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April 12, 2021 | Juanita Farmer, CPA

Blog: Federal Tax Deadline Extended To May 17

The federal income tax filing due date for individual taxpayers, including individuals who pay self-employment tax, has been extended to Monday, May 17, 2021, for the 2020 tax year. There is no need to file any forms to qualify for this automatic federal tax filing and payment relief. Individual taxpayers will automatically avoid interest and […]

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April 12, 2021 | Alvin Carlos, CFA, CFP®

Blog: 4 Reasons to Hire a Fee-Only Financial Planner

Hiring a financial planner is a big step and you might want to consider hiring a fee-only financial planner. You will be divulging very personal information to a “stranger.” You will be sharing how much you make, how much you’ve saved, and how much debt you have. You will be sharing your hopes, dreams, and […]

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April 12, 2021 | Wendy Taylor

Blog: Managing Impulsivity

Children are naturally impulsive to some degree—this is due to the fact that the brain, specifically the prefrontal cortex, is not yet fully developed. In fact, it is not until one’s mid-twenties that the prefrontal cortex reaches full development and maturation. While we educators see varying degrees of impulsivity regularly in the classroom, one main […]

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April 8, 2021 | Khadijah Ali-Coleman, Ed.D.

MCM Members Presented Engaging Content in Spring Virtual Showcase

Early evening on Thursday, April 8, 2021, a small group of Montgomery Community Media (MCM) members gathered virtually for a quarterly showcase series that first started in December 2020. Intended to showcase completed media projects or works-in-progress, the space attracted presenters and audience members with the promise of feedback, discussion and possible entertainment. While open […]

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April 8, 2021 | Khadijah Ali-Coleman, Ed.D.

MCM Youth Media Academy Teaches Youth Valuable Skills for Media Making and for Life

The Winter/Spring 2021 8-week session of the MCM Youth Media Academy ended this past Thursday, April , 2021. Over the course of the program, participants learned on Tuesdays how to edit on their mobile phones, how to develop and produce a web series, how to create audio and video files, and other technical skills as […]

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April 6, 2021 | Khadijah Ali-Coleman, Ed.D.

MCPS Teacher Randi Levy Talks Rock Band and the Love of Music

In this episode of ArtsEnPower, Montgomery County Public Schools teacher and singer/songwriter Randi Levy talks about her work as a music teacher and her innovative Rock Band program in schools. ArtsEnPower is a youth-produced program series that focuses on the ways that creative people use their artistry to positively impact their community. ArtsEnPower is a […]

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April 1, 2021 | Alvin Carlos, CFA, CFP®

Best Account for Children’s Savings

Blog: What is the Best Account for Children’s Savings?

Do you have a son or daughter? Do you want to set up a savings account for them? You can help your children get set up for the future by having them develop those good financial habits early on. In this article, I’m going to answer three questions related to setting up a savings account […]

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March 31, 2021 | Juanita Farmer, CPA

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Blog: Capital Gains Tax on Sale of Stocks

Apps like Robinhood make it easy for everyone to play the stock market. If you’re a retail investor who made money last year buying and selling stocks, you may owe capital gains tax when you file your tax return this year. If you lost money, you may be able to deduct that loss and reduce […]

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March 31, 2021 | Alvin Carlos, CFA, CFP®

Blog: Three Biggest 401k Mistakes!

Understanding your 401k can sometimes be difficult. It’s possible that you’re making mistakes with your 401k that you aren’t even aware of. In this video, Alvin Carlos, from District Capital Management, will help you avoid three of the biggest mistakes people make with their 401k.

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March 30, 2021 | Alvin Carlos, CFA, CFP®

529 versus ROTH

Blog: Pros and Cons of a 529 College Savings Plan

  Would you like to start saving for your child’s college? In this article, we will discuss the pros and cons of saving through a 529 college savings plan. If you live in DC, Maryland, or Virginia, we will also cover the ins and outs of the 529 Maryland, 529 DC and 529 VA plans.  […]

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