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About Sally Herigstad

Sally Herigstad is a certified public accountant and personal finance columnist and author of Help! I Can't Pay My Bills, Surviving a Financial Crisis (St. Martin's Griffin). She writes regularly at CreditCards.com, Bankrate.com, Interest.com, RedPlum, and MSN Money. She is an experienced speaker and a member of Toastmasters International. Follow Sally on Twitter.

4 Ways to Lower Your Taxes Before the New Year

It’s easy to only think of taxes during tax season. However, anyone who is financially savvy knows making changes throughout the year can give you the best chance to make a difference in your tax bill. With more than a quarter of the year left, now is a great time to make small adjustments that […]

Back to school: a tax break for teachers

Teachers are always on the hunt for creative ways to enhance their students’ learning experience. Unfortunately, tight school budgets stifle many of those efforts, and educators are often forced to dive into their own pockets to purchase materials. In fact, the recent average out-of-pocket spend for school teachers is around $500 with some reporting yearly totals in the […]

Are political contributions tax deductible?

As this year’s presidential election season hums along, campaign contribution totals have well exceeded 800 million dollars – and they continue to rise. With this level of fundraising, one question is sure to come to mind – are political contributions tax deductible? The short answer? No.

Five Biggest Tax Mistakes Small Business Owners Make

How you handle your recordkeeping and taxes can make a big difference in your success as a small business owner. Make sure to avoid these common tax mistakes small business owners make:

How to Repay Federal Student Loans

Are you one of the 43 million Americans that need to repay federal student loans? With nearly $1.3 trillion in total student loan debt, Americans are often financially strapped by their student loans. And when it seems like those monthly payments are eating up most of your paycheck, the road to getting them paid off […]

3 Ways to Avoid a Gift Tax

If you give away generous sums of money to a friend or family member, you may be required to pay a gift tax to the IRS.  However, with a little planning, you can afford to be quite generous before you have to break out Form 709 to report the amount and be on the line […]

5 Things You Can Learn from Your Tax Return

If you already stashed away your tax return, you may want to dig it back out. There are a variety of things you can discover by reviewing each form and understanding the significant impact your taxes can have on your financial health. Now is a great time to take a second look at your return […]

Understanding the Difference between Itemized Deductions and the Standard Deduction

Itemized and standard deductions can be confusing – especially if you are relatively new to filing a tax return. Some people try to itemize when they are better off using the standard deduction. On the other hand, some taxpayers avoid itemizing because it seems too difficult — even when itemizing deductions could save them money. […]