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Student volunteers focus attention on wage inequality issues for women during Arts Night Out in Northampton

Friday, April 11, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A group of student volunteers took advantage of “Equal Pay Day” to focus attention Friday evening on wage inequality issues for women. Equal Pay Day — April 8 in the U.S. — represents the point in the new year that American women typically have to work to earn the same amount as their male counterparts during the previous calendar year. About 10 volunteers from Mount Holyoke and Smith … 0

Job market at last shows signs of thawing out

Sunday, April 6, 2014

WASHINGTON — In an encouraging sign, a survey by a big payroll processing firm suggests that hiring may be picking up after the harsh winter. ADP Inc. estimated last week that private employers added 191,000 jobs in March. Though still a moderate gain, that number is the most this year and consistent with the pace of monthly job creation last year before the … 0

Calif.’s $425M Powerball winner comes forward

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

MILPITAS, Calif. (ap) — The sole winner of February’s $425 million Powerball jackpot came forward to claim his prize Tuesday. California Lottery officials said B. Raymond Buxton, a Northern California man, claimed the prize at the California Lottery headquarters in Sacramento. “ ‘Unbelievable!’ is all I could muster,” Buxton said in a statement on Tuesday. “Once the initial shock passed, I couldn’t sleep … 0

Special tax provisions for members of military

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Katie Hanson is a military spouse; her husband, Lt. Cmdr. Marc Hanson, is on active duty in the Navy. He has Florida as his home of record, even though he is based at Naval Air Station North Island, … 0

Same-sex couples can’t file joint fed taxes

Thursday, January 31, 2013

WASHINGTON — Even though an increasing number of states are legalizing gay marriage, same-sex married couples still won’t be able to file joint federal tax returns this year. The federal Defense of Marriage Act defines marriage as “a … 0

Numbers to know when you file your return

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Key numbers to know when filing your 2012 tax returns, according to the Internal Revenue Service: • PERSONAL EXEMPTION: —Each personal or dependent exemption is worth $3,800. • STANDARD DEDUCTION: —$11,900 for married couples filing a joint return, and qualifying widows and widowers —$5,950 for singles and married … 0

Changing family dynamic may lead to some tax relief

Thursday, January 31, 2013

WASHINGTON — Members of the sandwich generation — caught between supporting elderly parents whose assets are nearly exhausted and adult children without jobs — might find some relief come tax time. The bottom line is, who’s a dependent? … 0

Tax rates, AMT patch already set for tax year

Thursday, January 31, 2013

WASHINGTON — You can expect a lot less end-of-the-year drama on taxes in 2013. But there’s a price tag: The payroll tax holiday has ended for all workers, and higher-income people will bear a heavier tax burden. Many … 0

Why it’s important to put your house in order — before you retire

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

My husband and I paid our annual visit to the financial adviser who watches over our undoubtedly inadequate retirement savings, an appointment that is not unlike those with the dentist: necessary but never fun. During our meeting, I proudly listed the home maintenance projects I had undertaken as … 0

Green Communities helps Chesterfield residents save

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

CHESTERFIELD — An innovative energy-saving program is making an offer some town residents can’t refuse: potential savings of up to $3,000 on improvements designed to weatherize their homes. For Nicolas Frischer and Erin McEnaney, for instance, who want … 0