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Make Sure Your Contractors Aren't Employees! - New Changes for MA Employers

Many small business owners can't do their jobs alone. They often outsource help for certain tasks, which may include the use of contractors. The benefit of using contractors is that the employer does not need to offer them benefits, pay Social Security, Medicare, or state unemployment insurance. However, MA recently redefined how independent contractors are classified meaning more people will be considered employees in Massachusetts. This can have big implications for business owners who try to manage their costs.

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Do You Rent Property in Massachusetts? - A New Tax May Apply to You

One of the more common ways people make money outside of their day jobs is through rental properties. With the emergence of easy-to-use apps like Airbnb, you no longer need a separate property to rent, but can now easily rent out a room in your home at your convenience. While this can be a great way to earn a little extra money, these short-term rentals are now subject to an additional tax in the state of Massachusetts. If you rent out a summer home or part of your personal residence this new tax may apply to you.

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Does New Hampshire Have an Income Tax? - What to Know About NH's Dividend and Interest Tax

New Hampshire is typically known as a low tax state. Although it has higher than average property taxes, it does not tax income earned from work and does not have a sales tax. However, New Hampshire does have a lesser known tax on income, specifically an interest and dividends tax. If you've lived in NH your whole life and haven't heard of this tax, you're not alone. This tax does not apply to everyone, but with short-term interest rates at their highest level of the past decade, it's possible that this will apply to more and more people living in the Granite State.

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My Property Taxes Are What!? - Understanding New Hampshire's Property Tax

Many know New Hampshire for its scenic mountains, quaint wildlife, cheap alcohol, and low taxes. In fact, New Hampshire is one of only five states without an income tax or sales tax. However, we all know that government cannot function without revenue and New Hampshire's government needs to take in money somehow. So how does New Hampshire get its revenue? If you live in this state, or have considered moving here, you're well aware of the high property taxes assessed to its residents. But how are these property taxes calculated? In this post we'll explore this very question along with how this may impact you at tax time.

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Roth 401(k), Roth IRA . . . What's the Difference?

If you do any amount of research online, you'll find financial advisors everywhere touting the benefits of the Roth retirement account. However, what is often less discussed are the differences between the Roth IRA and the Roth 401(k). What exactly are the differences, and how does this impact your retirement savings? There are pros and cons to each and they're not as similar as you might think.

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Retirement Help or Hindrance? What to Know About the SECURE Act

In case you haven't heard, a new bill has passed through the House of Representatives called the SECURE Act (Setting Every Community Up For Retirement Enhancement). The Act attempts to tackle parts of the retirement savings crisis. Like most bills that come out of Congress, there are good parts and bad. How will this impact you? Here are the top things we think you should know about this bill.

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