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Here are the top 10 places to own a home and pay less in taxes

Here are the top 10 places to own a home and pay less in taxes

Finance
Homeownership comes with a lot of extra expenses, mostly thanks to the taxman.Due to increasing demand and limited inventory, the nationwide median sale price has reached $ 226,800, according to Zillow. Values have gone up 5.4% over the past year and are expected to rise another 2.5% in the next year.On top of that, state and local income taxes, property tax and sales tax can drastically increase the tab, depending on where you live.To help would-be homeowners keep their budgets in check, personal finance website GoBankingRates determined the best places in which to buy or own a home by looking at median home values as well as state and local tax rates, including income, sales and use tax rates (where applicable) and property taxes as a percentage of market value. The study of the 200 larg...
Debit cards show up more at retail stores, less at ATMs

Debit cards show up more at retail stores, less at ATMs

Finance
MUMBAI: Bank customers are increasingly getting comfortable making payments through debit cards on swipe machines at kirana stores and local retail outlets. Latest data from the RBI show that over a third of all debit card transactions were made at point of sale (PoS) terminals in April this year for the first time since demonetisation. With about 80-crore withdrawals worth Rs 2.84 lakh crore in April, ATM transactions made for just over 66% of overall debit card transaction volume. PoS machines registered the rest 34% of the transaction volume in this period. The only other time the ATM transaction share fell below the two-thirds mark was in December 2016 — a month after demonetisation — when it was at 60.3% and PoS transactions at 39.7%, owing to the lack of cash in the system. The trans
Heart attacks less frequent, less deadly since 1990s

Heart attacks less frequent, less deadly since 1990s

Health
March 15 (UPI) -- Fewer Americans are having heart attacks these days, and those that do are dying less often, thanks to heart attack prevention techniques, a new study says. Since the mid-90s, hospitalizations for heart attack have fallen by 38 percent, according to research published Friday in JAMA Open. The 30-day mortality rate for heart attacks has also decreased to an all-time low of 12 percent. "We are now at historic lows in the rates of heart attacks and deaths associated with heart attacks," said Harlan Krumholz, a cardiologist at Yale University and study lead author, in a news release. The study tracked more than four million Medicare patients between 1995 and 2014, which the researchers call the largest heart attack study in the United States ever. The researchers attribute...
Minority hospitals less likely to give end of life relief, study says

Minority hospitals less likely to give end of life relief, study says

Health
Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Hospitals that primarily serve people of color are less likely to provide relief from the stress of a serious illness, regardless of the person's race, a new study says. Only about 22 percent of white patients with metastatic cancer received palliative care, according to research published Friday in JAMA Network Open. "We knew that black and Hispanic cancer patients receive palliative care at lower rates than white patients, but until now, we didn't know why. Was it just that doctors were not offering these services to their black and Hispanic patients? Or is there some other factor at play?" said Alexander Cole, a researcher at the Center for Surgery and Public Health at the Brigham and Women's Hospital, in a news release. Overall, the study included more than 600,000 ind...