Sponsor spotlight: How to receive copies of fraudulent tax returns

Tax identification theft is becoming all too common. Victims know how frustrating the experience can be. Thankfully, the IRS is willing to help. The frustration If you are a victim of IRS identity theft, your first instinct is to find out what was filed and who filed it. In the past, most requests by victims…

Sola Salon Studios opening in Lynnwood, seeking salon professionals

We are pleased to welcome as a new advertiser Sola Salon Studios (Sola), which is opening a new studio space in Lynnwood, in the Alderwood Plaza Shopping Center. Since its inception in 2004, Sola has grown to more than 500 locations nationwide. Today, more than 14,000 salon professionals operate successful businesses inside Sola Salons. The…

Sponsor spotlight: A smarter college housing option

Does your child, grandchild, or someone else you know need a place to live while attending college? Instead of renting a dorm or apartment, buying a condo or small house might make more sense. This can save money and provide tax breaks, but you need to do the math and be aware of the risks….

Sponsor spotlight: The marriage penalty is alive and well

Despite what you may think, the marriage penalty is still alive and well. Whether you’re changing your filing status in 2019 because of marriage, divorce or another event (or it’s staying the same), you should review this information and plan accordingly. What is the marriage penalty? The marriage penalty occurs when the dollar ranges for…

Sponsor spotlight: Municipal bonds — an investment with tax breaks

Everybody likes getting something for free, and taxes are no different. Investing in securities like municipal bonds (munis) or municipal bond funds generates tax-free interest income. Here is what you need to know. Advantages of municipal bonds You pay zero federal tax on municipal bond investment income. This makes municipal bonds more attractive than many…

Sponsor spotlight: Leveraging gift rules to your advantage

As you or family members approach retirement years, it is important to have a basic understanding of the IRS gift giving rules. With this understanding, there are opportunities to leverage this tax law without creating a tax problem. The rules You may give up to $15,000 to any individual (donee) in 2019 and avoid any…

Welcome to new advertiser Laura’s Alteration

Meet our new advertiser Laura Wang, the proud owner of Laura’s Alterations at Alderwood Mall. In 2008, she opened her first location in Bellingham and since she’s expanded to six locations across Western Washington. For more than a decade, she and her employees have proudly served tens of thousands of people from the communities of…

Sponsor spotlight: The latest fashion looks for fall

Fall is here! Not only does this signal cooler weather and pumpkin season, but it also means we need prepare for updating fall fashion trends. Every season during Fashion Week, new collections of fashion designers give us inspiration on what to wear in the following season. For fall/winter 2019, the runway shows present gorgeous new…

Sponsor Spotlight: How to Maintain Your Lifestyle in Retirement

You may have heard the rule of thumb that you need to replace about 80% of your preretirement income if you want to maintain your current lifestyle when you retire. But like many rules of thumb, that advice is much too general for most people, says Herbert Poole CFP® CRC®, Retirement Development Consultant for Wells…

Sponsor spotlight: 3 great charitable deduction ideas

Despite what you may have heard from friends or family, you can still claim generous tax benefits for charitable contributions. Here are three prime examples of charitable tax breaks ripe for the picking if you know where to look: Qualified charitable distributions. If you’re age 70½ or older, you can transfer up to $100,000 (or a…

Sponsor spotlight: Lice Spies earns Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace award

As part of National Breastfeeding Month, the Breastfeeding Coalition of Snohomish County recognized Lice Spies of Edmonds as a Breastfeeding Friendly Employer in Snohomish County. Last spring, the Breastfeeding Coalition of Snohomish County conducted a survey asking employees throughout Snohomish County how their employer supports continued breastfeeding.  Kristina Hawley, who works at Lice Spies as…

Sponsor spotlight: Ombu now offers Pintura highlights for curly hair

So you have curly hair and you want to change up your color. In the past you’ve tried box colors and foil highlights only to be disappointed. It’s time to introduce you to the Pintura highlight — quite possibly the best color technique for those with curly hair. What is Pintura Highlighting? This method of…

Sponsor spotlight: Let Caliber Home loans guide you home!

Are you buying or refinancing your home? Think Caliber Home Loans, Inc! We are the number 1 lender* in the state, and the secret to our success is always putting our borrowers first. We have a growing array of loan options that can fit your needs and help making owning a home affordable.  Here are…

Sponsor Spotlight: 4 summertime tax saving tips

Summer is usually the time for relaxing, but it can also be a time for tax savings, especially if you’re still reeling from an unexpectedly large tax bill in April. Here are four timely tips: Rent your home. If you rent out your main home or a vacation home part of the time, you may…

Sponsor spotlight: Retirement basics — understanding tax efficiency

One of the basics in retirement is to be as tax efficient with your income as possible. In 2019, income tax rates range from 0 to 37 percent, plus a potential 3.8 percent net investment tax. Understanding how these progressive tax rates apply to ordinary income creates a tremendous retirement planning opportunity. The basic concept…

Sponsor spotlight: Is now the time to sell your home?

Many sellers tried unsuccessfully at some point in the past three to five years to sell their home. And many of them were frustrated by that lack of success that the market at that time allowed. Whether you listed your home unsuccessfully in the past or you are beginning to think about selling, today’s market…

Sponsor spotlight: Stonewall, LGBT seniors and Jack Dorothy

“My Dad was gay but he was anything but a cliché,” explained Peggy Sanders, managing attorney at Sanders Law Group. Peggy’s father, Jack Dorothy, was a valued employee of the U.S. Department of Defense, and owned a home in New Jersey. He had been married to Peggy’s mother, Eva, for 13 years. He was a…

A fun Father’s Day for every dad at Gallaghers’

Gallaghers’ will be having a fun Father’s Day for every dad (any kind of dad!) that comes in to brew. Enjoy one pint on the house of our delicious, fresh beer to drink while brewing a batch of your favorite beer. Not only that, but if you order a pizza from Portofino Restaurant they’ll deliver it…

Sponsor spotlight: How platelet-rich plasma can improve sexual health

​Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections are a form of natural sexual health treatment that gathers platelets and growth factors from a sample of your own blood and re-injects it into your body. These injections are used to improve sexual function in both men and women and can serve as a very effective form of medical…

Irons Brothers Construction Project Showcase of the Week: Master bathroom remodel

This three-story Capitol Hill urban home was ready for its master bathroom to transition from its ’80s Miami Vice motif to a 21st-century modern masculine look. Masculine, modern, and warmth were the priorities, so the new fixtures, paint color, tile, cabinetry, and countertop were selected keeping this in mind. The homeowners were on a budget, but…