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Hey everyone! I hope this post finds you and your family COVID free and enjoying the crisp and cool Texas summer. 

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Many Americans have been focused on their own finances over the past several months. But don't neglect helping those closest to you with their finances as well, especially aging parents. Here are some questions to ask your parents to help them sort through their financial picture.

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Numerous new laws provide economic relief to individuals and businesses hardest hit by this year’s pandemic. This much-needed financial assistance, however, comes with a few strings attached.

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I was heading out of work earlier this month when I saw a group of five young people standing in front of the courthouse holding signs.

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May and June is always a busy time for a community newspaper. There are end-of-school events, Memorial Day commemorations, and graduations.

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Coronavirus uncertainty abounds. Thankfully, by monitoring tax changes on your behalf, we can work together to navigate the right path for you and your family. Here is a round-up of tax-related laws and information to help with tax planning for 2020.

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Update: I received my results May 21, six days after my COVID test, and I am glad to say, the results were negative!

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Every crisis has new heroes. During the 9/11 attacks, they were the first responders running into burning and crumbling buildings as others ran out. Now, during the Coronavirus pandemic, the most visible heroes are the health care professionals, who are saving others and risking their own li…

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Talking with a few members of the Class of 2020 from Kaufman High School was fun this week.

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Texas State Parks reopened for day-use only April 20 as part of a broader effort to begin reopening the state of Texas. Visitors have to wear face coverings, stay six feet from individuals outside of their party, and prohibit the gathering of groups larger than five.

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Looking through my calendar since March, I’m seeing a lot of events with lines through them.

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Wow, what a time to be a reporter! I never thought my first few weeks with the Kaufman Herald would have me covering a worldwide viral outbreak. Every day I’m receiving email updates, conducting interviews, and listening in on conference calls so that I can share the newest information with …

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The April 15 federal income tax filing due date has been moved to July 15, the U.S. Treasury Department and IRS recently announced. Here is what you need to know: The due dates for all tax payments normally due April 15 have been pushed back 90 days to July 15, regardless of the amount owed.…

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On behalf of the Kaufman Chamber of Commerce, we would like to thank you, our local businesses, for your commitment to our greater Kaufman community. It is businesses like yours that help our community thrive.

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The announcement from the Red Cross and other blood suppliers that the blood supply is getting low is hitting close to home.

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Well I hope all you morning people and early birds are happy, because this is the time of year you love, and I loathe.

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The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act, also known as the SECURE Act, was passed by Congress in late December 2019. Here are some of the features in the new legislation that will help you save more for retirement:

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It’s easy to get inundated with documents during tax season. You can receive documents from many different organizations, including employers, financial institutions and others. Many documents are now also being sent via e-mail, which increases the likelihood it could get lost in your inbox.

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As part of your 2020 planning, now is the time to review funding your retirement accounts. By establishing your contribution goals at the beginning of each year, the financial impact of saving for your future should be more manageable. Here are annual contribution limits:

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What a surprise we received last week, right? I’d been watching forecasts Tuesday and Wednesday for possible ice storms, but really hadn’t considered that ice could come down as another form of precipitation.

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When I was told local elementary students were dressing up as 100-year-olds to celebrate 100 days of school, well heck, that makes newspaper photographers almost jump for joy. You’re just about guaranteed a good photo for the front page.

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Your cash is parked. Do you know if it's making or losing you money? For instance, letting it sit in a non-interest-bearing account is a waste of earnings potential. It’s actually losing money if you factor in inflation! Here are some ideas to help you make the most of your banked cash:

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We had a complaint on the Herald facebook page this week about the number of political signs that go up for the primary election. Our reader said they’re a waste of money, make the city look like unsightly (he used a slightly more colorful word) and make voters not want to vote.

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Incredible strides have been made in race relations since the era of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose legacy we will honor on Monday.

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One way to head off fraud during tax season is to get your free annual credit report now. Credit reports often have errors in them; this quick checkup can be the first indication that some form of identity theft has taken place on your account.

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Your credit score is more important than ever. Once viewed as a necessity when applying for a mortgage, it now factors into renting an apartment, paying for utilities, buying a cell phone, and determining the amount you pay for home and auto insurance! Here are tips to help you improve and m…

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William James wrote, “Compared with what we ought to be, we are only half awake. Our fires are damped, our drafts are checked. We are making use of only a small part of our possible mental and physical resources.”

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Handling employment taxes can be complicated, especially when you’re required to file important tax documents throughout the year. Here's a list of key forms and deadline dates to help keep you on track.