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Improving housing market luring would-be brokers

MIAMI (AP) -- The number of U.S. real estate agents is increasing as the housing market recovers from the Great Recession.

Applications for new real estate licenses doubled in Florida and California last year. Even hard-hit Nevada has seen the number of people seeking licenses grow by almost a quarter.

And the National Association of Realtors says its membership grew slightly last year after six straight years of declines.

Experts warn that real estate is a tough profession and that many new agents quit before they sell a single house.


Free Financial Planning Day Saturday

Free Financial Planning Day Saturday

The city of Henderson is offering a free financial planning day for people looking to get their finances in order.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., financial planners will be available at the Silver Springs Recreation Center, 1951 Silver Springs Pkwy. People interested in attending can register at financialplanningday.org.

People can speak one-on-one with planners and ask questions about taxes, investment strategies and retirement planning. The advice is on a no-strings-attached basis and the volunteer planners will not sell financial services or products.

There will also workshops on different personal financial topics.

The planning day is part of a National Planning Day initiative, a program involving city governments and financial planners from across the country. 

United Way Tax Help Season Kicks Off

United Way Tax Help Season Kicks Off


United Way of Southern Nevada will host two major tax prep assistance events over the next couple of months.

The organization recently kicked off its season of tax help, including Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites that will open starting Monday.

Households with an income of less than $51,000 in 2012 can receive free tax preparation and may be eligible for an Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) refund of up to $5,891.

In addition to more than 30 VITA sites across the Las Vegas valley that will be open January 28 through April 15, United Way is organizing two large tax preparation days:

Cutting Paystubs Saves Cash for Henderson

Cutting Paystubs Saves Cash for Henderson

Saving money in a budget crisis comes down to items as simple as paystubs for the city of Henderson.

By eliminating the automatic generation of a paystub for employees on direct deposit, the city put $20,000 a year back in its coffers. It’s a drop in bucket when compared to the expected $19 million budget shortfall in 2012, but city officials see the change as one of a larger group that will help ease the pain.

Most city employees receive their paychecks through direct deposit while also receiving a printed paycheck stub. The check stubs were printed by the Finance Department, sorted, delivered to departments and then distributed to each employee.

Employees from the Finance Department researched the possibility of no longer printing the paycheck stubs and making them available online instead.

IRS YouTube Channel Provides Last-Minute Tax Tips

IRS YouTube Channel Provides Last-Minute Tax Tips

With Tax Day upon us, helpful tax-related information can be found on the IRS YouTube channel. The channel, which debuted in August 2009, features numerous IRS experts answering common and not-so-common tax questions.

The IRS YouTube channel is home to hundreds of videos on subjects ranging from how to choose a tax preparer to filing your taxes for free to checking on your refund.

Videos are posted in English, Spanish and American Sign Language. To date, there have been more than 1.7 million views.

Taxpayers can even subscribe to the channel to receive notice of new video offerings. In fact, the IRS will soon be featuring summertime video tax tips.