Author - jim@blankenshipfinancial.com (Jim Blankenship)

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Selling your home? Here’s the income tax facts
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Lose Your Health Insurance? COBRA May Help
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How We Can Serve You
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De-stress Your Investing
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How to Save on Auto Insurance

Selling your home? Here’s the income tax facts

Summer is a time when many folks choose to move to a new home. It makes a lot of sense, especially if you have children in school – this way if the move is to a new school district, the children will not have to switch schools during the academic year.

Selling your home can have consequences for your income taxes. Recently the IRS issued their Summertime Tax Tip 2015-13, which details ten key tax facts about home sales. The text of the Tip is below:

Ten Key Tax Facts about Home Sales

In most cases, gains from sales are …

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Lose Your Health Insurance? COBRA May Help

Former employees recently let go from their job may find themselves wondering what options they have to continue their employer provided health insurance. Generally, an employee is allowed to continue their coverage from loss of employment due to voluntary or involuntary termination, disability, reductions in hours, death, divorce, or becoming eligible for Medicare.

The length of time an individual has to remain on COBRA depends on the reason why they lost coverage from their employer. For example, if an employee is terminated either voluntarily or involuntarily he or she will have up to 18 months of coverage. In the event …

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How We Can Serve You

I wanted to write a short post this week letting our readers know that even though the majority of them may not be located in the state of Illinois, we are generally still able to help and work with you should you want to use or services. Here are a few ways that we can make your experience working with us as “local” and as professional as possible.
  1. We use email – a lot. This is arguably the main way we communicate with clients. It’s not that we’re above using the phone, but with our schedules we are frequently
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De-stress Your Investing

Over your working career is possible you’ll accumulate multiple retirement accounts if you switch jobs frequently and there’s also the possibility that you’ll have multiple IRAs depending on if you’ve moved switched advisers, or wanted to give a fledgling adviser their first sale.

Eventually, annual statements start pouring in from all of these accounts and it can be difficult and stressful to keep track of all of the accounts and where your money is being held. For example, you may have to 401(k) plans from two previous employers in addition to the plan you have with your current employer. You …

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How to Save on Auto Insurance

No, this isn’t a plug for a specific insurance company. It’s more of a plug on how you can put more money into your pocket by following a few simple steps to lower your auto insurance premium without sacrificing the importance of liability coverage.
  1. Consider raising your deductibles. If you’ve never been in an accident or it’s been quite a long time since your last accident then chances are you’re paying too much if your deductibles are low – anywhere from $0 to $250. Raising your deductibles can lower your premiums and generally the higher the deductible the lower your
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