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Checklist: All the Documents You Need to File Your Taxes

Confused about what you need to file your taxes? We've got you covered: Gather These Documents Last year’s tax return: To file your tax return, the tax accountant will need some important documents. If it’s your first appointment, make sure to...

Socially Responsible Investing Does Not Mean Lower Returns

  By choosing a socially responsible investment (SRI) fund, you don't have to sacrifice performance. According to Victoria Collins, Ph.D., CFP, a senior managing director of First Foundation Advisors, "SRI funds perform as well if not better than...

Inflation Translation

Remember when a slice of pizza was $1 or a cup of coffee was 50 cents? (If that was before your time, bear with us.) These days, depending on where you live, a slice is about $2 and a cup of ordinary, nondesigner coffee is about $1.25. At least....

Tax Facts for the Jobless

If you were unemployed in 2012, or if you’re still out of work, make sure you know your tax facts—many Americans don’t. Did you know...    …that unemployment benefits are taxable? If you collected unemployment during 2010, you will get a 1099-G,...

Benefits of a Ready-to-Own Business

There’s a reason that women make up more than 25% of franchise business owners. Buying a franchise is like starting your own company, but with less hassle. You’re working with an existing business model, using an established name, and getting...

What the Fiscal Cliff Really Is

The term: “Fiscal cliff” sounds dire, but it describes a combination of old tax breaks expiring, new tax increases and federal cutbacks that all take effect by January, 2013. President Obama or Governor Romney can’t steer us away from the...

Repent at Tax Time for a Year of Spending Sins

Every year at this time, because of the inevitable confluence of Easter and tax day, my inner Catholic gets resurrected, big time. This year’s guilty, post-itemizing revelation: What the hell happened to our budget, and where did all our money...

An Easy Paycheck Fix for 2012

If your tax refund (or bill) wasn’t quite what you expected, the problem could be that you claimed the wrong number of allowances on your W-4. Tax expert and CPA Kasey Pittman offers some guidelines on claiming the right number. It’s a...

Do a Little Math for Your Biggest Refund

Everyone wants to save money on their tax bill. But nearly two-thirds of taxpayers never itemize their deductions—a move that could add up to giving the government free money. If your itemized deductions are more than the standard deduction,...

Why AMT is Still on the Table

Want to avoid the Alternative Minimum Tax? We don’t blame you.  Alas, we Googled around, interviewed experts, and learned… there ain’t nothin’ you can do about it. The AMT is a “parallel tax” that was created in 1969 to prevent extremely wealthy...

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