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In this Jan. 14, 2017, photo, tax professional and tax preparation firm owner Alicia Utley reaches for hard copies of tax forms while working to stay caught up on a Saturday at the start of the tax season rush, in her offices at Infinite Tax Solutions, in Boulder, Colo. The IRS will begin accepting returns on Jan. 23, and tax experts recommend that Americans continue to file their returns early. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Some Refunds Delayed As IRS Battles Against Fraud Intensifieds

By CAROLE FELDMAN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP)  The Internal Revenue Service’s battle against fraud and identity theft is intensifying as the tax filing season opens, and some of the neediest taxpayers are getting caught in the middle. The agency is barred from issuing refunds ...

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Jeff Yourkovich, of Yourkovich and Associates in Elm Grove, prepares a 2016 tax return in his office.

When Filing, Mind New Law

By ALEC BERRY Staff Writer WHEELING — While 2016 did not usher through any new, major tax legislation, Jeff Yourkovich of Yourkovich and Associates in Wheeling, said filers should pay attention to at least one significant change. He said there is now a federal law which accelerates the ...

Pay the IRS Late?

By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP)  The idea of paying taxes late and incurring IRS interest charges elicits a stern “Don’t do that!” from many tax professionals. Yet some business owners decide that it’s cheaper and more convenient than taking out a loan. So ...

Tax Advocate: Use Tax Breaks You’re Entitled To

By CAROLE FELDMAN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP)  Donald Trump’s acknowledgement last fall that he had not paid federal income tax in years left some questioning why they should have to pay taxes. “I think you pay taxes because it’s the right thing to do,” National Taxpayer ...

Financial Professionals Discuss Proposed Trump Policy

By JANELL HUNTER For Money Matters MARTINS FERRY — President Donald Trump has promised to cut taxes and simplify the system, lessen federal regulation, tighten borders, invest in infrastructure and create manufacturing jobs. Many professionals in the local financial industry are seeing ...

Power of Attorney Is Key Document to Have in Estate Plan

Life is full of the unexpected. But just because the future is unpredictable does not mean adults cannot prepare for what lies ahead. Estate planning is important, and establishing power of attorney can be essential for men and women looking to protect their financial resources and other ...

As Tax Season Approaches, So Do Scammers

By TINA OREM NerdWallet Last summer, Cindy Hockenberry decided she’d had it with threatening phone calls claiming she was behind on her taxes. “One day, I’m not kidding you, I got called three times,” she said. Sometimes the calls were automated. But once, when she got a call ...

A Professional Planner Can Be a Big Help

By CRAIG CAMPBELL For Money Matters ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Sometimes it is the birth of child, the death of a parent, a marriage or divorce, or even a promotion at work and the significant raise that comes with it, but whatever the specific reason, hiring a certified and licensed professional ...

How to Earn a More Affordable Mortgage

Home ownership remains a dream for many people. But on the heels of the recession that began in late 2008, prospective home buyers are finding it far more difficult to secure a mortgage than it was in the years before the economy took a turn for the worse. Stricter guidelines now govern both ...

How to Save Money on Everyday Expenses

Saving money on everyday expenses is a goal for many adults. Certain expenses, such as loan payments, may be more difficult to pare down than others. But there are ways adults can save on everyday expenses without drastically overhauling their daily routines. Transportation Transportation ...