Taxes

April 17 is Tax Freedom Day – What That Means, and Why You Should Care

You already know that April 17, 2012, is America’s tax-filing day, but this year, April 17 marks another income-tax milestone: Tax Freedom Day®. That’s the date when the average American has theoretically earned enough to cover his or her tax burden for the entire year. Put another way: Every dollar you’ve earned from January 1 […]

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Using Your Tax Refund to Save Smart

If you’re like many of us, you probably start thinking about what you’ll do with your tax refund before you’ve even filed. But before that refund is as good as spent, you may want to decide on a financially savvy plan for that money. Financial blog Get Rich Slowly recently gave its rundown of the […]

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How to Reduce Clutter and Your Taxes

Clutter tends to sneak up on you. Many of us wake up one day and realize we have too much stuff: that the basement or attic has gradually filled up with things we don’t need. In fact, finance bloggers have long spoken about the drawbacks of having too much stuff. This might be the perfect […]

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Tax-Free Holidays Offer Benefits to Consumers Across the Country

For a particular brand of savvy shopper, statewide tax-free weekends are the best holiday of the summer. Seventeen states are participating in tax-free initiatives this year, down just one from 18 in 2010 (Illinois decided to sit this year out, West Virginia’s three-year ENERGY STAR® tax holiday ended, and Arkansas joined the initiative). While these […]

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How to Check the Status of Your Tax Refund

Tax season is coming to an end. If you’re like many Americans, you’re probably checking your mailbox or bank account for your income tax refund. After all, there are all sorts of things you can do with your tax refund that can help you get ahead financially, and who wants to wait to do that? […]

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Tax Season Guidance for Homeowners

Fox Business lays out some important questions for homeowners to ask during tax season. As many of you know, owning a home leads to a bit of extra effort during tax time and this list of questions is sure to come in handy. Author Gina Pogol tackles everything from the tax implications of buying or […]

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Tax Season: Tax Preparation Trends

Preparing for tax season is never exactly fun. Even if you expect to receive a refund, all of that paperwork, red tape, and hoop-jumping can get to you. But a little bit of insight can go a long way when it comes to figuring out your options, so we’re sharing some tax preparation info from […]