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Heading outdoors, are you liable or not?

April 12, 2012 Steve Maple

Spring has arrived. It’s time to review your homeowner’s insurance policy to check your coverage. Bad things can happen to good homeowners. When your backyard is the neighborhood playground, kids can get hurt. For example, […]

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Investors beware: Scams can wipe out lives

March 15, 2012 Steve Maple

George Washington Plunkett of New York City’s notorious Tammany Hall gang coined the phrase “honest graft” to affirm his support for any government action that personally enriched him. More to the point, he acknowledged that […]

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Learn how to avoid (not evade) taxes

March 1, 2012 Steve Maple

For those suffering the 1040 blues, I bring you some hope for smaller IRS payments. My inspiration is Newt Gingrich’s tax ploy. Newt set up a corporation to receive his income from books and speeches, […]

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Pay begins when work starts

February 16, 2012 Steve Maple

Q. At work, the clerks are required to “set up” our work station; after that, we clock in. Our pay begins only when we are on the clock. Shouldn’t we be paid from the time […]

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Taxes: Not all income treated equally

February 2, 2012 Steve Maple

Politicians can be inspiring. Take Newt and Mitt’s tax returns – you only wish! Mitt’s tax rate was about 15% in 2010 on his multi-million dollar income. Newt created a corporation to avoid paying 2.3% […]

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Plan for successful year

January 19, 2012 Steve Maple

Just a few weeks into the new year, there’s still plenty of time for resolutions. Hopefully, you will be more successful than I have been throughout the years. Estate planning: If you have a will, […]

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I’ll take law for a $100

November 10, 2011 Steve Maple

If you’re hooked on Jeopardy, then this article is for you. The category is “Law.” The answers are at the end of the article. You will not be required to answer with a question. Let’s […]

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Cheating on taxes

October 13, 2011 Steve Maple

Congress is battling over how to manage the deficit.  I have a suggestion.  Enforce the current law. Readers’ Digest once ran an article, the gist of which was this – if you are not cheating […]