PUBLISHED: 11:58 06 April 2019 Martin Lewis Martin Lewis of Money Saving Expert. ITV ‘Tax-Free Childcare’ is a confusing and inaccurately named scheme that launched in April 2017. Martin Lewis on how Norfolk families could save £2,000 on childcare. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphotoIt can be worth thousands of pounds, but only 250,000 of the 1.5 million eligible families are collecting it. The fact so many have been put off isn’t surprising, as the scheme has been beset with problems, poor communication and tech glitches. Yet now I believe it’s time to look afresh. MORE: Martin Lewis of MoneySavingExpert: What you need to know about PPI before it’s too lateFor those paying for childcare, it can be worth £2,000 annually per child, towards Ofsted (or equivalent) registered nurseries, childminders, nannies, after-school clubs, play schemes and home care. Yet it’s not for everyone, so let me go through this with … [Read more...] about Martin Lewis of MoneySavingExpert: How to get a free £2,000 to help with childcare costs
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Susan Tompor and Janna Herron Detroit Free Press Published 6:13 AM EST Jan 25, 2019 Sitting down to do your taxes in the next few weeks — or talking with your tax preparer — will involve tackling the most sweeping changes in the federal income tax rules in more than 30 years. Tax filers need to keep in mind that more than 600 changes took place under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which was passed by Congress in late 2017. All those changes even drove some industry experts to raise concerns early on about possible delays to the typical late January start of the tax season — and that was long before the federal government shutdown hit on Dec. 22. Even so, the Internal Revenue Service promises to kick off tax season as of Jan. 28, the earliest date you can file your returns. Will things end up being simpler? Maybe, if you’re able to tap into a substantially expanded standard deduction and you no longer must string together all sorts of receipts … [Read more...] about When to file your taxes and what new rules to expect
By Peter M. DeLorenzo Detroit. Ah yes, 2018, what a spectacular time to be in the automobile business. With the promise of new beginnings and untold profits dancing in "The New Visionaries'" heads, a Next Frontier marked by a horde of shiny happy zombie cars careening across the landscape, and a blissfully unaware populace with joker-like grins plastered on their faces as they revel in the mindless, pay-as-you-go un-involvement – what could possibly go wrong? Meanwhile the real-world market has been upended by actual paying customers and their insatiable desire for Crossovers, SUVs and Trucks, to the point that legacy auto companies like GM have been caught out of position and unprepared, forcing it to close underperforming plants and cut thousands of workers. GM blames the market conditions, but I place the blame squarely on management for their lack of planning and inability to anticipate where the market was going. Add to this chaotic situation the headlong rush of … [Read more...] about DIGITAL DISCIPLES, ZOMBIE CARS, AND ENOUGH DELUSION AND HUBRIS TO POWER THE NEW EMERALD AUTO CITY JUST OVER THE HILL. WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG, BESIDES EVERYTHING? THAT’S RIGHT, IT’S TIME FOR THE AUTOEXTREMIST 2018 YEAR IN REVIEW!
John Carlisle Detroit Free Press Published 9:00 p.m. UTC Aug 2, 2018 They don’t want to flee from Detroit. They’d like to continue the work they came here to do. But the devil is doing his best to stop them. “I just wanted to make a change, man,” said Apostle Michael Beasley, the 55-year-old pastor of Total Life Change Ministries on the city’s west side. “I want to stay, but I can’t tell you I don’t get moments where I’ve thought about leaving.” His church is located inside a defunct elementary school near Greenfield and Tireman. Just a few years ago, he had a nice home and a successful church in the suburbs. Then, he said, he heard the voice of God tell him to move to Detroit, buy this massive school and help rebuild a neighborhood. He followed the call. And his church has been beset by thieves and robbers ever since. Over and over, someone keeps breaking into the building, methodically stealing the copper pipes … [Read more...] about After 20 burglaries, a Detroit church struggles to survive
Paul Egan Detroit Free Press Published 10:01 p.m. UTC Jul 6, 2018 LANSING — Create a state-operated Internet service provider. Appoint a school reading czar. Use corporate-sponsored videos in social studies classes to try to steer students into high-vacancy jobs. Those were among the responses received when the Free Press asked the seven major-party candidates for governor to each step up with just one new idea to address a Michigan problem — large or small — along with how to pay for it. Other ideas? Eliminate the state income tax. Shake up the Michigan Department of Transportation to reflect a new emphasis on self-driving vehicles and borrow up to $20 billion to fix roads and other crumbling infrastructure. Transform welfare programs into jobs programs. Spend more than $3.6 billion on a raft of programs to draw more women into the workforce. With just one month to go before the Aug. 7 primary, four Republicans and three Democrats are … [Read more...] about Does anyone running for governor have a new idea? We asked the candidates