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“Where Is America Moving?”

Every year Atlas Moving reports on America’s Moving Demographics.

Read the full article, through Agency Logic’s website.

Atlas Vans Migration

Arizona balanced.

People are really moving to Alaska?  And New Hampshire?  Congrats!  Brrrr!

Kathy Howe


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Meals-on-Wheels, Sedona

One of the most worthy and needy non-profits for your holiday contribution consideration…


Some facts provided us by Susan Barrington, Executive Director:

  • 1 in every 4 residents of Yavapai County is over 60 years of age
  • AZ’s 85+ population will increase 240% by the year 2020

The Sedona Community Center is a worthy entity and certainly one that makes Sedona such a special community.  When you are writing checks this year, please give what you can to Sedona’s seniors.

If you can’t give money, give them your time and become a part of their Telecare program (Seniors who live alone get companionship and safe living through telephone calls) or ask to become involved in the Meals on Wheels program.  Some people pack the meals and others drive the meals to seniors.  There’s a place for everyone.

Thank you



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Don’t Post Your Business Stuff on My Facebook Page…PLEASE!

How did something I enjoyed so much become a place that I no longer want to go?

Facebook is for my family and friends.  If I “connect” with you, I hope you will respect my page and only post to me things that are about you personally…maybe an occasional post about what you’ve been doing in business, or where you are going in business, BUT, please do not try to solicit me to buy your books, your training programs, or your children!

LinkedIn, I allow people to try to solicit me.  I figure it’s all about business.  But, not my Facebook page.

Today I “disconnected” someone I “connected” with recently.  His first post to me was an out and out solicitation.  Flush!

Using someone’s Facebook page to advertise your wares is like pinning a note on someone’s child and sending them home to Mom.  Mom does not like that.

We’re all looking for ways to “connect” and I am glad to “connect” with strangers as long as they don’t abuse their welcome.  My page has become so cluttered with videos that I will never watch, business news and comments from people I don’t know, and information I don’t need.  Can I be the only person who is getting p—-d off?

You may “tweet” me with business news, or post on my LinkedIn page, but PLEASE, discontinue posting to me on Facebook.  Give it to me on Twitter.  It goes away and does not go to everyone who views my page.  I’m about quality, not quantity.

It’s called Social Networking for a reason… Facebook is for my chosen friends or people I think I would like to have as friends.


Kathy Howe

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Retiring? Taxes on Retirement Funds

Honestly, I think I get my best work done in the middle of the night!

While checking Twitter and Facebook, I ran across this article from Retirement Information Living Center…

Taxes by State

Sales Taxes 
State Sales Tax: 6.3% on average (food and prescription drugs exempt).  Arizona does not have a “Sales tax” but does have a gross receipts tax called the Transaction Privilege Tax. All counties and some cities levy a sales tax that could bring the combined tax rate to 10.7%.
Gasoline Tax: 19 cents/gallon
Diesel Fuel Tax: 28 cents/gallon
Cigarette Tax: $2.00/pack of 20
Water Use Tax: 65 cents per 1,000 gallons of water used.

Personal Income Taxes
Tax Rate Range: Low – 2.59%; High – 4.54%
Income Brackets: * Lowest – $10,000; Highest – $150,000  
Number of Brackets: 5
Personal Exemptions: Single – $2,100; Married – $4,200 with no
dependents, $6,300 with one dependent; Dependents – $2,300; 65 years or older – $2,100
Standard Deduction Single: – $4,521; Married filing jointly – $9,042
Medical/Dental Deduction: Allows deductions for all qualified medical and dental expenses.
Federal Income Tax Deduction: None
Retirement Income Taxes: Social Security and Railroad Retirement benefits are exempt.  Up to $2,500 total of military, civil service, and Arizona state/local government pensions are also exempt.  All out-of-state government pensions are fully taxed.  Frequently asked tax questions
Retired Military Pay: Up to $2,500 of retired pay and/or survivor benefits excluded.
Military Disability Retired Pay: Retirees who entered the military before Sept. 24, 1975, and members receiving disability retirements based on combat injuries or who could receive disability payments from the VA are covered by laws giving disability broad exemption from federal income tax. Most military retired pay based on service-related disabilities also is free from federal income tax, but there is no guarantee of total protection.
VA Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation: VA benefits are not taxable because they generally are for disabilities and are not subject to federal or state taxes.
Military SBP/SSBP/RCSBP/RSFPP: Generally subject to state taxes for those states with income tax. Check with state department of revenue office.

Property Taxes 
There is no state property tax.  Tax jurisdictions set tax rates, which may vary considerable from one area to another. Property tax is administered by county assessors.  Single homeowners 65 and older who earn less than $3,750 and married couples who earn less than $5,500 are eligible for a tax credit of up to $502.  

Persons at least 65 years old who have resided in their primary residence for at least two years and have total income not more than four times the Social Security supplemental security income (SSI) benefit rate may apply to the assessor by September 1 to have the valuation of the primary residents and up to 10 acres of adjoining undeveloped land frozen at the full cash value when the application is filed.

Arizona also taxes personal property, which is defined as all types of property except real estate.  Taxable personal property includes property used for commercial, industrial and agricultural purposes.  Personal property is considered to be movable and not permanently attached to real estate.

In lieu of a personal property tax on automobiles, the state imposes an annual motor vehicle license tax.  The fee to register an automobile in Arizona is $8.00 (or $8.25 in metro Phoenix and Tucson, including a 25-cent air quality compliance sticker fee), plus an air quality research fee of $1.50 and a vehicle license tax (VLT).  The VLT is based on an assessed value of 60% of the manufacturer’s base retail price reduced by 16.25% for each year since the vehicle was first registered in Arizona.  As of Dec 1, 2000, the rate is calculated at $2.80 for new vehicles or $2.89 for used ones for each $100 of the assessed value.  For example, for a new vehicle that costs $25,000, the first year’s assessed value would be $15,000 and the VLT would be $420.  The second year the assessed value would be $12,562.00 and the VLT would be $363.06. Call 800-251-5866 for details.  For information on property tax relief for seniors, click here.

Inheritance and Estate Taxes
There is no inheritance or gift tax and the estate tax does not apply to decedents whose date of death is on or after January 1, 2006.

For further information, visit the Arizona Department of Revenue site.  For questions about moving to Arizona, click here. For other tax questions, call 602-255-3381.
* For joint returns, the taxes are twice the tax imposed on half the income.

 If you are a retiree moving to Arizona, this is important information.  Just to be certain, contact the ADOR to be certain the information above is current.

Have a great day.  Now I’m going back to sleep.



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