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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.

Fri
24
Jan

Bonding, water levels are high points and low points

This week, Governor Mark Dayton unveiled a $986 million statewide bonding proposal designed to create over 27,000 jobs and improve Minnesota’s public infrastructure.
I’m pleased Dayton’s proposal includes $2.02 million to renovate and repurpose existing space at Century College to better meet workforce training needs.
Century College is an invaluable asset to our community and our economy. We need to make sure students have access to a top-notch learning environment right now and into the future.

Fri
24
Jan

GreenStep Cities helps Oakdale reduce environmental impact

A resolution passed by the Oakdale City Council in March 2011 paved the way for the city to become a Minnesota GreenStep City—a program that provides technical assistance and recognition as cities implement sustainable development best practices. Now, nearly two years later, Oakdale has implemented 12 of the program’s 28 best practices to achieve Step 2 status (that happened, actually, last June). At the time, the city received written and in-person recognition from U.S. District 4 Representative Betty McCollum.

Fri
24
Jan

Swamp Stories

One Fourth of July evening several years ago, I woke up around 1 a.m. to a thunderous sound that went something like, “Screech, schwoop, bloop, bloop, bloop.” At the time, we were living in Savage near a sprawling wetland complex that was once part of the Credit River floodplain. Somehow, I knew with absolute certainty that the noise I had heard was the sound of a car driving off the highway and into the wetland. I hurriedly put in my contacts and ran outside, where a neighbor was already shining a flashlight into the fog looking for the car. I called 911, and after assuring the operator that no, actually I wasn’t calling to complain about loud fireworks, I said, “I think that a car just drove off the road and into the wetland.”

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