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    The 11 Most Overlooked Tax Deductions

    The 11 Most Overlooked Tax Deductions
    TurboTax helps you find tax deductions you may have overlooked. Don't overpay taxes by overlooking tax deductions. See the most common errors taxpayers make on their tax returns. ...it’s all too easy to miss a trick and pay too much... Every year, the IRS dutifully reports the most common blunders taxpayers make on their returns. And every year, at or near ...
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    IRS Warns of Advance Payment Scams

    IRS Warns of Advance Payment Scams
    WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today warned taxpayers to beware of several current e-mail and telephone scams that use the IRS name as a lure. The IRS expects such scams to continue through the end of tax return filing season and beyond. The IRS cautioned taxpayers to be on the lookout for scams involving proposed advance payment checks. Although the ...
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    6 Things to Do to Qualify for a Stimulus Payment

    6 Things to Do to Qualify for a Stimulus Payment
    The Bush Administration recently signed new legislation — the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008 — into law that will give more than 130 million Americans as much as $152 billion to redistribute back into the economy. The payment amounts will equal the amount of one’s tax liability on their 2007 tax return ($600). That amount doubles for joint tax filers to ...
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    10 Ways to Make Your Health Benefits Work for You

    10 Ways to Make Your Health Benefits Work for You
    The Department of Labor's Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) administers several important health benefit laws covering employer-based health plans. They govern your basic rights to information about how your health plan works, how to qualify for benefits, and how to make claims for benefits. In addition, there are specific laws protecting your right to health benefits when you lose coverage or ...
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    Valentine's Day (Remix)

    Hundreds of years of unoriginal cards, flowers, and bad chocolate has left Valentine's Day a bit stale. It's cliché to "tell that special someone," and just as cliché to be bitter, as the whole world turns a cheeky shade of Pepto-Bismol. Two days before we're all depressed and panicked, realizing how unexciting, unromantic, and boring we are the rest of the ...
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    Recruitment and Relocation Incentive Payments and Termination Calculations

    An agency may pay a recruitment incentive under 5 U.S.C. 5753 and 5 CFR part 575, subpart A, to an employee newly appointed to a position that is likely to be difficult to fill in the absence of an incentive. An agency may pay a relocation incentive under 5 U.S.C. 5753 and 5 CFR part 575, subpart B, to a current ...
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    Relocation Incentives

    An agency may pay a relocation incentive to a current employee who must relocate to accept a position in a different geographic area if the agency determines that the position is likely be difficult to fill in the absence of an incentive. A relocation incentive may be paid only when the employee's rating of record under an official performance appraisal or ...
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    Veteran's Recruitment Appointment

    Under the VRA, a you can be appointed to a white -collar position through GS 11 without having to compete with other applicants. The VRA is open to you if you are a disabled veteran who served on active duty during a war or major campaign and you have left the service under honorable conditions within three years. Return to main ...
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    Filling Applications After Examinations Have Closed

    A 10-point preference eligible may file an application at any time for any positions for which a non-temporary appointment has been made from a competitive list of eligibles within the past 3 years. In addition, a person who is unable to file for an open competitive examination because of military service may file after the closing date. In either of the ...
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    Types of Veterans Preference

    5-Point Preference Five points are added to the passing examination score of a veteran who served: # During the period December 7, 1941, to July 1, 1955; or # For more than 180 consecutive days, any part of which occurred after January 31, 1955, and before October 15, 1976; or # During the Gulf War from August 2, 1990 through ...
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    How Veteran's Preference Works

    If you meet the criteria for preference and achieve a score of 70 or higher either by a written examination or an evaluation of your experience and education, you will have 5 or 10 points added to your numerical ratings depending on the nature of their preference. For scientific and professional positions in grade GS-9 or higher, names of all eligibles ...
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    General Requirements for Veterans Preference

    To be entitled to preference, a veteran must meet the eligibility requirements in section 2108 of title 5, United States Code. This means that: # An honorable or general discharge is necessary. # Military retirees at the rank of major, lieutenant commander, or higher are not eligible for preference unless they are disabled veterans. # Guard and Reserve active duty for ...
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    Veterans Preference Points Overview

    By law, veterans who are disabled or who served on active duty in the Armed Forces during certain specified time periods or in military campaigns are entitled to preference over non veterans both in hiring from competitive lists of eligibles and in retention during reductions in force. The goal of the Veteran's Preference is not to the place a veteran in ...
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    Veterans Preference Guide

    Veterans Preference Guide
    Since the Civil War, veterans of the Armed Forces have been given some degree of preference in appointments to Federal jobs. Recognizing their sacrifice, Congress enacted laws to prevent veterans seeking Federal employment from being penalized for their time in military service. Veterans’ preference recognizes the economic loss suffered by citizens who have served their country in uniform, restores veterans to ...
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    Emergency Leave Transfer Program

    In the event of major disasters or emergencies declared by the President, such as floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, bombings, etc., that result in severe adverse effects for a substantial number of employees, the President may direct the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to establish an emergency leave transfer program. Under such a program, an employee in any Executive or Judicial branch agency ...
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    Employee Reimbursements

    Reimbursement Amount If an employee voluntarily separates from Federal service and does not complete the terms of the service agreement, he or she is obligated to reimburse the paying agency for the full amount of the loan repayment benefits provided (gross before any tax deductions from the loan payment). For example, if an employee’s agreement states that he or she ...
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    Service Agreements

    Employees must commit to work for a specified amount of time. Most service requirements must be set for a period of time not less than 3 years. Beginning Period Agencies should specify the beginning date of the service requirement in the candidate’s or employee’s service agreement. The service requirement begins at the time specified in the service agreement, but may begin ...
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    Agency Student Loan Repayment Plans

    Under 5 CFR 537.103, each agency must establish a plan that designates the officials who are authorized to review and approve offers of student loan repayment benefits. Agencies should use approval delegations similar to those used for other recruitment and retention incentives. Agency Tailoring Agencies may tailor their student loan repayment plan as they see fit in order to facilitate the ...
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    Student Loan Repayment Eligibility

    Any employee (as defined in 5 U.S.C. 2105) who is highly qualified is eligible to receive a student loan repayment, except those employees who currently occupy or will occupy a position excepted from the competitive service because of its confidential, policy-determining, policy-making, or policy-advocating character (e.g., employees serving under Schedule C appointments). Under 5 CFR 537.104, agencies may offer loan repayment ...
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    FLTCIP Features

    Consultative Services You have access to experienced and knowledgeable Certified Long Term Care Insurance Consultants (who do not work on commission) who can help guide decision-making, compare plans, provide personalized rate quotes, and assist in completing an application for coverage. Informal Care Unlike many other plans, the FLTCIP’s Comprehensive Plan covers care provided in the home by friends, family members, ...
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