12.11.16
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How Much Is a Speeding Ticket Going to Cost You?

Before we pass our road test and receive a freshly minted driver’s license, we learn that moving violations and speeding tickets can be costly. Most of us

Cash Value and Life Insurance: How to Pull Money Out of Your Policy

Compare Life Insurance by Visiting Our Life Insurance Resource Center. While term life insurance doesn’t build cash value, other types of life insurance work differently.

03.13.15
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Can the Saver’s Credit Save You Money on Your Taxes?

For many people, two of the most frightening words in the English language are death and taxes. Even among those for whom the words are

03.06.15
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Tax Benefits for Members of the Military

Under normal circumstances, preparing all but the simplest tax returns can be confusing and stressful. For many military taxpayers, there is no such thing as

Is Your ‘Business’ Just a Hobby?

There’s an old Gershwin song that goes, “You say tomato, I say tamahtoe … let’s call the whole thing off.” Taxpayers and the IRS have

02.28.15
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To Itemize or Not to Itemize? That Is the Question

Misconceptions are common when it comes to taxes in general, but some aspects of income tax preparation seem to have more than their fair share.

02.21.15
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Don’t Forget to Deduct…

The tax-preparation chain H&R Block is running a commercial this year that invites Americans to “get their billions back.” But what exactly does it mean?

02.17.15
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Five Tax Breaks for Parents

There’s a lot to be said about having children; they’re a joy, they’re a handful — and they’re expensive. How expensive depends upon where you

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Your Taxpayer Bill of Rights

The majority of taxpayers have long held the belief that they have no rights before the IRS, according to IRS National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson.

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10 Controversial Investing Strategies

On television and in movies, investing in the stock market is often portrayed as a two-dimensional process where success is simply a matter of buying

02.13.15
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Tax Prep Checklist

Even the most knowledgeable tax professional can’t complete your income tax return correctly and quickly without all the information they need. Yet every year, countless

02.11.15
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Going Pro: How to Choose a Tax Preparer

More than 50% of taxpayers hire a professional to prepare their taxes. But you’re legally responsible for what is on your tax return even if

02.06.15
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Health Care for Buster: All About Pet Insurance

Our pets are many things — companions, protectors, and servants. They are warm and fuzzy. They bring smiles to our faces and joy to our

It’s Never Too Soon to Protect Your Child’s Credit

Legendary bank robber Willie Sutton is often quoted as saying he robbed banks because that’s where they keep the money. Modern criminals in search of

01.31.15
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It’s Insurance, It’s an Investment: It’s Variable Life Insurance

The subject of variable life insurance brings to mind a fake “Saturday Night Live” commercial for a product called Shimmer. In the spoof, Dan Aykroyd and

01.30.15
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Understanding Income Tax Brackets

There’s a good reason so many people seek professional help with preparing their income taxes. It’s because the tax is complicated, and at the heart of

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Top Tax Scams to Watch Out for in 2017

Every year, Americans lose untold billions of dollars to a host of tax scams that range from identity theft to return-preparer fraud. While most of

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Debt Forgiveness and Taxes

In 1726, author Daniel Defoe wrote in “The Political History of the Devil” that, “Things as certain as death and taxes can be more firmly