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Airbnb Steps Up To The Plate By Offering Free Rooms And Homes For Flood Victims

by Kevin Boyd

The room sharing service Airbnb encourages its hosts to step up to the plate and help flood victims. The sharing service is now listing rooms and even entire homes in Southeast Louisiana for no cost to evacuees. Airbnb is even waiving service fees for those who have been displaced by the storm.

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Message from the Louisiana REALTORS® CEO

TO:  Louisiana REALTOR® Members
FROM:   Norman Morris CEO, Louisiana REALTORS®
DATE: August 16, 2016
RE:  Louisiana Flood 2016

On behalf of Curtis Wright 2016 LR President, the LR leadership team and staff, we want you to know that, Louisiana REALTORS® is proactively securing resources to assist members in need.

REALTORS® from all over Louisiana represent a strong family unit and one that steps up and supports each other in these types of times.  We have experienced many disasters including Katrina/Rita, the recent flooding in North Louisiana and other catastrophic events that have severely impacted our members and citizens of our state.  The common thread every time these events occur is how we lift each other up, work together and come back stronger than ever before!

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Tax Implications of August Flooding in Louisiana

By Faulk & Winkler, Certified Public Accountants, Business Advisors

Many families and businesses in our area have been hit hard by recent flooding, including some of our employees here at Faulk & Winkler. The federal government has officially declared a disaster area covering several local parishes. We realize that tax returns can be the last thing on the mind of a family trying to recover, but wanted to provide a brief explanation of federal tax implications for those affected. Tax deductions can be impacted by many factors, so every situation may be unique. Please let us know if we need to do a more in-depth analysis of your situation. If not, be sure to mention any consequences of the recent flooding when we are preparing an end-of-year tax projection or your 2016 tax return.

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