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How to File Taxes for Free (and When to Consider Paying Instead)

How to File Taxes for Free (and When to Consider Paying Instead)

Is it possible to file taxes for free? Yes, it is. This is not a dream. There are indeed some situations where it makes sense to do your taxes yourself and file those taxes at no cost. Of course, no two tax returns are the same, and there are times when paying someone to handle calculating your tax owing or refund might be a better option.

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Goodbye, Snail Mail and Paper Returns. Hello, e-Filing Your Taxes
February 2, 2018

Goodbye, Snail Mail and Paper Returns. Hello, e-Filing Your Taxes

Are you still filing your taxes the old-fashioned way, with a paper return? Want to file your taxes electronically, but aren’t sure how? Software programs and online service ...

Starting Your 2017 Taxes? 5 Things to Know + A Checklist
January 26, 2018

Starting Your 2017 Taxes? 5 Things to Know + A Checklist

The NFL playoffs aren't the only thing that kickoff in January. t's also the start of tax season. Now's the time to gather and organize the information you'll need to file...

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April 15 Tax Return Postmark Deadline? Not This Year
January 25, 2018

April 15 Tax Return Postmark Deadline? Not This Year

If you got used to an April 15 tax filing deadline over the years, it's time to emancipate yourself from that habit. Why "emancipate?" Because a Washington, D.C. ...

Tax-Filing Myth Buster: When 1099s Are Due for Brokerage Accounts
January 24, 2018

Tax-Filing Myth Buster: When 1099s Are Due for Brokerage Accounts

Tax filing fact or myth? "Your brokerage account's 1099 form for 2017 must be in the mail by January 31, 2018." Myth. Say what? That’s right, a consolidated 1099 ...

What Is a Tax Credit, Anyway? Potential Tax Burden Reduction
January 19, 2018

What Is a Tax Credit, Anyway? Potential Tax Burden Reduction

Tax season is just getting underway, which means figuring out what you owe—and finding ways to potentially reduce your taxable burden. You probably know that one way ...

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Revitalizing the New Year: 6 Ways to Make Financial Resolutions
January 19, 2018

Revitalizing the New Year: 6 Ways to Make Financial Resolutions

Four thousand years ago, the ancient Babylonians became the first society to make New Year’s resolutions, and they were largely related to money. According to...

What are Tax Brackets and Marginal Tax Rates? Questions Answered
January 10, 2018

What are Tax Brackets and Marginal Tax Rates? Questions Answered

If you’re not quite up to speed on tax brackets, there’s no need to feel alarmed; you’re not alone. After all, tax accounting is one of those rare topics that, at least for ...

Financial Planning to Pursue Life's Goals: The SMART Approach
January 5, 2018

Financial Planning to Pursue Life's Goals: The SMART Approach

Do you have clear retirement goals, and are they achievable? Unfortunately, many people don't, and it's understandable. Sometimes we're overwhelmed ...

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Your Guided Tour Through the Consolidated 1099 Tax Form
January 5, 2018

Your Guided Tour Through the Consolidated 1099 Tax Form

Do the letters OID mean anything to you? How about DIV, INT, or MISC? If your answer was "I've seen those letters on a tax form," congratulations. These are among the ...

Create or Manage Your Budget to Pursue Your Financial Goals
January 4, 2018

Create or Manage Your Budget to Pursue Your Financial Goals

Are you among the many who included budget planning in your list of 2018 New Year's resolutions? If so, congratulations. If not, there's still time. The good ...

Investing in Your Home: Kitchen and Bath Remodels, Improvements
December 29, 2017

Investing in Your Home: Kitchen and Bath Remodels, Improvements

Thinking about remodeling your home? Join the club. And yep, it’s all about the kitchen and the bathroom. In 2015, homeowners spent a record $340 billion on home ...

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Fraud Alarm: How Elderly Investors Can Guard Against Scams
December 26, 2017

Fraud Alarm: How Elderly Investors Can Guard Against Scams

If you’ve spent your entire life carefully and methodically building up retirement savings, the last thing you want is someone trying to snatch that money away...

Thinking About a Career Change? Here Are Some Things to Consider
December 22, 2017

Thinking About a Career Change? Here Are Some Things to Consider

The new year can be a great time to assess your goals. If you’re not happy in your current career path, there may be no better time than the present to consider a career ...

Gift Tax Rules Simplified - Cost Basis of Gifted Stock
December 15, 2017

Gift Tax Rules Simplified - Cost Basis of Gifted Stock

Looking for a unique gift idea for a loved one that will long outlast the shiny new bike for Christmas, live well beyond the high-end blender given for a...

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Bonds, Fixed Income Securities and Your Adjusted Cost Basis
December 11, 2017

Bonds, Fixed Income Securities and Your Adjusted Cost Basis

Over the years, Hollywood has developed quite a love affair with Wall Street. In typical Hollywood fashion, they have portrayed Wall Street as glamorous, outrageous ...

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