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Technology can help you stay focused on the road ahead

Distracted driving increases the chance of car crashes, studies show, especially among novice drivers. But even experienced drivers, who know not to text or talk on hand-held cell phones, can get caught up in the distractions of day-to-day life: kids, job, traffic, deadlines.
Fortunately, most vehicle manufacturers now offer safety features that integrate sophisticated technology to help keep drivers focused on the road ahead.

“Many of our vehicle safety systems are designed to support improved driver response by increasing driver awareness,” says Scott Kunselman, Senior Vice President…

Need more time to file your Tax return?

The Internal Revenue Service reminded taxpayers who are unable to complete their tax returns on time that it is easy to get more time to file their return. In fact, it can even be done online.
These tips are designed to help taxpayers navigate common tax issues as the April 15 deadline approaches.

For taxpayers who have not yet filed their taxes, the IRS has this advice: do not panic. Taxpayers who need more time to complete their tax return can request an automatic six-month extension.
The fastest and easiest way to get the extra time is through the Free File link on IRS.gov. In a…

The Economist likens Latinos to chili peppers

The Economist is under fire for running a cover image directly equating Latinos in the United States to one spicy and stereotypical food. The image featured a stylized American flag with chili peppers instead of red stripes for a special report on “the rise of Latinos.”

The cover story “How to fire up America,” looks at immigration in the United States and the “misguided” panic over border issues. “America needs its Latinos,” the story reads. “To prosper, it must not exclude them, but help them realize their potential.”

But the cover image has readers outraged: A sub-heading that…

Standard or Itemized: Choose the deduction method that’s Best for You

Most people claim the standard deduction when they file their federal tax return. But did you know that you may lower your taxes if you itemize your deductions? Find out if you can save by doing your taxes using both methods. Usually, the bigger the deduction, the lower the tax you have to pay. You should file your tax return using the method that allows you to pay the least amount of tax. The IRS offers these six tips to help you choose:

Use IRS Free File. Most people qualify to use free, brand-name software to prepare and e-file their federal tax returns. IRS Free File is the easiest…