The federal tax-filing season opened on January 23, and more than 150 million Americans are expected to submit a return by this year’s April 18 deadline. Although the tax code remains complicated, the annual review of income and expense reporting should be business as usual for most Americans. Still, taxpayers, their representatives, and advisors should…

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With 36 percent of the US workforce engaging in self-employment, a number only expected to grow in the coming years, it’s important to shed light on the motivations and needs of this unique sector. On the 18th of January, the California Association for Micro Enterprise Opportunity (CAMEO) hosted a symposium entitled Self-Employed Entrepreneurs: The New Era…

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Both the new Congress and the new administration have stated their deep commitment to enacting meaningful tax reform in 2017.  We recognize this will not be easy, nor will it happen without significant compromises on all sides. We also recognize that agreeing on a process of reform may be as challenging as the actual reform…

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October is National Cybersecurity Month with good reason. Over the past few years, cybersecurity threats have continued to escalate. No longer just the domain of isolated hackers, large-scale cybersecurity attacks can be perpetrated by domestic criminal and hostile international agents alike. Just last week, a widespread distributed denial of service attack disrupted major websites across…

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The Asset Learning Conference Recap: How Tax Time Can Build Financial Security

At first glance, it may seem that the ideas of paying taxes and helping people build financial security are at odds with each other. And that Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen would be an unlikely headliner at the Corporation for Enterprise Development’s biennial Assets Learning Conference. Those perceptions would be wrong. Speaking during the…

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Today’s students face a world full of challenges. And a future full of opportunity.  New industries and emerging technologies are all interconnected globally.  Given these challenges, education and training have never been more important. Together, they represent a dividing line between economic opportunity and economic limitations. As millions of students go back to school this fall,…

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After a multi-year decline in the personal savings rate, economists now say the average American household is on track to set aside more than five percent of their annual income. For many households, an increase in personal savings means a greater ability to pay for college educations, start a small business, cover personal emergencies or…

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