2018 Tax season research – released by WalletHub

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With Tax Day looming large and sweeping tax reform passed in recent months, our friends at WalletHub shared with us their 2018 Taxpayer Survey and yearly Tax Rates by State report to help taxpayers better understand taxes during this confusing time of the year.

About the Taxpayer Survey

WalletHub’s Taxpayer Survey features a wide range of fun facts about people’s opinions on tax prep, the IRS and more. The tax rate report also compares the cost of the average person’s various obligations in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The survey found that states with no income tax are not always the cheapest overall, as they tend to have higher sales and property taxes.

Find more highlights from both below, followed by the full list of WalletHub’s 2018 taxpayer resources:

2018 Taxpayer Survey

  • Fewer than 4 in 10 people are happy with President Trump’s tax reforms. 69% of people think the reforms are better for corporations than consumers, and 67% think they benefit the rich more than the middle class.
  • 90% of people think the government does not spend well their tax dollars wisely.
  • 30% of people fear making a math mistake for Tax Day , edging out not having enough money (29%) atop the list.
  • 37% of people would move to a different country for a tax-free future. 24% would get an “IRS” tattoo, 22% would switch political parties, and 15% would take a vow of celibacy.
  • 29% of people like their in-laws more than the IRS, 13% prefer cold showers, and 9% would take a traffic jam.

 

States with Lowest Tax Rates States with Highest Tax Rates
1 Alaska 42 Michigan
2 Delaware 43 New Jersey
3 Montana 44 Iowa
4 Nevada 45 Ohio
5 Wyoming 46 Wisconsin
6 Tennessee 47 Rhode Island
7 Idaho 48 New York
8 California 49 Nebraska
9 Florida 50 Connecticut
10 South Carolina 51 Illinois

WalletHub’s 2018 Taxpayer Resources

  1. What To Do If You Can’t Pay
  2. Pros & Cons Of Paying With Credit
  3. Tax Scams & Tips for Avoiding Them
  4. Last-Minute Tax Tips
  5. Property Taxes by State

 

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What are the best places to find a job 2018? Full report.

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The unemployment rate in the United State is at a 17-year low and employers expecting to hire 4 percent more college graduates from the Class of 2018 than from the previous graduating cohort, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2018’s Best Places to Find a Job.

To determine the strongest local job markets in the U.S., WalletHub compared more than 180 cities across 26 key metrics. The data set ranges from job opportunities to employment growth to monthly average starting salary.

Best Cities for Jobs Worst Cities for Jobs
1 Chandler, AZ 173 Mobile, AL
2 Scottsdale, AZ 174 Montgomery, AL
3 San Francisco, CA 175 Fresno, CA
4 Peoria, AZ 176 Hialeah, FL
5 Gilbert, AZ 177 New Orleans, LA
6 Plano, TX 178 Birmingham, AL
7 Portland, ME 179 Columbus, GA
8 Irvine, CA 180 Newark, NJ
9 Madison, WI 181 Detroit, MI
10 Boston, MA 182 Shreveport, LA

Best vs. Worst

  • Columbia, Maryland has the highest median annual household income (adjusted by cost of living), $89,013, which is 3.4 times higher than in Hialeah, Florida, the city with the lowest at $26,352.
  • San Jose, California has the highest monthly average starting salary (adjusted by cost of living), $5,441, which is 3.1 times higher than in Brownsville, Texas, the city with the lowest at $1,778.
  • South Burlington, Vermont, the city with the lowest unemployment rate, 2.1 percent, which is 5.2 times lower than in Detroit, the city with the highest at 10.9 percent.
  • Plano, Texas, the city with the fewest number of part-time employees for every 100 full-time employees, 37.63, which is 3.6 times fewer than in Burlington, Vermont, the city with the most at 134.34.
  • South Burlington, Vermont is the city with the lowest share of workers living in poverty, 1.90 percent, which is 10.1 times lower than in Tallahassee, Florida, the city with the highest at 19.28 percent.

View the full report of best cities for your jobs and your city’s rank now.

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Best app software search for business growth

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Looking to self-improve? There are many areas of your lifestyle you can focus on but it’s best to decide on one goal at a time. To get you started on this journey, you can check out websites to help grow your business as well as where you can find product and courses to help you improve your overall business health.

How to grow your business with the right software app and life choices

One site that is an excellent source for finding products and courses for improving your business lifestyle is MasterMind.com. This website can help you save your money because it gathers and searches within categories to compare and help you choose the best type of software app and information to grow and succeed in the business world. Check it out today and let us know how it helps you meet your business goals, improves your health, wealth and happiness. All the best.

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Holiday gift shopping great buys: Fire Resistant Clothing

Flame Resistant Jeans (FR Jeans)

The holidays are just around the corner and it is time to make a list and check it twice for great holiday gifts. A gift item definitely on Fromgirltogirl’s list are Jand jeans (FR clothing). Before you ask ‘who needs flame resistant shirts and jeans? ‘, FR clothing offers plenty of awesome benefits. The clothing offers the great benefits of cotton and has higher Arc Thermal Performance Value (ATPV) ratings as well as a softer and more comfortable fabric than cotton.

Benefits of Flame Resistant Clothing

ATPV lets people know what is their exposure to an electrical arc discharge. But FR clothing is most valuable to people who work in hazardous environments. Examples of  such workers are electricians, chefs, pharmaceutical workers, chemists or any worker who has to come in contact with energized electrical equipment. Check out the FR clothing from Froulet.com to lower your risk of burn injury, increase your chances of survival and prevent skin exposure to flames.

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Must read CRM roadmap for data center management

Gerard Blokdijk has been in enterprise data center management and CxO roles over the past 25 years. Blokdijk has published a new book called ‘CRM: The Definitive Guide’ to share wisdom he wish he had when he needed it. The book highlights what is important now in CRM and what will be important in the future. In short, the book is a CRM roadmap for instantly understanding and moving forward in the right direction by utilizing verifiable data. Below are five of the 905 critical criteria featured in the book:

1. What is the future of CRM with regards to Customer Service five years from now, What Technologies would affect it? What trends in Customer Service landscape would we see?

2. Has your organization ever had to invoke its disaster recovery plan which included the CRM solution and if so was the recovery time objective met and how long did it take to return to your primary solution?

3. Can visitors/customers easily find all relevant information about your products (e.g., prices, options, technical specifications, quantities, shipping information, order status) on your website?

4. How to make sure high data availability in mobile computing environment where frequent disconnections may occur because the clients and server may be weakly connected?

The answers are in the book which is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and all major retailers the full info now. Highly recommend this ebook for managers, advisors, consultants, specialists, professionals and anyone interested in CRM assessment.

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New music: “CEO” by Aradia | Women Entrepreneurs

Aradia ’s CEO electropop music video has an 80’s feel in all the right ways. The synth-infused power power-pop anthem is upbeat and full of girl power themes as well as other zeitgeists of culture. This is Aradia’s first single from her upcoming EP ‘CEO,’a Los Angeles based artist. Listen to CEO plus two remixes on Spotify today.

The music video diversity keeps viewers and listeners engaged. Share Aradia’s new single with a boss chick CEO near you and let us know your thoughts. Learn more about Aradia’s originality and depth in electropop on Facebook and Instagram @AradiasMusic.

What we love about Aradia

– She composes and produces her own music
– She’s independent and creativity
– She designs her own futuristic fantasy garb
– She reps the Aaron Copland School Music
– Aradia is a New Yorker

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Best of mobile sales apps: Let’s Deal geo marketplace app

Let's Deal geo marketplace for buying, selling and trade. Try it locally and worldwide today.

Are you searching for a sales app or way to grow your business, make it thrive? To make it happen you need to know your customers. Knowing your customers includes information on where they live, work, dine, play and shop. This will give you the opportunity to show them where they can find the goods and services they want at any time.

To help with your business development, it’s a good idea to take advantage of a best in class geo marketplace app.

What is a geo marketplace app?

It is an app built to bring you posts from locations near you as well as from around the world. It can take your business post globally within seconds. A geo marketplace app that does this well is the Let’s Deal App. This app lets you be in charge of what you want to view and post in your neighborhood or anywhere in the world.

What I love about the Let’s Deal App

What I love about the app is that it is designed to use on multiple platforms, including  Android, Apple and by the web. I think it is really cool that users have the options to buy and sell locally, ,globally and seamlessly. This type of geo technology is really valuable to each seller/ buyers as well as retailers because certain products and services sell better based on location and interests. So it truly helps increase sales by helping target buyers find quality goods and services – whether that’s in your local community or beyond. Yes, you can sell internationally, not just domestically.

It took me only seconds to snap a photo from the in-app camera, upload to the gallery and enter details about my products and services ( i.e. price and geographic location). It is so easy to use. I love that I can see what items are posted by others, there are some great deals locally and around the world.The filters and focus available to users makes the Let’s Deal app truly show how refined geo search can make all the difference in sales.

Moreover, app users can live chat with buyers and sellers. All I had to do was press the chat button to ask a seller about more details on a product or service. It also made asking buyer questions easy to do. I could write a message to have the post owner immediately receive an alert by push notification from a mobile device. But my favorite part of the chat feature is giving buyers a special opportunity for me to make an offer custom to their needs via messaging.

I even like the accept and manage trade feature so I can give offers in exchange for other offers on the marketplace. I feel it’s invaluable that entrepreneurs can help each other out by getting what they need to get a job done through trading goods and services. It’s like being at a in-person marketplace but having the flexibility to mingle with all kinds of people and cultures.

The Let’s Deal  App is the geo marketplace the international business community has waited for. It gives me the freedom to be firm and flexible depending on how I want to sell and promote my offers. I also enjoy the opportunity to promote my post for higher visibility and ranking when I need it most. I highly recommend every day people and retail business owners to take advantage of this great app. Let people all over the world know about the great goods and services you can offer to them today.

Join Let’s Deal App for free  – must have sales app

You may download the Let’s DEAL App on your iOS or Android device. You can also use your web browser via desktop or tablet to start using Let’s DEAL.

Enjoy and spread the word to friends and family.

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Install the Let’s Deal App on Google Play  

The Let's Deal app is available on ios, android, and google play. Try the geo marketplace app for free today.
Snap. Chat. Sell. Let’s Deal.
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How does acne impact your love life? | Women’s Health Survey

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A new survey reveals that women would be willing to go without sex, gain 10 pounds or take a pay cut in order to get clear skin. Think that’s surprising? The survey also found women will cancel a date or plans because of a zit, would rather have their period than a breakout on their wedding da. The average woman is willing to go as far as editing their selfies to cover their skin before posting pictures on social media. This survey is the Curology‘s State of Acne in America, which polled more than 1,000 women between the ages of 18-44 who have suffered from acne, blackheads or clogged pores at some point in their lives and the results are shocking.

Findings

  • Sorry, Bumble: Almost 15% of women between the ages of 18-24 are likely or very likely to cancel plans or a date because of a breakout.
  • Period on your Wedding day: 59% of women said they’d rather have their period than a breakout on their wedding day
  • Selfie Cover Up: 40% of women admitted to editing a picture to cover a blemish before posting on social media. When looking at women ages 18-24, the number goes up to 52.6%.
  • How Far Would You Go? Almost half of women 18-24 (44%) would be willing to gain 10 pounds, take a pay cut or be celibate for six months to have clear skin.

Find the full survey results for an inside look into women’s emotional, social and professional struggles caused by acne and explore what they would be willing to sacrifice for clear skin.

The Dermatology crisis of America

There are less than 10,000 dermatologists in the United States and more than 50 million people suffering from acne, access to quality care can be limited while the desire to conquer breakouts and end skincare stress is widespread. Curology, the skincare company that offers customized prescription acne care for every customer online, released its inaugural survey on the State of Acne in America.

The survey provides a comprehensive look at the challenges women face when dealing with acne and highlights how far women of all ages are willing to go to achieve clear skin. The survey was conducted online with Google Consumer Surveys among 1,001 women, between the ages of 18-44, who have suffered from acne, blackheads or clogged pores at some point in their lives.

Curology is the only solution that offers customized acne formulas for each customer. A dedicated dermatology provider reviews photos of each customer’s face and analyzes responses to medical questions before prescribing a tailor-made formula. Each formula has prescription-strength ingredients not available over-the-counter, and Curology ships the personalized formula directly to the customer’s door.

The Purpose of the State of Acne in America Survey

“Our hope with the State of Acne in America survey is to expose the underlying struggles women face when dealing with their acne and understand just how important it is for them to find an effective treatment,” said David Lortscher, MD, board-certified dermatologist and the founder and CEO of Curology. “This survey validates what our dermatology providers hear from customers every day – that acne is more than just skin deep. Changes in the appearance of the skin have a major impact on a person both socially and emotionally – and that’s why I created Curology.”

Wearing Your Emotions

Suffering from unwanted acne, blackheads or clogged pores can be challenging for women of all ages. In many cases, social situations can exacerbate the emotional toll acne takes and brings unwanted commentary.

A staggering 52% of women 18-24 have had a significant other or family member comment on their acne, blackheads, or clogged pores in a negative way. With the palpable pressure of having clear and photo-ready skin, women of all ages are willing to subject themselves to other burdens to avoid a very public breakout.

 

Acne and the Workplace

Women who suffer from acne, blackheads or clogged pores also struggle with nerves and feelings of anxiety in the workplace, potentially putting their professional reputation and future at risk.

  • 36.6% of women admitted to feeling nervous or anxious going into a job interview or big presentation because of their acne. The nerves increase even more for younger women, with 40.6% of women 18-24 admitting the same feelings of anxiety.
  • 52.4% of women who have had someone close to them comment on their acne in a negative way also admitted to having felt nervous or anxious going into a big presentation or job interview.

A Financial Blemish

Whether it’s taking a pay cut at work or shelling out $100 a month, the prospect of achieving clear skin can drive women to sacrifice well-earned money.

  • Of women 18-34 who said they would be willing to take a pay cut for six months to have clear skin, 57.9% would be willing to pay $100/month for 10 years ($12k) to guarantee their skin would be cleared of any acne, blackheads or clogged pores for life.
  • 20.5% of women would be willing to pay $100/month for 10 years ($12K) to guarantee their skin would be cleared of any acne, blackheads or clogged pores for life. That number jumps to 26.4% for women 18-24.

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When Anti-Aging and Acne Collide

Women don’t have the luxury of staying focused on preventing and treating their acne as they’re often seeking ways to also slow or prevent the process of aging.

  • 25.2% of women 25-44 admitted to simultaneously using products to slow or prevent skin aging AND products to treat acne, blackheads and clogged pores.

Learn more at Curology.com

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Why the Trump Administration should support successful clean car standards

WASHINGTON (March 15, 2017) – Trump administration today announced it will re-open a review of common-sense automobile pollution standards for model years 2022-2025, which are instrumental to the rejuvenation of America’s automotive manufacturing sector and could drive down fuel costs for consumers.

Bob Keefe, executive director of the national, nonpartisan business group Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) has said:

“You have to wonder what is motivating the Trump administration to drive such a successful, Made-in-America policy into a ditch. It’s simply reckless and irresponsible, and will once again put America in the rearview mirror of foreign automakers that will be glad to dominate the market for the next generation of more efficient vehicles.”

E2 was founded by business people who helped advocate for the country’s first greenhouse gas emissions limits for vehicles, which were passed by the state of California in 2002 and became the foundation for the federal emissions standards. California’s groundbreaking legislation helped spur innovation in the auto and fuels industries – creating thousands of jobs – and ultimately helped advance widespread adoption of hybrid, electric and alternative fuels vehicles.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, more than 259,000 Americans now work in clean vehicle production. Those jobs, along with hundreds of millions of dollars saved through fuel efficiency by businesses and consumers alike, are now at risk because of the Trump administration’s shortsighted actions, says Keefe. These same standards are helping spur production of the modern-day auto industry’s most efficient vehicles  while saving consumers and businesses money. This clean car industry is also creating hundreds of thousands of jobs and reducing pollution along the way.

More background on E2

  • This E2 fact sheet on clean vehicle jobs in America is based on U.S. Department of Energy research. Among the 259,000 Americans who work in the clean vehicles sector, 112,000 work in hybrid EVs; 44,000 in plug-in hybrids; 44,000 in natural gas vehicles; 42,000 in EVs; and 17,000 in hydrogen and fuel-cell vehicles.
  • Social media graphics highlighting clean vehicle jobs data are here, here, and here.
  • More than 250 business leaders who support fuel efficiency standards signed this September 2016 E2 letter.
  • March 2016 “Clean Jobs America” report (Page 9) has details on how fuel efficiency standards help create jobs.

About Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2)

Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) is a national, nonpartisan group of business leaders, investors, and professionals from every sector of the economy who advocate for smart policies that are good for the economy and good for the environment. Our members have founded or funded more than 2,500 companies, created more than 600,000 jobs, and manage more than $100 billion in venture and private equity capital. For more information, see e2.org or follow us on Twitter at @e2org.

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NHMC recognizes outstanding contributions to positive media portrayals of Latinos

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – On the eve of Oscars Weekend, Friday, the 24th, the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) honored outstanding contributions to the positive portrayals of Latinos in media for the 20th year at its Annual NHMC Impact Awards Gala at the historic Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. The NMHC has this annual awards gala because the Oscars fail to recognize the tremendous Latino talent in entertainment. It is important to give these creatives the accolades they deserve and excite a new generation of young people according to Alex Nogales, president and CEO of the National Hispanic Media Coalition:

“Latinos represent 18 percent of the population and the biggest group of moviegoers in the country. Our community deserves more from film studios, a fair shot to increase the positive portrayals of Latinos across America like all of our honorees are striving to do.”

On stage to accept his Outstanding Performance in a Television Series award for his role as Rogelio De La Vega in Jane the VirginJaime Camil said “It is a great honor to receive the award for Outstanding Performance in a Television Series at this year’s National Hispanic Media Coalition’s Impact Awards Gala and a pleasure to be recognized for my work on Jane the Virgin.  I admire how the NHMC has opened doors for Latinos in the media and I look forward to seeing their efforts in the continuation to help in the advancement of Latinos.” See photos from the 2017 NHMC Impact Awards Gala

How to Get Away with Murder star Karla Souza received the Outstanding Performance in a Television Series award for her depiction of Laurel Castillo in the ABC series. Souza stated “Being a Latina doesn’t define Laurel’s character or pigeon-hole her into a stereotype. It’s one of the many characteristics that make her who she is. I’m eternally grateful to Pete Nowalk and Shonda Rhimes, and casting director Linda Lowry for creating a show where diversity and inclusion are the norm and the platform used to tell amazing stories. Giving Latinos an opportunity on-screen has the power to make a whole community of people feel like they exist and are also worthy of being loved and accepted.”

Roberto Orci, presented with the Visionary Impact Award by NHMC, said “This award is a tremendous honor for me as I share the same goal as NHMC which is to promote diverse talent in front of and behind the camera.”

One Day at a Time received the award for Outstanding Comedy Series and executive producers Mike RoyceGloria Calderón Kellet, and actress Justina Machado accepted the honor. “”Mike [Royce] and I are so honored to get the opportunity to not only work on a Norman Lear show but to be able to tell authentic Latino stories,” said producer Gloria Calderón Kellet. “Representation matters. And our show deals with every day Latinos. It’s a very ‘American’ show, really. Our main character is an Army Veteran and a nurse raising two kids in Los Angeles. We talk about ‘issues” as they relate to this family.  And to be able to show the complexity of human experiences and not just a stereotype is such an honor. Thank you for recognizing our show.”

Norman Lear, actor, writer, producer, director, and creator of such legendary sitcoms that defined American television including, One Day at a TimeAll In The Family,Good TimesSanford And SonThe JeffersonsMaude, served as a special presenter. NHMC surprised Lear, who produced the One Day at a Time remake with the inaugural Media Icon Impact Award at the event. Lear said “I like being part of anything that honors our common humanity.  Thank you, NHMC, for recognizing our series.”

Elena of Avalor received the award for Outstanding Animated Series, accepted by creator and executive producer Craig Gerber, and co-producer and story editorSilvia Olivas. Gerber said, “It is a privilege to bring Elena’s adventures to life on-screen, and we are honored to be recognized by the National Hispanic Media Coalition for this princess who proudly represents her heritage by embodying strong values and a responsibility to both her family and her kingdom.” Olivas adds, “As a Latina woman and mother, I am so proud to work on a show that brings our diverse cultures to the forefront of children’s television. Growing up, there were not many characters on TV that I could directly identify with, so it’s a dream come true to provide today’s children with a representation of themselves through Princess Elena and the world of Avalor.”

Hate Rising producer Catherine Tambini accepted the Outstanding Documentary award on behalf of the film’s team, including Fusion and Univision anchor Jorge Ramos. Tambini shared “One of the main reasons that I make documentaries are to hopefully have an impact on society so to receive this honor for doing what I love to do, it doesn’t get any better than that,” said Catherine Tambini. “Martin Luther King Jr. said that the arc of the moral universe is long but bends toward justice. Right now it feels to me that it’s warping in the other direction. That’s why it’s important for us, the filmmakers, the journalists, the media, to keep looking for the truth and demanding that it be told. We must tell the stories that may be hard to hear, hold a mirror up to the country. We must be strong, we must be vigilant, we must speak truth to power unafraid of the consequences.”

Emcees included Christina Vidal, an actress known for Training DayFreakyFriday and Welcome to the Dollhouse and Lisa Vidal, actress and producer known for Being Mary JaneStar Trek and The Division.

The NHMC Impact Awards Gala raises important funds to support the organization’s efforts to increase positive media portrayals of Latinos, expand Latino employment in media and telecommunications, push for federal media and telecommunications policies that advance Latinos and other people of color. NHMC’s 2017 title and diamond event sponsors include The Walt Disney Company, Univision Communications Inc., and Comcast NBCUniversal.

About the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC)

The National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) is a media advocacy and civil rights organization for the advancement of Latinos, working towards a media that is fair and inclusive of Latinos, and towards universal, affordable, and open access to communications. Learn more at www.nhmc.org. Receive real-time updates on Facebook and Twitter @NHMC.

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