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Often-Missed Tax Deductions

Published on March 28, 2017

The tax landscape can be difficult to navigate. Nevertheless, figuring out which tax write-offs you qualify for could prove lucrative. To put you on the right path, consider whether these little-known deductions could save you thousands of dollars down the line.

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4 Ways to Support the Next Generation of Women in Small Business

Published on March 15, 2017

Women’s History Month dates back to the 1980s, when it was first a weeklong celebration before being extended by a Congressional resolution. Celebrations during the month of March typically include mentions of notable women throughout history. Some of them are women from the business world, from Madame C.J. Walker to Sheryl Sandberg.

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Preventing Tax Return Fraud

Published on March 01, 2017

Identity theft continues to be a booming business: In 2014, 17.6 million Americans fell victim, and cybercriminals made off with $15.4 billion. And tax refund theft remains a lucrative piece of that business, despite the IRS' efforts to stamp it out.

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Making the Most of E-Banking

Published on February 01, 2017

Most people are at least somewhat tech-savvy these days. But when it comes to digital banking, you might be missing out on a few time-saving tricks. Here's how the internet can help make your financial life easier.

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We Are Considering Adopting a Child. What Do We Need to Know?

Published on January 19, 2017

When considering adoption, it is important to understand the legal process, the evaluation by a social worker, programs that may help you finance an adoption, and your ability to care for a child.When considering adoption, it is important to understand the legal process, the evaluation by a social worker, programs that may help you finance an adoption, and your ability to care for a child.

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FHA Announces Reduction of Mortgage Insurance Premium

Published on January 11, 2017

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) announced that it is reducing its annual Mortgage Insurance Premium (annual MIP) rates for most FHA mortgages with Closing/Disbursement dates on or after January 27, 2017. These annual MIP rate reductions will expand access to mortgage credit, and are expected to lower the cost of housing for the approximately 1 million households that use FHA annually.

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10 Reasons All Business Owners Should Plan

Published on December 21, 2016

Whether you're just starting out, growing your business or seeking outside help, good business planning will help you achieve that goal. And take note: this means you, business owners. The startups know why they need a plan, but we business owners often think planning is just for startups. That’s not the case.

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How to Avoid the Busy Holiday Scamming Season

Published on December 14, 2016

You're not the only one joyfully anticipating the holiday season. Cyber criminals are all aflutter, too, as they look forward to the killing they'll make ripping off innocent shoppers like you. Here are some of the most common ways these thieves operate, because awareness can help you avoid becoming yet another victim.

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Tax Credit for Hiring Veterans

Published on November 16, 2016

Many employers have come to learn that veterans make excellent employees. They usually are easily trainable and possess desirable characteristics, such as honesty, loyalty, and responsibility. If these attributes were not enough to induce employers to hire veterans, the tax law offers even more. The tax law encourages employers to hire certain targeted groups of workers by offering a tax credit tied to the wages of these new employees, and certain veterans are treated as a targeted group. Here are the special rules to know when hiring so that you may take credit where credit is due.

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Veterans: SBA Has Tools to Build a Successful Business

Published on November 10, 2016

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Office of Veterans Business Development isproud to provide entrepreneurial counseling and training to veterans, service-disabled veterans, military spouses, and National Guard and Reserve service members through programs like Boots to Business, Boots to Business Reboot, and the Veterans Business Outreach Centers (VBOC). 

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Director's Corner: Anita Vaughn

Published on November 02, 2016

There’s a certain magic when the talents and passions of an individual line up with their profession. And that magic is evident when Anita Vaughn, one of the newest members of Paragon's Board of Directors, talks about her role in creating Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women. “I got this great opportunity, which has been the capstone of my career, when they asked, 'Would you plan, build, and lead the women’s hospital?'” But such an endeavor doesn’t happen overnight. Anita's position as CEO of the women’s hospital was the culmination of a 43-year career in the Baptist Hospital system. And, although she retired on March 31 of this year, her involvement with Baptist has no end in sight.

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