. In addition to being more affordable than a storefront or accountant, online and mobile solutions have made doing your own taxes exceptionally easy and fast. 'Consum...
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Guide to new 4-strain flu vaccines [Infographic]
For more than 30 years, scientists have been making trivalent (3-strain) flu vaccines to protect against the three strains of flu expected to circulate during a given flu season. Four strains of the flu virus are currently circulating, and in six of the last 11 flu seasons the three strains in the vaccine did not include one of the more commonly circulating strains. To counter this trend, scientists have developed broader protection with quadrivalent (4-strain) flu vaccines, which are availab...
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Practical strategies to help you stay on budget this holiday season
(BPT) - Whether you're hosting guests, traveling to family or simply purchasing gifts, the holidays can put household finances to the test. This year, Americans aren't letting short-term stresses like the holidays affect their long-term financial aspirations. According to the latest Merrill Edge Report , many Americans n...
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Tips to keep feet happy this holiday season
(BPT) - Holiday shopping, decorating, parties and traveling are all part of our holiday revelries. But while you're making all that merriment, how happy are your feet? You may be doing a lot of walking, dancing, standing and sitting in one position throughout the holiday season. Half of all Americans report experiencing ...
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The 15 most shockingly beautiful places in America you'd be crazy to ignore
Technicolor springs, 300-foot-tall trees, hikeable lava fields - these are only a few of the awe-inspiring natural wonders you'll find across America. From the icy terrain of Alaska to the moss-covered Floridian everglades, which ones have you seen? 1. Garden of the Gods Park, Colorado Springs, Colorado Towering red rock formations create a visually curious landscape at this public Colorado park. The spires were created along a natural fault line, and were originally called Red Rock Corral. 2...
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