Investors can learn much from Super Bowl teams

If you’re a football fan (and probably even if you aren’t), you are aware that we’re closing in on the Super Bowl.

IRS encourages taxpayers to get a jump on their returns

To help people get a jump on their taxes before the Jan. 31 filing season opens, the Internal Revenue Service this week made available its Free File brand-name software for most taxpayers.

State unemployment rate drops to 6.6 percent

A significant drop in the seasonally adjusted rate of unemployment in December 2013, combined with an increase in estimated total jobs, provide reasons for optimism about the state’s labor market.

Now is the time to prepare for tax season

Wise taxpayers may want to take advantage of winter months indoors to prepare for tax filing season this spring.

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Use ‘tax diversification’ to help manage retirement income

You need to save and invest as much as possible to pay for the retirement lifestyle you’ve envisioned.

Be of service this Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 16 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Social Security brain teasers

January is International Brain Teasers Month.

What’s your vision of retirement?

When you start out in your career, you’re probably not thinking much about retirement.

More cash back offered for home energy upgrades

Pacific Power is returning cash to customers who make home energy upgrades.

Sunnyside native becomes partner in local CPA firm

Sunnyside native Julie Schilperoort is now a partner at the Proebstel Michels CPA firm after having worked for the firm since 1995.

Tax credit extended for small businesses

The U.S. Treasury Department announced recently small businesses in Washington counties that don’t have the option of purchasing a plan through the Washington Healthplanfinder will be able to continue getting a tax credit of up to 50 percent to help them buy health coverage for their employees.

When opportunity knocks, open the door

If you’ve been around long-time investors, you’ll probably hear them say, ruefully, “If only I had gotten in on the ground floor of such-and-such computer or social media company, I’d be rich today.” That may be true — but is it really relevant to anyone? Do you have to be an early investor of a spectacular company to achieve investment success?

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Rotary, credit union team up for food bank

The season will be a bit brighter at a local food bank thanks to a partnership by the Lower Valley Credit Union and the Sunnyside Noon Rotary Club.