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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…

IRS reminds taxpayers about “where’s my refund?”

The Internal Revenue Service reminded taxpayers that they can quickly check the status of their tax return and refund through “Where’s My Refund?”
This is the fifth in a series of 10 IRS tips called the Tax Time Guide. These tips are designed to help taxpayers navigate common tax issues as the April 15 deadline approaches.

Initial information will normally be available within 24 hours after the IRS receives the taxpayer’s e-filed return or four weeks after the taxpayer mails a paper return to the IRS. The system updates only once every 24 hours, usually overnight, so there is…

Legal experts: ruling blocking immigration action ‘deeply flawed’

In a legally sound and blistering statement made public last week, a group of 104 legal scholars and immigration law instructors signed a statement calling the Texas judge’s decision that blocked President Barack Obama’s immigration executive action “deeply flawed.”

The group argued that the executive action programs that would have shielded millions from deportation and provided them permission to work “are well within the legal authority of the federal executive.” Their statement was issued a day after the Department of Justice asked the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals to free the…

Top Five Reasons to E-file

Are you still using the old school method of doing your taxes? Do you still mail paper forms to the IRS? If so, make this the year you switch used IRS e-file to file their taxes last year. Here are the top five reasons why you should file electronically too:

1. Accurate and easy. IRS e-file is the best way to file an accurate tax return. The tax software that you use to e-file helps avoid mistakes by doing the math for you. It guides you every step of the way as you do your taxes. IRS e-file can also help with the new health care law tax provisions.

2. Convenient options. You can buy…

Facebook could cost you a future job

Finally, you land a killer opportunity, pass the phone screen and show up to an interview with a hiring manager. Just as you think you are about to close the deal, she spins her computer screen around and asks you to login to your Facebook account. What do you do? This is common enough that it now has a name: Shoulder Surfing. According to Lori Andrews, a law professor at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law specializing in Internet privacy, this practice is “coercion if you need a job”. Not to mention the violation in Facebook’s privacy policy, albeit unenforceable.

Facebook’s…

Taking notes in the Job Interview

Job interviews are all about exchanging information, information about the job, yourself, your past and your industry expertise. At times, a job interview can feel like an examination. Better study.

There is also a lot to take in during a job interview. Since our school days we have been trained to take notes, to study them and refer to them in our discourse. It is the best way to acquire and retain critical information. You might be inclined to take notes during a job interview. You might be inclined to refer to your previous notes when answering questions. But is it appropriate? How…

Will Walmart pay raises spread?

Some big box store employees soon will make more money, and enjoy some other benefits, too.

The question now is whether that will spread. Beginning in April, Walmart employees’ starting pay will be $9 an hour. By February 2016, U.S. associates will earn $10 an hour, new associates will still start at $9, and after a six-month training period will earn $10 an hour, according to the company.

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson applauds Walmart’s bold, new initiatives that would, in part, raise pay for all current associates. Other initiatives announced by the Arkansas-based company and…