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  • April 15th, otherwise own as Tax Day, is ever nearing. If you're one of the millions of Americans that has decided to put off your filing to closer to deadline day and are trying to jog your memory back into tax filing gear, no worries. That's what this entry is for.
  • Determining whether or not you have to pay taxes on your Social Security benefits really comes down to two factors: 1) your tax filing status, and 2) the amount of your "combined" income. Generally speaking though, you will not have to pay any taxes on your Social Security benefits at all, if that is your only source of income.
  • Most people's goal every tax season is to figure out how to owe as little in taxes as possible. The purpose of this entry is to help you with that. The goal here is to show you a handful of ways that you can potentially lower your tax bracket through various personal deductions, thereby lowering the percentage you are taxed at, and save you money.
  • Ever wonder what would happen if you just skipped out on filing your taxes? You get your paperwork back from your employer, either in the mail or through e-mail, and just think too yourself, ugh, not again. I don't want to go through this hassle again. So you just let the task fade back to a darker corner of your mind, and forget about it.
  • If you own real estate in the United States, you know all about property taxes. And it stands to reason that you feel each and every time you pay that you might be paying too much. Ever wonder if you can proactively get your property taxes lowered? The simple answer is you can, if you are willing to put in a little effort.
  • Finding the right tax professional who is able to find you every deduction, credit, and write-offs can oftentimes seem like an impossible task, but it doesn't have to be.
  • Have you ever checked to see if you and your family are eligible for Medicaid? It seems like a simple question, but there are many individuals and families in America who are unaware that they actually qualify for Medicaid either because their state expanded it under the Affordable Care Act or because they only make a certain amount of money each year in the states that did not.
  • This guide will help you locate any and all healthcare physicians that accept Medicare in your area, as well as help you determine if you qualify for Medicare in the first place, and how much your premium should be.*Feel free to skip the first section if you are just wanting information on how to locate providers in your area.

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  • Almost 40,000 out of 209,000 eligible Philadelphians didn’t apply for the Earned Income Tax Credit on their federal income tax returns last year. And with each credit averaging about $2,400 for eligible filers, Philadelphia Department of Revenue Commissioner Frank Breslin is making sure the city is doing what it can to educate residents about the EITC and make it easier for them to apply for the credit on their federal tax return.
  • Pennsylvania lawmakers are sending a bill to the governor that would extend the Children's Health Insurance Program for two more years, and move the program from the Insurance Department to the Department of Human Services. The House voted unanimously Thursday to renew the program that covers more than 150,000 Pennsylvania children who aren't eligible for Medicaid. Monthly premiums are based on their family's income. Read more from WFMZ.com at: http://www.wfmz.com/news/pennsylvania-childrens-health-insurance-program-renewed-for-2-more-years/36900214 Connect with us... Facebook/69WFMZ or @69News
  • The polls are open for Election Day. Polling places in Pennsylvania opened at 7 a.m., while New Jersey's have been open since 6 a.m. Voters in both states can cast their ballots until 8 p.m.
  • About 44,000 Pennsylvania residents have enrolled in health insurance on the Affordable Care Act health insurance exchange since the regular open season ended in February. The figure, covering Feb. 23 to June 30, involves people who were allowed to enroll outside the standard enrollment period for reasons including job loss or divorce, or change in family status such as marriage or birth of a child. Nationally, about 950,000 people signed up during that period.
  • Apr 07 2015
    Property taxes here & there
    Property taxes long have been the bane of Pennsylvania homeowners, especially seniors. The Legislature, for a generation or more, has wrestled with the issue and again is facing a budget battle in which Gov. Wolf is calling for tax swaps to reduce property taxes. So it seems like a good time to compare our state's burden with other states.
  • Mar 11 2015
    Pa. Medicaid Expansion Switch To Be Done By September
    The switch from former Gov. Tom Corbett’s “Healthy Pennsylvania” program to the traditional Medicaid expansion endorsed by Gov. Tom Wolf is expected to be completed by the end of September, said Ted Dallas, acting secretary of the state Department of Human Services. But the transition is a “couple-of-phase process” that will blend the three parts of the former governor’s program into the single Medicaid expansion plan adopted in more than 20 other states, Dallas said. The first phase is expected to be finished by April 30. “There are IT changes needed to do that and all the other changes we need to get done,” he said in an interview. The state will continue to provide individuals with health-care coverage and no coverage would be interrupted by the decision, he said.
  • Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf moved Monday to dismantle his Republican predecessor's 40-day-old, hand-crafted subsidized health insurance program in favor of traditional Medicaid for poor adults. Wolf, sworn into office Jan. 20, announced he had sent a letter to the federal government asking permission to end part of the Healthy PA program, which Gov. Tom Corbett had devised as a three-pronged alternative to President Barack Obama's main health care law, the Affordable Care Act.
  • The state of Pennsylvania has launched an expansion of the Medicaid health insurance program, its governor Tom Wolf said in a statement on Monday. "Today is the first step toward simplifying a complicated process and ensuring hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians have greater access to the health insurance they need," Wolf said.

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