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Even U.S. Supreme Court justices care what people think about them, experts say. In their current same-sex marriage cases they fear a big public backlash if they overreach. But history shows such fears to be greatly exaggerated when a controversial...
Q: I was negotiating with an owner to purchase a property containing a vacant, boarded-up house. Over the years, the owner would occasionally come into town and clear the weeds, as he lived out of state. During one of these visits to his property he and I...
Tags: Homes, Services and Shopping, Realty, Justice System, Politics
There are those who get right on it come January, and those who procrastinate until April (like me). No matter what group you fall into, the fact is, there's a little over two weeks to go before tax day, which is Monday, April 15. According to the IRS,...
Here's one of those glass-half-empty/glass-half-full bits of news: Recently online company househunt.com surveyed real estate agents and concluded that 51 percent of U.S. home sellers are getting 95 to 100 percent of their asking prices. You can look...
Swift JusticeDear Jackie, I am thinking about selling my house in New York State. I am married and file income tax jointly with my husband. I have been told that there is a $500,000 tax exclusion on the profit of the sale. The title of this house is in my name only....
Real Estate MattersQ: I just formed an S corporation and I would like to raise some capital. Can I buy a house with my corporation at a good deal then sell it back to myself with a profit? A: Your question is an interesting one, but we are puzzled by it. First, an S...
Tags: Insider Trading, Homes, Real Estate Buyers, Realty, Politics
Just after Bill Beavers left the federal courtroom guilty on all counts — but before he'd go downstairs to play the defiant old-school Chicago pol for the TV cameras — he gave me a quiet shrug. We were standing in the corridor Thursday...
Dear Liz: Help! We've just received devastating news from our accountant that we owe around $11,000 to the IRS and the state for 2012 taxes. The reason for the huge bill is that we cleaned out my husband's IRA to pay for our son's college expenses. My...
Tags: Unemployment, Taxation, Politics, Finance, Career and Workplace
Real Estate MattersQ: Our daughter and son-in-law are looking into using a company that sells new homes while agreeing to lease a buyer's current residence for six months. My daughter has asked us for advice. I've read nothing but bad reviews about this company, and...
Everybody loves lists. Most of those you see in the papers or online tend toward the inconsequential (The Six Best "Fast & Furious" Movies). So here's a list with a bit more gravitas: The five biggest lies you're being told about entitlement programs....
Q. I work for a public school district, and it is required that I participate in the retirement plan that it provides. Can I still contribute to an IRA? — S.F., Orlando A. It doesn't matter that you are required to participate in the retirement...
A week into the dreaded sequester, all sorts of doom are being predicted. As threats of service cuts grow, political fingers remain pointed in partisan blame. All of the politicians are responsible, yet none will take responsibility, though many agree the...
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