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Archives for February 2014

6 Ways to Pay Your Income Tax Bill

If you owe taxes on your income tax return, the IRS gives you multiple payment options. 1. Automatic payment If you bank online, you can set up a payment to the IRS just like you do with other bills. If you’re filing early, you can set the payment up to be paid anytime before the […]

Can You Claim Your Parents as Dependents?

You know you can claim your kids on your tax return. What if you also support mom and dad? If you pay some or all of your parents’ expenses, you may qualify for dependency exemptions for them, just as you do for your children. Benefits of claiming your parents as dependents

Most Common Tax Forms

By the first or second week of February, you should have received informational statements from every employer you worked for last year. You should have also have received statements from places that paid you or to whom you made tax-related payments. By keeping these forms handy and grouping them by type, you can make preparing […]

Schedule C: Reporting Self-Employment Income from Multiple Sources

How to decide if you have one or more Schedule C businesses? Self-employed individuals often have more than one activity going at once. You can report closely related activities together on one Schedule C. If you have unrelated activities, however, you must report them on separate Schedule Cs. Similar activities would include different lines of […]

Baby Boomers Playing Catch-Up: Retirement Strategies Worth Considering

Talk about a case of bad timing: the baby boomer generation started hitting retirement age during one of the worst economic disasters in modern-day history. The oldest boomers started turning 65 in 2011, as the economy struggled to recover from the devastating market crash and recession that began with the financial crisis of 2008. Middle-class […]

8 Kinds of Debt You Can’t Lose in Bankruptcy

When people go through a financial crisis, sometimes bankruptcy is the best or only solution. For example, when someone has insurmountable debts, often due to one-time events such as divorce, catastrophic illness, or business failure, bankruptcy may be the best way to overcome debt that person has no way of ever paying back. By “bankruptcy,” […]

8 Free Preventive Services Under Obamacare

As the saying goes, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” And now, thanks to the provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), taking measures to ward off illness and disease has never been easier. All marketplace plans are required to cover a specific range of preventive services without co-pays or coinsurance, […]

Young People and Retirement Saving: Time Is On Your Side

“Time is on my side” the old pop lyric says, and truer words have never been spoken when it comes to young people and retirement saving. Getting an early start is the best thing you can do for yourself, even if you’re not able to contribute much. When you’re in your 20s and 30s, you’ve […]

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