10 Smart Money Ideas for 2016 - How to Achieve Financial Success

No one can predict with any great certainty the financial outlook for 2016, especially with the national elections looming in November. Nevertheless, here are 10 top money management moves that make sense for the rest of this year.

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Five Ways to Avoid 100% Penalty - Corporate Officers May Be Personally Liable

Frequently, someone in your company—it may be the president, vice president, treasurer or some other officer—will have assumed the duty of collecting and depositing federal payroll taxes. That person could be in for a rude awakening one day.
According to an onerous provision in the federal tax law, any person who willfully fails to deposit the required income tax withholding or employment taxes can be held personally liable for any unpaid taxes. This is one time when the corporate shield cannot protect an individual.

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Five Year End Tax Ideas for Businesses - Top Strategies for Small-Business Owners

Don’t think that year-end tax planning is strictly limited to individuals. A calendar-year business can also keep taxes for 2015 to the bare minimum with some astute planning at the end of the year. Here are five techniques for consideration by small-business owners.

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Q&A About Early Retirement - Is it a pipe dream or possible reality?

After fighting the rat race for years, many Americans dream of an early retirement. For instance, you might be contemplating such a move on your own, or perhaps your company is preparing to make you an early retirement offer. Whether or not you can afford to retire early, or really want to, may depend on the answers to the following questions.

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The CFPB - Where do they stand now and what does it mean to you?

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) indirect crusade against dealers has been ongoing for several years now. For those who are not familiar with the auto dealership model, dealer participation is a method whereby a dealer arranges a wholesale rate of financing for a customer and then marks it up to a rate equal to that which the customer could find in the retail marketplace. As the NADA describes in their article, “The Fallacy of Flats” , the CFPB has essentially claimed that this provides the dealer with a level of pricing discretion that creates a “significant risk” that certain groups of consumers will pay a higher interest rate (due to more dealer participant) than other groups of similarly situated consumers in violation of the federal Equal Credit Opportunity Act. Although auto lending policies strictly prohibit gathering information on ethnicity, the CFPB has claimed evidence of this violation as a result of its efforts to categorize borrowers into ethnic groups based on the borrower’s name and the zip code in which they reside. The accuracy of the CFPB’s categorization has come under question on many fronts but it has not deterred them from their crusade.

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