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A growing number of families want to live in a home along with elderly parents or “boomerang” grown children – but they may run into problems with the local zoning board. Some 18% of Americans now live in a home with more than one adult generation, and…

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Congress has extended a number of tax credits for homeowners who make energy-efficient improvements to their home, as long as the equipment they install is certified by the manufacturer as qualifying for the programs. The credits fall into two categories:…

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Did you know that if you buy real estate in the U.S. from a foreign owner, you may have to withhold a big chunk of the sale price and send it to the IRS? This is required by a law called FIRPTA (the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act), which is…

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Some 33,000 homeowners across the country will be eligible to have the amount of their mortgage principal reduced under a plan recently unveiled by the Federal Housing Finance Agency. This is a different plan from the government’s better-known HAMP and…

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Benigno Herrera, a 70-year-old man in Austin, Texas, was turned down when he tried to rent an apartment recently. The reason? He had a drunk driving conviction on his record – from 36 years ago. Cases like Herrera’s are coming up much more frequently, and…

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Medicaid’s look-back period can be confusing, but it’s important because it can have a very significant effect on your ability to pay for long-term care. Unlike Medicare, Medicaid is a system that’s available only to people who have very few assets. As a…

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The growing problem of adult guardianship abuse is giving rise to calls for reform, as vulnerable elderly people caught up in this system sometimes end up being harmed and exploited by the very process that’s supposed to protect them. A guardian is…

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Medicare prescription drug plans can change which drugs they cover, possibly leaving you without coverage for a drug you need. Or you might switch plans, and find that your new plan doesn’t cover your medication at all. In these circumstances, it’s good…

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The oldest of America’s 75 million baby boomers are turning 70 this year. That means the IRS will soon be requiring them to start cashing out their tax-deferred retirement savings accounts. How you handle these withdrawals can have a profound effect on…

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If you have a child who is away at college, you should be aware that the federal medical privacy rules apply to him or her. Once your child turns 18, the federal HIPAA law says that you can no longer have access your child’s medical information without…
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