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Annual YWCA Luncheon Raises Funds for Homeless Children

On February 22nd, the YWCA of Greater Birmingham held its eleventh annual KIDS Korner luncheon downtown at the BJCC. Over five hundred friends of the YW gathered to raise money and show their support for this phenomenal program. KIDS (Kids-In-Distress) Korner is a unique facility which provides childcare to area homeless families free of charge. …

The Number One Rule for Avoiding Tax Scams

Every year around this time we are unfortunately confronted with a new series of tax scams. There are many out there but a common one we have seen this year goes something like this IR-2018-27: Taxpayer’s Identification is hacked Stolen information is used to file an erroneous return in the taxpayer’s name Refund is deposited …

Bridgeworth 2017 Holiday Giving Spotlights the American Red Cross

2017 will be remembered for many things: a solar eclipse that brought work and school to a standstill as we all gathered outside to watch this natural phenomenon; a strong and steady stock market; and an unprecedented number of natural and manmade disasters: wildfires that swept through California, horrific shootings in Las Vegas and Texas, …

Reasons to Consider Gifting Appreciated Securities to Charity

With markets continuing to boom, many people are seeing their stocks and other securities gain value quickly. One way to best make use of that growth—and avoid tax penalties for it—is to gift appreciated securities directly to the charitable organization of your choice. It’s a great option and many simply overlook this special tax provision. …

The Equifax Hack Happened – What Should You Do To Protect Yourself?

As you have probably already learned, Equifax recently announced that it was the victim of a large-scale hack. The hackers were able to acquire names, social security numbers, birth dates, home addresses and some driver’s license information. In addition, credit card numbers for approximately 200,000 consumers were also hacked. If your credit card information was …