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CARMEL, Ind., Feb. 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The North American bird population has decreased by 2.9 billion breeding adults, a net loss of 29% over the last half-century.* Scientists have identified habitat loss as the biggest reason for the decline. Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shops encourage everyone to stop in and learn how they can create a bird and wildlife-friendly habitat in their own backyard, on their porch or patio or even a grand estate. It's fun and easier than you might think!

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HUNTINGTON, Ind., Feb. 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Our Sunday Visitor, the largest English-language publisher of Catholic books and materials in the world, is holding a conference to help laypeople better respond to the continuing sexual abuse scandals and related coverups in the Catholic Church.

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INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- CarrierHQ, a leading software and solutions developer for the motor carrier industry, today announced that its innovative mobile-friendly portal is now available in California. CarrierHQs technology provides a comprehensive solution to reclassification and recruiting issues faced by large fleets and brokers by enabling independent contractors to form or grow their own fleets, thus helping large transportation companies avoid the major pitfalls that have recently befallen firms in the industry, while also increase operational capacity.

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INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- To encourage and streamline energy efficiency (EE) for its 311,000 residential members, while reducing cybersecurity risks, Wabash Valley Power Alliance (WVPA) has adopted the energyOrbit Marketplace portal. The portal will provide self-service application functionality for energy-efficient products and related incentives in one centralized platform throughout its 23 partner utilities.

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As a self-employed person, you probably watched the development of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act with some trepidation. The tax code is not often kind to the self-employed, nor are most of the changes to the code.

However, the new tax law retained most self-employment deductions and offers a few new forms of relief – even if you don't have billions of dollars parked offshore waiting to be repatriated. Consider these 15 tax deductions that can help you pump more of your proceeds into your business instead of the public coffers.

1. Self-Employment Tax Deduction – Unfortunately, in the eyes of the IRS, you are both an employer and an employee. Thus, you are responsible for both the employer and employee tax contributions to Medicare and Social Security. Fortunately, 50% of your employment tax payment (effectively your "employer" contribution) is tax deductible.

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Congratulations! You've got your first major job. Unfortunately, you've also got new tax obligations. Welcome to the workforce.

You probably want to deal with your taxes as quickly as possible. Most people do, regardless of their age. Unfortunately, if you breeze through tax forms, you might miss potential money-saving strategies like the ones below.

1. Review Withholding

Your W-4 form tells your employer how much of your salary you want to have withheld for taxes throughout the year. If you withhold too much money, you'll receive a refund when taxes are filed.

That sounds great – until you consider that you're asking the government to hold on to more of your money and give it back to you later. Why not withhold the correct amount and invest the money instead of letting the government earn interest on it?

The enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) is reason enough to review your withholding, but it's also wise to update it to ...

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To pay someone to figure out how much you have to pay the government seems like adding insult to injury. For many taxpayers, there's an easier way.

Formed in 2003, IRS Free File is the product of a partnership between the Internal Revenue Service and a group of twelve online tax software suppliers that form the Free File Alliance – including such familiar names as TaxSlayer and H&R Block. Free File was intended to increase electronic filing by making the process easier for a greater number of Americans. Both the tax preparation and the e-filing process are free. "You don't have to be an expert on taxes," says IRS Commissioner John A. Koskinen. "Free File software can help walk you through the steps and help you get it right."

Over 56 million tax returns have been filed through the Free File system to date. You can use the Free File software if your Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) was...

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If you're a traditional employee, every year you receive a W-2 form from your employer that records your earnings for the year and the amount of taxes withheld from those earnings. IRS 1099 forms are complements to the W-2 form for non-traditional employee relationships. They are generally designed to record sources of income that have not been subjected to withholding – in other words, sources where an employer has not already paid the corresponding taxes.

If you are self-employed, you know the IRS form 1099-MISC that reports payments made to you over the course of the year. However, there are many different types of 1099 forms – and not all of them increase your tax bill.

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Like most Americans, you probably want to get through your taxes as quickly as possible. Since the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) was passed in 2017, fewer of us will itemize, and those who do may find fewer deductions available. However, do not rush through your return so quickly that you simply take the standard deduction and ignore deductions that can bring you a healthy refund. Consider these commonly overlooked tax deductions.

1. Charitable Contributions – You may not feel that you give enough to charity for it to matter, but every little bit helps when itemizing deductions. Any gift to a qualifying charitable organization may be deducted. The IRS website has an online search tool to verify the qualified status of any organization, but the receiving organization should be able to provide you with proof. For tax year 2019, you may deduct donations worth up to 60% of you...

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Discussing mental health has become less taboo in modern culture than it used to be before, and that openness is now also crossing over into the workplace. However, many organizations still seem to be falling behind on this trend. From unrealistic, demanding deadlines to heavy workloads and long hours to even shifting performance priorities, there’s often never a shortage of stress at work.

On Jan. 14, Community Health published story titled "No More Body Shaming" that contained quotes from a source who levied unfounded allegations of impropriety against White Rock Montessori school in Dallas. Allegations that White Rock Montessori condoned or allowed instances of body shaming against students, and is now retaliating against the children of parents who raise such issues with the school, are unsubstantiated and solely the opinion of the source quoted in the story. Community Health apologizes to White Rock Montessori for any harm that has come to its reputation and its business as a respected educational institute as a result of the statements contained in the story.

It’s tax season once again, and stress levels are high. While you are plunging away those numbers and stressing about refunds and payments to the IRS, there are ways you can keep those anxieties under control.

“Every risk factor you can imagine was on this student’s Internet posting,” recalls Lisa Cull, senior program coordinator for Glenn County Behavioral Health.

As families come face to face with medical requirements every school year, the country is feeling the effects of a vaccine resistance movement that’s been decades in the making. In a climate of fake news and ever-growing misinformation that is spread online, it can be hard to decipher the false information from the truth. That’s why Facebook is taking a stand.

A federal order to drain Silicon Valley's largest drinking water reservoir has thrown the region into disarray, with multiple agencies pointing fingers at each other and some local leaders fearful their cities could run out of water, not this summer but the following one. On Monday, officials from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission sent a letter to the Santa Clara Valley Water District, ...

It's no secret why Vladimir Putin would want Donald Trump reelected: no other American president would have been as forgiving of his efforts to create chaos and destabilize the Western alliance. But the mystery remains why Trump has been such a willing participant, repeatedly excusing Putin for everything from aggression toward Ukraine to meddling in American elections. The issue arose again ...

President Trump's No. 1 nemesis invited me to visit him in Burbank, Calif., on Monday. How could I resist? U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff had just returned from the annual Munich Security Conference, where he held bilateral meetings with various European defense ministers who are working with the U.S. on negotiations between Afghanistan and the Taliban. He also met with NATO officials in Brussels. The ...

LOS ANGELES - The coronavirus has yet to become a major health threat in Orange County, Calif. But a proposal to eventually place some patients at a state-owned facility in Costa Mesa has sparked a political battle in which wary residents are speaking in conspiratorial, even apocalyptic terms. "Expose the hidden agenda to bring coronavirus into our city," one wrote on a poster board outside a ...