Tax fraud crackdown to delay early filers’ refunds

Tax fraud crackdown to delay early filers’ refunds DreamPictures/Getty Images You’re eager to get your hands on your tax refund, but it may take a little longer this year as the IRS ramps up efforts to fight tax fraud. As a result, early filers who claim the Earned Income Tax Credit or Additional Child Tax…

IRA Choices: Roth vs Traditional

IRA Choices: Roth vs Traditional February 23, 2017 It’s never too late or too early to think about your retirement. One of the most common and effective retirement savings options is an individual retirement account, more commonly referred to as an IRA. This article will look at the differences between a traditional IRA and another…

Appealing Social Security Decisions Online

Appealing Social Security Decisions Online February 24, 2017 Was your Social Security claim denied by the Social Security Administration (SSA)? It is your right to appeal the decision, and now you have an even easier method of doing so. As of December 10, 2016, the SSA allows you to file an appeal online for both…

Prevent Identity Theft From Affecting Your Taxes

Prevent Identity Theft From Affecting Your Taxes February 24, 2017 When your identity is stolen, you have so many potential issues to deal with — changing passwords, closing accounts, dealing with fraudulent charges, and placing fraud alerts with the credit bureaus — that you may forget about potential tax fraud. Armed with your personal information,…

Sports Injury Lawsuits for Pain Medication Liability

Sports Injury Lawsuits for Pain Medication Liability The prescription painkiller epidemic has led to more medical malpractice lawsuits against doctors for negligently prescribing pain medication. Those claims have begun to bleed into sports as well, with hundreds of former NFL players accusing the league and team doctors of illegally providing painkilling drugs to players and…

Federal Judge Stops Texas From Blocking Medicaid Funding for Planned Parenthood

Federal Judge Stops Texas From Blocking Medicaid Funding for Planned Parenthood Although Planned Parenthood is no stranger to controversy, their 30 health centers in the Texas are likely breathing a collective sigh of relief this week, as are the individuals they serve. A federal judge put a temporary halt to the Medicaid funding termination notice…

What Is Freedom of the Press?

What Is Freedom of the Press? The First Amendment states plainly that “Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press.” But without more details, that leaves a lot of scenarios unaccounted for. Does the press have unfettered access to anywhere or anyone? How do we define who “the…

Regulation Harms Business, Except When It Doesn’t

Regulation Harms Business, Except When It Doesn’t Michael Vinci, Breaking Energy Staff In February 2017, President Trump approved action taken by congressional Republicans to repeal regulation affecting energy companies that conduct business in the United States. The rule required all oil, gas, and mining companies listed on any U.S. stock exchange to disclose how much…

Come Out From Behind The Curtain

Come Out From Behind The Curtain We send out office memos to all employees lovingly signed by the ubiquitous “Legal.” We redline the heck out of a document and send it back to the requestor, who has undoubtedly has a few choice words for us in their head. And when we get pulled into a…

Is A Job Interview Even Relevant Anymore?

Is A Job Interview Even Relevant Anymore? My last few columns focused on job interviews. And as I was writing about the stupid questions, the scripted answers, and proper preparation, I began to wonder whether a job interview is still important in the hiring process. I’m sure there are many stories where the best interviewer turned…