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Tips on Travel While Giving to Charity

Do you plan to donate your services to charity this summer? Will you travel as part of the service? If so, some travel expenses may help lower your taxes when you file your tax return next year. Here are five tax tips you should know if you travel while giving your services to charity.

1. You can’t deduct the value of your services that you give to charity. But you may be able to deduct some out-of-pocket costs you pay to give your services. This can include the cost of travel. All out-of pocket costs must be:

• unreimbursed,

• directly connected with the services,

• expenses you had only because of the services you gave, and

• not personal, living or family expenses.

AT&T Announces More Than 150 Jobs Available in New York

AT&T Announces More Than 150 Jobs  Available in New York

Filled More Than 375 Positions Statewide First Half of 2014

AT&T today announced that the company is seeking applicants for more than 150 jobs in New York.  The new hirings will be primarily focused on technical and retail positions and are a result of AT&T’s continued investment in the network and delivering a first-class sales experience.

“AT&T continues to expand its customer base in New York and invest in our network to ensure we are providing the high level of service customers have come to expect, said Marissa Shorenstein, New York President, AT&T. “As part our commitment to this level of customer service and to support our growth in the Empire State we are pleased to have the opportunity to welcome more than 150 residents to the AT&T family.”

IRS.gov has information about the health care law and its effect on your taxes

There is a lot of information in the news and online about the health care law and its effect on your taxes. For the most current answers to questions you may have, visit IRS.gov/aca. http://www.irs.gov/uac/Affordable-Care-Act-Tax-Provisions-Home

From the individual shared responsibility provision to the definition of minimum essential coverage, the IRS website covers a wide range of health care topics and how they relate to your taxes.

Summer Weddings Mean Tax Changes

Taxes may not be high on your summer wedding plan checklist. But you should be aware of the tax issues that come along with marriage. Here are some basic tips that can help keep those issues to a minimum:

Name change. The names and Social Security numbers on your tax return must match your Social Security Administration records. If you change your name, report it to the SSA. To do that, file Form SS-5, Application for a Social Security Card. You can get the form on SSA.gov, by calling 800-772-1213 or from your local SSA office.

What are My Options if I Can’t Attend My Biometrics Appointment?

What are My Options if I Can’t Attend My Biometrics Appointment?

 

Most applicants seeking immigration benefits must undergo a records check. This records check is often initiated through a scheduled biometrics appointment held at a USCIS Application Support Center (ASC). During the appointment, your fingerprints will be taken and electronically submitted to various government agencies’ databases. Your biometric information is captured in order to conduct a criminal background check and to also ensure that you are the same person who submitted the application for immigration benefits. 

Financial Survival After a Job Loss

You may have lost your job already, or it's something you're concerned about. Either way, the keys to surviving a job loss financially are to plan ahead, take stock of your income, and cut your expenses.

Plan ahead

If you haven't been laid off, it's a good idea to plan ahead for that possibility. It's hard to know how long you'll be out of work, so to be on the safe side, prepare for at least six months of unemployment. You might find a job much sooner, but you don't want to be forced to take the first opportunity that comes along, especially if it isn't suitable.

Come up with a financial plan for unemployment, and design your plan with some flexibility to allow for adjustments if your situation changes. Circumstances can vary based on how long you're out of work, and whether unanticipated expenses arise while you're unemployed.

Prepare a survival budget

Managing Expenses During the College Years

Introduction

For most parents, paying for a child's college or graduate school education is a major event. For some parents, it rivals only the purchase of a home in number of dollars spent. As the cost of college continues to rise, it's little wonder that parents view their ability to pay college costs with some apprehension. Yet, in all but the most affluent families, paying for college does not involve a 100 percent out-of-pocket contribution from parents. Rather, the average family uses a combination of strategies to pay higher education costs--savings, financial aid, education tax credits, out-of-pocket contributions, and other creative solutions.

Savings

Hopefully, you're one of the parents who have been saving money for their child's college education on a regular basis. If so, now's the time to use those funds. But in many cases, this won't be enough to cover all the bills.

Financial aid