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Five Ways to Write Off Your Next Vacation

Planning a vacation and dreading all the costs? While there are many ways to spend less on vacation, there’s another route to try if you want to travel

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Roth IRA vs 401k? You May Not Have to Choose

One of the most common retirement questions I get asked is: Roth IRA or 401(k)? Although both are good options worth considering, the answer isn’t

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Don’t Waste Your Tax Refund: Four Better Ways to Use It

According to the IRS, the average tax refund so far this year has reached a staggering $3,539. It’s still early, however. And as the tax agency notes,

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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Six Common Tax Misunderstandings – and How to Survive Them

During the first few months of the year, I read lots of articles and hear from many readers on the question of income taxes. It’s

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

02.16.15
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Seven Truths About Self-Employment

It’s three hours until closing time and you’re already counting down. Once the clock strikes 5 p.m., you are ready to race out that door

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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.

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

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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Six Big Financial Differences Between a Normal Job and Self-Employment

In 2008, I took the leap from a traditional white collar job into self-employment, mostly on the back of a small side gig I had

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Top Tax Scams to Watch Out for in 2016

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

TurboTax Refund for Deluxe Customers

Taxpayers and investors alike have expressed outrage this tax season over recent changes made by . The company’s “Deluxe” package, a popular choice in recent years,

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