Friday Focus: United Way of Charles County

United Way of Charles CountyThe United Way plays a crucial role in providing much needed health and human services nationwide. Locally, the Charles County chapter works hard day in and day out to meet the needs of the community through a wide variety of initiatives and partnerships. As the organization prepares for its largest annual fundraising event, a back-to-back golf tournament at Swan Point Golf Course, we caught up with Dayle Hadden, the United Way’s Director of Administration, Marketing and Communications for this week’s Friday Focus interview. Continue reading

IRA contributions, there’s still time!

Tax filing IRA ContributionsSpring has finally sprung. Well, at least by the calendar. And that means, an important deadline is fast approaching – Tuesday, April 15, 2014. That’s tax day, or for those looking to save for their retirement, the deadline for making your Individual Retirement Account (IRA) contribution for the 2013 tax year. Whether you have an existing traditional IRA or Roth IRA or haven’t yet opened one, you won’t want to miss this important opportunity to save for the future. Of course, you can contribute to your 2013 IRA even sooner if you file your taxes before April 15. Continue reading

Friday Focus: LifeStyles of Maryland

LifeStyles of MarylandFounded in 1998, LifeStyles of Maryland works to increase the quality of life for individuals and their families struggling with poverty and homelessness. Guided by the idea of “service through service”, the organization works to increase the quality of life for so many through the programs and resources they provide. We caught up with the organization’s Executive Director, Sandy Washington, for this week’s Friday Focus. Continue reading

Nine Financial Planning Basics

Financial PlanningWhen it comes to managing your personal finances, there are many things to consider. Decisions you make today not only impact your current lifestyle, but can also have broad-ranging effects on your life down the line. Wherever you are in life, it’s always a good idea to periodically take stock of where you are with respect to your money. If you’re struggling to get your finances back under control, or if you’re just looking for some good advice, here are nine suggestions to help you lead a healthy financial life, today and tomorrow. Continue reading

Friday Focus: Project ECHO

Friday Focus - Project EchoFor members of the Calvert County community who have fallen on hard times, Project ECHO is there to lend a helping hand. The homeless shelter provides rooms and meals to thousands of people in need each year, giving them an opportunity to get back on their feet and change their lives for the better. The organization is currently preparing to host its annual fundraiser dinner, the Empty Bowl Supper. We caught up with Executive Director, Trisha Gipson, for this week’s Friday Focus. Continue reading

Do It Yourself or Bring in a Pro? Choosing the Best Way to Make Tax Filing Less Taxing.

It’s an annual passage and a sure sign that spring is approaching. It’s not longer days or warmer temperatures. It’s tax season and the all-important tax return filing deadline in mid April. And before you can even begin to think about the size of your return or the amount you owe, you’ve got to start by answering a simple question:

Who will file your taxes?

Will you do it yourself? Or hire someone to do it for you? There are some good arguments for both sides:

Doing It Yourself
The good news is that with the advent of technology, there are now a lot of helpful programs on the market to simplify tax filing and handle the calculations for you. For example, in their Super Bowl ad, Turbo Tax® demonstrated just how easy it is to answer tax questions and filing.

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