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August 16, 2019 | Marsha Kerman

August 14, 2019 | Juanita Farmer, CPA

Tax Deductions for Teachers and Educators

Educators can take advantage of tax deductions for qualified out-of-pocket expenses related to their profession such as classroom supplies, training, and travel. As such, as the new school year begins, teachers, administrators, and aides should remember to keep track of education-related expenses that could help reduce the amount of tax owed next spring. Prior to […]

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August 12, 2019 | Phil Fabrizio

71st Annual MoCo AgFair – A Blue Ribbon Affair

It is the 71st annual Agricultural Fair in Montgomery County. Gaithersburg is home to this latest version of the Maryland country side meeting it’s urban cousin.  Pig races, fashion shows, the Queen and her court, dogs jumping and carousel rides converge for nine hot summer days within earshot of 1-270.  The crowds come for the […]

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August 12, 2019 | David Wolfe

Spirit Fall in Lavelle’s First Home Game Back

Rose Lavelle was back in the lineup at home for the first time since the World Cup but the Washington Spirit missed an opportunity to move up in the standings.  The Chicago Red Stars extended their winning streak to five games shutting out the Spirit 1-0 dropping them to sixth place in the National Women’s […]

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August 5, 2019 | Phil Fabrizio

University of Maryland Football Aims to Maximize It

First-year Head Coach Mike Locksley opened up the 2019 University of Maryland football season Friday at a day-long press event. It is an effort to Maximize It – a catchphrase for the new season. In a fresh twist to past experience, the entire practice dates and schedules with planned post-practice interviews have been released.  Fifteen […]

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August 5, 2019 | Juanita Farmer, CPA

Credit Reports: What You Should Know

Creditors keep their evaluation standards secret, making it difficult to know just how to improve your credit rating. Nonetheless, it is still important to understand the factors that determine creditworthiness. Periodically reviewing your credit report can also help you protect your credit rating from fraud–and you from identity theft. Credit Evaluation Factors Many factors are […]

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July 31, 2019 | Juanita Farmer, CPA

Tax Reform Reminder: Changes to Itemized Deductions

Under tax reform, many tax laws changed, including those affecting itemized deductions. While many people no longer need to itemize due to the nearly doubling of the standard deduction, certain taxpayers whose total deductions exceed the standard deduction may still want to consider itemizing. As a reminder, here is a quick summary of how tax […]

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July 30, 2019 | Juanita Farmer, CPA

10 Facts about the Adoption Tax Credit

If you adopt a child in 2019, you may qualify for a tax credit, and if your employer helped pay for the costs of an adoption, you may be able to exclude some of your income from tax. Here are ten facts you should know about the Adoption Tax Credit. 1. Credit or Exclusion. The credit is […]

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July 30, 2019 | Alvin Carlos, CFA, CFP®

3 Questions Before Making a Big Buy

This week, District Capital’s Shanna Due discusses the three questions you should consider before making a large purchase.

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July 29, 2019 | Staff Writer

21 This Week: Expansion of Accessory Dwelling Units in Montgomery County

Casey Aiken hosts the latest episode of 21 This Week. On this week’s show, Aiken and the panel discuss the Council’s decision to allow accessory dwelling units, the County Executive’s decision to ban cooperation with ICE, the location of the new recycling center, the financial problems of the National Philharmonic Orchestra and a look back […]

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