Can Working From Your Vacation Home Lower Your State Taxes?

During the Coronavirus pandemic, many workers, especially those living in cities, have adapted quite well to working from home – sometimes an out-of-state second home. For most, working from home is temporary. For others, as they reflect on their new reality, perhaps not. Over the past few months, we’ve been getting questions from clients asking how to change their state residency to that of a lower taxed state, the state of their second home. Quoting the frequent answer to the question of “status” from online social media: “it’s complicated.”

A few years ago, following the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, which eliminated or severely capped the itemized deduction for state and local taxes, I had many client discussions on the requirements for changing one’s residency to a state with lower taxation. Now, as back then, the short answer is the same — one can change

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In Biden’s Home State, Republican Centrism Gives Way to the Fringe

WILMINGTON, Del. — Lauren Witzke, a dabbler in QAnon, a self-proclaimed “flat earther” and the Republican Party’s nominee in Delaware for the Senate, was exhorting her supporters last month to “Go get ’em — America First,” as they squared off against a handful of Black Lives Matter protesters.

Gathered with her in the parking lot of the Republican Party headquarters here was a self-appointed security guard with a gun on his hip, a political adviser whose losing clients include candidates accused of racism and anti-Semitism, and a smattering of Proud Boys, the far-right brawlers whom President Trump told to “stand back and stand by.”

Across the street, Keandra McDole, sister of a wheelchair-bound Black man who was killed in 2015 by the Delaware police, chanted “Lauren Witzke’s got to go,” above the din of revving car engines and calls of “Trump, Trump, Trump” and “K.K.K.” The “security” man pointed his

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Washington state family loses home to wildfire, then gets Covid-19

Jessica and Matthew Graham have had the kind of month that could be described as 2020 in a nutshell: They lost their home to wildfires that pretty much wiped their hometown of Malden, Washington, off the map. Then they got Covid-19.

Luckily, Jessica and Matthew; their five children, ages 5 to 10; her parents; and his mother all survived the coronavirus, and the couple are already on the hunt for a new home. But it wasn’t easy.

They fled the Sept. 7 Babbs-Malden Fire and sought refuge at the home of Jessica’s parents before moving on to stay with friends.

“As we drove to my in-laws, my kids all excitedly got out of the minivan to go in to see Grandma,” Matthew, 36, said Saturday. “And Jessica informed me that everything was gone.”

Then, in a matter of days, the Grahams contracted the coronavirus.

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Oregon State AD Scott Barnes says Reser Stadium renovation project remains on schedule

Oregon State athletic director Scott Barnes joined me on the radio show this week to talk about the upcoming football season and the Reser Stadium remodel project.

Listen to the full interview here.

Barnes said the pandemic has not affected the $140 million project, which is expected to be completed in 2023 and improve the west side of the stadium.

“The donors who want to participate in this project are still there,” Barnes said. “None of this has changed.”

On out-of-control athletic department spending nationally:

“We have to get our head around this. It’s not sustainable. We have to find a way to manage it and to course-correct in some form or fashion… it’s something that is not sustainable.”

On potentially trying to make-up the canceled football game with Oklahoma State:

“That final decision hasn’t been made. We’ll look at all the options and make a decision based on what’s

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Ongoing Vigilance and Improvements Characterize the State of Cybersecurity in 2020, New CompTIA Report Finds

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill., Oct. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Organizations are building confidence that their cybersecurity practices are headed in the right direction, aided by advanced technologies, more detailed processes, comprehensive education and specialized skills, new research from CompTIA finds.

Eight in 10 organizations surveyed for CompTIA’s State of Cybersecurity 2020 report said their cybersecurity practices are improving.

At the same time, many companies acknowledge that there is still more to do to make their security posture even more robust. Growing concerns about the number, scale and variety of cyberattacks, privacy considerations, a greater reliance on data and regulatory compliance are among the issues that have the attention of business and IT leaders.

Two factors – one anticipated, the other unexpected – have contributed to the heightened awareness about the need for strong cybersecurity measures.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has been the primary trigger for revisiting security,” said Seth Robinson,

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Some improvements made on how state shares COVID-19 data

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) – Since the start of the pandemic, the state has been widely criticized over its lack of transparency, but experts say officials are getting better at sharing information and data with the public.



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The Honolulu Civil Beat recently spoke with data and health experts who shared that perspective but also said the state could still be more forthcoming and transparent.

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Some of the deficiencies included the wrong staffing and antiquated systems, one expert said, adding that the state Department of Health had been unwilling to share certain data and cooperate with other organizations on several occasions.

However, experts are crediting the improvements to the new leadership at the DOH.

One effective way that information is being distributed, they said, is through the Hawaii COVID-19 dashboard. Through the dashboard, policymakers and industry leaders are looking at

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Free State club helps raise up new home | News, Sports, Jobs

Free State High senior Sarah Robinson cuts out a doorway Saturday at a Habitat for Humanity home under construction at 207 N. Comfort Court in North Lawrence. About 50 Free State students in the Social Awareness Club painted and hung doors and drywall inside the home.

It was education in action, as about 50 Free State High School students sawed, drilled, cut and hammered away their Saturday while helping build a Habitat for Humanity home in North Lawrence.

“It’s just a cool environment to be in a place where people have a common goal,” said senior Amanda Kong, who is president of the Habitat for Humanity branch of Free State’s Social Awareness Club.

Students, most of whom were members of the Social Awareness Club, worked in two shifts to piece together a home at 207 N. Comfort Court. They spent the day cutting and hanging drywall, and sweeping up debris

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The impact of Covid-19 on state economies – analysis

An unfortunate consequence of Covid-19 is the adverse impact on the economy. India’s economy contracted by 23.9% in the first quarter of the fiscal year, according to data from the government. It reveals that all sectors of the economy, except agriculture, shrank in the first quarter. Beyond the national level, however, we are keen to understand how state economies are doing. It might be a while before the data on state economies becomes available, so we used micro-data from the Google mobility report to analyse contractions in economic activity across states.

We studied trends in the retail and recreation sector such as visits to restaurants, malls, commercial centres and so on to gauge the impact of Covid-19 on economic activity. The analysis reveals an overall sharp contraction of approximately 38% that still prevails across India, compared to the period prior to Covid (January 3 to February 6). The time trend

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Annual NARI Home & Remodeling Show starts Oct. 16 at State Fair Park

The annual NARI Home & Remodeling Show will be slightly smaller this year as the coronavirus pandemic keeps more people at home and interested in making improvements. 



a person standing in front of a building: Trent Kosik from Window Select in Menomonee Falls paints the doors of a 'She Shed' that will be on display at the Nari Milwaukee Spring Home Improvement Show at Wisconsin State Fair Park this weekend.


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Trent Kosik from Window Select in Menomonee Falls paints the doors of a ‘She Shed’ that will be on display at the Nari Milwaukee Spring Home Improvement Show at Wisconsin State Fair Park this weekend.

NARI Milwaukee is hosting its home and remodeling show Oct. 16-18 at State Fair Park. 

Around 70 NARI Milwaukee members will host exhibit booths. Last year, more than 100 members staffed exhibit booths. The home and remodeling show has exhibitors for all types of remodeling and home improvement products and services. 

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“We’re excited to connect homeowners who are eager to get their home improvements underway with local contractors. By hosting a safe and

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2 former Holyoke Soldiers’ Home officials face charges in state probe

The former superintendent and medical director of the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home are both facing criminal charges in connection with the COVID-19 outbreak at the facility that killed at least 76 veterans, state Attorney General Maura Healey said Friday.



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Bennett Walsh, 50, the former superintendent, and Dr. David Clinton, 71, were indicted Thursday on 10 criminal neglect charges each, Healey’s office said. They’ll be arraigned in Hampden Superior Court at a later date. Neither man has been taken into custody.

Speaking at a late-morning news conference, Healey said the case against the two men is believed to be the first prosecution in the country stemming from an outbreak at a nursing home. And, she said, more probes are ongoing in Massachusetts.

“We have active and ongoing investigations into a number of facilities across the state,” she said.

Asked if anyone else would be

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