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Wed
12
Feb

Five steps to achieving your financial goals

What do you want to do now, or next year, or five or 10 years down the road? This is the time of year when people step back and consider where they stand and how close they are to achieving long-held goals. No matter what your objectives, there’s no doubt that a sound financial plan will put you in a better position to achieve them, according to the Minnesota Society of CPAs.

Fri
07
Feb

You are Presumed Innocent

Among the fundamental rights we all have as U.S. citizens is the presumption of innocence. Whether a citizen gets a speeding ticket, is charged with DWI, or is indicted for murder, the presumption of innocence remains throughout the entire court process, including any appeals if the citizen is convicted by a judge or jury. Unlike the right to counsel or reasonable bail, the presumption of innocence is not in the U.S. or Minnesota Constitutions. It is a part of the common law which American jurisprudence has followed from the British tradition.

Fri
07
Feb

Natural Gas Meter Safety — keep your gas meter clear and dry

Keep the vent dry and clear of snow and ice at all times to avoid the potential for dangerous indoor natural gas buildup. In the photo, the arrow points to the meter’s gas pressure regulator vent.
The vent can become plugged when ice and snow melt during the day and refreeze at night.

Wed
05
Feb

Your tax return: What could go wrong?

Every year taxpayers make mistakes on their tax returns that range from silly to serious. What kinds of errors should you keep in mind as you get ready to file this year’s return? The Minnesota Society of CPAs highlights three common missteps to avoid.

Sat
01
Feb

2013 tax changes that may surprise taxpayers

With significant changes made to the federal and Minnesota tax rules in 2013, the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants would like to remind taxpayers of the importance of tax planning and understanding how the new rules affect their respective tax situations.

Sat
01
Feb

Employers added jobs in December

Minnesota employers added 9,500 jobs in December, according to figures released this week by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.
The December job gains, combined with November figures that were revised upward by 1,700 jobs, bring total job growth in Minnesota to 45,900 in the past year, a growth rate of 1.7 percent compared with a national rate of 1.6 percent during that period.

Sat
01
Feb

Healthy living is crucial

From a “polar vortex” to heavy snowfalls, Minnesota’s winters can be hard on us in a variety of ways. One change that the cold months can have on us is the change on our health. While we are cooped up in our homes this winter, it is important to make healthy choices.

Thu
30
Jan

“That’s not fair!”

At some point in our childhoods we told a parent or teacher, “That’s not fair!” They probably replied, “Well, dear, life isn’t always fair.”  In court, on occasion, lawyers will argue that a certain result for their client is simply “not fair.” Usually they are not arguing that a certain result is not allowed within the bounds of existing law or its reasonable interpretation, but that, given their client’s “extraordinary circumstances,” it is simply not fair that they must pay a debt to a creditor or pay child support or pay spousal maintenance or spend some time in jail or go to prison.

Tue
28
Jan

Top 10 predictions for the 2014 legislative session

Below are predictions about some high-profile issues you will be hearing about during the upcoming 2014 legislative session, listed in order of their probability of passage.

Mon
27
Jan

Your Legal Rights: Beware of online dating and romance scams

With Valentine’s Day soon approaching, it is a good time to remind people about a new type of fraud: online dating scams.
A recent study indicates that up to 10 percent of Americans use online dating websites or mobile applications. As the number of people looking to meet new people online grows, so does the opportunity for fraud.

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