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7 Tax Return Screw-ups to Avoid

After Dec. 31, there’s nothing you can do to affect your taxes for the year that just passed, right? Not so. There are many things you can do before you file to screw up your return. We’re talking about the filing blunders that can increase your...

The 4-Letter Word That Will Sink Your Financial Plan

Have you been rationalizing spending a little extra here and saving a little less there? The very words you use can influence your financial decisions … for better or worse.

What You Need Before You File Your Taxes

Whether you love filing your taxes or push it off as long as possible in fear of what you might find, tax preparation is non-negotiable. Doing all the work yourself, however, is. If you opt to see a tax pro, go prepared. From gathering key...

4 Women’s Real Tax Nightmares — and How They Solved Them

Do you ever wonder if you’re really filing your tax return correctly? Do you worry about a possible audit by the IRS? If so, you’re not alone. Sometimes tax returns do end in difficulties. Maybe you checked the wrong box, or didn’t realize what...

You’ve Just Inherited. Now What?

You’ll want to read this before you go spending all the money that you recently inherited.

The 10 Worst Credit Card Mistakes You Can Make

Credit cards can be a convenient, safe way to make purchases and build your credit scores. Or they can be an expensive nightmare that could put you in bankruptcy court. The difference isn't so much in the cards you use as how you use them. Here...

How to File Your Taxes: DIY or Professional

Tax time is here again. Will you owe money to the IRS, or will they owe you a refund? With the U.S. tax code spanning 74,000 pages and new changes made every year, it can be difficult to find the answer, not to mention file your return on time....

11 Basic Tax Terms You Should Know

The U.S. tax code didn’t get to be 74,000 pages long without getting a little confusing. But don’t throw up your hands just yet; there are plenty of books, software programs, and professionals to help you sort out and file your tax return. But...

5 Expenses You Don’t Plan For, But Should

Many of us save for retirement, vacations and sometimes a little treat for ourselves — but when it comes to some expenses, we miss the mark. A survey by Bankrate.com found that nearly four in 10 Americans don’t have enough money in their savings...

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