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Contribute to Your Roth IRA, Even if it Stretches Your Budget

Written by Nickel - 9 Comments

Your 2016 taxes are due in just over three months. That also means that you have just over three months left to make any 2016 IRA contributions that you might have been putting off. But what if you’ve neglected to contribute to an IRA because you’re not sure you can afford it? Maybe the only […]

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Published on January 10th, 2017 - 9 Comments
Filed under: Retirement,Saving & Investing,Taxes
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Credit Karma to Begin Offering Free Tax Filing for 2017

Written by Aliyyah Camp - Leave a Comment

How do you plan to prepare and file your taxes this year? If you’re like 43% of Americans, you probably did your tax returns from the comfort of your home, maybe even using a service like TurboTax or TaxAct. Well, get ready because in 2017, there will be a newcomer to the market of tax […]

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Published on December 16th, 2016 - Leave a Comment
Filed under: Taxes
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Is Burger King Guilty of Tax Inversion?

Written by William Cowie - 8 Comments

“Burger King abdicates US citizenship,” shouted the normally staid BBC. Burger King seems to be vilified everywhere for its plan to merge with Tim Hortons, the Canadian breakfast giant. Why? This thing called tax inversion. The goal of this post is simply to break through the rhetoric and lay out the basic issues of the deal. […]

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Published on September 3rd, 2014
Modified on September 9th, 2014 - 8 Comments
Filed under: Saving & Investing,Taxes
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What’s Your Clean Energy Future?

Written by William Cowie - Leave a Comment

Do you think it’s a good idea to get away from fossil fuels for our energy needs? If so, you’d be one of millions. Fact is, we are totally dependent on energy for our daily lives, especially electricity. (You can’t read this post without electric power, for example.) Where Does Power Come From? Most electricity, […]

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Published on June 25th, 2014 - Leave a Comment
Filed under: Energy,Real Estate,Taxes
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Have you considered these low-cost healthcare options?

Written by William Cowie - 7 Comments

We have a nephew who lives in Switzerland whose wife recently gave birth to their second son. She stayed in hospital for an entire week and the blessed event cost them … nothing. Contrast that with this report from the New York Times, detailing the high cost of childbirth in the States. Obamacare is an attempt […]

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Published on April 30th, 2014
Modified on April 24th, 2014 - 7 Comments
Filed under: Family & Life,Insurance,Planning,Self Employment,Taxes
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Time to think about taxes, again!

Written by Suba Iyer - One Comment

Yes, I know we’re just past last year’s tax season, but good tax planning works only if we start early enough for the current year. Having last year’s tax return still fresh in memory gives us a great start for next year’s tax planning. Understand how your income is being taxed Do you know what […]

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Published on April 21st, 2014
Modified on April 15th, 2014 - One Comment
Filed under: Planning,Taxes
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Tax refunds: Why following the crowd makes sense

Written by William Cowie - 13 Comments

A few weeks ago, someone pulled out a gun and shot four people in a Detroit tax preparer’s office over a late income tax refund. Though such outrageous reactions are rare, thankfully, there is a surprisingly emotional division among people on the issue of whether it is best to aim (no pun intended) for a tax […]

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Published on April 2nd, 2014
Modified on March 28th, 2014 - 13 Comments
Filed under: Taxes
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Expensive tax mistakes to avoid

Written by Suba Iyer - 2 Comments

Tax season is in full swing. Thanks to tax preparation software, a lot of the common mistakes (i.e., missing social security numbers) are now automatically detected. Still, they are only capable of checking for math accuracy and missing fields. They can’t optimize a tax return to get the maximum amount possible or compensate for our misunderstanding […]

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Published on March 24th, 2014
Modified on March 17th, 2014 - 2 Comments
Filed under: Taxes
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What you need to know about the impending Obamacare deadline

Written by William Cowie - 6 Comments

Tick, tick, tick — March 31 is the new deadline to get health insurance coverage. This time, the government is digging in its heels. There will be no extension. Some say the government will cave in (again) and move the deadline, but that’s by no means a certainty. The April Fool’s joke might be on you […]

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Published on March 19th, 2014 - 6 Comments
Filed under: Insurance,Taxes
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Documents you need to bring to your tax appointment

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This post comes from Victoria Araj from the Quicken Loans Zing! blog. It’s tax season, and that means it’s time to sort through your shoebox of receipts, those envelopes of stock statements and that drawer of paperwork that hasn’t been touched in 12 months. Depending on your income, assets, marital status and a host of other […]

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Published on March 14th, 2014
Modified on March 11th, 2014 - Leave a Comment
Filed under: Taxes
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