Financial planning

A Glossary of Basic Finance Terms: From ETF to Mutual Fund

You don’t have to be a finance whiz to manage your money well. But to truly have a handle on your finances and meet your goals, you need to amass some basic financial knowledge. The more you understand, the more successful you’ll be — even if...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

7 Money Habits to Start Now

Have you ever noticed how many people are in the gym on January 2? But a few weeks later, it’s business as usual again. Why? Because forming good habits takes time and a real commitment. You can’t just wish your way to doing it — you actually...

Time for a Debt Detox

Forget your weight-loss resolution. Trade your juice cleanse for a debt detox. Those financial burdens don’t just weigh us down mentally — they also put future goals (like owning a home and enjoying a swanky retirement) at risk. We asked...

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