August 9, 2017
With a definitive uptick in hacking and ransomware, there has been a corresponding emphasis on cybersecurity. It is no longer simply a matter of arguing over erroneous credit card charges – personal data is being used to file fraudulent tax returns, claim social security benefits, and the like. Here at LBF, we want to make sure you are doing everything you can to protect your personal information. As an easy starting place, let’s focus on password protections. Here are a few ways to strengthen your passwords and better protect your information from becoming compromised:
Although no one wants to spend the extra 30 seconds of their day remembering which password they used for which web site and going to their phone to get codes, it is a much better option than dealing with all the time and stress caused by having your data and identity compromised. Let us know if you need any help implementing personal security procedures today.
Since employees typically only have a few pay dates left this year, checking withholding soon is especially important. Because of the many changes in the tax law, refunds may be different than prior years for some taxpayers. Some may even owe an unexpected tax bill when they file their 2018 tax return next year. To avoid these kinds of surprises,...
Losing a spouse often brings on a flood of emotions that can make tasks like managing financial obligations seem almost impossible. Here are some steps may help ease that burden:
With much of the focus on the new tax rates contained in the new tax bill for 2018, it is easy to forget that some big changes have been made to the allowable itemized deductions (Schedule A). The bill increases the standard deduction and removes the deduction for personal exemptions. This combined change will mean that many more filers will not itemize their deductions.