For many couples, summer is the quintessential time to tie the knot. The weather is warm, the flowers are blooming, and nature offers plentiful backdrops for photos. But there’s more than the ceremony to consider when a couple merges their lives, including taxes and other financial issues. Though finances aren’t necessarily a romantic topic, some… Continue reading

The so-called “gig economy” challenges conventional practices between companies and the people who perform the work. A key question is: Are these workers independent contractors or employees? The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently published a new wage and hour opinion letter, spelling out its position with respect to a specific virtual marketplace company (VMC).… Continue reading

“Many families are uninformed about the cost of attending college,” claims a recent study by the National Center for Education Statistics, part of the U.S. Department of Education’s research division. Only 11% of high school freshmen could accurately estimate the cost of college tuition in their state. Of those that gave the wrong answer, 57%… Continue reading

Despite record-breaking low unemployment rates, “age discrimination remains a significant and costly problem for workers, their families and our economy,” says a report from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). More than 50 years after the passage of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), employers still wrestle with these issues. The EEOC report highlights… Continue reading

Health care costs have skyrocketed over the last few decades. Fortunately, health savings accounts (HSAs) allow qualifying individuals to pay for certain medical expenses with pretax dollars. Here is what you need to know to put an HSA to work for you. Healthy Growth Over the last decade, many people have jumped on the HSA… Continue reading

Injury and illness reports aren’t generally fascinating reading material. Even so, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires most businesses to fill out detailed reports of work-related injuries and illness and to post them conspicuously. From February 1 through April 30, the logs (known as OSHA Form 300 logs) for the prior calendar year… Continue reading

For married people with large estates, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) brings welcome relief from federal estate and gift taxes, as well as the generation-skipping transfer (GST) tax. Here’s what you need to know and how to take advantage of the favorable changes. Estate and Gift Tax Basics The TCJA sets the unified… Continue reading