New Vascular Center opens next month

TRAVERSE CITY - When Munson Medical Center established an independent Department of Vascular Diseases, it signaled recognition in this region of the specialized care available to individuals suffering from peripheral vascular disease - any disorder or disease of the circulatory system outside of the brain...

Charitable giving and smart tax planning

Are you hanging on to some low-basis, highly-appreciated assets that you would gladly sell if you could somehow avoid losing much of the value to taxes? One solution might be an estate planning arrangement known as a charitable remainder trust. This type of trust might...

Eco-builders launch online store, raise visibility of message

TRAVERSE CITY - According to the Environmental Protection Agency, building-related illnesses account for about $60 billion of annual productivity lost nationwide. This can include anything from carbon monoxide poisoning to asthma. In an effort to create a healthier building atmosphere and protect the environment, many...

Debit Cards: Unauthorized transactions and cardholder liability

Unlike credit cards, debit cards statutorily offer cardholders inferior fraud liability protection in the event of loss or theft. But don't holster your debit card just yet - many financial institutions have voluntarily shored up the gap between credit and debit cardholder fraud protection. A...

Legislators aim to stop predatory lending

LANSING - Many Michigan legislators will be pushing new measures to register mortgage lenders and prevent predatory practices, as they grapple with the fallout of the sub-prime mortgage crisis."We have to make sure financial institutions are working in a manner that is consistent with the...

Ask the builder: Tax credits for the energy-efficient DIY-er

Question: We recently completed some home improvements. I've heard that there may be some tax credits or rebates available if you've made your home more energy efficient. We replaced some windows and remodeled our kitchen and bought new appliances. We also replaced our very...

Selecting a payroll service provider

A professional payroll service can save your business time and money. Preparation of payroll, the associated tax returns and remittance of the related taxes can be stressful for your staff and uses up their available time needed to perform other important tasks. The payroll tax...