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Offered by: Emily Wilson, Co-Owner – FirstLight Home Care

April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month, and FirstLight Home Care is honored to support the needs of those affected and their families. Parkinson’s disease is a movement disorder that impacts an estimated 1 million people across the United States and up to 10 million around the world. Because it’s a progressive disease, its symptoms continue and worsen over time; prompting many living with Parkinson’s to seek long-term assistance managing normal daily activities.

The most common symptoms of Parkinson’s include tremors; slowness of movement; rigidity or stiffness of the limbs and trunk; and postural instability or impaired balance and coordination. For many people living with the disease, symptoms can be unpredictable, which makes Parkinson’s difficult to anticipate and manage. Support for those with Parkinson’s helps these individuals maintain their independence and protect their quality of life.

FirstLight caregivers can help them manage and live with the disease with:

  • Assistance with basic daily activities such as bathing and hygiene, meal preparation and eating assistance
  • Support with walking and mobility, as well as transfer and posture
  • Medication reminders, to help maintain the treatment regimens that are so critical to managing physical symptoms
  • Transportation to help keep every doctor’s appointment, social engagement, event or other activity
  • Household duties, such as light housekeeping and laundry
  • Companionship to help battle the anxiety and depression that often comes with the disease, including visits for conversation and company and participation in recreational activities
  • Live-in services to support people who need around-the-clock care
  • Respite care to provide relief to the family caregivers who are so integral to the ongoing support of those living with the disease
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Offered by: Kyle Bullock, ATLAS CPAs & Advisors PLLC

Many of the tax changes affecting individuals and businesses for 2017 were related to the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (PATH) that modified or made permanent numerous tax breaks (the so-called “tax extenders”). To further complicate matters, some provisions were only extended through 2016 and are set to expire at the end of this year while others were extended through 2019. With that in mind, here’s what individuals and families need to know about tax provisions for 2017.

Retirement Contributions Limits Announced for 2018
Cost of living adjustments affecting dollar limitations for pension plans and other retirement-related items for the tax year 2018 have been announced by the IRS. Here are the highlights:
In general, income ranges for determining eligibility to make deductible contributions to traditional Individual Retirement Arrangements (IRAs), to contribute to Roth IRAs, and to claim the saver’s credit all increased for 2018. In addition, the contribution limit for employees who participate in 401(k), 403(b), most 457 plans, and the federal government’s Thrift Savings Plan is increased from $18,000 to $18,500. However, contribution limits for SIMPLE retirement accounts for self-employed persons remains unchanged at $12,500.

Traditional IRAs
Taxpayers can deduct contributions to a traditional IRA if they meet certain conditions; however, if during the year either the taxpayer or their spouse was covered by a retirement plan at work, the deduction may be reduced, or phased out, until it is eliminated, depending on filing status and income. If neither the taxpayer nor their spouse is covered by a retirement plan at work, the phase-out amounts of the deduction do not apply. Here are the phase-out ranges for 2018:

  • For single taxpayers covered by a workplace retirement plan, the phase-out range is $63,000 to $73,000, up from $62,000 to $72,000.
  • For married couples filing jointly, where the spouse making the IRA contribution is covered by a workplace retirement plan, the phase-out range is $101,000 to $121,000, up from $99,000 to $119,000.
  • For an IRA contributor who is not covered by a workplace retirement plan and is married to someone who is covered, the deduction is phased out if the couple’s income is between $189,000 and $199,000, up from $186,000 and $196,000.
  • For a married individual filing a separate return who is covered by a workplace retirement plan, the phase-out range is not subject to an annual cost-of-living adjustment and remains $0 to $10,000.

Roth IRAs
The income phase-out range for taxpayers making contributions to a Roth IRA is $120,000 to $135,000 for singles and heads of household, up from $118,000 to $133,000. For married couples filing jointly, the income phase-out range is $189,000 to $199,000, up from $186,000 to $196,000. The phase-out range for a married individual filing a separate return who makes contributions to a Roth IRA is not subject to an annual cost-of-living adjustment and remains $0 to $10,000.

Saver’s Credit
The income limit for the Saver’s Credit (also known as the Retirement Savings Contributions Credit) for low- and moderate-income workers is $63,000 for married couples filing jointly, up from $62,000; $47,250 for heads of household, up from $46,500; and $31,500 for singles and married individuals filing separately, up from $31,000.

Limitations that remain unchanged from 2017
The catch-up contribution limit for employees aged 50 and over who participate in 401(k), 403(b), most 457 plans and the federal government’s Thrift Savings Plan remains unchanged at $6,000.
The limit on annual contributions to an IRA remains unchanged at $5,500. The additional catch-up contribution limit for individuals aged 50 and over is not subject to an annual cost-of-living adjustment and remains $1,000.

For questions or more info on this complex topic, please contact The ATLAS CPAs. The ATLAS CPAs & Advisors office is located at: 21 North 1st Ave., Suite #200 in Brighton. You can also reach Manager Kyle Bullock by phone at: 303.659.3951.

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Offered by: Gary L Hulett, CPA

Gary L. Hulett, CPA | Brighton CPAJust because you are new to the area doesn’t mean you have to settle for a tax chain store to prepare your return. Anyone can be a paid tax return preparer as long as they have an IRS Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN). However, tax return preparers have differing levels of skills, education and expertise.

There are various types of tax return preparers, including certified public accountants, enrolled agents, attorneys, and many others who don’t have a professional credential. You expect your preparer to be skilled in tax preparation and to accurately file your income tax return. You trust him or her with your most personal information. They know about your marriage, your income, your children and your social security numbers – the details of your financial life.

Most tax return preparers provide outstanding and professional tax service. However, each year, some taxpayers are hurt financially because they choose the wrong tax return preparer.
Whether you have a regular 1040 tax return or a Small Business Corporation tax return, I can help you. My business is built upon the personal relationships I have with individual tax clients, small business owners and self-employed professionals such as yourself.

As a home-based CPA, I work remotely from my home. I am available all year long if you have questions and I never charge clients a fee for asking questions.

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Offered by Tim Roberts, Edward Jones

It’s tax-filing season again – which could mean you’re in line for a refund. What should you do with the money?

What to do with your tax refundYour decision can depend on the size of your refund. Last year, the average tax refund was about $2,760. If you got that much this year, and you applied it to an IRA, you’d already be halfway to the annual contribution limit, although this limit is higher if you’re 50 or older.

You also could use your tax refund to pay down some debts. The lower your monthly debt load, the more money you’ll have to invest for the future.

Or you could use your refund to help build an emergency fund to pay for unexpected costs, such as a major car repair. You’ll want to keep your emergency fund in a liquid, low-risk account.
Here’s one more possibility: Use your tax refund to add new investments that could help fill some gaps in your portfolio.

A tax refund gives you a chance to improve your overall financial picture. So take your time, evaluate your options and use the money wisely.

This is Tim Roberts, your local Edward Jones financial advisor at 129 S. 4th Ave, Brighton, CO 80601. (303) 659-2301
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Much more than just a place to keep your money, we’re proud to be a part of your community. We’re not just a bank in Colorado. We’re Bank of Colorado.

Offered by: David S. Evens, Bank of Colorado Branch President

Bank of Colorado is a family-owned community focused bank that has been serving the needs of Coloradoans for over 100 years. Our business was born from an ag community in need. As that community grew, so too did our business and ability to serve our customers. As a family-owned business serving more than 44 communities across this state, our values of honesty, integrity and clarity still guide our every decision.

Over time, we’ve grown from a small bank, focused on ag lending, to a full service financial institution with a full suite of products one would expect to find at a large bank. Whether you’re opening your first checking account, getting your first small business loan, or refinancing your house, Bank of Colorado is here to help! While we are progressive in our offerings, we still understand the importance of knowing our customers by name and the value of a handshake.

Our values have never waivered, and we stay true to the foundation of community. Bank of Colorado continues to innovate and adapt to an ever-changing marketplace to ensure that we’re able to support our customers as they navigate through their financial futures.

While we’re deeply rooted in Colorado’s history, we remain fully invested in its future. There’s only one Colorado, there’s only one you, and one bank dedicated to both. Bank of Colorado, There’s Only One. Member FDIC.

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Offered by: John Wilson, B.S., BC-HIS, Blue Ribbon Hearing & Tinnitus Center

“How did you come up with the name Blue Ribbon Hearing & Tinnitus Center for your business?” is a question I have been asked numerous times. After hearing my reply, several people encouraged me to share my reason with our community.

As long as I can remember, the blue ribbon has been awarded for being “The Best,” whether it was at the county fair, the art show, or an athletic event. I always wanted to earn the Blue Ribbon, no matter what I participated in. As an athlete, a student, and in my professional life, I still work hard to be my best. In business, I strive to provide the best possible product and service experience for every patient, in part, because of a principle I learned many years ago.

Nearly 25 years ago, I first read the words “Think Win-Win” in Steven R. Covey’s best-selling book 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Initially, the concept made sense but was abstract as I had minimal experience in the real world. At the time, I had no way of knowing where implementing that habit into my professional life would lead me. During the 20-plus years of professional experience I have gained since reading those words, I have come to know exactly what it means and how powerful of a habit it is.

For over a decade, I have tried to apply that principle to every transaction I have engaged in as a provider of hearing aids and hearing-related services. After several years of achieving significant positive results with patients, my boss at the time asked me why I was so successful. I explained to him my goals and how I viewed each interaction and transaction. Later, as I thought about my response, I realized I was implementing the Win-Win principle I had learned years earlier.

The habit of thinking Win-Win is based on the idea each interaction or transaction has 4 possible outcomes. Each transaction has a seller and a buyer. Each can either win or lose. As such, the possible outcomes are 1) Seller wins, Buyer loses 2) Seller loses, Buyer wins 3) Seller loses, Buyer loses 4) Seller wins, Buyer wins. Thinking Win-Win means coming up with a solution where both parties win.

Everything from tools and equipment to processes and procedures at Blue Ribbon Hearing & Tinnitus Center is designed to increase the likelihood of making every interaction a win-win. The company is a fully independent, locally owned and operated, multi-line hearing aid provider. Rather than engaging in exclusive contracts that limit our ability to choose the best solution for a given patient’s hearing loss or tinnitus problem, we have created strategic partnerships and relationships with multiple industry leading manufacturers and suppliers.

With this in mind, the Blue Ribbon is a reminder of the Win-Win principle, a constant reminder to always give the best service and treatment to every patient, and a guarantee that each individual will receive the best service and products at a fair price.

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Offered by Thollot Jewelers

As Coloradans, we know the importance of having the right gear for the adventure ahead, but we don’t pick “any old store” to buy it. We want to see it, feel it, learn all about it and get advice from experienced people that are, well, like us! Just like a rock climber needs a reliable harness and a cyclist needs the right bike for the terrain, the love of your life needs the perfect ring. Thollot Jewelers wants to make sure that you have the right equipment for all of the adventures in your life, big and small.

At the Thollot Jewelers “Love is an Adventure” Bridal Event, April 26th – 28th, we’ll help you get properly equipped for the big “Yes” and “I do!” For 3 days only, enjoy Buy One Get One 50% Off* wedding bands and Special Pricing on all in-stock and custom designed engagement rings.

We’re also going to give you a $250 gift card to REI with any purchase over $999*, to help you get properly equipped for your next Colorado Adventure!


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*Offer valid for any men’s wedding ring. Not combinable with other offers. **This offer is not sponsored, endorsed, or administered by REI or its subsidiaries or affiliates.

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Offered by David Nak, Brighton Family Counseling

There is an idea that Marriage and Family Counseling must involve couples or families. Sometimes it does. But we like to remember that these pairs and groups are made up of individual people. There is a truth to you that is beyond your spouse or your children. It is a truth that you were born with. When this truth isn’t given a wholesome voice, it can generate friction in many areas of life – not just marriage and family. This can become especially confusing and frustrating if we do not recognize it. When counseling is expanded in this way, many new doors can open that were previously hidden. Issues that appeared to be immovable or unsolvable can melt away in the light of a heartfelt truth.

If we believe we’ve got to convince our partner to come, this may stop many people in their tracks. When there is disagreement or uncertainty, counseling may never have a chance to happen. Much time can be lost in this limbo of trying to decide or persuade. At Brighton Family Counseling, Geoff and I like to remember that individual clarity and healing spills over into all other parts of life, including the relationships that are so important to us. The work we do on ourselves, for ourselves, has the power to change all areas of our lives. Remembering this simple idea might allow you to take a step towards your own feeling of what is healthy and good. We invite you to open doors.

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Offered by Brian Margolis, The Margolis Team

Many clients ask me, “Brian, when is the best time of year to sell our home?” I respond and say, “Now!”

Even though old man winter has pummeled the East Coast, we are having our great Colorado weather here and people are ready to move. Our real estate market is heating up and inventory is still low. What that usually means is another year of appreciation for home owners. We continue to have a strong and healthy real estate market.

If you would like to know the current value of your home, contact the local professionals at the award winning Margolis Team of Keller Williams. My direct line is 720-352-0454 or visit our website and check out your home value www.TheMargolisTeam.com

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Offered by Scott and Laura Nordby, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

Colorado weather is notorious for being a bit unpredictable. As a matter of fact, the one thing we can count on is weather that we can’t count on. While the rest of the country begins to thaw and bloom for spring, Colorado’s winter likes to hold on, sometimes surprising us with snow even in the middle of May!

When you’re selling your home, however, it can be challenging to keep up with the changing weather while keeping up with landscaping and curb appeal. These tips should keep you ready for whatever weather comes our way, while also keeping people’s eyes on your home’s best features.

  1. Sweep it up! Colorado’s winters can range from bitterly cold and snowy to warm and windy. That means a lot of dirt and dust gets kicked around. Keep your porch and walk ways clear of neighborhood garbage, dry weeds, and dirt with regular sweepings.
  2. A well-manicured lawn looks good when it’s dry. So do your maintenance, when it’s dry. Rake up some of the dead grass so it looks prepped and ready for spring time.
  3. Trim the trees and bushes. When it’s cold, we tend to overlook the new growth of our trees and bushes. Keep them trimmed and tidy for potential home buyers. The other benefit? Those late spring storms won’t weigh (and potentially break) your branches and bushes with the heavy snow.
  4. Decorate your porch. Add some pops of color with new seat cushions or even new patio furniture. Rid yourself of any old flower baskets, and avoid using artificial flowers, as the contrast between the lawn and the decorations may lower the buyer’s opinion of your home.
  5. Be prepared to shovel. The spring storms happen quickly, but don’t let them deter you from buyers coming up the front walk. By shoveling the walkways, sidewalks, and driveway, your buyer will have a chance to walk to the front door safely.

Although the weather is unpredictable, our REALTORS have a firm grasp of what’s happening in the real estate market. If you have questions, or if you’re ready to buy or sell a home, give us a call! We’d be happy to answer any questions and get you moving this spring! Call us today at 720.371.6733

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