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Energy-Efficiency Tax Credits Expire Soon

If you haven’t already jumped on the home energy-efficiency bandwagon, the good news is that several federal energy tax credits originally slated to end in 2010 were extended through December 31, 2011; but the not-so-good news is that these credits are worth significantly less and are more restrictive than before.

Medicare Open Enrollment Comes Early

If you’re enrolled in Medicare, mark these dates on your calendar: October 15, 2011 – December 7, 2011. That’s Medicare’s 2012 Open Enrollment period – and you should note that it occurs a month earlier this year than in the past. Aside from exceptions made for a few special circumstances, this is the only period when current enrollees can make coverage changes for the coming calendar year.

SBA Opens Business Recovery Center in Union County

UNION COUNTY — The U.S. Small Business Administration opened a Business Recovery Center in Plainfield and other parts of the state today. These centers will provide one-on-one assistance to business owners seeking disaster assistance for losses caused by Hurricane Irene that occurred between Aug. 27 and Sept. 5.

AAA Car Care Month Advice: Top Ten Auto Repair Rip-Offs to Avoid

HAMILTON – Thousands of consumers each year complain about car repair rip-offs. And in these tough financial times, it’s more important than ever for motorists to protect their cars and their wallets. AAA Mid-Atlantic is observing National Car Care Month in October by warning motorists about the top ten car repair rip-offs and advising car owners where to find trustworthy automotive services.

NJ Voters Support Legal Sports Betting

STATE – A majority of Garden State residents support making sports betting legal at New Jersey racetracks and Atlantic City casinos; according to a newly-released poll by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind,™ 52 percent favor the idea while 31 percent oppose it.

IRS Seeks Community Volunteers Throughout New Jersey

MOUNTAINSIDE – “The Internal Revenue Service is seeking volunteers for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (VITA/TCE) Program,” said New Jersey’s IRS spokesperson Gregg Semanick. “The IRS is looking for volunteers to take part in VITA/TCE throughout New Jersey during the upcoming tax filing season.”