Sponsor spotlight: North Seattle French School open house Jan. 15

  Visit a bilingual classroom at North Seattle French School’s open house on Jan. 15 — and see the students and faculty in action. What: Open house hosted by North Seattle French School, a French immersion and bilingual preschool and K-5 elementary school in Shoreline Date: Wednesday, January 15 Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Where:…

Sponsor spotlight: Common questions about probate

Here at Sanders Law Group, we get many questions about probate in Washington state. Here are answers to some of the most common ones: Before we start, did you know we live in one of best states in the Union for retirement? Not only do we not have an income tax, our probate process is…

Sponsor spotlight: Cash in on 0% capital gains tax rate

While the maximum capital gain tax rate can be as high as 23.8%, most taxpayers pay 15%. But there is the possibility to have your capital gains go tax-free — 0%. In fact, this tax break has been around for more than a decade and comes into play more often than you may think. Here…

Sponsor spotlight:  What is CBD?

I’m sure you’ve heard about CBD lately, and you’ve probably heard wildly exaggerated claims of how this miracle substance will cure all of your ills.  Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation out there as well as products that essentially contain no actual CBD. Edmonds-based shop, Seaweed CBD is out to change all of that. …

Sponsor spotlight: Last-minute tax-saving ideas

Here are five tax-saving ideas that can be used by most taxpayers. But act soon — there’s not much time left until our tax year comes to an end. 1 Make late-year charitable donations. Consider making donations with appreciated stock you have owned over one year. You can typically receive the higher-value donation without paying capital…

Sponsor spotlight: Charity donation basics to ensure a tax deduction

Donating to charity not only helps others, it can reduce your tax bill — but only if the charity qualifies as a tax-exempt organization. Checking for qualified status If you plan on itemizing your deductions on your tax return, make sure the organization you’re donating to is designated by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) organization…

Sponsor spotlight: Sola Salons Studios now open in Lynnwood

Sola Salon Studios (Sola) has opened a new studio space for salon professionals in Lynnwood’s 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 their businesses inside Sola Salons. The new salon is located near the Alderwood Mall at…

Sponsor spotlight: Enjoy a festive meal at Caravan Kabob

Ready for a holiday filled with more ease and a little spice? There’s no need to drive to Seattle to enjoy a festive meal. Instead saunter in to Caravan Kabob at Firdale Village in Edmonds. The inviting restaurant is a perfect stop after a day of shopping or running errands. Pop in and be pampered…

Sponsored: Civility Is Still Alive and Well In Our Courts

By the Committee to Retain Judge Okoloko   Perhaps no one would argue with the fact that our public discourse has become decidedly more “uncivil” in recent years. Disrespecting those we disagree with has become all too commonplace. So, in our courtrooms, where “disagreement” is most often the sole reason for being there, no one…

Welcome to our new advertiser: personal trainer Darian Coleman of D2I Fitness

Welcome to our new advertiser, Certified Personal Trainer Darian Coleman of D2I Fitness. We’ll let her tell you a bit about what she does best. Her motto is “Dare 2 Inspire Fitness.” Hello, I’m Dare, your local Certified Personal Trainer and owner of D2I Fitness, LLC. I specialize in strength and conditioning, fat loss and…

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…

Welcome to sponsor Northpoint Washington

Northpoint Washington 28-Day Drug & Alchohol Treatment Rehab We welcome our sponsored content partner Northpoint Washington, a 28-day drug and alcohol treatment center, located off 212th Street Southwest in Edmonds. Their new state-of-the-art facility recently hosted the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce at a ribbon cutting. Northpoint has an accredited inpatient program designed to achieve lasting…

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: 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…